Heard a lot about Maldives, Mauritius and Fiji? Let’s go to Seychelles then. Yet another gem of the Indian Ocean. Situated off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 granite and coral islands that can enchant anybody with its beauty. Blessed with pristine beaches and breathtaking natural beauty, Seychelles has a lot more to offer to the young adventure seekers. Topping it up with visa on arrival that is free of cost for tourists and direct flights from India, this paradise destination makes for a great getaway with your loved ones.
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So, if you are already contemplating on a holiday destination in coming holiday season starting April, then here are some fantastic reasons to visit the paradisiacal islands of Seychelles this year:
Enjoy at some of the world’s most gorgeous beaches
For those who like less crowded beaches must visit Seychelles to enjoy some private moments on the world’s most photographed beach Anse Source D’Argent on the La Digue Island or visit Anse Lazio on Praslin Island which is widely acclaimed to be the world’s most beautiful beach on earth. Enjoy motorised water sports like jet-ski and parasailing on Beau Vallon, the longest beach on Mahé Island or go sailing, snorkelling, diving, surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding on any of the other beaches. Island hopping whether by boat, plane or helicopter is recommended to experience the diverse character of each island.
Experience the serene underwater world
Indulge in snorkeling or scuba diving to experience a kaleidoscope of marine life. Spot turtles, spectacular coral reefs, nudibranchs, variety of fishes like Angel fish, Sweepers, Squirrel fish, Soldier fish, Butterfly fish, Octopus, Lobsters among many others and if you’re lucky, you can also swim alongside 40-foot long Whale Sharks. Experienced divers have spotted as many as 800 different species of fish on a single dive. The ones, who are less adventurous to go diving, have the option to discover marvelous underwater world through a glass bottom boat or semi submersible vessel.
Spot some of the rarest species of flora and fauna
Seychelles islands are home to 13 species and 17 subspecies of birdlife that can be discovered only here, making the islands an Aladdin’s cave for avid bird watchers, naturalists, ornithologists and eco- tourists. Go on mountain hikes and nature trails that are arranged on each island to discover these living treasures. Spot the Seychelles national bird ‘Black Parrot’, rarest Jellyfish Tree, famous ‘Black Paradise Flycatcher’, world’s smallest frog, largest nut ‘Coco-de-mer’, Indian Ocean’s only flightless bird as well as some of the most spectacular seabird colonies in the world. One of the largest tortoises in the world, the Aldabra Giant Tortoise can be spotted here, especially on Curieuse Island.
Relax your mind, body and soul
From the signature treatments of dedicated spas offering relaxing massages with exotic herbal oils, scrubs, detox baths, wraps and invigorating wet-treatments, yoga & meditation to a full range of beauty and grooming services; spas in Seychelles hold the answer to your complete renewal of mind, body and soul.
Self drive through the islands or cycle your way to the beaches
Did you know that you can self drive with your Indian driving license in Seychelles as the islands have same side driving as India. That’s a great way to explore the main island interiors and visit local shopping markets, cultural spots and museums to learn about the heritage and ancient pirate history of these islands. If you wish to be away from the hustle bustle of the city, visit La Digue which is a car free island that offers cycling and walking as the only mode of transport.
Relish delicious local cuisine
The food setting in Seychelles is a mixture of a number of cuisines. The French settlers brought the French cuisine while the immigrants from China and India added their Asian flavours to the Creole cuisine. Sample some tasty dishes like Ginger Crab and Filet Coral Fish served in a passion fruit sauce in Mahé. The palm-heart salad served with curry leaves and truffles is also a unique speciality of Seychelles. Another must try is a local beer manufactured on the island called Seybrew, and the popular Takamaka Rum infused with interesting flavors. Visit to the distillery offers travelers a chance to witness the complete process of how the spirit is brewed followed by an interesting tasting session of the various flavors of the rum available.
Attend the vivacious cultural festival
Seychelles culture is a reflection of the harmonious fusion of ethnic diversity. The Seychelles International Carnival of Victoria also called as the Creole Festive is a three day-long event, generally held in the month of October on Mahé island every year. With participation from 30 countries around the world, visit the island during this period to witnesses a fun-filled parade where different countries showcase their cultures through singing, dancing and acrobatics.
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Witness the activities galore
Seychelles offers interesting nightlife options which include clubs in Victoria and Eden Island region, and casinos in Victoria and Beau Vallon region of Mahé. Most of the large hotels have public bars that often host entertainment programs of local dance. Zip-lining and rock climbing are some of the other thrilling options available at various resorts for children as well as adults. For the sophisticated Golf lovers, Constance Lemuria Hotel in Praslin has a 18-hole championship course with breathtaking views.
The Seychelles Islands offer a varied choice of accommodation options for every budget. From signature properties of major 5-star international hotel chains and exclusive private island retreats offering the very best in island-style luxury to the rustic charms of smaller hotels, guesthouses, self-caterings and island lodges with that authentic Creole touch and ambience- Seychelles has something for everyone.
Perfect weather throughout the year
Although Seychelles is close to the Equator, it is outside the cyclone belt and the temperature there ranges between 24 degree Celsius and 32 degree Celsius all year round. The months from December to March witness rainfall and humidity, whereas May – September is relatively drier and cooler, but activities like water sports, trekking and zip lining are operational all round the year.
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Air Seychelles which is the national carrier operates direct 4 hour 10 minutes flight from Mumbai while airlines such as Emirates, Ethiad, Sri Lankan Airline, and Ethiopian Airlines also connect major Indian cities to Seychelles via their hubs. So go ahead and plan your next trip to Seychelles, without having to worry about which time of the year to visit!
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