The Seychelles is a group of islands that is found in the Indian Ocean off of the coast of south-eastern Africa. This country remained largely unknown until the opening of the Seychelles International Airport in 1971. Since this time, the Seychelles is one of the most popular tourist destinations due to its natural beauty and tropical climate.
Flights from airports such as Gatwick in London to Seychelles International Airport will take approximately 10 hours and 30 minutes. This is due to the sheer distance between the two locations. Also, connections are usually made (there are few direct flights due to the mileage that needs to be traversed). Some of the most common airliners which serve this route include British Airways, Lufthansa and KLM.
Things to do in Seychelles
No guide to the Seychelles would be complete without first mentioning is stunningly secluded beaches. Although some are rife with tourists, there are others which offer pristine views of the Indian Ocean. One lesser-known location is called Anse Intendance. This is found on the main island of Mahe and is a popular surfing spot. However, the lack of coral reefs allow the water to be quite choppy. It is for this reason that swimmers are not likely to visit the area. Beachcombers and those who simply wish to enjoy the sun should not miss out on the splendours that Anse Intendance has to offer. Anyone interested in nature will also love this area. Every year, sea turtles will nest and lay their eggs within the sand. Keep in mind that this is a protected species, so approaching too close is not permitted.
Morne Seychellois National Park is the largest park within the archipelago. In fact, it comprises more than 20 per cent of the total area of Mahe. This park is unique in the fact that it also houses the largest mountain peak on the island. With heights up to 905 metres, hiking here is an excellent way to enjoy a panoramic view of the entire island chain. There are numerous trails to be encountered while guided tours are another possibility. The park can be accessed through the nearby village of Danzil. During your ascent, you will have the privilege to pass through quaint farms and even a few tea plantations. Still, some of the hiking can be quite challenging; you should give yourself an entire day to complete the course. This is especially important if you plan to arrive with younger children.
Victoria is the largest city within the islands as well as the capital. Victoria is also the only port city. During recent years, there has been much renovation and construction. So, you will be able to experience all of the amenities from home should you decide to stay here. The Seychelles National Botanical Gardens are found here while there are preserved colonial buildings to visit. Sir Selwyn Clarke Market is another must-see attraction within Victoria. You will be able to purchase fresh fish, locally grown meats and a variety of fruits and vegetables. Also, there are a number of tourist-centred kiosks to pick up special gifts and keepsakes during your stay.