Nestled nicely out in the Indian Ocean, a few miles north of Madagascar and East of Kenya, is a 115-island archipelago so breathtaking, early explorers from Brittain literally believed that they had found the Garden of Eden. While Seychelles was reportedly first sighted by a Portuguese explorer by the name of Vasco da Gama sometime during the year of 1502, little to nothing was known about this tropical paradise before that.
Though remote, Seychelles is a favorite among tourists who visit for the ultimate romantic experience or that much needed tropical getaway. Throughout all the globe, you’ll be hardpressed to find many other places that are more isolated than this heavenly group of islands. The islands are so breathtaking that Kate Middleton and Prince William came to Seychelles after exchanging their wedding vows.
There’s much more to Seychelles than just picturesque beaches and the clearest water that lets you see so many of the mysteries and wonders of the seas from the very shores of the islands. In addition to its unparalleled natural beauty and the interesting species of wildlife, the main island of Mahé, which is home to Victoria, the capital, exhibits beautiful British and French colonial architecture. And what would a tropical island resort be without a delicious smorgasbord of seafood to pig out on?
What You Should Know Before You Plan To Go
Back in 1971, the Seychelles International Airport opened up, and ever since tourism to the islands has skyrocketed and is now the number one leading industry in Seychelles. If you’re from the United States have your passport, then you are not required to obtain a visa if you’re only planning a visit of up to 30 days — however, once you exit your plane or cruise in Seychelles you must show your lodging information, proof of return transportation, and you also need to prove that you acquire adequate funding for the duration of your stay.
If Planning A Trip To Seychelles Remember To Pack These Things
Seychelles is an island archipelago which gives it a tropical rainforest climate complete with substantial humidity that is controlled by the relaxing and cooling ocean breezes. When visiting you’re going to want to bring sunglasses, swimwear, loose-fitting clothes, suntan lotion, and sandals, as you would imagine, the majority of your stay will most likely be spent on the beach. Although, the island has more to offer than just sun and sand, in fact, hiking is a very popular activity, so if that seems to be you’re your style make sure to pack sturdy boots and your hiking gear. December through February mark the rainy season, which is a good thing to keep in mind when planning your trip.
Best Places To Stay While Visiting Seychelles
Just by looking at the pictures, it’s pretty easy to think that this vacation may be a bit out of your price range. Generally speaking, a trip to the Seychelles Islands isn’t extremely expensive, but the one place you will likely drop some big bucks is with your lodging. The fact is, budget lodging is not very common in Seychelles. There is a nice place called Six Senses Zil Pasyon, located on the private island of Félicité and the Four Seasons on Petite Anse. It’s also worth mentioning that all 30 villas face the sea and have their own personal plunge pools. Even though it’s a bit pricier, once you experience it, you’ll agree that it was easily worth the cash.
More Amazing things About The Island
You might think that a place like this would be jammed packed full of tourists all the time, but the truth is since there are multiple islands and they are virtually beaches, many of them are untouched and never particularly crowded at all. On the rare chance that it is, you can just venture on a little further and find an area that’s a little less congested. One of the most popular spots for tourists is the Anse Lazio beach on Praslin island, which is known for its native takamaka trees and its beautiful clear blue waters.
Vallée de Mai Nature Preserve is located on Praslin, which is one of the few attractions that Seychelles has to offer away from the sandy beaches. While visiting this thick green jungle of the islands you’ll find native animal and primitive plant species that have managed to stay isolated since the formation of the islands. While visiting, keep an eye out for the elusive and incredibly special Seychelles black parrot. Why is it so special? Because it’s found nowhere else on the entire planet.
The island of La Digue is also known for the Anse Source d’Argent beach and it’s here where you’ll find a shoreline framed by amazing picturesque giant granite boulders. If you’re getting a bit too sunburnt or just need to take a little break from the beach, the capital city of Victoria, on the island of Mahé, is home to interesting museums, impressive architecture, open-air markets, and of course a vibrant nightlife scene.
How Do I Get There?
Seychelles is located about 300 miles off the coast of mainland Africa, which would mean the best way to reach the islands is by plane. Depending on where you’re traveling from, you’re likely to have at least 1 or more connecting flights. Ferry service is available between the main islands of Mahé, La Digue, and Praslin.
Closing Notes About Seychelles
Seychelles, while a little pricey, is still a very high-quality option for those looking for a relaxing tropical getaway. Even though you’ll likely have to toss in a few more dollars than you’d like, you will see where your money goes as the services provided are truly world-class. If you don’t mind the rain, traveling to Seychelles during the rainy season of December – Febuarary oftentimes brings cheaper ticket prices.
One thing that I haven’t really touched on was the island’s cuisine, which is seafood-heavy and ridiculously delicious. Some of the specialties include shark chutney, which is mashed shark meat seasoned with bilimbi juice, and ladob, which is a sweet and savory plantain simmered to perfection in coconut milk.