The Seychelles is a group of115 islands that lie of the coast of East Africa. Perhaps one of the most amazing things about this beach country is that is visa free to enter. However, you do need to present you return ticket and evidence of your accommodation arrangements before you are allowed in.
Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Seychelles has some of the most beautiful beaches and vibrant blue seas, all of which make Seychelles one of the most relaxing getaways in the world.
One way you can enjoy a trip to the Seychelles is to combine a visit here with a safari in Kenya or Tanzania. However, if you can’t do that there is still plenty to do here in the Seychelles. While it is not known as a cultural destination, there are still quite some sights and events you might happen to meet. All of that, plus the fact that the Seychelles is a perfect place to pamper yourself during your beach getaway.
Seychelles is made up of a collection of islands but there are three main islands which are easy and affordable to get to; Mahé, home to the international airport and the Seychelles’ capital, Victoria; Praslin, the second largest after Mahe and home to the Vallée de Mai nature reserve, a Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the few places on the islands where you can see wild coco de mer – the world’s largest coconut; and Tiny La Digue where you’ll find the most spectacular beaches, such as the lagoon of Anse Source d’Argent and the secluded coves of Grand and Petite Anse. There are other islands like the Cousin island and the Bird Island that you can visit.
Visit the Arulmigu Navasakti Vinayagar Temple in Victoria, the centre of Hinduism on the islands. Seychelles Natural History Museum also in Victoria is yet another inexpensive and interesting place to visit.. Visitors will learn about the unique nature and geology of the islands. See the ruined youth village of Cap Ternay located at the end of a narrow one lane road on Mahe. Lovers of nature can visit the national park, Vallee de Mai on Praslin is a national park and world heritage site, home to amazing flora and fauna, including the world’s largest seed: the coco de mer.
The beautiful waters of the islands are unlike those at other destinations with crowd. You can enjoy a peaceful time by the beach without any fear of overcrowding. Take a hike along the coastline from Beau Vallon to Anse Major. Visit the Aldabra Atoll, the world’s largest coral atoll and original home of the giant land tortoise. Water lovers can partake in watersports, scubadiving as well as land sports. Seychelles also has numerous markets, art galleries and shops, colonial Creole-style plantation houses you can visit.