If you’re looking for a tropical island destination that offers tranquility and stunning natural beauty, the Seychelles should be at the top of your list. With its 115 islands, this hidden gem provides endless opportunities for exploration and relaxation. Whether you’re a nature lover, a beach enthusiast, or a couple seeking a romantic getaway, the Seychelles has something for everyone. Here are five compelling reasons why you should consider visiting this tropical paradise.
Of course this gets the top spot. The Seychelles is one of the few tropical destinations where you can still be almost guaranteed to find a deserted beach. Even on the more popular islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue there are quiet coves with clean crescents of oat-white sand peppered with granite boulders – perfect for a refreshing swim after a rainforest hike.
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The in-shore waters and lagoons in the Seychelles are crystal clear – snorkelling out from the beach you will see a rainbow of painted fish within a few metres of the shore. Further out, the cooler waters around the reef walls are home to barracuda, wrasse, turtles and reef sharks. Whether you’re a novice or you’ve got years of experience, the range of dive and snorkelling operators in the islands will help you discover the wonders that lie below the water’s surface.
There’s another element to the Seychelles which sets it apart from so many other tropical islands – for the large part it’s largely resisted big-buck commercialisation. The predominant palette in the Seychelles is not KFC-red and McDonald’s-yellow but emerald hillsides, cerulean skies and turquoise oceans flecked with brilliant white sails.
There’s a reason why the Seychelles has been dubbed ‘the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’. In the beaches, jungles and surrounding waters, a vast array of creatures can be found. Head to Curieuse to see giant Aldabra tortoises, visit Bird Island for sea turtles and explore the bird sanctuaries of the Cousin and Aride islands to be amazed by a rainbow of colourful birdlife.
Influenced by African, English, Indian, French and Chinese cultures, the Seychelles is where you can sample Creole dishes fragrant with delicious spices. If your mouth waters at the thought of spicy grilled octopus with chilli, ginger and garlic sauce or spiced seafood curries, you’ll love the cuisine served in restaurants and street food stalls across the islands.