The Blissful Castaway Island
The Seychelles is the best escape island resort if you seek serenity and happiness.
he Seychelles is one of the world’s most stunning destinations for beach lovers. These tropical islands are so beautiful, with exotic beaches, clear azure waters, turquoise lagoons and amazing ecology. If you want to relax, the Seychelles is your perfect getaway. The Seychelles islands are one of world smallest countries, located 1,000 miles east of the African coast in the western Indian Ocean at the crossroads of Asia and Africa. The nation comprises 115 islands spread over 1.3 million square kilometres of the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar. Of these 115 islands, 41 constitute the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on earth, but only 33 are inhabited. The rest are uninhabitable coral atolls. The three major islands of the Seychelles are Mahe, Praslin and LaDigue, with Mahe the largest island and the site of Victoria, the capital. The islands have the smallest population of any African nation. The majority of the people who live in the Seychelles are descendants of the British and French.
Seychelles International Airport is located on Mahe island and receives many direct flights from large cities including London, Frankfurt, Milan, Paris, Rome, Johannesburg, Singapore and Bangkok.
The Seychelles islands fall into two distinct groups, the inner and outer islands, and almost all are outside the cyclone belt. The 41 granite inner islands are clustered around the three principal islands of Praslin, La Digue and Mahe. There are also two coral islands in the inner group, Denis and Bird islands.
Island of Beaches
Seychelles is a beach haven. There are many fantastic beaches from which to choose on the 115 islands.The soft, pure white-sand beaches and crystal-clear azure ocean make all the beaches an attractive place to unwind and relax by the waters of the Indian Ocean. There are 44 public beaches located mostly on the three main islands – La Digue, Mahe and Praslin. Mahe, the main island, has 65 beaches to explore. Most of the beaches here are uncrowded, and untouched, the water is clear and bathtub-warm so it’s always a great place to go swimming or snorkelling. La Digue offers beautiful beaches all around it including Anse Source d’Argent beach with its pink sand and large granite boulders worn over time, making this one of the most photographed beaches in the world. The beach is sheltered by a reef, making the water calm and ideal for snorkelling. Other great beaches on the island include Anse Patates and Anse Coco, which is accessible only by foot. Anse Lazio on the island of Praslin is considered the best beach in the world with fine, soft sand fringed by Takamaka trees and palms. The beach is northwest facing, offering beautiful views of the sunset. The best beaches on Mahé include Beau Vallon, a favourite bay for locals and tourists alike, and the only
place in The Seychelles where motorised water sports are allowed. Here you can enjoy water-skiing, parachute rides, jetskiing, banana boat rides, sailing and so much more. Other beaches include Anse Major, and Anse Soleil, which is located in a small bay where a river runs into the sea. This beach can be reached only by boat or on foot. Grande Anse Beach in La Digue island is secluded and easy to skip because it takes some effort to get there. It is the archetypal beach, the benchmark against which others must be judged. It’s a must, especially if you’re a surfer. Besides relaxing in some beautiful and secluded beaches there are also some interesting and fun activities that you can enjoy.
Water Sports and Marine Life
The Seychelles is also the best place in the world for sailing and diving, the warm waters boasting coral reefs and an abundance of marine life, including turtles, whale sharks and manta rays. The Seychelles is home to four marine parks and more than 150 species of tropical fish, colourful corals and fascinating wrecks. The majority of resorts offers windsurfing, kayaking and sunset cruises. Sailing is also hugely popular, particularly around the calmer waters of the inner islands. One of the top dive spots is Shark Bank, where scuba divers can weave through boulders and spot stingrays, puffer fish and a sunken tanker.
Besides visiting Mahé’s beautiful beaches, it is important to take time to explore the Island’s mountainous interior. The Morne Seychellois National Park offers many different day hiking trails and is home to the highest peak in the Seychelles. Squadrons of tropical birds and fruit bats patrol over thick Jurassic forest that reaches to the 2,700ft summit of Morne, Mahe’s tallest peak. The best way to explore is to take a halfday hike along one of the many trails within the Morne Seychellois National Park. Look for tiny frogs hiding in pitcher plants, and the harmless endemic wolf snake basking in patches of sun. If you choose only one walk, spend 45 minutes reaching the summit of Morne Blanc. It has perhaps the finest view in the Indian Ocean. Alternatively, hike the Glacis La Reserve trail which goes through a palm forest with a backdrop of granite cliffs, and views of the east and west of Mahé. Other hikes on Mahé include Anse Major, a one-and-a-half-hour hike to a small secluded beach, and The Cassedent hike with a waterfall and screw pine forest.
Biking is a popular means of transportation, especially on the smaller islands where you can explore the outdoor beauty of the Seychelles. La Digue for example has no motor cars, so biking is the only way to explore the island. Seychelles offers beautiful trails to secluded beaches so you can enjoy biking in the Seychelles easily.
Food in The Seychelles is delicious and you will find an abundance of it here. Seafood, coconut, and curry are among some of the main ingredients on which you will feast. Grilled fish or octopus served with a sauce of crushed chillies,