Capital City: Victoria
Visa Required for US Citizen: No
Highlights: deserted white sand beaches, great diving and snorkeling, sea turtle & bird sanctuary.
Great destination for honeymooners & couples looking for a remote, romantic beach holiday. Also great for families or small groups looking for terrific beaches and many water activities.
The Seychelles Islands are undeniable beautiful, a literal paradise on Earth seemingly forgotten. This incredible archipelago consists of more than 100 islands and is located in the Indian Ocean off the coast of East Africa and North-East of Madagascar. The Seychelles offer some of the most dramatic and picturesque islands in the world. With so many to choose from you are likely to find you are the only persons present except for the swaying palms, rich tropical vegetation and exotic wildlife. The Seychelles have the only mid-ocean granitic islands in the world. These are found within the group known as the inner islands and are all found within a 50km radius of the main island of Mahé. The outer islands are made up of several groups, the Amirantes, Alphonse, Farquhar and the Aldabra Group and are all of coralline origin. These range from between 120 to 700 miles from Mahé. By far the most popular of the islands are Mahe, the largest island and home to the capital city of Victoria, the picturesque Praslin and the island of La Digue where time seems to have stood still.
EASILY combinable extensions might be: Kenya, Tanzania & South Africa
The Seychelles’ climate is one which is always warm and does not reach extremes of heat or cold. The temperature rarely drops below 75°F or rises above 90°C. All but the remotest southern islands lie outside the cyclone belt making Seychelles’ a year round destination for sun worshippers 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 9-14 miles per hour. A larger amount of the annual rainfall falls during the months of December to February compared to other months. It is also fairly cloudy at times during those months and therefore less sunshine. The weather is hottest from December to April, and the humidity is high – often 80% or higher. The months of May to October bring drier, cooler weather, and livelier seas – particularly on south-eastern coasts – and winds of 12-23 miles per hour are common. On average the number of rainy days during this period is 11 with long periods of sunshine. Dry spells of two weeks or more are fairly common.