The diversity of the Seychelles landscape rushes up to greet you the moment your aircraft begins its descent! The Seychelles islands boast a huge array of activities ranging from thrilling water adventures to hiking trails through the thick island jungles and coastal mangrove forests. Located here are some of the best beaches in the world, pristine and uncrowded, are framed by age-old granite boulders and others offer powder-soft sands, turquoise clear waters and sublime opportunities for swimming, snorkeling and pure relaxation.
Seychelles promises a long list of exciting things to d! Explore the palm-lined beaches of Praslin and visit the forest of Vallée de Mai, home to the famous Coco de Mer Palm. In Morne Seychellois National Park hike along forest trails to Trois Frères peak to enjoy spectacular views over the island and its beach fringed shores. And while you take in the unique flora and fauna, do not forget to say hello to the Aldabra giant tortoise, which is indigenous to these islands and is one of the largest tortoises in the world. Dine on delicious seafood curries while taking in the rejuvenating ocean air!
A Seychelles sailing holiday is the ideal way to explore a country that remains a fascinating blend of influences from Asian, East Africa and South Asia coupled with the legacy of empire-builders from Holland, France and Britain. There are great opportunities for island-hopping between the 16 islands that currently offer accommodation. These range from sumptuous 5-star resorts to rustic island lodges and cozy beachside bungalows. On your way, you will discover such gems as the legendary Vallée de Mai (a nature park and UNESCO World Heritage Site on the island of Praslin), home to the legendary Coco-de-Mer (sea coconut). You will also find proud national monuments, beautiful Creole houses, artists’ studios, national reserves and marine parks, as well as breathtaking natural wonders above and beneath the waves. Various excursions will introduce you to the pleasures of glass-bottom boating, or enjoying a choice of water sports.
The Seychelles’ climate is one which is always warm and does not reach extremes of heat or cold. The temperature rarely drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C. All but the remotest southern islands lie outside the cyclone belt making Seychelles’ a year round destination for sun worshipers and beach lovers. It is generally cooler when the north-west trade winds blow during the months of November to March. The sea is generally calm and the weather warm and humid, with average winds of 15 – 22 kilometers per hour. A larger amount of the annual rainfall falls during the months of December to February compared to other months. The average number of rainy (days with 1 millimeter or more rainfall ) in December, January and February are 18, 17 and 11 days respectively. It is also fairly cloudy at times during those months and therefore less sunshine. The months of May to October bring drier, cooler weather, and livelier seas – particularly on south-eastern coasts – and winds of 19 -37 kilometers per hour are common.
Seychelles is a visa-free country meaning that there are no visa requirements for any person wishing to travel to this country. A stay visitor’s permit is issued on arrival in Seychelles to a person who comes for the purpose of holiday, business or visiting friends or family. So what are you waiting for… pack your bags for Seychelles!
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