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Seychelles luxury trips

With a generous dose of idyllic beaches, granite boulder shorelines, dense island rainforests
and vibrant coral reefs, the Seychelles are hard to beat as an island getaway destination.

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Currency

Seychelles rupee

Language

Seychellois Creole, English and French
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Time Difference

GMT+4
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Capital

Victoria

Seychelles highlights

With a generous dose of idyllic beaches, granite boulder shorelines, dense island rainforests and vibrant coral reefs, the Seychelles are hard to beat as an island getaway destination. Evolving in isolation, the Seychelles archipelago remained uninhabited until the 18th century and now boasts a melting pot of cultures and a rich history of pirates, explorers and colonial rule. The multi-island paradise calls out to the leisure traveller. A world-class diving destination, the Seychelles boasts an abundance of marine life and vibrant coral reefs. Discover the hiking trails on the mountainous island of Mahé, the old palm jungles of Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve on Praslin Island, witness the Giant Aldabra tortoise on the island of Curiuse or simply spend your time soaking up the best of island living in luxurious beach villas.

Location

Scattered 932 miles off the east coast of Africa you will find the picture-perfect archipelago of the Seychelles. Evolving in isolation for the past 200 million years, the Seychelles archipelago are the oldest oceanic islands on earth. The 115 granite and coral islands cover an area of 175 square miles, stretching 150,000 square miles across the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. The islands are home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the ancient forests of Vallé de Mai and the raised coral atoll of Aldabra.

What type of wildlife will we see?

Far from the dangers of natural selection, the endemic fauna and flora of the Seychelles have flourished. The islands are home to over 220 species of birds and 30 species of reptiles, including the world-renowned giant Aldabar tortoise. Beyond the shores, the coral reefs of the archipelago are abundant with marine life, from several species of sea turtles to over 1000 species of fish.

Best time to visit

Best time to go and why?

Located just south of the equator, the Seychelles archipelago is a year round destination. No stranger to the heat, the Seychelles reaches a peak temperature from December to April with short tropical downpours hitting the islands from January to February. The best time of the year to travel to the Seychelles depends on what activities you would like to tick off your list. Experience top-notch diving visibility over the months of April and October, swim with gentle whales shark from the months of September to November, and watch turtles hatch on the islands’ shores from January to March.

When is high season?

The islands’ peak season falls over the months of December to March and again from July to August over the European school holidays. From December to March, the northwest trade winds bring in the islands’ rainy season and a rise in humidity. However, this doesn’t keep visitors at bay. If you’re traveling to the Seychelles over peak season, make sure to book your accommodation in advance as rooms fill up quickly.

When is low season?

Low season falls over the months of June and September. Expect cool, dry weather and uncrowded beaches before the rush of the peak season hits.

When is the best weather?

The months of April, May, October and November experience fewer visitors and the temperatures remain warm with little to no wind. October to November welcomes a few scattered showers on the islands, but you can still expect plenty of beach weather with the bonus of avoiding the peak season crowds. Diving in the Seychelles is a year round activity, but the shoulder season promises visibility of over 30 meters.

Top Activities in the Seychelles

Wellness

A wellness haven, the Seychelles is the perfect destination if you are looking for some meaningful rest and relaxation. Experience spa and yoga retreats surrounded by nature for the ultimate healing holiday.

Diving & snorkeling

A world-class diving and snorkeling destination, the Seychelles invites visitors to discover its sheltered lagoons, abundant marine life and unparalleled coral reefs all year round. Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are the most popular for diving, offering plenty of different spots for both experienced and novice divers. From the months of September to November whale sharks make their way to the islands and visibility reaches a peak of 30m from April to May and October to November.

Hiking

Beyond the beaches of the Seychelles, the granite islands offer mountainous centers waiting to be explored. Hiking on the islands invites you to discover lush jungle terrains, secluded beaches and granite peaks overlooking the ocean. Vallee de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers 3 marked-out trails to choose from. The gentle walks invite you to discover What was once believed to be the Garden of Eden and make your way to the island viewpoint.

Sailing

Sailboat, yachts and cruises can be arranged from most major islands on the archipelago. Most companies offer vessels with a skipper and crew. Whether you’re looking to discover the islands on an exhilarating day trip or sit back, relax and enjoy a week-long charter, sailing in the Seychelles is not to be missed.

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