Seychelles, Republic of Seychelles, Southeast Africa
Flights to Seychelles
Seychelles, an archipelago located in the Indian Ocean, is officially named the Republic of Seychelles. The country is composed of 115 islands and is situated 1,500 kilometres of Southeast Africa. Seychelles is a small country with a population of only around 90,000. It is the smallest population of any African State.
This island paradise enjoys a warm and tropical climate. While the temperatures may vary throughout the year, it stays between an average high of 30 degrees Celsius or 86 degrees Fahrenheit to an average low of 24 degrees Celsius of 76 degree Fahrenheit.
When planning a holiday in Seychelles, travellers are spoilt for choice. There are many options of places to go, sights to see and activities to do while in Seychelles. Here are just a few of the more popular tourist destinations in Seychelles to add to the itinerary and should not be missed:
Curieuse Island – This small granitic island has a land area of almost 5 square kilometres and situated near the north coast of the Praslin Island. Curieuse Island is well known for its bare red earth dotted with unique Coco de Mer palms, which is considered to be one of the cultural icons of Seychelles. These palms are found only in the islands of Curieuse and Praslin.
Cousin Island – Also a small granitic island, Cousin Island is situated 2 kilometres west of Praslin Island. The island is a nature reserve and identified as an Important Bird Area by BirdLife International. The island used to be a coconut plantation and was in bad shape environmentally until BirdLife International came in to allow for native vegetation and fauna to recover.
Aride Island – A granitic island situated in the northernmost point of Seychelles, Aride Island is part of the Grand’Anse district. It is located 10 kilometres north of Praslin and has a land area of 68 hectares. The island of Aride is also a nature reserve with the only human inhabitants to be the reserve’s staff. Aride Island regularly breeds over 1.25 million seabirds, which includes the largest colony of Lesser Noddy, the largest population of Roseate Tern in Seychelles and the largest colony of Tropical Shearwater in the world.
Sainte Anne Marine National Park – Located just 5 kilometres from the capital city of Seychelles, Victoria, the national park stretches along six small islands, which are all part of the Mont Fleuri district. These islands are Sainte Anne Island, Cerf Island, Île Cachée, Round Island, Long Island and Moyenne Island. While fishing and water-skiing are expressly forbidden in the marine park, the area is still a top tourist destination for scuba diving, snorkelling and glass bottom boat excursions.
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