This magical archipelagic of 115 islands sits in the Indian Ocean and offers sun, fun and adventure. Seychelles is renowned for its spellbinding beaches gently touched by beautiful clear waters while inland the lush forest, villages and the Dali-esque boulders await. Mother Nature did not have a budget when designing this paradise.
From budget to five-star resorts, families, couples or honeymooners are all accommodated. For divers and snorkellers, an abundance of marine life, wrecks, canyons and drop-offs have seen the isles considered one of the best locations in the world to view life under the water. It's home to the coral atoll Aldabra, the second largest coral atoll in the world with distinctive fauna which includes the largest population of Giant Tortoises on Earth. Vallée de Mai, called the Garden of Eden is just off Praslin Island and lookout for a wild Coco de Mer – the world's largest coconut which can average up to 20 kgs! Both are UNESCO-designated sites.
Mahé is the largest island and boasting more than 65 beaches is the main entry point to the Seychelles. The capital Victoria may well be one the world's smallest capital cities, but it's big in its welcome. There is a fabulous range of cafes, restaurants, welcoming bars and casinos where attire is relaxed, and the vibes are good.
Snooze under a palm tree in a hammock, take a hike to the and Dali-esque boulders, sail and fish or explore another island – there is more to the Seychelles than just the beaches, resorts and massages. As a French colony and Indian ocean inhabitants from African, Indian, and Chinese multi-cultures, the food is eclectic as it is exotically delicious.
Wriggle your toes in the unique pink sand on Anse Source D'Argent located on the island of La Digue while the giant granite boulders responsible for the colour of the sand form a stunning backdrop. Or look for the rare Black Parrott the national bird of Seychelles within the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve and the lower part of Fond Peper in Praslin National Park.
The Seychelles is a year-round destination and blessed with a warm, tropical climate and temperatures ranging from 24°C to 32°C. April to May and October to November are popular due to being a little calmer between the two trade winds.
The northwest trade wind is from November to March and the southeast wind from May to September. Each can affect the weather and climate so plan for your desired activities. Birdwatching is excellent in April; keen anglers say October to April is preferable. March to May and September to November is perfect for hiking and diving while sailing, snorkelling and relaxing are all year round.
Sometimes during the trade winds seaweed builds up on some of the beaches. It's usually bustling on the islands during December, January, July and August.