Seychelles expectional moorings, another sailing world
Each of the 115 islands of the Seychelles has its own flair and a mystical draw.
Located just off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles were largely uninhabited until the late 18th century, when French traders and sailors arrived along its shores. Today, the Seychelles offer a diverse blend of cultures—French, British, African, Indian, Chinese and Arab—as well as some of the best beaches in the world.
Known for their rich marine life and nature reserves, the Seychelles are home to more than 2,000 species of plants, more than 1,000 species of fish and the largest population of Aldabra giant tortoises in the world. On Praslin Island, you’ll find the UNESCO World Heritage site of Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve and the coco de mer palm tree, known for its distinctive fruit. The 2-hectare (5-acre) Mount Fleuri National Botanical Gardens, established in 1901, are also worth visiting, with highlights including the coco de mer, giant tortoises and an orchid house. Hikers can explore the Seychelles’ highest peak in Morne Seychellois National Park.
Take advantage of the Seychelles’ beaches. Also on Mahé, Anse Royale offers secluded coves and prime snorkelling spots. Anse Lazio, on Praslin Island, is known for its crescent shape and soft white sands, and La Digue’s Anse Source d’Argent, with its massive boulders, is considered to be the most photographed beach in the world.