The Seychelles is an archipelago of around 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean with eclectic heritage of French, British and African influences, with more recent infusions of Chinese and Indian elements.
An African country of about 98.000 people, La Repiblik Sesel (its official name in Creole) was not permanently inhabited before the first Europeans settlements started in the 17th Century. France claimed the islands in 1756 but they came under British control in 1814.
The country can be divided into 2 geological groups: some 40 granitic, central mountainous islands with a narrow coast where most of the population lives and the coralline group composed of flat, mainly uninhabited outer islands. Its rich biodiversity, hot climate and stunning landscapes have made of the Seychelles a prime touristic destination since the 1970’s.
Best Beaches In Seychelles
Where is Seychelles located?
Seychelles is in the Indian Ocean, 1.750 km/ 1.100 mi east of Africa and 1.000 km/650 mi northeast of Madagascar. Its capital and largest city, Victoria, is located on the island of Mahé.
What country owns the Seychelles?
A British colony since 1810, The Seychelles started gaining autonomy in the second half of the 20th century, leading to its independence in 1976, when it became a republic.
What is the best month to visit Seychelles?
The better months to visit The Seychelles are May to November, the ‘dryer’ season, when the southeast trade winds blow the humidity away. Temperatures remain fairly constant throughout the year with an average 27℃/81℉.
Why is Seychelles famous?
Just look at the photos! Coral reefs, green mountains, cliffs and boulders that fall into the marvelous Indian Ocean, white sand beaches, amazing marine life, how could it not be famous?
On top of that, the ‘most photographed beach of the world’, Anse Source d’Argent, is in the Seychelles, in La Digue Island, and a long list of jet setters, royalty and Hollywood A-listers have honeymooned there, such as Prince William & Kate Middleton, Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston or George Clooney & Amal Alamamuddin.
The Seychelles is also a top scuba diving destination, especially around Mahé and the Aldabra Atoll, featuring eagle rays, green & hawksbill turtles, and whalesharks from May to September. Marine life is thriving in the Seychelles thanks to the conservation efforts of the government, see the list of Marine Protected Areas below.
How much does a Seychelles honeymoon cost?
A 1 week John & Yoko (full board) honeymoon in the Seychelles will set you back around 3.500 usd in a 5 stars hotel, flights from London included.
On a budget, expect to pay 1.800 usd for flights and accommodation for 2 persons.
Is Seychelles a safe country?
Yes, The Seychelles is pretty safe. Opportunistic theft can occur, use normal caution with your valuables.
Can I buy property in The Seychelles?
Yes, with approval from the government and with limitations, such as you cannot buy freehold property owned by the State, you cannot lease it afterwards and cannot buy freehold property on any outlying island.
Is Seychelles a rich country?
It has the highest GDP per capita in Africa (in 2020, according to the World Bank), provides universal health care, welfare and free education but is still considered a developing country. It ranked 48 out of 186 in the list of countries by GDP per capita at Purchasing Power Parity in 2019.
Marine Protected Areas of The Seychelles
6 Marine National Parks: St Anne, Baie Ternay, Curieuse, Port Launey, Silhouette & Ile Coco
4 Shell Reserves: 2 on Mahé east cost, 1 on Praslin & 1 on La Digue
4 Special Reserves: Cousin Island, Aride Island, African Banks & Aldabra Atoll
Furthermore, The Seychelles recently pledge to protect 30% of its 1.37 million km²/530.000 mi² Exclusive Economic Zone, or 440.000 km²/170.000 mi², and around 60% of the country land area is under protection status.
Seychellois rupee, code SCR, symbol SCR / SR
The rupee is the currency of the Seychelles. It is subdivided into 100 cents