SEYCHELLES

Why Seychelles is so much more than just a honeymoon destination

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When thinking of the Seychelles Islands, one tends to imagine romantic getaways, crisp white beaches and landscapes filled with endless beauty. Whilst these do form an idyllic setting, Seychelles has so much more to offer each and every visitor planning to explore this little piece of heaven. Visitors can discover a diverse array of opportunities with a new and exciting experience around every corner.

As an all-year round destination, Seychelles caters for every budget and style. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, keen fisherman or food connoisseur, Seychelles is sure to impress with a wide variety of activities such as sailing, windsurfing, diving and trail walks as well as delicious local cuisine and trips to the traditional island markets. Island Hopping is also a must see and is the perfect opportunity to explore Seychelles’ splendour and natural beauty.

For families wanting to visit this exotic destination, the options are endless. With activities ranging from horse-riding, walks through the tropical gardens at the famous Jardin du Roi in Anse Royale, to experiencing the sea life on glass-bottom boats, your most difficult choice will be deciding whether to stay for one week or two.

Mahé, measuring 28km long by 8km wide, is the largest island and cultural and economic hub of the Inner Islands, and is the international gateway to Seychelles. It is home to the international airport and the nation’s capital, Victoria. Said to be the smallest Capital in the world and Capital of the largest island in the Seychelles Group, it is named after Queen Victoria. A leisurely tour of the island by car will take 2 to 2 1/2 hours and reveal the lion’s share of Seychelles’ accommodation facilities, places of cultural interest and other attractions.

The Natural History Museum hosts exhibitions that not only illustrate the flora, fauna and geological history of Seychelles, but serve to enlighten visitors about major environmental concerns, with the primary aim of promoting positive attitudes and actions in conserving its natural heritage.

But Mahé is just one island among many for you to enjoy because Seychelles is a destination made up of 115 island jewels, each with its own character, secrets and stories to tell. Praslin is Seychelles’ second largest island where the vegetation is so special, it was once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden. A few steps into the extraordinary forest known as the Vallée de Mai will show you why. Vallée de Mai is one of Seychelles’ two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is a must see when visiting the destination.

La Digue Island is a mere 30 minutes ferry ride from Praslin and as you set foot on this magical island where the main forms of transport are still bicycle and ox-cart, you will feel yourself transported back to a different time. Steeped in tradition, La Digue is one of the most popular spots for enjoying a unique, island-style way of life at a wonderfully unhurried pace.

Seychelles, ideally situated just of the coast of Southern Africa, promises you the ultimate island getaway, unsurpassed beauty and world-class adventure.

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