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Story Seychelles > Blog > Seychelles Islands – A Paradise on Earth

Seychelles Islands – A Paradise on Earth 

 

Nestled in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar, lies the Republic of Seychelles, a stunning archipelago comprised of 115 islands known as the Seychelles Islands. With its crystal-clear waters, white sandy beaches, and lush tropical forests, it’s no wonder that Seychelles is considered one of the world’s most sought-after destinations.

 

Whether you’re a beach lover, a wildlife enthusiast, or an adventure seeker, Seychelles has something for everyone. Snorkeling and scuba diving are popular activities on the islands, with an abundance of marine life to discover beneath the waves. Sailing and hiking are also great options for those looking to explore the stunning landscapes of the islands 

On the main island of Mahe, visitors can find the charming capital city of Victoria, with its colorful buildings and bustling markets. But the real treasures of Seychelles lie in its natural wonders. From giant tortoises and exotic birds to rare plant species, the islands are a haven for wildlife lovers.

 

The beauty of Seychelles goes beyond its stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife, as its people and culture are equally fascinating. Visitors can experience the local cuisine, music, and dance, and even learn about the history of the islands.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an adventurous getaway, Seychelles is a tropical paradise that won’t disappoint. It’s no wonder that visitors from around the world flock to these islands to experience their breathtaking beauty and warm hospitality. 

A Brief Overview of History and Culture

 

The Seychelles Islands have a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages when Arab sailors first discovered them. Over time, they were visited by explorers from Portugal, France, and England. The archipelago was named after Jean Moreau de Séchelles, a French politician and adventurer who explored the islands in the 18th century. The Seychelles became inhabited by the French in the 18th century and later came under British rule in the 19th century. It wasn’t until 1976 that the Seychelles gained independence from Britain and became a republic within the Commonwealth of Nations.

 

The Seychellois culture is a beautiful blend of European, African, and Asian influences, which is reflected in its three official languages: Creole, English, and French. The traditional music of the islands is called Sega, known for its upbeat tempo and the use of instruments such as the accordion, maracas, and triangle. To immerse yourself in the local culture, visit the Victoria Market or attend one of the many festivals and celebrations, such as the Festival Kreol, which showcases traditional music, dance, and food.

 

Beyond its history and culture, the Seychelles Islands are a true tropical paradise, offering visitors an array of activities and experiences. From swimming and snorkeling in crystal-clear waters to exploring lush tropical forests, there’s no shortage of things to do on the islands. And with its warm hospitality, it’s easy to see why the Seychelles is a top destination for travelers from all over the world. 

 

Go Beach Hopping on Mahe Island 

The breathtaking beaches are undeniably the most alluring features of Mahe Island that draw every tourist to this place. From Beau Vallon Beach, one of the most popular, to the secluded Anse Intendance, there is a beach for every type of traveler. 

 

Beau Vallon is the most popular one with a lively atmosphere and several restaurants and bars nearby. Visitors can enjoy fresh seafood dishes, tropical drinks, and beautiful views of the Indian Ocean.

 

Anse Royale is a quieter and more secluded beach, located on the southern part of the island. Its tranquil and relaxing atmosphere is ideal for swimming and sunbathing. 

 

Anse Intendance is a stunning beach with a wild and natural feel, perfect for surfing as the waves are pretty high here. If you are not the surfing type, you can still enjoy the scenery while sunbathing and relaxing.

 

If you are an adventure seeker, there are several other smaller and secluded beaches scattered throughout the island only accessible by foot or boat. Go exploring and get a unique and off-the-beaten-path experience. 

 

 

Top Sealife and Wildlife Experiences 

 

Mahe Island is also home to many nature reserves and parks that showcase the island’s beauty. 

 

One of the most popular reserves is the Morne Seychellois National Park, which covers more than 20% of the island’s total area. It is the largest national park in the Seychelles Islands and is home to a variety of endemic flora and fauna. The park has several trails that lead through lush forests, rocky peaks, and scenic waterfalls. Visitors can explore it on foot or if they prefer they can hire a guide to show them the best spots. If you plan to climb the highest peak, Morne Seychellois (905 m above sea level), don’t forget to take your camera with you and capture the breathtaking views of the surrounding area. 

 

Baie Ternay Marine National Park is another protected area that has rich marine life, including colorful coral reefs, sea turtles, and an abundance of exotic fish species. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore this magnificent underwater world, go snorkeling or scuba diving and have a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with blacktip reef sharks or hawksbill sea turtles.  

For every plant lover out there we recommend visiting the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens which features a collection of exotic plants, including several species of palm trees, orchids, and carnivorous plants. One of the rare and protected palm tree species (coco de mer or sea coconut) that you can see here is endemic to Seychelles. 

 

Mahe Island is also a great starting point for exploring other islands in the Seychelles archipelago. You can take a ferry or simply hire a boat to visit nearby islands such as Praslin or La Digue. If you are looking for accommodation we recommend Story Seychelles, a 5-star luxury hotel with a great location and peaceful setting.  

 

Whether you want to take a hike to see the stunning views of the mountains, forests, and coastline, go snorkeling and diving to explore the marine biodiversity, or take a sunset cruise and watch the sun dip below the horizon these islands are ideal. Make the right choice and book your trip to the beautiful Seychelles Islands!