The Seychelles is one of the most wonderful holiday places that one can find on our planet. It is often described as the most attractive destination for lovers of exoticism and paradise beaches. Tourists will find here everything they need for the perfect holiday – quietness, exotic cuisine, wonderful climate and great hospitality by the locals. This is an ideal destination for anyone who wants to feel the contact with nature and the magic of the tropics.
Geographic location, boundaries and size. The Seychelles is an archipelago of more than 150 islands. Geographically the islands belong to Africa and are also the smallest country on the continent by area.
It is located among the warm waters of the Indian Ocean and between the equator to the north and the island of Madagascar to the south. It is located approximately 1000 km from the east coast of Africa.
Although the islands are scattered over a huge area, the Seychelles’ territory amounts to only 455 sq.km. Some of the largest islands in the archipelago are Mahe, Praslin, Silhouette, La Digue, Mary Ann Island, The Sisters, Frigate Island etc.
Climate. The Seychelles enjoys a perfect warm and sunny subequatorial climate. Temperatures are high throughout the year, usually between 28 and 31°C. The nights are pleasant – about 24 – 25°C no matter the season.
There is pronounced seasonality of precipitation distribution. The rainy season lasts from November to March and coincides with summer in the Southern Hemisphere.
In this part of the year falls the majority of the rainfall (in January up to about 360 mm). The dry season lasts from April to October. It coincides with the winter months, characterized by slightly lower and thus more pleasant temperatures and scarce rainfall.
August weather is driest with precipitation to about 80 mm. Local climate repeatedly outperform the majority of tropical islands in the world, because the Seychelles falls outside the hurricane belt.
Nature. The Seychelles is considered one of the most beautiful and romantic places in the world. Mother Nature has endowed them with divine beauty, combining all the best in one place.
The islands are covered with dense rainforests, which can amaze you with their incredible flora and fauna. Everywhere there is a huge variety of flowers, tropical trees, shrubs and palms.
You constantly hear the song of tropical birds and see everywhere some of the most amazing and bizarre creatures. The Seychelles has stunning beaches, which often appear on the covers of magazines and calendars.
The sand is as white and fine as powdered sugar and water in the lagoons around the islands shine like a mirror in the sky blue nuances.
Along the beaches there are beautiful groves of coconut palms, and beneath the water surface next to the coast you will find a unique variety of colorful corals and tropical fishes.
The smaller islands of the Seychelles archipelago have insignificant altitude reaching to about 5 -10 meters. The larger islands, however, are made of granite and have a picturesque landscape.
The highest peak in the archipelago is called Mornet. It rises about 906 meters altitude on the island of Mahe. You’ll find it in the middle of an area with very beautiful scenery within the borders of Morne Seychellois National Park.
Population and economy. The population of the Seychelles is approximately 82,000 inhabitants. About 25,000 of them live in the capital Victoria.
The population of the island country consists almost entirely of Christians, mainly Roman Catholics, but as ethnic origin are quite diverse – Frenchmen, black, Asians etc. The official languages are English and French, and Creole is widely spoken. The Seychelles has a growing economy.
The official currency of the archipelago is the Seychelles rupee (SCR). Economy of the island country relies heavily on the development of international tourism and the export of cinnamon, vanilla and copra.
Tourism. The tourism industry is very important for economic development of the Seychelles. It gives local people a decent standard of living and reduces the unemployment.
Unlike the busy and too big tourist centers in Europe and America, where resorts with their high hotels are literally turned into new cities, hotels in the Seychelles are mostly small (usually to about 1-2 floors) and comfortably nestled among the exotic vegetation of the islands.
Most visitors often stay in small but very refined, cozy and attractive hotel complexes consisting of not many bungalows and cottages next to the beach, because in this way hotels are close to the greatest wealth of this island nation – it’s incredible beaches. Besides its unique nature, the Seychelles offers its visitors also colorful and welcoming culture.
It is a mix of the traditional lifestyle of local inhabitants and culture of the arrived later from the British islands settlers, who brought the European mentality and culture with them.
To explore the Seychelles you really have to walk around the capital Victoria and visit its shops and markets.
You will be impressed by the cheerful mood of local residents and their eternal smile and exclusive variety of seafood caught in crystal clear waters around the archipelago.
The capital enjoys a very relaxed pace of life, although it is the busiest city in the country. Here you will find beautiful colonial architecture, which creates a feeling of affability.
The variety of fresh and exotic tropical fruits local produce is huge. All these facts have played a key role and today the Seychelles is the most expensive and attractive tourist destinations throughout Africa and among the most coveted in the world.
The Seychelles’ paradise is preferred from many people who want to get married near the beach or for people seeking a romantic spot on which to celebrate their anniversary.
The islands are perfect destination for more affluent honeymooners. The islands were chosen by the young British royals Prince William and Kate Middleton to spend their honeymoon.
If you are wondering which of the fabulous islands to choose, you have to know that the possibilities are great.
The biggest Island Mahe offers a lot of culture and entertainment, while other islands such as Parslin and Frigate have a wild and untouched environment. If you really have a bigger budget then you could even rent a whole island.
What is the best time for tourism in Seychelles? Although here the weather is warm 12 months a year, though the best time to enjoy this island’s paradise is the dry season between April and October when rainfall is more scarce, the sun is smiling generously from the sky and winter temperatures of 28 °C (two – three degrees lower than summer) make conditions ideal for hiking and long walks among the blessed nature of the Seychelles.
What clothes should I wear? Best suited to local climatic conditions are simple light and airy summer clothes, open shoes, slippers and sandals as well as a hat for the hot and sunny midday hours.
Be sure to stock up with enough sunscreen with high SPF and with appropriate sunglasses.