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Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue, Seychelles
Anse Source d'Argent, La Digue © Can Stock Photo / Violin

The Republic of the Seychelles is a democracy comprised of more than 100 islands northeast of Madagascar and 1,000 miles (1,500 km) off the east coast of Africa.  The islands were first settled in the 1200s from the Maldives.  The French dominated in the 1700s and the British took control of the islands in the 1800s.  Today the Seychelles are an independent nation in the British Commonwealth and a member of the African Union.  Languages spoken include French, English and Seychellois Creole.  Most of the population of 100,000 is located in the inner islands surrounding the capital of Victoria and the Greater Victoria region.  The international airport in Victoria opened in 1971.  Most of the islands are granite, however there are several coral islands in the archipelago.  One of the distinctive species in the islands is the Aldabra or Seychelles Giant Tortoise.

Weather:

Temperatures in the Seychelles are remarkably consistent throughout the year.  Highs average 30 C (88 F) while lows average 25 C (77 F) regardless of the month of the year.  The rainy season is December - February.  June and July are the driest months, however there is really no bad time of year for visiting the Seychelles.  The cyclones from India do not reach the islands and winds are usually light.

   

Visas:

There are no Visa requirements for the Seychelles.  A passport and proof of arrangements to leave the country after your visit are sufficient to document entry upon arrival.  Arrival is by air at the Seychelles International Airport on Mahe or an occasional cruise ship in the port of Victoria, also on Mahe.

Currency:

The currency of the Seychelles is the Seychellois rupee.

Things to see and do in the Seychelles:

The inner islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue are the main attractions for tourism in the Seychelles.  For access between the islands, try:

Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles

near Victoria, Mahe © Can Stock Photo / 18042011

Things to see and do on Mahe:

Mahe is the largest island in the Seychelles.  It is the location of the International Airport and the capital city of Victoria.

  • Visit one of the pristine, uncrowded beaches.  Hang out with the locals in Beau Vallon Beach in the north of Mahe and watch the sunset over Silhouette Island.  The beach and excellent snorkeling at Anse Major is accessible only by foot, in the northwest of Mahe too.  Anse Royale Beach in the southeast is popular for its clear blue waters.

  • Botanical Gardens, Victoria.

  • Victoria Market - open every day.

  • Drive the North Coast loop.

  • Kenwyn House - a restored colonial home with a jewellery shop and gallery in Victoria.

  • Natural History Museum in the National Library Building, Francis Rachel Street, Victoria.

  • Seychelles Natural History Museum, Independence Ave, Victoria

  • Victoria Clocktower - a miniature replica of Big Ben in Victoria.

  • Morne Seychellois National Park - Take San Soucis Rd in the early morning for great views.  See the Jardin du Roi and Copolia Peak.

  • Mission Lodge Lookout.

  • Diving.

  • Sport fishing.

  • Take a full day cruise among the islands.

  • Take a day trip to Aride Island.  There are numerous bird species on this uninhabited island that was donated to the public by Christopher Cadbury (Cadbury's Chocolates).

Anse Lazio, Praslin, Seychelles

Anse Lazio, Praslin © Can Stock Photo / Violin

Things to see and do on Praslin:

  • Vallee de Mai - a small UNESCO World Heritage site with coco de mer palms and great bird watching.

  • Anse Lazio - the best beach in Praslin.

  • Anse Georgette.

  • OMusee Praslin - a museum and guesthouse.

  • St. Matthew Apostle Church.

  • Casino des Iles.

  • Diving

  • Biking

  • Travel to nearby Curieuse Island to see a grove of coco de mer palm.

La Digue, Seychelles

La Digue, Seychelles © Can Stock Photo / Malbert

Things to see and do on La Digue:

La Digue is the least developed of the three inner islands.  There are very few vehicles on La Digue, because it's small enough to walk everywhere.

  • Anse Source d'Argent - a common picture postcard for the Seychelles and often rated the most beautiful beach in the world.

  • Union Estate Park - includes a colonial style plantation home converted to a museum, the huge granite boulders called Union Boulders, giant tortoises and a horse paddock.  The park covers about 1/3 of the island.

  • Nid Aigle - viewpoint overlooking the island.

  • Visit the Veuve Reserve to see the rare Paradise Flycatchers.

  • Take an ox cart tour of the island or bicycle around it.

  • More great beaches - Anse Coco Beach, Spiagge di Anse Marron, Grand Anse.

  • Snorkeling trips to Ile de Cocos, Felicite Island, Sister Island and Marianne.

  • Diving.

  • Stay at the La Digue Island Lodge.

Savor the Creole Tastes of the Seychelles:

  • Creole style fresh fish

  • curries

  • mango

  • papaya salads

  • eggplant fritters

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