The Seychelles, a group of islands off the east coast of Africa, have always been a popular destination for honeymooners and holiday makers. It is actually made up of approximately 115 islands, each of which offers visitors a different perspective of the warm Indian Ocean and the white sandy beaches. These islands are divided into five main groups; namely, Amirantes, Southern Coral, Alphonse, Farquhar and Aldabra.
Unlike many other destinations, the Seychelles has a remarkably constant and predictable climate. The tropical environment guarantees balmy, sunlit days for tourists seeking relief from chilly winters. From October to March sees the North West Trade Winds, which render calm seas and humid conditions. The water gets warmer during April, May, October and November. This is the ideal time to snorkel, fish and SCUBA dive, and to get a taste of these gorgeous waters and the lives they sustain. The waters reach almost 30 degrees Celsius at times and visibility averages around 30 metres. Sailing conditions are ideal all year round, which is great news for boating enthusiasts who wish to enjoy their holidays on the water. Surfers are advised to pay the Seychelles a visit during September for optimal conditions.
Mahé is the main island of the Seychelles and boasts almost 70 different beaches! It is littered with mountains, the highest of which towers over 900 metres. Those tourists visiting on yacht are welcome to spend the night at anchor. Otherwise, there are many tourist- and accommodation facilities that cater to the international market. The various restaurants, cafés and eateries offer an array of traditionally Creole dishes as well as fresh seafood, vegetables and so on. If you prefer your own fare, drop a line in these teeming waters and enjoy the thrill of enjoying the fruits of very little hard labour.
Because of the perfect diving conditions, the Seychelles cater to the needs and wants of its visitors by providing many dive centres. These provide equipment and instructors for inexperienced or experienced divers. Most of the centres try to combine stunning scenery and a proliferation of wildlife under the water. Some of the fascinating creatures include turtles, stingrays, crayfish (depending on the depth of the water) and even sharks. Shipwrecks are also visible on some tours, including the Ennerdale and Dredger wrecks, while the coral formations are sure to take your breath away. Tourists visiting the Seychelles with the intention of diving are advised to enquire about group packages, as many operators include picnics or sundowners as part of their experience.
Desroches Island is home to stunning sights as canyons and dive caves populate its landscape. These provide fantastic day trips that will leave lasting memories of this area’s natural beauty. Aldabra was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site for being home to the world’s largest raised coral atoll.
The Seychelles have proved to be one of the most rewarding destinations for visitors from all over the world seeking sunshine, sand and sea in gorgeous surrounds.
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