Seychelles Holidays

Simply Island Paradise

Do you dream of a sundowner on a secluded tropical beach or on a rocky outcrop without a single soul in sight? All this can be yours on your stunning Seychelles holidays! Experience your own island paradise on one of the Seychelles’ hundred islands that are scattered across the Indian Ocean and thousands of miles from anywhere.

Discover a lush wilderness of pristine palm-fringed beaches, unspoiled coral reefs, powdery white sand, and a gentle turquoise sea that meets an azure sky. In addition to offering fantastic snorkeling, diving and sailing experiences, the Seychelles are an exciting fishing destination for both experienced and novice fishermen. Spectacular trophy sailfish and marlin, together with tuna, shark and giant barracudas, can be pursued on charter boats and fishing excursions suitable for everyone.

Seychelles hotels are generally small and sensitive to their surroundings with the main emphasis being on relaxation, informality and simplicity. Ideal for a romantic getaway, a Seychelles tour can be appreciated on a long relaxing stay at a single resort, or with island-hopping by plane or yacht.

This is the blissful life!

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The Seychelles – your tropical paradise

The climate in the Seychelles is tropical. During the entire year, it is warm between 24°C – 30°C. There is a high humidity, but thanks to the fresh sea breeze the heat is softened, so that the climate of the Seychelles is very pleasant. The Indian Ocean attracts year round temperatures of 26°C.

The climate of the Seychelles is determined by the winds:

  • Northwest Winds: November – April
  • Southeast Winds: May – October

The best travel time for your Seychelles vacation is from May to October, when the weather is particularly pleasant. During the Northwest Winds it can be rainy and it becomes warmer. The humidity is more noticeable due to these higher temperatures. Since severe storms are very rare in the Seychelles, it is still perfectly fine to visit the islands at this time.

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Top 10 Attractions, Activities and Highlights of Seychelles

1. Visit Praslin Island, considered to be the most beautiful island of the Seychelles! The beach of Anse Lazio has already been voted the most beautiful beach in the world.

2. The famous Anse Source d’Argent beach on the island of La Digue was the setting for many international feature films and photo shoots. Arrive in the morning or late in the afternoon: then you have the beaches almost to yourself!

3. Creole culture (especially the cuisine) is particularly good on Mahe, the largest island in the Seychelles. We highly recommend you watch the sunset on the beach of enchanting Anse Soleil Bay.

4. The best way to get to know all the facets of these idyllic tropics is to go island hopping around the Seychelles. From the three main islands of Mahe, La Digue and Praslin, you can take wonderful day trips to surrounding, smaller islands.

5. The vast Sainte Anne Marine National Park is impressive with its endless coral reefs and tropical fish, rays and reef sharks! Experience the colorful underwater world of this island paradise during your Seychelles diving vacation.

6. Divers will adore exploring Desroches Island with its spectacular labyrinthine underwater world of caves and tunnels.

7. In the middle of the Sainte Anne Marine National Park lies Cerf Island, which is why the tiny island is a perfect starting point for snorkelers and divers.

8. Bird Island is – funnily enough – the perfect place for bird watching. Millions of soot terns breed here from May to October.

9. A honeymoon in the Seychelles – what can be better? This tropical paradise is the perfect destination for romance with its white beaches, stunning sunsets and luxurious beach resorts.

10. Go animal watching on luxurious Fregate Island to encounter rare bird species and giant tortoises.

Discover a true tropical paradise! Contact us to help you plan your idyllic tropical paradise Seychelles vacation today!

History of Seychelles

Oh arrr me hearties! If you wish to experience some true pirate history then there is no place like the the Seychelles beaches. The islands’ coves were once ideal havens for smugglers and they were the only inhabitants when Europeans discovered them. The French settled in the Seychelles in 1770, but then control went to the British during the Napoleonic Wars

During this time the population stood at around 7,000 and important crop-producing estates were established. Slaves from Africa and Arab nations were brought to the islands. The whites (known as the Gran’bla or big whites), originating from France, dominated over plantations even after the British prohibited slavery in 1853.

The Seychelles gained its independence in 1976, except for a few islands retained under British Indian Ocean Territory, including the US military base of Diego Garcia. With the country considered one of the least crowded in the world, it is no wonder that Seychelles holidays are exceedingly popular with honeymooners and leisure travelers.

Culture in Seychelles

The Seychellois, the citizens who live in the Seychelles, are from varied ethnicities, many of which come from Africa, and this is reflected in all elements of the culture from music to cooking to architecture! Having said this, there is no indigenous culture to the country. Creole, French and English are the primary languages spoken in the Seychelles.

Influenced by Polynesian, Arcadian and Indian styles, folk music plays a big role, and you can expect some heavy beats of drumming and wonderful singing during your Seychelles tour. About 90% of Seychellois are Catholic and there are also Protestant Christians, Muslims and Hindus inhabiting the islands.

Even with organized religion in full-flow, many Seychellois believe in witchcraft, sorcery and magic as these traditions were brought over with the African slaves. The Seychellois also believe in ghosts and during your Seychelles tours you may find each island has its own myths and fables. It is not uncommon for shamans, known as bonom di bwa (man of the woods), to consult on daily life.

Top Seychelles Travel Tips – Culture:

  • You can witness the culture for yourself during the Creole Festival, which takes places every October.
  • Don’t miss the moutya, a traditional, erotic dance that has its roots in the sad history of island slavery.

Cuisine of Seychelles

Coconuts play a major role in the tropical flavors of the Seychelles

You can expect excellent food during your private Seychelles tour! Taking the best of African, American, Indian, British, Chinese and French cuisine, the dishes are varied with their tangy, sweet and spicy flavors. For example, it would not be unusual to find yourself eating a giant crab soup with ingredients of sweet potato and citronella!

Chillies are prominent in the cuisine, with a different variety used for different dishes. You can expect all sorts of seafood, from shark, kingfish and barracuda to octopus, red snapper and jack fish, and Seychelles beef is the term used to describe turtle meat. Fish and rice make up much of the cuisine of Seychelles, but are usually served with delicious aromas like coconut milk.

Enjoy a vast array of tropical fruits and vegetables that are grown locally, such as spinach, aubergine, calabashes, breadfruit, lychee, guava and melon. On your Seychelles holidays, you ‘ll find that every ingredient is fresh because of transport challenges!

Don’t miss the following Seychelles specialities:

  • Cari bernique: curried limpet (shellfish)
  • Daube: a sweet sauce
  • Rougaille: a tomato based sauce
  • Carii coco: a mild fish or meat curry that has been flavored with cream of coconut
  • Salade de palmiste: a salad consisting of coconut palm, known as millionaire’s salad
  • Chatini: chutney of crushed chillies, ginger and garlic
  • Chatini requin: shark chutney, made from boiled and mashed shark meat, bilimbi (cucumber), lime, turmeric and fried onion, most commonly served with lentils and shredded green papaya.
  • Ladob: a soft, creamy sweet or savory dish made from sweet potatoes and ripe plantain and boiled in coconut milk, nutmeg, vanilla and sugar. The salted version has salted fish in it.
  • Creole sauce: a sauce made with tomatoes, green bell peppers, onions and cayenne pepper.
  • Soupe de tectec: a clam cooked in tomatoes, ginger and garlic.
  • Bouillon bréde: a broth made of spinach
  • Zourit: a creamy curry made with octopus.
  • Carotte bananas: an exotic snack made with bananas that have been wrapped in its leaves with honey and vanilla and dried.

Top Seychelles Travel Tips – Cuisine:

  • The more adventurous traveler may wish to try Rousettes! These are fruit bats that taste a little like venison but have many small bones to contend with.
  • Try the Seybrew German lager, made locally on one of the islands; palm wine or calou, an alcoholic spirit made from coconut sap; or bacca, a sugarcane liquor.

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