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Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago consisting of 115 islands located in the Indian Ocean. The country has the smallest population of any African State with a population of about 90,100 residents living in the islands. The principal islands are Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue, and the capital city is Victoria. The country lies about 1,500 kilometres off the coast of mainland East Africa, north east of Madagascar. Nearby island countries and territories that surround the archipelago include Zanzibar, Comoros, Mayotte, Reunion, and Mauritius. In 1971 after the opening of the Seychelles International Airport, tourism boosted and became one of two biggest foreign exchange industries in the islands to this day, the other being fishing. Seychelles is known for its fine white-sand beaches and clear waters boasting of rich marine life.

What to see & do

Seychelles is a favourite destination among tourists seeking beaches and sunshine, jungle and mountain rainforest exploration, coral reef diving, surfing, snorkelling, mountain hiking, and other nature-adventure activities. Start off with the inner islands with Mahe, home to the small capital, Victoria, as well as the Morne Seychellois National Park. Victoria was named in honour of the British queen. See the Little Ben, a small version of London's Big Ben, the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens, and the Freedom Square. Head to the beautiful beaches of Mahe including Anse Intendance – a favourite surfing spot, Beau Vallon, Baie Lazare – home to the neo-Gothic Baie Lazare Church, and stunning resorts Anse Soleil and Petite Anse. The Ste Anne National Marine Park off the coast of Mahe, near Victoria, is a must-visit being the first national park in the Indian Ocean, where tourists snorkel, scuba dive, and jump on glass-bottom boat excursions. Anse Volbert is one of the most popular beaches in the country as well as the Anse Lazio, both located in Praslin. La Dique is a must-visit for its traditional island life featuring bicycles and carts as modes of transport going to the Anse Source D'Argent beach. While most tourists cannot get enough of the beaches, others take time to hike and explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vallee de Mai National Park – a prehistoric forest that boasts of more than 4,000 examples of coco de mer fruit palms unique to the islands, among others. It is also home to a rich biodiversity and the national bird of the country, the black parrot. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site is the Aldabra, the world’s biggest raised coral atoll. See the giant tortoises in Curieuse Island, the migratory black terns in Bird Island, and the warbler and hawksbill turtle in Cousin Island.

How to get around within Seychelles

Multiple daily flights from Mahe to Praslin are offered with Air Seychelles, which also operates once per day or several times per day between Mahe and smaller islands Bird, Denis, Fregate, Alphonse, and Desroches. Other islands can be reached via air charter. Otherwise, hopping from one island to another by boat is a popular option to take time enjoying the scenery. There are inter-island ferry routes between Mahe, Praslin, and La Dique available by booking online for e-tickets. Car rentals are a convenient option and are available in Mahe and Praslin. There is also a public bus transport but are not exact with the schedules and can be an option for flexible travellers.

How to get there

Seychelles International Airport is the only international gateway to Seychelles. The airport mainly serves domestic and international flights with Air Seychelles to and from more than 23 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, and Asia. Other major airlines with flights to Seychelles are Ethiopian Airlines, Emirates, Etihad, Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways, Condor, Sri Lankan Airlines, and Air Austral.

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