An island off the eastern coast of Africa, the Seychelles consist of a series of islands located in the Indian Ocean. From the great outdoors to enjoying local food and drink, here are 5 of the reasons why visiting the Seychelles should be added to a places-to-go list.
The beaches in Seychelles have so much to offer. The sand is super fine and blindingly white. The water is warm and every shade of blue imaginable. The best part, even the most popular beaches are never what most people would consider crowded. Those looking to avoid crowds entirely have countless options to choose from.
* Year-Round Good Weather
While there are seasons in Seychelles, the weather really is beautiful year round. Even in seasons where there is traditionally more rain, it is always warm and the rain never lasts long enough to wash out a whole day. The temperature only really varies a couple of degrees either side of 30°C, making it hot, but not too hot.While very few people go on holiday to experience the rain, it is spectacular in the Seychelles in its own right. Overall, it’s always warm, and a Piña Colada is never too far away.
* Taste Authentic Creole Food
Dreaming of an octopus curry, the freshest-grilled fish straight from the Indian Ocean, or the ultimate sweet-coconut nougat? Book a trip to the Seychelles. Those looking for something a little more exotic, how about trying the local delicacy, fruit bat?From street food to fine dining, tourists will find all varieties of the best Creole food.
* Witness Endangered Species
Seychelles is home to many endangered and critically-endangered species. High on the ‘look-out list’ for nature lovers are the hawksbill and green turtles, Aldabra giant tortoises, and Seychelles paradise flycatchers. There is a whole lot more though; in fact, 65 species on the IUCN Red List currently call Seychelles home.
* Admire the Naughty Nut
The nut of the endemic Coco de Mer is certainly a sight to behold. It is, in fact the biggest nut in the world. However, it’s hard to hide from the fact that it looks exactly like a woman’s backside. There’s no missing the insanely-phallic-looking Inflorescence either. Many myths and legends surrounding the Coco de Mer exist including the nuts only falling at night, that they hold aphrodisiac qualities, and the old sailors’ belief that they grew in an underwater forest.
While only in its seventh year, the Carnival in Seychelles has already become an extremely popular event, not just locally but worldwide. With participants coming from all over the world, the Seychelles’ Carnival is proving itself on the big stage of worldwide carnivals.It has been decided this year that the carnival will be moved from April to October to fall in line with the annual Creole Festival. There is always a fantastic party atmosphere and at the same time it’s a wonderful way to learn about, and celebrate the ‘melting pot’ that is Seychelles culture and history. This is more true than ever now that it is being tied in with the Creole Festival.