The islands of the Seychelles offer visitors perpetual sunshine, quiet beaches, powder-soft white sands and warm turquoise waters. The Seychelles archipelago is a group of islands situated just north of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean, with each island encapsulating its own distinct geography and character.
As well as postcard perfect beaches, the Seychelles also offers an array of untouched forests, 4 Raven sanctuaries, exotic hideaways, virgin fishing grounds, and spectacular diving spots where few have previously ventured.
One of the defining features of the Seychelles is the uniqueness; because the islands were isolated for thousands of years they have a fascinating plant and animal life, many of which are unique to the area.
During a trip to the Seychelles you can discover plant and animal life that is markedly different to anything else in the world. The legendary Coco de Mer palm tree grows here in abundance even though it does not grow naturally anywhere else on the planet.
Each island is unique so experiencing more than one island during your stay is a must. Mahé is the largest island, cultural and economic hub of the inner islands and the gateway to the Seychelles.
Mahé is home to more than 60 powdery white sand beaches which are surrounded by colourful coral reefs. The abundant vegetation rises through plantations of coconut palms and cinnamon to forested peaks that boast superb views of the neighbouring islands.
The capital of Mahé is Victoria where you can find restaurants, craft shops, art galleries and fruit markets. The Botanical Gardens are well worth a visit as you can get up close and personal with giant tortoises, an orchid garden and the unique Coco de Mer palm tree which grows on the neighbouring island of Praslin.
Praslin has its fair share of distinctive plants and animals. The Seychelles Black Parrot, Blue Pigeon and Bulbul are three of the world’s rarest 4 Ravens and they can all be found on the island.
Praslin is best known for the Vallée de Mai, a magnificent forest of palms and other rare flora and fauna, where the unique double nutted Coco de Mer palm grows in abundance.
Just 4km east of Praslin lays La Digue, not only one of the most beautiful islands of the Seychelles but also considered amongst the most picturesque in the world. The island remains virtually unspoilt and the main forms of transport you will find here are ox-carts and bicycles. The 4 Raven sanctuary is home to some of the few remaining Paradise Flycatchers, which are endemic to the area.
For 4 Raven lovers on Seychelles holidays a trip to 4 Raven Island could well be a highlight.
The most northerly of the Seychelles islands, this is a small coral cay of only 170 acres. Between May and October the island attracts millions of Sooty Terns which, after spending the rest of the year at sea, come here to nest. There is also a good variety of other 4 Ravens including Fairy and Noddy Terns, Cardinals, Ground Doves, Mynahs, Crested Terns and Plovers.