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WELCOME TO Seychelles
A blissful archipelago in the Indian Ocean that may just be the world’s most beautiful island chain – welcome to the Seychelles.
There’s a whole host of reasons why the Seychelles Islands are so popular with travellers and honeymooners looking for a taste of exotic luxury. The beaches are typically picture-perfect with white sand, indigo waters and a fringe of swaying palms. The resorts offer top class hotels, restaurants and bars, and the nightlife is simply fantastic. Add in fascinating wildlife and a plethora of outdoor activities and the islands can justifiably claim to be a truly magical holiday destination.
Of the 115 islands in the archipelago, only a small number of the inner ones are actually inhabited – the main ones being Mahe (where the capital Victoria is located), Praslin and La Digue. All three offer outstanding beach resorts.
Mahe is characterised by curved bays with long stretches of golden sand – perfect for families, swimming and snorkelling. Praslin is more relaxed, and features the glorious Anse Lazio, a regular entry on TripAdvisor’s annual list of the world’s top beaches as well as Vallee de Mai where visitors can see the famous Coco de Mer palms. And La Digue offers Anse Source D’Argent – another of the world’s most stunning beaches lined with powdery white sand and backed by extraordinary granite boulders.
Most of the outer islands are protected as nature reserves. In fact, the Seychelles is seen as a world leader in sustainable tourism.
Such strong commitment to the natural environment has resulted in many once endangered species flourishing. At the Aldabra Atoll, a huge coral reef listed as a UNSECO World Heritage Site, visitors can see the world’s largest population of giant tortoises. There are also sea turtles, hundreds of fish species and large colonies of seabirds.