Made up of 115 islands, Seychelles is off the coast of East Africa, northeast of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Most of the islands are uninhabited as well as classified as nature reserves. The country gained independence in 1976 and hasn’t looked back since. Its biggest and most well known islands are Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue. They’re a famous destination for celebrities and honeymooners from all over the world. Mahe is the largest of the islands containing 65 beaches as well as mountains covered in rainforests. It can be argued that Mahe is the most beautiful island. Victoria is the capital, and one of the world’s smallest capitals, that can be explored on foot in a few hours. There you can walk through the botanical gardens, tea plantation, as well as hit the local market and see what unique materials and spices the people are buying.
On the island of Praslin you can take a walk in the Vallee de Mai which has been named by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site owing to its 4,000 coco de mer palms which are endemic to Seychelles. At La Digue you can visit L’Union estate where there’s coconut production. You’ll also find cemeteries of original settlers, and the world known Anse Source D’Argent beach. The cost of a full day is 48 euros.
Cousin Island is another place to visit that serves as a place for reptiles and endangered magpie robins to live thanks to the efforts of Nature Seychelles and BirdLife International. You’ll only be allowed to visit with a guide for the aforementioned reasons. A full day including lunch on Fridays will cost north of 130 euros per person
.Seychelles’ most attractive beaches are Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio. Anse Georgette is famous for its granite boulders. Anse Lazio is longer and has more powerful waves. You can either walk to Anse Lazio or take the coastal road. Both have fine white sand and incredible sunsets. You can watch the sunset and sunrise from the beach or on the back of a horse as you watch local fishermen return to land with their day’s work. For a panoramic view of the islands you can hike to the highest point in Mahe at Morne Seychellois National Park.
Seychelles is a beautiful country with lots to offer. What more needs to be said than the fact that so many parts of it are protected by UNESCO and NGOs?