Seychelles or the Republic of Seychelles is an independent archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It is comprised of 115 islands whose capital is Victoria, and is located some 1,500 kilometres east of mainland Southeast Africa. Other nearby island countries which serve as its neighbours include Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar, Reunion, and Mauritius. Even though it is set in the Indian Ocean, it is a member of the African Union and is listed as the smallest African State. It is dominated by Seychellois Creole ethnics, while a handful of Asian and European peoples also reside here. It is popular for its idyllic beaches and wildlife, which also serves as the locals' primary source of income.
What to see & do
Curieuse Island – Curieuse is one of the Inner Islands Group of the Seychelles Islands. It is 2.86 kilometres in area and is located northwest of Praslin island, which is the second biggest island in the nation. It is a bio-reserve that is managed by local authorities, and is a good day tour destination for all travellers. See the Aldabra tortoises, the hawksbill, the green sea turtle, and the endemic Seychelles Black Parrot in action, look for the biggest seed on the planet called the Coco de Mer, and check on the mangrove forests.
Aldabra Atoll – The Aldabra Atoll is the world's largest coral atoll that stretches about 22 miles east and west and encloses a huge tidal lagoon. The Aldabra is the original home of the giant land tortoise, as well as of tiger sharks and manta rays.
Lovenut – The most popular nightclub in Victoria, Lovenut is a spunky and vibrant place to dance the night away. Drag friends for a few drinks to this place and experience how the locals do their partying.
Mahe – The nation's largest island and its powerhouse, Mahe is home to the capital Victoria and about 70,000 people which makes almost 90 percent of the country's total population. As it is, it retains its idyllic beauty, with 3,000-foot mountains and scores of multi-hued gorgeous beaches. Many plants, including the so-called Jellyfish tree and several rare orchids can also be found in Mahe's shores.
Praslin – Praslin is temptation personified: stylish lodgings, tangled velvet jungle, curving hills, and crystal clear seas draped with gorgeous stretches of silky sand and a slow idyllic ambiance. Sounds like a dream, or maybe even a paradise – the island is so inviting you would want to stay forever.
How to get around within Seychelles
Cars, buses, taxis, ferries, and helicopters are the modes of transport available in Seychelles. Driving is on the left side of the road, with low-traffic situations and mountainous and narrow roads. Rentals are available on Mahe and Praslin, depending on the model. Taxi cabs are available everywhere, while boats and ferries for cruises and tours to other islands are provided by various companies. Bus services run daily on the islands of Praslin and Mahe, while helicopters cover most of the nation's inner and outer islands. Make sure to know where to get these modes of transport, as some can only be used by reservation while others can just be flagged down the streets.
How to get there
The Seychelles International Airport is the main gateway of the world to the islands of Seychelles. The airport is located 11 kilometres from the city centre of Victoria, and forms part of the administrative districts of La Pointe Larue, Cascade/Providence, and Anse aux pins. It has a domestic, international, and cargo terminal. It is served by various airlines including Air Seychelles, Air Austral, Condor, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad, Kenya Airways, Maldivian, Sri Lankan Airlines, and Transaero Airlines. Travellers coming from Reunion, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, South Africa, Mauritius, France, Germany, Ethiopia, Maldives, Sri Lanka, and Russia may directly fly to the islands, while travellers from outside these countries may take flights to any of these areas and then catch flights to Seychelles. Keep in mind that everyone is welcome to visit the islands provided that they have passports for at least six months, and reservations for accommodation.
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