Escape to the Seychelles
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The Seychelles is a collection of 115 islands in the heart of the Indian Ocean, promising idyllic beaches, warm evenings and a wealth of natural beauty to discover. With three main islands to stay on and a host of others to explore, many of which are uninhabited, the Seychelles is truly a place to escape everyday life and get back to nature. Here’s a breakdown of the main islands, and what to look out for.
Mahe is the largest island in the Seychelles, home to the nation’s capital city, Victoria, as well as 90 per cent of the country’s population. This is the best place to be to discover the Seychellois culture, with small bars and restaurants serving cocktails and fresh seafood throughout the night, while locals head to the beach to share drinks and enjoy the clear night skies. The island also has some of the most popular beaches, including the Beau Vallon and the slightly quieter Baie Lazare, where you’ll also find the excellent Kempinski Seychelles resort.
Praslin’s biggest attraction is the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, a beautiful area managed by the island’s conservation teams, who work almost around the clock to keep the biodiversity of the area the same. The Seychelles’ location makes it an area of biological and scientific significance, with some of the richest areas of wildlife in the Indian Ocean, and on Praslin you’ll see a great many species that can only be found in this tiny island – perfect for nature lovers!
La Digue is also home to a number of wildlife hotspots, but its real beauty is in its beaches; stunning pink sands and gently rounded boulders create a perfect picture of paradise along the shore, with forests of palm trees backing the coastline. It is home to L’Anse Source d’Argent, one of the world’s top beaches, and is not to be missed by those seeking a tranquil break by the sea.
…And some smaller islands
Island-hopping is a popular activity around the Seychelles, and there are a number of ferries carrying passengers out to sea for tours of the stunning islets and outer islands. If you can, head to Silhouette Island, where you’ll be able to see one of the world’s largest natural colonies of giant tortoises living within the breathtaking, unpopulated beauty of the island.