Seychelles: Something for everyone
A quick glance at what tourists can do in between beach-hopping when in this archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa
Unleash your wild side
Seychelles is inhabited by a unique ecosystem above and below its waters: home to a range of lush rainforests, 250 bird and 2000 plant species. Its wildlife is as enchanting as its beaches with the nation’s national bird, the black parrot, also being the rarest avian on the planet. This rare species can be spotted by those with a keen eye while exploring the Vallée de Mai Natural Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the island of Praslin. Besides, the Vallée is home to the world's largest population of endemic coco-de-mer, a flagship species of global significance as the bearer of the largest seed in the plant kingdom. Next, spot giant tortoises that roam freely around the sandy coves of Curieuse Island, where preserved wilderness and granite beaches set the right ambience for these gentle creatures. Get a glimpse into the rich marine life with a Semi-Submarine ride from Eden Island on Mahé. Cruise along the most spectacular underwater reefs of Seychelles and spot a variety of sea life swim alongside. From corals, colourful seaweed, sea meadows to schools of fish. We challenge you to keep count of the unique species you spot!
Along with its beaches, Seychelles holds many adventures and the best way to experience them is by enjoying a trek in the region. Nestled in Mahé, Morne Seychellois National Park stretches across the Morne Seychellois mountain range. The summit affords unparallel views of the capital of Victoria. The fourth largest island in the archipelago, La Digue is a haven for those seeking some time amidst nature to unwind. Apart from exploring the island on a bicycle or an oxcart, diving and rock climbing are popular as well.
Enjoy a tryst with culture
Meander through the markets in Mahé, or visit during the Creole Festival to soak up the flavours of the region. History buffs will love the quaint town of Baie Lazare, in Mahé. The 18th-century neo-gothic Baie Lazare Church is a delight to behold. A visit to the National Museum of History is perfect for a time-travel expedition to understand the history while glancing through the paraphernalia on display.
Food for thought
For a gourmand, a tour through the historical sites such as the Jardin du Roi offers an opportunity to sample homemade dishes at a quaint café enveloped by the buzz of a typical Seychellois life. The stunning sunsets of Seychelles are undeniably its finest feature. And they are best enjoyed along a delicious Creole meal, which consists of preparations made with fish and shellfish, heightened with coconut, mangoes and breadfruit served with a bed of garden-fresh vegetables.
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