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SEYCHELLES

OVERVIEW

Splendid Beaches

Mother Nature was very generous with these 115 islands scattered in the Indian Ocean, and has spoiled them rotten. Undeniably, the beaches are the big attraction, and what beaches: exquisite ribbons of pearlescent sand lapped by topaz waters and backed by lush hills and big glacis boulders. And hardly a soul in sight. Choosing your favourite beach is like trying to pick a flavour of ice cream – they’re all so good! Hot favourites include world-famous Anse Source d’Argent, secluded Anse Marron, sexy Anse Takamaka and picture-postcard perfect Anse Lazio.

Aquatic Delights

Diving and snorkelling are the most popular activities in the Seychelles, and rightly so. Healthy reefs, canyon-like terrain, shallow shelves, exciting shipwrecks, impressive granite outcrops and splendid coral gardens give divers and snorkellers almost instant access to a variety of environments. The water is warm and clear, and teeming with life from the tiniest juvenile tropical to the largest pelagic creature, including whale sharks. Whether you’re an experienced diver or slapping on fins for the first time, there are sites for all levels. And you’ll be welcomed by qualified, multilingual instructors in state-of-the-art dive centres.

Luxury Resorts

White-sand beaches, secluded coves, coral-coloured sunsets, swish hotels, slick restaurants, hushed spas. With such a dreamlike setting, it’s not surprising that honeymooners and those seeking a glamorous tropical getaway have long had the Seychelles at the top of their wish lists. You too can live the high life at one of the country’s star-spangled hotspots, provided you have the cash. If you’re not a millionaire, fear not. This paradise is more affordable than you think. On top of ultra-luxurious options, the Seychelles has plenty of self-catering facilities and family-run guesthouses that are easier on the wallet and offer local colour.

Ecotourism & Wildlife Spotting

Charge your camera batteries, people – the Seychelles is not dubbed ‘The Galàpagos of the Indian Ocean’ for nothing. Watching sea turtles nesting on Bird Island’s sandy beaches or giant Aldabra tortoises roaming freely on Curieuse is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. If you’re hoping to spot sooty terns, tropicbirds, warblers and magpie robins in their natural habitats, the bird sanctuaries of Aride, Cousin, and Bird Islands should figure heavily in your planning. And Praslin’s Vallée de Mai is a slice of Eden where you can see the very rare coco de mer palms in their natural state.

What is the currency in the Seychelles?

Seychelles Rupee.

How long does it take to fly to Seychelles?

Approximately 10 hours

What is the time difference?

GMT +4 hours

What is the best time to visit the Seychelles?

The best times to visit Seychelles are April, May, October and November. These months represent the transition times between the hot and humid northwest trade winds (from November through March) and the cooler southeast trade winds that define April through October.

What language is spoken in the Seychelles?

There are three official languages in Seychelles: Creole, English and French.

Visit the Seychelles Tourist Board for more information



A Selection of Seychelles Hotels

Coco De Mer Hotel Named after the unique palm trees of the tropical forest that surround it, the Coco de Mer Hotel is situated in over two hundred acres of natural beauty on the quiet southwest coast of Praslin. The ne...
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Prices from £1,639
Le Meridian Fisherman's Cove Le Méridien Fisherman's Cove, arguably the best known hotel in the Seychelles and a popular choice of British guests for many years, is tucked away at the southern tip of the beautiful Beau Val...
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Prices from £1,879
Denis Private Island Denis Private Island, fringed by coral reefs, sparkling white sands and coconut palms represents an unspoilt paradise for those wishing to escape from the daily stresses of life. Guests may simply rel...
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Prices from £3,555
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles In this barefoot paradise, tree house style villas perch on a jungle hillside overlooking the sparkling turquoise waters of a private bay. Recharge your spirits with relaxation, adventure a...
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Prices from £3,075
Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa Set on the largely undeveloped Silhouette Island, Hilton Seychelles Labriz stretches along a perfect white sand beach, overlooking an enchanting lagoon and with a backdrop of tropical fores...
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Prices from £1,719
Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island To visit the beautiful and pristine Desroches Island is almost to step back in time, as the tropical forests are so untouched and the beaches so unspoilt. Here at the westernmost reaches of...
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