Sunday, June 18, 2006

Ten places not to miss when visiting Seychelles

The Seychelles is a nation of islands in the Indian Ocean, about 1,000 miles east of the Kenya coast and northeast of the island of Madagascar.
This paradise consists of 115 islands, of which some 40 are granitic and remainder coralline. The major islands are Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue.

Here are our own picks for the best places to visit in the Seychelles Islands:

1) Morne Seychellois National Park (Mahe). Covering an area of 3,090 ha and boasting the highest peak in the Seychelles at 2,969 feet (905 m), Morne Seychellois, this national park offers good hiking and stunning scenery.

2) Beau Vallon Beach (Mahe). The most popular beach on Mahe about 3 miles northwest of Victoria. It is almost 2 miles long and has a white powdery sand and crystal clear turquoise water to swim in.

3) The Botanical Gardens (Mahe). This spectacular garden in a must for every nature lover. There are about 75 plant species native to the rain forest that are found nowhere else in the world, including the unique 'Coco de Mer' palms.

4) Anse Lazio beach (Praslin). One of the world's most exquisite beaches. It was voted "The best beach in the world" in 2004.

5) Vallee de Mai (Praslin). This nature park and UNESCO World Heritage Site has the vestiges of a natural palm forest preserved in almost its original state. It is most famous for its Coco de Mer palm tree.

6) Anse Source d'Argent beach (La Digue). With its fine white sands, exotic palms and majestic granite boulders this beach is one of the most photographed in the world.

7) Aldabra Atoll. Protected from human influence this is the largest atoll in the world and home to about 152,000 giant tortoises.

8) Bird Island. A privately owned island where millions of birds come to nest each year. The coral island is surrounded by beautiful pristine white beaches and offers good snorkelling possibilities.

9) Cousine Island. The island is a private nature reserve where thousands of seabirds nest throughout the year. Only 20 visitors are allowed on the island at one time.

10) Silhouette Island. Recommended for the nature loving hikers. Also a great place for swimming and snorkelling among the corral reef.

Obviously Seychelles has many more places that you shouldn't miss. There is always something interesting to see or do, no matter what the season!
We are waiting for you there!

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Visit Exotic Seychelles for more information and tips about this exotic destination. Be sure to stop by the site before visiting Seychelles.


Blogger Peter Matthes said...

There is great scuba diving in the Seychelles.

I always thought that the island chain looks like green mushrooms.

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