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The Seychelles Islands


There are two categories of islands: the granitic 'inner' that cluster around the principal islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, whose verdant peaks climb skywards from virgin forests and immaculate beaches, and the 'Outer'; a sparkling array of flat, coralline islands extending westwards towards the coast of Africa that includes legendary Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll. The 'Inner Islands' are the cultural focal point of Seychelles where the majority of the population lives while the 'Outer Islands' remain miniature worlds, little touched by man thus offering a unique and incomparable island experience.



This fertile, granite island with verdant forests, soaring peaks and over 65 beaches enjoys a rich diversity of flora and fauna to be discovered by organized excursions as well as on walks and trails through lush countryside.

North Mahe, home to famous Beau Vallon beach, tends to be more populous than other regions of the island and discreetly features a range of hotels of all sizes, guesthouses and villas.

South Mahe presents, in contrast, a wonderfully pastoral aspect and is home to some of the island’s prettiest beaches and villages too, all made accessible by an efficient network of roads.

Victoria, one of the tiniest capitals in the world, has managed to retain much of its original charm and character with outstanding examples of traditional architecture, a busy market, shops, boutiques and service providers.


Praslin’s original name of 'Isle de Palme' bears eloquent testament to its reputation as home to the Vallee de Mai UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the famous coco de mer grows wild in abundance. Seychelles’ second largest island, Praslin lies 40 kilometers north-east of Mahe – 15 minutes by plane or 45 minutes by catamaran ferry. Divided by a ridge of hills intersected by a road that leads through the Vallee de Mai, Praslin possesses some of Seychelles’ most striking beaches such as Anse Lazio, widely acclaimed to be the most beautiful beach on earth.