The Republic of the Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 granite and coral islands spread across almost one million square kilometres, lying just south of the equator towards the heart of the Indian Ocean. The largest raised coral atoll, Aldabra, can be found here – now designated as a World Heritage site, the atoll is home to close to 150,000 giant tortoises, the worlds’ largest.
The main island, Mahe, contains almost 90% of the total population leaving many of the outlying islands either very sparsely inhabited or uninhabited, save for some superb lodges offering idyllic beach experiences where the worries and pace of everyday life can be left behind. Islands such as North Island, Silhouette, Praslin, Fregate and Denis, to name but a few.
Arguably the most incredible resort in the Seychelles is on North Island (Ile du Nord) – the only one on the island. Located some 11 miles off the north coast of Mahe, North Island has undergone a comprehensive rehabilitation and conservation programme, restoring its endemic flora and fauna. Now more than 200 plant species exist as well as endemic invertebrates and reptiles.
The Seychelles is truly an Indian Ocean paradise, ideal for honeymooners or families alike, with crystal blue warm waters, supporting a huge diversity of marine life, making it superb for scuba diving, snorkelling or for just a dip to cool down before lunch.
The climatic seasons in the Seychelles can be split into three distinct patterns
Between November & March – is the Green season with temperatures generally in excess of 30C but with a high chance of rain. Sea temperatures are 27-29C with excellent visibility – up to 40 metres;
Between April & Jun – is a transitional period; the climate is pleasant with little wind or rain.The ocean is flat and visibility superb.
Between July & October – is the dry season and offers the sunniest time of the year with more comfortable temperatures of between 25-30C. Sea temperatures are around 25C with poor to reasonable underwater visibility of 5-15 metres.
The turtle nesting season is at night from January to September with hatchlings appearing form March through to November.
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Additional Seychelles Information
The Republic of Seychelles is an island country spanning an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, some one thousand miles from the coast of Africa and to the north-east of Madagascar. It is the smallest African nation with a total population estimated to be well under 100,000.
The islands had no indigenous people so the current Seychellois comprise immigrants of African, French, Indian and Chinese descent. The Seychelles was a former French colony.
The capital of the Seychelles is Victoria on the main island of Mahe.
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Where To Go In Seychelles
Nestled off the east coast of Africa, the Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Mother Nature was extremely generous with her bounty here.
Mahé is the largest and most densely populated island, but is by no means overcrowded. With around 60 idyllic beaches and coves, you can find your own private hideaway or head to one of the bigger resorts for a variety of water sports. Port Victoria, one of the world’s smallest capitals, is a pretty town with a number of cultural and historical attractions, and sensational botanic gardens.
Praslin, the second largest island, is more remote and peaceful with a fine selection of golden beaches, idyllic valleys, and unique nature, including rare bird and lizard species and Seychelles flora.
La Digue is a magnet for photographers, eager to capture the essence of a tropical island. There are few cars here and the main mode of transport is ox carts and bicycles, giving it a feeling of timelessness.
North Island is a place of true luxury and the site of a conservation project. Guest numbers are limited, while giant tortoises outnumber the human population by two to one.
There are more than 70 satellite islands, many uninhabited and some containing exclusive beach resorts for those wanting complete privacy.
Where To Stay In Seychelles
At Signature Safaris, we have a fantastic selection of luxury resorts for your Seychelles holiday. Contact us for further information on any of our accommodation options.
When To Go To Seychelles
Here’s some climate information about Seychelles to help you plan your visit.
With a year-round warm tropical climate, there isn’t a bad time to visit. April to September is the driest period, while the northwest trade winds from October to March can bring rain and humidity.
Below is a table showing average temperature by month with the highs and lows. Temperatures displayed in °C
Below is a table showing the average rainfall by month. Rainfall is displayed in mm.
What To Do In Seychelles
The 115 coral and granite islands of Seychelles are pure, tropical paradise. Quite possibly the world’s most idyllic beach destination, it’s little wonder most visitors are drawn here to relax on the white-gold, powder-soft beaches and bathe in the crystal-clear turquoise waters. Whether you wish to castaway on your own slice of private beach or go snorkelling, diving, waterskiing, windsurfing or sailing at one of the bigger resorts is up to you.
But there’s more to Seychelles than just beaches. The lush, wild interior of the islands is home to soaring mountains and tangled rainforest trails. And while you won’t find the big five here, there’s plenty of incredible wildlife and nature, including giant tortoises, turtle colonies, fruit bats, flying foxes, a myriad of bird species and rare, exotic flora like the native Coco de Mer palms.
Don’t forget to make time to visit one of the smallest and most charming capital cities in the world, Port Victoria on Mahé.
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Whether it’s your first trip to Seychelles or you’re considering a return to explore a different island, here a quick recap of some essential details.