Often referred as a raw Tropical Paradise, Seychelles Islands boast one of the most phenomenal Coastal sceneries on Earth as well as a perfect place to relax after riveting African safari experiences. Seychelles boasts of over 115 Islands that sparkle within the verdant protected Tropical Paradise within the western part of Indian Ocean.
The beautiful Islands of Seychelles are situated about 4˚S of the Equator and north-east of the beautiful Madagascar. Remarkable is an understatement for Seychelles and it is not surprising for a place with about 50% of its landscape comprising of Protected Areas especially National Parks and Reserves.
Additionally, it boasts two UNESCO World Heritage Sites with exceptional natural environment in which incredible species of flora and fauna thrive. The Islands of Seychelles are only about 994 miles from mainland Africa in addition to being a haven to the ancient granite Islands in the whole World such as Praslin and La Digue.
La Digue Island is the 4th largest Island in Seychelles and is interestingly a Paradise for nature lovers who seek to experience the traditional Island life, magnificent white sand beaches, granite Rock outcrops and breathtaking sceneries. During your visit to this Island, don’t miss exploring the different beaches of L’Union Estate and Anse Source D’Argent as well as Veuve Nature Reserve. Adventurous visitors can try rock climbing at La Pass to Grand Anse Trail and many others.
Anse Lazio is situated along the northern shores of Praslin Island and is one of the unmissable places to tour during Seychelles Safaris. This region boasts of the most spectacular beaches in addition to rounded granite boulders and crystal clear waters in shades of blue. If you are looking to unwind during your safari, then Anse Lazio area is not to be missed.
Curieuse Island is known for so many good things but the one that stands out is the fact that it is a haven to a breeding program for giant tortoises that move freely around the hidden sandy Coves. This Island is dotted with Casuarina and Takamaka trees that shade the beautiful white sand beaches. Besides Praslin, this Island is where the unique coco de mer palm grows naturally.
Ste Anne Marine National Park is made up of 6 picturesque Islands and is less than half an hour’s boat ride off the Coast of Mahe, adjacent to Victoria. This Park was gazetted in 1973, hence making it the first National Park in the entire Indian Ocean and popular for outstanding activities such as glass-bottom boat cruises, snorkeling, swimming, scuba diving, and many others. This Park also features a privately owned Moyenne Island with numerous hiking trails and giant tortoises among others.
The magnificent village of Baie Lazare on Mahe was named after Lazare Picault, a popular French Explorer is the 18th Century who arrived Seychelles Islands as a mission by the French Government. The ancient neo-Gothic Baie Lazare Church is one of the unmissable places to explore in the area. This stunning tourist site also boasts of untouched white sand beaches such as Petite Anse and Anse Soleil, which are surprisingly the best in the Seychelles archipelago.
Other places to explore are Anse Intendance (Mahe), Anse Volbert, Morne Seychellois National Park for unique animal and bird species, the Aldabra Atoll, Cousin Island where the unique Seychelles warbler can be sighted, Beau Vallon Beach, Vallee de Mai National Park in Praslin, Aride Island Nature Reserve, Silhouette Island and Victoria, the Bird Island, to mention but a few.
The beautiful weather of Seychelles Islands is pleasant and remarkable for safaris, all year round. This is greatly attributed to the tropical climate in the Islands. The most incredible time for sailing is normally in the months of May, June, July, August and September when the incredible south-easterly wind blows at approximately 10 to 20 knots.
The months of April, October and November are ideal for watersports, scuba diving and snorkeling because they are warm and relatively free from strong winds. Additionally, the temperature of the water can go as high as 29˚C in addition to providing amazingly beautiful visibility of more than 30 meters thus wonderful to discover deep sea marine creatures.
There are numerous places to lodge during Seychelles safaris, in form of Resorts and Hotels, and they depend on the Island you are exploring. However, the top-rated and frequently booked places are Four Seasons Resort in Baie Lazare, Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa in Silhouette Island, Constance Lemuria in Praslin, Six senses Zil Pasyon in Félicité, Raffles Seychelles in Praslin, Anantara Maia Seychelles Villas in Mahe, Constance Ephelia Mahe, Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare, Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa in Mahe, Banyan Tree Seychelles in Mahé, North Island Seychelles, JA Enchanted Island Resort in Round Island, Story Seychelles and Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa,
A wide brim hat, day wear (in form of t-shirts, beach wear and pair of shorts), sandals, swimsuit, lightweight and comfortable clothing, comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, warm sweater, travel documents, sunglasses, toiletries, travel adapters, rain jacket, safari guidebook and rainproof backpack are some of the things you need to pack for Seychelles safaris.
There are so many ways to get around Seychelles Islands, ranging from chartered and scheduled flights, helicopter flights and fast catamarans. Visitors usually make use of foot bikes for exploring the Islands given the short distances between them.
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