Welcome to the Seychelles
The Seychelles Travel Guide is intended to help new visitors or seasoned travelers to discover or rediscover the Seychelles archipelago in order to undertake a well-planned trip to the Seychelles islands. Seychelles offers beautiful beaches, crystal blue sea and a tropical climate perfect for successful holidays. The Seychelles archipelago forms a group of 115 islands, only a few are inhabited located in the Indian Ocean and are located off the east coast of Africa, northeast of Madagascar. The Seychelles is now part of the countries of the Crown, but is an independent republic. Although regarded as a part of Africa, even if the archipelago is located about 1000 miles off the coast of the main continent.
Mahe and Praslin are two of the most popular islands of Seychelles, which has the biggest influx of tourists for decades. The Seychelles earn a significant portion of its annual revenue through tourism industry. If you like sunbathing, clear blue sea and want to discover the untouched nature, the Seychelles is the best destination for your next vacation. Seychelles is a holiday destination all year round, temperatures rarely drop below 24C or above 32C, the climate is perfect for relaxing on the beaches and explore the nearby islands that will surprise you with their unique fauna and their flora.
Top 10 reasons to visit the Seychelles
- One of the most beautiful islands in the world and in the Indian Ocean.
- Ranked among the top ten destinations in the world for honeymoon organisers.
- Ranked among the top ten destinations in the world for weddings organisers.
- Secluded Beaches: It’s ridiculously easy to find a deserted beach or cove to call your own for the day in the Seychelles; complete with sugar-soft sand and gin-clear, warm waters.
- Luxury hotels and Luxury villas at affordable prices.
- A fascinating cultural diversity
- Diving Spots: the islands of the Seychelles is home to six national marine parks, an excellent venue to meet whale sharks, hawksbill turtles and thousands of rare tropical fish. One of the best diving is Shark Bank
- A holiday destination all year round.
- Giant Tortoises : The flora and fauna are unique. The Seychelles has the largest population of Aldabra giant tortoises in the world, which were thought to be extinct since the 19th century.
- World Cuisine: The Seychelles cuisine is a unique blend of Africa, China, flavors with English, French and Indian, which means you can enjoy dishes like grilled fish with tamarind wrapped in banana leaves an authentic culinary journey.
Seychelles in Brief
Capital: Victoria (sometimes called Port Victoria)
Area:Archipelago of 115 islands
Official language: French - English - Seselwa
Government: Parliamentary democracy
Population: 89,188 inhabitants
Life expectancy:68 years for men, 73 women
Religion:Roman Catholic 82.3%, Protestant 7.5% (Anglican 6.4%, Seventh-Day Adventist 1.1%), other Christian 3.4%, Hindu 2.1%, Muslim 1.1%, other non-Christian 1.5%, unspecified 1.5%, none 0.6% (2002 census)
Currency:Seychelles rupee (SCR)
International dialing code: +248
Seychelles Fauna and Flora
Seychelles is a unique environment, which supports highly distinctive biodiversity. It is special for a number of reasons. These are the oldest oceanic islands that can be found on Earth. The inner granitic islands are also the only islands on the basis continental rock. The Seychelles are separated from other land masses before the evolution of modern mammals. There were no land mammals to the origin of the Seychelles, which helped to develop this particular species has a rich biodiversity. Mammals introduce by the first settlers, especially rats, mice, cats and tenrecs, have had a devastating impact on vulnerable species, and presented major challenges for conservation..
The 115 islands of Seychelles are a tropical paradise hiding some of the best beaches in the world. Some beaches like the famous Anse Source d'Argent on La Digue, are framed by impressive granitie rocks. Anse Cocos on the eastern coast of La Digue is only accessible by foot. Anse La Reunion lies along its shore on The La Digue Island. Anse Patates lies on the northern most tip of the La Digue and is close to the Patatran Village. When walking along the famous Anse Source d'Argent, continue across the small river untill you reach Anse Pierrot. Anse Union beach is a part of the L'Union Estate, a plantation open to the public.
Anse a la Mouche is situated on the South Western coast of Mahe. Located on the South Western coast, the beach of Anse Boileau is narrow band of shallow waters. Anse Forbans is located on the South Eastern coast of Mahe.
Seychelles is famous for having some of the best beaches in the world, pristine and uncrowded. Some are framed by age-old granite boulders. Others offer powder-soft sands, turquoise waters and sublime opportunities for swimming, snorkelling or pure relaxation. You will also find proud national monuments, beautiful Creole houses, artists' studios, national reserves and marine parks, as well as breathtaking natural wonders above and beneath the waves.
The sand is white and fine, clear blue sea that you only get on the atolls and perfect temperature. The polyglot mixture makes people sometimes confused as to the origins of language Seychelles, even taking into account that they were once French.
Brief History of Seychelles
1502: Vasco da Gama crossing from India to East Africa, sighted islands which became known as the Amirantes.
1754: French settlement commanded by Corneille Nicholas Morphey. He renamed the largest island Isle de Séchelles in honour of Viscount Jean Moreau de Séchelles.
1790: The Quincy era, Jean-Baptiste Queau de Quincy took command of the colony in 1794. A wily man, he used skill and expediency to steer Seychelles through the years of war ahead.
1801: British rule, first civilian administrator of the British regime was Edward Madge.
1964:New political movements were created. In that year, the Seychelles People's United Party (SPUP, later Seychelles People's Progressive Front, SPPF) was formed. Led by France-Albert René.
1966: Elections were held in 1966, won by the SDP.(Seychelles Democratic Party)
1976: The newly knighted Sir James Mancham became the country's first President, with René as Prime Minister.
1977: Coup d'état France-Albert René became President.
1991: Democracy restored by France-Albert René after almost 16 years of one-party rule, the Constitution of Seychelles was amended to allow the registration of political parties.
Airport in Seychelles
The airport is 11 km south-east of the capital and is accessible by the Victoria - Providence Highway. There are frequent bus services from the bus station in Victoria, with taxi ranks outside the terminal available to all locations on Mahé Island and several tour operators coach services namely Creole Travel Services and Mason's travel which also links passengers to the ferry terminal at the Old Port (Vieux port) for inter-island ferry services and to the New Port (new port) for cruise holidays.
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