The original Garden of Eden
Encompassing two UNESCO world heritage sites, the 115 islands of the Seychelles are scattered across the Indian Ocean like precious jewels. Lying some 1,000 miles off the coast of Africa, the main island group consists of three islands; Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, each boasting breath-taking landscapes of green-swathed mountains, tranquil beaches and cascading waterfalls. Nature abounds throughout the idyllic shores, from unique exotic flora and fauna to nesting giant tortoises. Beneath the waterline is a kaleidoscope of colour with thriving coral reefs teeming with marine life, world-renowned snorkelling opportunities and dive sites to explore.
Boasting many natural harbours and a year-round season, it is easy to see why the Seychelles has become a popular yacht charter destination alternative to the more crowded Caribbean. The two seasons run from May to October (south-easterly monsoon) and November to April (north-westerly monsoon) and the relatively short distances between the islands are perfect for hopping from one heavenly oasis to the next throughout your charter itinerary.
Home to the Seychelles capital, Victoria, which also happens to be the smallest capital in the world, Mahé is the largest island in the archipelago. Despite its size, Victoria is a vibrant hub of cosmopolitan energy amongst colourful markets selling exotic spices and fresh fruit with a selection of museums, art galleries and boutiques as well as a colourful port. The local cuisine is a fusion of cultures, blending the best of Africa, Asia and European influences, and is a delight to sample in an al fresco dinner underneath a spectacular starlit sky.
The most famous of the islands is the seductive and stylish Praslin, which plays host to a range of gourmet restaurants serving freshly caught fish with views of the tangled velvet jungle and curving hills that drop down into crystalline waters. Peppered with distinctive fluted granite rocks and red-hued boulders, Praslin is also home to the Seychelles’ most celebrated beach Anse Lazio. For more secluded beaches, take an eight minute helicopter flight over to the west coast of La Digue which is said to be the most photographed stretch of coastline in the world. Its swaying palm trees and jade-green waters epitomise treasure-island paradise, with dazzling views of the tiny surrounding islands; the perfect spot for a beach picnic.
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