Seychelles for the Independent Traveller
When 15th-century sailors discovered rare coco-de-mer seeds from
a native palm tree floating in the sea, the suggestive male and
female shapes of the nuts lead many to believe they represented the
origin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. Little did they know
then how close that legend was to the truth - the 115 island chain
of Seychelles truly are a garden paradise filled with mystery and
The largest island of Mahé is the first stop for eager
holiday-goers, and its white sand beaches, fascinating botanical
garden, cinnamon plantations and surrounding coral reefs are a
great place to start. But don't stop there.
Praslin Island boasts rich, lush
foliage, intricate flowers, exotic wildlife and unique pink granite
boulders giving the landscape a surreal feel, as if you've stepped
into a dreamy other world. Let the notion sweep you up as you revel
in days filled with relaxed exploration, perhaps by horseback or in
a glass-bottomed boat. Play a round of golf on a course of
unparalleled beauty, or hire a local tour guide to show you amazing
island features most tourists miss.
Don't wear yourself out sightseeing, though, because Seychelles
has a very active nightlife. Casinos lure hopeful players and
discotheques fill with revellers wiling away the wee hours amid
swaying palm trees and island-inspired dancers, only to awaken the
next morning in paradise.
Could this idyllic locale truly be the legendary Garden of Eden?
As you wistfully depart, you'll be convinced it is so.
Languages: Creole, English & French
Time: GMT +4 hrs
Currency: Seychelles rupee (SCR)
Seychelles Tourist Board
Digue | Frégate | Praslin