Why Visit the Seychelles?
The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. With picture-perfect sandy beaches set against the crystal blue ocean and world-class luxurious accommodation, the islands resonate the true essence of a tropical fantasy getaway.
It’s home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to capital Victoria. It also has the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and beaches, including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.
The granite rock formations scattered along beaches make for a distinct sense of charm in the Seychelles. They add beauty to the natural scenery with smooth curving surfaces – carved out through natural erosion by the tireless ocean waves rolling over them. Combined with the tropical setting of palm trees and crisp, white beaches, these formations create an idyllic island scenery landscape to enjoy.
Warm, glowing sunsets light up the sky in fiery hues; a splendid sight that can be enjoyed privately on a beach with no one else around.
In fact, Seychelles is of the best places to holiday if you’re looking for privacy when roaming beaches. Most areas aren’t crowded, and holiday goers can almost always enjoy some time alone.
Private island accommodation is also available. If you’re looking to get away from it all and embark on an unforgettable island experience, booking a whole island to yourself might just be what you want.
The Seychelles is known for its underwater paradise filled with vibrant coral reefs and fish. Other animals inhabiting the water include sea turtles, dolphins and stingrays.
The best time to visit the Seychelles is either between April and May, or October and November. These are the calmer periods in between the two trade winds the island experiences each year. However, since the Seychelles is just seven degrees south of the Equator, the climate is beautiful all year. The temperature is consistently around 30°C, with a mixture of sunshine and tropical showers, and sea breezes can deal with much of the humidity. The northwest trade wind from November to March and southeast wind from May to September can cause seaweed to build up on some beaches, so it is important to consider the right hotel locations at different times of year
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What to Do in the Seychelles
As an island holiday destination, visiting the Seychelles is all about exploring, relaxing and soaking up the pure bliss in this land of perpetual summer. There are a range of activities to enjoy that are sure to create life-long memories.
Scuba Diving & Snorkelling
As a protected marine conservation area, the Seychelles offers some of the best scuba and snorkelling experiences. The beautiful coral reefs surrounding the islands serve as feeding grounds for sea turtles. The reefs are also known as breeding grounds for blue whales. Many other animals inhabit the reefs. It’s possible to spot sea snails, colourful fish, eels and stingrays while exploring the oceans.
Non-motorised Water Sports
Conservation is important in the Seychelles. The waters are home to a plethora of rare and endangered organisms. Because of this, water sports are limited. Only non-motorised sports such as kayaking, and parasailing are permitted.
There are plenty of great opportunities to go on boat rides in the Seychelles. Seeing as it’s an island destination – boats are a necessary part of transport.
Whale & Dolphin Watching
As a breeding ground for blue whales, the Seychelles is a superb place to see the giants of the oceans during whale watching season. Other large sea mammals and sharks also roam the waters. Dolphins and whale sharks live in the flourishing reefs and can be seen on boat excursions.
With a variety of game fish such as wahoo, marlin and pacific sailfish, the Seychelles is a popular fishing destination. Seeing as the water is conserved territory, there are rules to regulate the sport which visitors should take note of, but there are still plenty of opportunities to take part in fishing.
The Seychelles has some of the world’s most luxurious island holiday lodging. Hotels with more than 25 beds available are considered large, adding a great sense of exclusivity to your holiday.
These world-class hotels boast excellent spa facilities. Enjoying spa treatments in these relatively isolated island spas can make for an amazing honeymoon or romantic getaway experience.
While the marine life in Seychelles is one of the main attractions, there are other land-dwelling residents that are also worth seeing. Giant Aldabra tortoises can be found on many of the islands.
The variety of birdlife is exotic, colourful and fantastic to see. Many of the exotic birds in the Seychelles are endangered species. The archipelago remains the only place worldwide to see Seychelles paradise flycatchers, Seychelles white eyes and Seychelles black parrots. All these species are named after their resident island group, as they don’t occur anywhere else in the world.
The quiet, private beaches of the Seychelles make it an unrivalled romantic getaway destination. The great sense of privacy also makes for an outstanding introspective solo island holiday.
Other activities in Seychelles include island tours, walking trails, catamaran sailing and cultural tours.
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