Seychelles is synonymous with paradise. Coral reefs and untouched jungles envelop unhurried towns and breathtaking beaches to create a dreamy destination detached from the rigors of modern life.
Despite its remote location in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is geared towards upscale vacations and welcomes thousands of visitors every year. From honeymooners to Europeans escaping dreary northern winters, Seychelles is made for bucket lists. It evokes images of lazy days on unimaginably beautiful beaches. For many visitors, that is enough and they could fill their vacation simply sunbathing, snorkelling in crystal-clear waters, and enjoying barbecues on the beach. But a layered history, rich creole culture, and abundant wildlife provide diversions when visitors tire of the beach. The locals refer to their own islands as “unique by a thousand miles," reflecting the sheer variety of this extended chain of islands.
Best time to travel to the Seychelles
between May and November
hot and humid climate
average temperature about 27°C (81°F)
What to see and do in the Seychelles
Known for its pristine clear turquoise waters, flora and fauna, Seychelles is so much more. From relaxing at one of its beautiful beaches, island-hopping via a private catamaran or exploring the colourful coral reefs and marine life makes Seychelles a remarkable destination.
Key facts about the Seychelles
Seychelles is known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters as well as a unique plant and animal life. It consists of 115 islands off the coast of East Africa. There are two main island groups: the inner Islands, which are granitic in origin and the outer Islands, which are mostly coral atolls. However, only eight of the islands are inhabited and most Seychellois live on just three islands: Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. The largest, Mahé, is home to the 'world's smallest capital', Victoria.
It wasn't until 1756 that the island was settled with the arrival of a French frigate. The islands were named after the French finance minister of the day, Jean Moreau de Séchelles. The Napoleonic Wars saw the British Navy seize the islands in 1796 and Seychelles remained a British colony until peacefully claiming independence in 1976. Since then tourism strongly boosted the economic growth, fueled by the opening of Seychelles International Airport in 1971.
archipelago with 115 granite & coral islands
biggest island: Mahé
Weather & stay at the Seychelles
Transportation – Getting to and around Seychelles
Exploring the islands without a guide involves a mix of transport options. Catamaran ferries connect populated islands, while numerous boats are available to charter for visiting other islands. For something extra special and want to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the Seychelles, look at helicopter or water-plane flights. Another compelling alternative and the best way to explore an island, is to rent a bike.
On Mahé and Praslin, hiring a car is a generally safe and convenient way to tour the island. However, mountain roads can be treacherous, especially during the wet summers.
For airport transfers, shuttle buses and taxis can be reserved before or upon arrival.