NATURES TREASURE TROVE
Mahé, the capital island, is the only island that shows any real signs of commercial activity. Victoria is one of the smallest capitals in the world and its colourful market and colonial architecture are worth exploring. The interior of Mahé is a rugged granite mass, swathed in tropical forest and exploration cannot fail to enthral. Hotels occupy some of the best beaches, but quiet coves and bays punctuate Mahé’s coastline and effort in their discovery is well rewarded.
Praslin is a haven of peace and tranquillity, the relaxed and unhurried pace here seldom changing. The beaches are some of the most wonderful that nature provides; white soft sand contrasting against ocean blues. Recently, Anse Lazio on Praslin’s Northwest coast was voted #17 in TripAdvisor’s 25 Top Beaches in the World! The coves and bays deserve discovery and a day of exploration by bicycle or car is well rewarded. Praslin is also famed for the exotic Coco de Mer palm which grows wild on the island.
The idyllic outlying islands of the Seychelles archipelago, accessed by scheduled flights or helicopter from Mahé, define the desert island holiday; palms and tropical vegetation, encircled by dazzling beach and fringed by living reef. There is generally only one property per island and a towel, a book, simple water sports and a stroll around the island are about the limit of occupational therapy. Yet a stay on these islands could not be more complete.
The accommodation on all the islands is elegant yet understated and the cuisine is excellent and imaginative. Each island and lodge has its own special character but the theme throughout is one of empty beaches, romantic solitude and escapism. Island-hopping is simple, due to the frequent inter-island flights, and is the recommended method of exploring these jewels of the Indian Ocean.
In this tropical haven the temperature seldom drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C. All but the remotest southern islands lie outside the cyclone belt making Seychelles’ effectively a year round destination. In January and February the islands receive 50% of their life-giving rains, rejuvenating everything! The months between May and September bring drier, cooler weather, and livelier seas.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The Seychelles are a group of tropical islands with just two seasons and they are basically a year-round destination with a pleasant temperature throughout the year. The highest temperatures and the highest levels of humidity occur during their summer months of November through March but these months also get the most rainfall. The winter months of April to October are cooler but still very good and this is a much cheaper time to travel with some exceptional deals on offer! Scuba diving and deep sea fishing are best during the summer months, whilst families will enjoy the milder winter months. Honeymooners will find The Seychelles a good option year round.
Health & Vaccinations
We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. You will also need a Yellow Fever vaccination if visiting a Yellow Fever area before entering The Seychelles (for example if combining with Kenya or Tanzania on a two-centre itinerary). Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Passport & Visa
British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders do not require a visa to enter The Seychelles.
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