The archipelago collection of islands is situated in the Indian Ocean slightly off the East coast of Africa and the capital of the 115 island nation is Victoria on the island of Mahe. The history of the country is littered with intrigue and adventure as the strategic location of the islands made them a safe haven for pirates until the French invasion in 1756. In 1903, the country was ceded to the British and in 1976 gained independence within the Commonwealth.
The temperature is fairly consistent in the tropical forests of the Seychelles and may vary between 75 to 86°F (24 to 30°C) and in the summer months of December to April you can expect 80% humidity levels. The fragile biodiversity of the Seychelles is highly protected and orchids, the ‘love-nut’ palm as well as other endemic flora and fauna are safely ensconced in nature reserves, some of which are entire islets themselves.
The granite studded beaches of the Seychelles and the resorts that are surrounded by Creole-styled houses make for a trip of a lifetime. Golf courses and a myriad of watersports keep divers entertained whilst they get through the hours between dives. 16 islands offer accommodation and activities whilst there are some that are wildlife reserves only.
Eclectic art studios and galleries are scattered across the islands with tours and viewings available almost every day of the year with masterpieces on show that encapsulate the way of life in the Indian Ocean paradise.
The Seychelles is in a rather remote location but numerous big European and Middle Eastern cities have flights into Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) Mahé. Once on the islands, charters and ferry boats are readily available from the main resorts and hotels.