The magical islands of Seychelles consist of 115 natural islands of which 41 are granitic and 75 are coralline. The islands have a rich history and culture and boast some of the most magnificent beaches and flora and fauna in the world
The Seychelles archipelago lies in the Western Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar at the following coordinates: 4 35 S, 55 40 ESeychelles total land area is 455sq km. Its coastline measures a total of 491km.The highest point in Seychelles is Morne Seychellois reaching 905m and is on the main island, Mahe.
Seychelles has a tropical marine climate.It experiences high humidity and is warmest during the northwest monsoon from March to May.The cooler season is during the southeast monsoon which falls between May and September.
Seychelles has an estimated total population of 86 500.25.4% are between the ages of 0-14 years68.5% are between 15 – 64 years6.1% are 65 years and overThe population growth rate is 0.432%.Average life expectancy in Seychelles is 72.34 yearsMale: 66.98 yearsFemale: 77.86 years. Ethnic groups in the Seychelles include: French, African, Indian, Chinese and Arab.
Seychelles Inner & Outer Islands
The Seychelles is a group of about 115 islands which lie 1600 km off the coast of East Africa.
Seychelles comprise of 41 spectacular granitic islands, and 74 sparkaling sand cays and atolls.
Together these form 6 distinct group The Inner Islands, The Amirantes, Southern Coral, Alphonse, Farquhar, and Aldabra all lying between 480 km and 1600 km from East African coast.
The Seychelles archipelago's 115 granitic and coralline islands lie spread like emeralds over one million square kilometers of azure water just south of the equator. The granitic islands cluster around the principal island of Mahe while the more numerous islands extend in a gleaming arc towards the East Africa. Most remain virgin worlds. All remain sanctuaries to some of the rarest and most exotic plant and animal life in the known world.
Seychelles Inner Island:
The granitic islands of Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue together with their satellites from the cultural heart of the archipelago. Gateway to Seychelles and home to the International Airport.
Anse Source d'Argent harbours a rich underwater world. Praslin's legendary Coco-de-mer nut grows on ancient giant palms in the wondrous Vallee de Mai Forest. Time stands still on La Digue where on-carts hold sway on the paths to the dream beach of Anse La Sourced Argent. The Norternmost coral islands of Bird Island and Denis Island offer unforgettable sights of the turtles nesting on ivory sands and, on Bird Island, of millions of sooty terns, which colonise part of the island every year. East of Mahe lies Fregate, showcase for several endemic species of fauna.
Seychelles Outer Island:
The Outer Island are situated beyond the Seychelles plateau comprising of 73 low lying islands between 230km and 1150 km from Mahe.
Only two islands among the Outer Island groups, Alphonse and Desroches offers accomodation .
Points of Interest
From the blue of seas and skies, Seychelles has much to offer in terms of fauna. Most notable is its remarkable range of bird species and its giant land tortoise congregation.
Eleven endemic species of amphibians and16 endemic species of reptiles live on Seychelles soil including the turtles and tortoises which have become synonymous with the islands thanks to the giant land tortoise, Esmeralda. Esmeralda is a giant male tortoise who resides on Bird Island slowly making his way into the Guinness Book of World Records (and onto the 7 Wonders of Seychelles list) as the largest living land tortoise. He weighs an incredible 304kg and is said to be approximately 215 years old making him the forerunner for the oldest creature on earth!
Praslin Island is also the only place on earth where the Coco de Mer, which is the world's heaviest double lobed coconut, is found.
The world's tiniest frog resides on Silhouette and in contrast the the largest fish, the whale shark, often visits the seas around the coastland of Seychelles.
Finally the world beating beaches and mouth watering Creole Cuisine Seychelles make Seychelles the ultimate place to visit.