When one imagines pristine and romantic tropical islands, it has to be some of the Seychelles Islands that are coming to mind. This archipelago of 115 islands suspended in the Indian Ocean east of Kenya and north of Madagascar, is one of the worlds greatest treasures. With lush tropical vegetation, powder soft sand and smooth granite rocks soaring out of the cobalt ocean, these islands are a beach lovers paradise. Island hopping, whether by boat, plane or helicopter, gives one an opportunity to experience the diversity of the islands. Each island with its own character. A timeless miniature world.
This fertile tropical island with verdant forests, granite peaks and over 65 exquisite beaches is the largest of the Seychelles islands and is the international gateway. The lush mountainous landscape of the interior drops down to a coastline punctuated with breath-taking bays and sandy coves where you will find unobtrusive hotels, quaint guesthouses and villas. The island is also home to Victoria, Seychelles’ capital, known for Creole architecture and a colorful covered market with wares like fish, fruit and clothing.
Praslin is the second largest island and a 15 minute flight from Mahe. Praslin is home to the Vallee de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the famous coco de mer palms grows wild in abundance. It is also home to the famous beach, Anse Lazio, known to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. There is a variety of excellent, hotels, guesthouses and villas as well as the 5 star Lemuria hotel which features the only 18 hole champion golf course in the Seychelles.
La Digue is the fourth largest island in the Seychelles and is easily accessible by boat or helicopter from Praslin. The island which is less than half the size of Praslin, is known for its traditional modes of transport such as bicycles and ox-carts although cars have now been introduced. The island offers a variety of quaint guesthouse and small boutique hotel accommodation.
Alphonse is a triangular coral atoll sheltered by the crystalline waters of a turquoise lagoon. The island offers the best salt water fly- fishing in the world with unblemished shorelines, lagoons and sea flats. There are three islands being Alphonse, St.François and Bijoutier but luxury lodge accommodation is on Alphonse.
Bird is the most northerly island of all the Seychelles and a 30 minute flight from Mahe. Surrounded by sparkling white beaches and crystal blue waters, this islands Eco – lodge offers a nature experience amid the gardens of an ancient coconut plantation, a bird sanctuary and nesting site for turtles. It is also the home of the Esmeralda, the world’s largest tortoise.
Cerf Island is only a 10 minute boat ride from Mahe and is situated in the middle of the Sainte Anne Marine Park. This small island which is surrounded by a coral reef is ideal for divers and those looking for peace and quiet. The island has no roads or shops and has plenty of beautiful beaches to explore. Nestled into the tropical hillside, Cerf Island Resort is a cluster of 24 lovely, intimate private villas.
Chauve Souris Private Island
Chauve Souris lies 400 m northeast of the island of Praslin. The island is a granite island covered with tropical forest. Souris is an intimate hideaway that blends seamlessly with its environment and provides a cocoon of tropical comforts suspended between granite rocks, turquoise ocean and cerulean sky.
Cousine Private Island
Cousine Island is a pristine small granite island 6 km (3.7 miles) west of Praslin Island. It is available as an exclusive luxury private island rental. It offers a tropical island holiday experience with a degree of privacy found in very few places on earth.
Denis Private Island
Denis Island is a 30 minute flight north of Mahe and is the second most northerly island on the Seychelles bank. It is an excellent family holiday destination and a conservationist’s paradise. It is known for great diving and fishing. Accommodation is in 25 free standing cottages and villas.
Desroches Island or Île Desroches is the main island of the Amirante Islands, part of the Outer Islands of the Seychelles lying 227 km southwest of Mahe. The island is unspoilt, lying in the shade of a plantation of coconut palms and surrounded by 14 km of breathtaking beaches. Renowned for spectacular diving and big game fishing adventures. The Four Seasons Resort is the only resort on this 6 km long coral island.
Fregate Island Private
Fregate Island Private lodge is one of National Geographics Unique Lodges of the World. Situated 35 miles off the coast of Mahe, it is the most easterly of the granitic islands this is the island to visit if you want to experience amazing fauna and flora.
North Island is a luxury private island resorts and one of the Seychelles’ most exclusive private-island hideaways. Situated 30 km (18.64 miles) north of Mahé, North Island offers complete privacy for a romantic retreat or unforgettable family vacation. This is the ideal spot for barefoot luxury.
Silhouetteis the third-largest Seychelles island, located 20 km (12.5 miles) off the western coast of Mahe. Although it is relatively close to the main island, Silhouette is the most undeveloped and most remote of the Seychelles’ inhabited islands. The Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort and Spa is the only hotel on the island.
Sainte Anne Island is the largest of eight islands in Ste. Anne Marine National Park. This beautiful island is situated just 4 km (2.48 miles) off the east coast of Mahe. Club Med plan to open a resort on Sainte Anne in 2020.
Best time to travel:
Lying 4º south of the equator, Seychelles is a year-round destination. However it is important to note that the islands do get rain all year round hence the lush green vegetation.
- There is more chance of rain in November and December.
- The driest months are August and September.
- The hottest month is April but be prepared for humidity all year round
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