Imagine lying oceanside with soft, powdery sand beneath you, clear, turquoise waters lapping up beside, the tropical sun embracing you in its warmth, the cool ocean breeze washing over you, picture-worthy views of beautiful seascapes and dramatic landscapes of towering palms and granite fringed beaches – if this sounds like paradise, then Seychelles is the perfect place for you. Comprised of 115 utopian islands, this archipelago off the coast of Africa is a truly unique place. Even more enticing than the ability to explore some of the world’s richest marines, and pristine beaches, is the fact that most of the islands are unspoilt and uninhabited, giving visitors in search of tranquillity, plenty of opportunities to enjoy their own piece of paradise and relax in solitude.
Long heralded as a premiere destination for couples retreats and exclusive getaways reserved for the elite, the Seychelles are becoming more accessible to everyone. While there are still the extremely luxurious resorts, there are numerous budget-friendly options – many of which provide the same quality of treatment and experience as their costly counterparts.
These postcard-worthy beaches have served as the backdrop for many a photo shoot for top publications. With the dramatic scenery and breath-taking views, it’s easy to see why. Flanked by granite boulders and azure waters, the white-sand beaches fringed with swaying palms seem like something out of a dream. Praslin Island, the second largest, has a little bit of everything for everyone. The white sand beaches and clear, warm waters of Anse LazioAnse Source d'Argent are perfect for lounging, snorkelling and diving. The island is also home to a UNESCO World Heritage site. Surfers will relic the big waves along the Intendance Beach on the mainland, while those seeking seclusion will enjoy the Anse Severe in La Digue.
Known for its incredibly rich flora and fauna, the Seychelles offers visitors once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to view some of the earth’s unique endemic species. Some of which include the heaviest land tortoise, the smallest frog and the revered warbler birds. With nearly half of the nation’s land mass dedicated to national parks and reserves, the country undergoes extreme measures to ensure that the natural beauty of the Seychelles remains intact. The best way to experience the diverse flora and fauna is to island hop – charters are readily available out of Mahé, while other modes of transportation includes ferries, helicopters and domestic flights.
Snorkelling, diving, go hand-in-hand with the ideal water conditions and rich coral reef of the Seychelles. In addition to the water-based activities, there are several land excursions and enriching activities to pursue. Those who enjoy hiking, will delight in the numerous trails in the mountains region of Mahé. With its breath-taking views, the Mission Lodge in Mahé is the most notorious vantage point in the Seychelles. It’s also where Queen Elizabeth I sat for afternoon tea. Originally created to promote spice trade, Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden, now gives visitors insight into life on a spice plantation.
The easy-going and alluring culture of the Seychelles only enhances the island’s appeal. With influences from Africa, Asia, India and Europe, there is a unique mix of foods, art, music, customs and traditions. Creole music and dance are primarily influenced by African, Malagasy and European cultures. The Hindu temple in Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar boasts exceptional architecture and is the only Hindu temple in the country. While, the Kenwyn House, one of most highly visited monuments, serves as a prime example of French colonial architecture. The food is also a highlight of holidays in Seychelles. The fresh fish and vegetation and sumptuous blend of spices and herbs make for an unforgettable culinary experience.
Known for their uncompromised beauty and luxury resorts, the islands of the Seychelles are the perfect destination for those seeking sun, sand and sea. Although there are 115 islands that make up the Seychelles, no two are alike. Mahé, the main island, and the nearby islands of Praslin and La Digue are the travel, cultural and economic epicentre of the country.
Whether seeking a relaxing retreat, a romantic getaway or an adventure-packed holiday, Seychelles has it all. The country’s idyllic beaches, thrilling experiences and unique culture provide the perfect backdrop to your dream holiday. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy Cousin Island where the native warbler birds, lizards and turtles are often seen. Those looking for a more hands-on culinary experience can head to Praslin where they can learn to de-husk a coconut. Only 16 islands are home to luxury resorts, which leaves ample space to find secluded stretches of beaches and tranquillity.
Heading here is a chance to see true paradise on earth. For more information about Travelbag’s custom holidays to Seychelles, contact us at 0871 703 4713 Costs 13p/min + network extras.
Keep in mind that Seychelles’ climate is warm and humid. Clothing and travel items will be largely determined by the weather.
Lightweight clothing and light layers are highly recommended for the warm temperatures of the islands. Since Seychelles is a beach destination, be sure to bring swim gear, sandals, comfortable walking shoes and any other clothing geared toward physical activities. Casual and some formal eveningwear is also recommended, as the country has several fine-dining establishments and nighttime entertainment.
Even when the clouds are out, the strong, tropical sun is still strong. To prevent sunburn, bring plenty of sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and lip balm.
If you plan to go diving or sailing, bring your license and insurance documents. While many things can be purchased in Seychelles, some items to keep in mind are snorkelling equipment, beach towels and binoculars. A camera is a must-have, to capture the scenic beauty of the island.
Medical requirements for entry into the country are minimal - there is no risk of yellow fever or of contracting malaria in Seychelles. For emergencies, it can be a good idea to pack a first aid kit, anti-diarrhoea medication, pain relief medication, antibacterial cream and water-purification tablets and rehydrating solutions.
The warm, tropical climate of Seychelles makes it an idyllic beach holiday destination. The country boasts pleasant and consistent temperatures year-round. Temperatures average 29°C, with lows dropping to 24°C and highs reaching 32°C. The driest months are between May and September.
The seasons in Seychelles are determined by the trade winds. Between October and April, the winds bring warm and humid weather. Rainfall averages 14 inches. The cooler, drier season lasts from May to September, with the driest months being July and August. During this time, rainfall is only about 3 inches, but the strong winds can drastically increase the size of the waves, making protection necessary. The mountains highest in elevation, like Mahé and Silhouette, receive the most rainfall throughout the year. Between December and March, cyclone activity in the Indian Ocean can bring windy and overcast weather, however, this is not always common.
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