Nearly 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa, just south of the equator, the Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 granite and coral islands that span miles of azure Indian Ocean. The inner islands of the Seychelles are of the spectacular granite variety, bursting from the turquoise sea with tall rugged peaks and lush green vegetation. Rimmed by pristine white sandy beaches dotted with large granite boulders, the islands’ sublime beach scene is unlike anywhere else. With an abundance of rare indigenous animals, plants, and birds, conservation and preservation are top priorities in the Seychelles and almost half of the land is protected, including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Island hopping is a great way to explore the Seychelles, particularly the three main islands: Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. Home to the capital city of Victoria, the international airport, and most of the population, Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles and offers several amazing beaches such as Anse Intendance and Anse Louis.

A 15-minute flight from Mahé, lies Praslin Island, the second-largest and boasts gorgeous beaches such as Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette, as well as Vallée de Mai – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – an ancient palm tree forest home to the uniquely shaped Coco de Mer coconut.

One cannot talk about beaches in the Seychelles without mentioning the famous gem of La Digue Island – the silvery Anse Source d’Argent. With huge granite boulders spread across the sand, Anse Source d’Argent is the most famous in the Seychelles.

A few luxury resorts have been developed on smaller private islands and are accessed via helicopter, domestic flight, or speedboat. These islands are ideal getaways to relax, dine, and dive at some of the most secluded and luxurious island resorts in the world.

Seychelles is often visited as a destination by itself, though combinations with stays in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Mauritius, and safaris in South Africa and East Africa are easily arranged. Emirates, Etihad Airways, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, and Air Seychelles are a few of the airlines that fly to Seychelles. It is common to connect through Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Johannesburg and Nairobi. From the United States flights often connect via Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Due to the Seychelles proximity to the equator, the temperature is usually in the low to mid 80’s year-round. Seychelles lies outside of the cyclone belt so severe storms are rare. December and January tend to be the wettest months. Seychelles are characterized by two separate trade winds. The drier south-east trade winds usually blow from June - September. Diving is best during the north-west trade winds from October - May. Being in the tropics, storms can happen anytime of the year and rain tends to fall in short bursts. Oftentimes moving to the other side of the island, one can avoid rain.
Honeymooners and romantic couples: Private villas with pools and special dining venues overlooking gorgeous beaches and lagoons create memories. Water sports enthusiasts: World-class scuba diving, fly fishing, sailing, and snorkeling. Nature Lovers: Hike through nature reserves to see unique and rare plant, animal, and bird life. Beachgoers: Some of the most beautiful beaches in the World are in the Seychelles. Families: Many resorts offer excellent activities and facilities for children, making for fun family vacations.
Island-hop: Excursions to Praslin, La Digue, and several smaller islands are interesting and fun. Praslin is home to the Valle de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, that’s an ancient palm tree forest home to the famous Coco De Mer. La Digue has the most famous beach in the Seychelles, Anse Source D’Argent. Aride Island is infrequently visited but it’s a bird breeding mecca. Snorkeling and scuba diving: World-class sites allow travelers to see the underwater world in ways that aren’t possible in many other destinations. Car rental: Renting a car and exploring an island at your own pace makes for a fun day. Hiking: Explore nature reserves and see rare flora and fauna.
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