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Seychelles

The spectacular islands of the Seychelles are a haven for honeymooners, families and those desiring a more relaxed yet stimulating wildlife holiday

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Long renowned as the perfect honeymoon destination, the beautiful Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles are also a great deal more. With two World Heritage Sites, four far-flung archipelagos, numerous nature reserves and extensive coral reefs, the diverse islands hold much of interest to lovers of nature, both above and below the sea’s surface.

Warm Indian Ocean waters teeming with fish, nudibranchs, sea turtles, whale sharks and manta rays; rare land and sea birds, endemic flora, rare skinks, geckos, giant tortoises and the world’s largest nut, the coco de mer: all find refuge in these special islands. Fascinating wildlife walks, great scuba and snorkelling, safe swimming, fine sailing and simple beachcombing – just some of the ingredients available with which to create a deliciously natural holiday in the Seychelles.

Being outside the cyclonic belt and with benign wildlife, no malaria and safe bathing beaches, the islands of the Seychelles are a haven for families and those desiring a relaxing yet stimulating wildlife and natural history holiday.

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Best Time To Visit Seychelles

Year-round temperatures stay around 29C (84F). There are two distinct seasons. The Southeast Monsoon runs from May -October, drier and cooler with less humidity – western coasts can have rough seas, especially June-August when Praslin’s Grand Anse suffers from seaweed. The Northwest Monsoon lasts from December-March: more rain (especially December and January), quite warm with generally lighter winds and calmer seas. A good time to visit is between monsoons – November and April, when winds change direction – but many other months can be just as pleasant. July and August are the driest, coolest yet windiest months. Dive sites are mostly year round, with some regional differences. Seabirds nest from May-September, and migrate from October.

Seychelles Travel

Getting There

Flight Time

About 13 Hours from London or UK regional airports to Mahe, Seychelles, via Dubai

Time Zone

GMT +4

Language

Creole, English & French

Population

89,173

Highlights

What To See

Aldabra Atoll

The near-mythical World Heritage Site of Aldabra is the largest raised coral atoll on the planet, covering around 50 square miles. Although extremely remote from Mahe, Aldabra accounts for one third of the Seychelles’ landmass but is uninhabited apart from the warden and staff of the research station.

Aldabra contains the largest number of giant tortoises to be found anywhere, as well as a profuse variety of land and seabirds (some extremely rare), and its gigantic lagoon is a haven for a fascinating array of marine life. Access is restricted to a few landing places and lagoons.

Although Aldabra is a tightly restricted atoll, nearby Cosmoledo atoll is fully open to visitors so any cruise to Aldabra would include visits to Cosmoledo too.

Denis

Just half an hour’s flight north from Mahe and comprising 375 acres, the privately-owned island of Denis has particularly lush vegetation, white sand beaches and excellent coral reefs. The island’s interior has benefited from a concerted conservation effort to reintroduce native species of flora and fauna which has resulted in the lush, species-rich island habitat you find today.

There is excellent snorkelling right off the beach or on boat trips, the diving is superb and the varied and abundant big game fishing is a draw to anglers worldwide.
The island’s one resort offers very comfortable detached beachfront bungalows and a large main building with bar and restaurant serving delicious food.

Desroches

A little over half an hour’s flight from Mahe and just six km long and one km wide, Desroches has acres of shady coconut palms and native vegetation fringed by 14 km of white sand beaches lapped by crystal clear turquoise waters and sheltered by the encircling reef. The island, the pearl of the remote Amirantes coral atoll, offers some of the best dive sites in the Seychelles as well as great snorkelling right off the beach.

Cousine

Although only 6km west of Praslin, Cousine is a very special and different place, reminding one of how the Seychelles would have been in time long gone. Having never had rats, the island is a precious haven for many species of rare birds such as Seychelles magpie robin and warbler, two species of shearwater, giant tortoises, skinks and geckos – a true naturalist’s paradise. Cousine has a small luxury resort with only four double villas and one larger family villa. Nearby Cousin island nature reserve receives scores of daily visitors and contains many of the same species, but on Cousine you and your few fellow guests will be the only privileged spectators. Stay at Cousine and behold the way the Seychelles used to be, before humanity affected so many of the islands.

Bird Island

Actually a coral island despite being part of the mainly granitic Inner Islands, Bird has only one small lodge but millions of sooty terns and other species, which give the privately-owned island its evocative name. There is also Esmeralda, a (male) giant tortoise of indeterminate age who can be encountered on guided nature walks. One beach offers superb swimming, while another is good for snorkelling. A unique ornithological experience awaits you on Bird, the most northerly of the Seychelles’ many islands and one of the prettiest.

La Digue

Anse Source d’Argent, one of the world’s most iconic beaches with its exquisitely eroded boulders and sparkling white sand, can be easily reached on this the fourth largest of the Granitic Group. Lying half an hour’s ferry ride from Praslin, La Digue is reminiscent of a bygone era and so much more relaxed than its two bigger neighbours. It boasts rare cave swiftlets and the small Veuve Reserve protecting the rare endemic black paradise flycatcher. Island exploration is best done by hired bicycle or oxcart. There is safe bathing, good snorkelling offshore, excellent diving and keen walkers can scale the highest point at Nid d’Aigles for fantastic views.

Praslin

Second largest of the Seychelles islands and lying 45km from Mahe, granitic Praslin boasts the World Heritage Site of Vallee de Mai, containing the endemic black parrot, Wright’s skink and Seychelles chameleon as well as the unique coco-de-mer palm forest. The curiously pelvis-shaped female nut is the largest on Earth, while the male palm displays similarly human-like attributes. Along the coast are secluded bays guarded by smoothly eroded granite boulders – these are some of the most beautiful beaches found anywhere. Offshore lie the nature reserves of Aride, Cousin, Curieuse and Cousine with many rare bird species, and the islet of Ste Pierre giving superb snorkelling.

Mahe

At 27km long and 8km wide, Mahe is by far the largest island of the granitic Inner Islands and the Seychelles as a whole. Containing the majority of the country’s population, the charming capital, Victoria, and Morne Seychellois, the islands’ highest mountain at 905m, Mahe also has many small villages, unspoilt beaches and pretty coves and makes for enjoyable self-drive circuits. Near the international airport lies the Ste Anne Marine National Park offering good snorkelling and diving, and the highlands, coastal flats and mangroves provide challenging hiking and rewarding birdwatching.

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Featured Places To Stay

Astove Coral House

The atoll's sheer reef wall provides the best snorkelling in the Seychelles...

Cosmoledo Eco Camp

The Seychelles' furthest flung atoll on which you can stay, splendidly isolated ...

Alphonse Island Lodge

Providing sublime comfort and a wide range of activities in an enviable atoll se...

Bird Island Lodge

Famed for its millions of sooty terns, the entire island is surrounded by white ...

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Seychelles: -5.397273, 52.229004

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Seychelles Specialist

Alan Godwin

Area Specialist

The Seychelles are known for their granitic islands: mid-ocean remnants of subcontinental India’s long, slow journey from Gondwanaland to its collision with Asia. These islands (eg Mahe, Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette, Round Island) are therefore much older than most others of more recent volcanic origin: their granite has had time to erode into beautiful, organically shaped boulders which frame numerous perfect beaches like Anse Lazio on Praslin and La Digue’s Anse Source d’Argent, the location for many a fashion and lifestyle shoot.

If you have any questions regarding travel to Seychelles, please feel free to contact me on +44 (0)1803 866965