5 Reasons why you will fall in Love with the Seychelles
A wonderful collection of stunning coral reefs, beautifully exotic wildlife, white sand beaches and culture await you. So if you are dreaming of a tropical island getaway then the Seychelles ticks all the boxes. Each of her stunning islands has their own unique charm – so head to this beautiful barefoot paradise.
Fall in Love with Seychelles
When we first visited the Seychelles we never thought we would ever visit anywhere that takes your breath away quite as much as the Maldives had … how wrong were we!
We fell in love with Seychelles so much that we have been back a few times.
Seychelles offers a warm tropical climate with temperatures that rarely drop below 24C making it a fantastic destination to visit all year round.
Although like most destinations there are different times that are best to visit the islands. October is when the northwest trade winds create calm seas making it ideal for scuba diving, witnessing the hawksbill turtles nesting on the beaches.
May, however, is a great time to go hiking in Seychelles due to its cooler weather.
Seychelles is well known for its unspoilt beauty and exotic wildlife. The Vallee de Mai National Park is situated on Praslin Island and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Park is home to the worlds heaviest seed, the Coco de Mer as well as the native black parrot.
The Port Launay National Marine Park is the perfect place to snorkel or scuba dive and whilst it has an abundance of marine life it is known for sightings of whale sharks.
Between October to April, you may be lucky enough to see one of the Hawksbill turtles nesting on the beach, even luckier to witness the hatchlings emerge at night as they navigate their way to the open sea by the moon and starlight.
Seychelles is arguably home to some of the worlds best beaches. Stunning soft white sandy beaches back on to lush green tropical landscapes. With so many stunning beaches to visit its hard to chose which ones to visit, here are a few we’ve been lucky enough to visit.
Anse Source d’Argent with its impressive granite boulders was the setting for Tom Hanks ‘Cast Away’ film. It is a great beach for families with young children as you can often spot turtles and tropical fish in its shallow waters.
Beau Vallon on Mahe isn’t as secluded as other beaches but if you want to mix with the locals and visit some local bars and restaurants this is your beach.
Grand Anse Beach is located on Praslin and with its clear water, white sand and the huge granite makes this beach the ideal picture postcard.
Seychelles has a wonderful mix of influences from all over the world including France, Africa, India and China. This is clearly evident in their cuisine which includes freshly caught seafood, locally grown fruit and fragrant curries. Pick up some lightly salted breadfruit chips during your visit, found in many local shops.
Seychelles, is home to at least 23 different banana species, so you will find a few dishes with them in however, you may not want to buy bananas from the supermarket again. Coconut curries are also very popular however, be careful because the Seychellois like their curries hot!
In addition, if you visit in June you may like to join in with the Seychelles National Day celebrations, celebrated with sparkling firework displays and streets adorned with twinkling lights.
A visit to one of the smallest capital cities in the world, Victoria on Mahe island is a must. Meet the locals as you wander the shops and colourful markets maybe buying a souvenir or two to take home.
Seychelles Adventure Activities
After relaxing on the beach, you may wish to get out and see what else Seychelles has to offer?
Take a boat trip over to Curieuse Island which is a protected island to allow Giant tortoises to prosper.
Why not get a birds-eye view as you soar high above the forest canopy on the 120-metre zip line. In addition, you can hike through tropical jungles encountering the local wildlife.
Late August to early September is the Seychelles Regatta. With its live music, food stalls and yacht races. Once the sun goes down however, the fun continues with bonfires, music and sega dancing.
You really can do as much or as little as you like in Seychelles.
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