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The Seychelles archipelago is made up of 115 islands composed of either coral or granite. It is located in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar. The landmass is only 457km², although the islands are spread over an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1,374,000 km².
The tropical islands of Seychelles is located 4 degrees south of the equator thus enjoy generally good weather all year round and are not affected by cyclones, so the best time to plan your trip should probably based on your preference for certain activities.
The weather in Seychelles forms by two counter-trade winds: the north-west monsoon from October to March when wind blows with average speed of 8-12 knots and the south-east trade winds from May to September when the wind speeds reach 10-20 knots.
The group of inner islands consists of 43 islands, 2 of which are composed of coral. The largest granite island is Mahe - home of the capital city of Seychelles, Victoria. The second largest island is Praslin, followed by Silhouette.
All the granitic islands of Seychelles are covered in lush green tropical vegetation. The highest peak in Seychelles is located on Mahe… Morne Seychellois rises to 905m and offers astounding views. Trees are evergreen and many species are endemic to the Seychelles, such as the Coco de Mer (the world’s largest nut) found on Praslin island.
The outer islands of Seychelles are separated into five coralline clusters.
One of the world’s most important atolls and the second largest in the world, Aldabra, is located on one of the outer islands. It is home to the world’s largest colony of Aldabra Giant tortoises: 100,000 of these creatures roam the land in complete freedom and with unique isolation. The atoll was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1982 and has since remained untouched by man. Only a fortunate few have set foot on the island but rules limit what you can do and where you can go.
The coral islands are flat, with elevated coral reefs at different stages of formation that sustain a vibrant coral ecosystem.
The Seychelles archipelago is a botanical paradise with more than 2,000 listed species of tropical and equatorial plants, about 100 of which are endemic. Much of the original coastal vegetation seen by the first explorers is still intact and untouched by man. The Seychelles islands is the only true paradise on earth. It’s obvious why the famous artist and botanist, Marianne North, came to the Seychelles. Through her paintings she has immortalized the immaculate beauty of these islands.
Despite the species of plants being scattered across many islands the Botanical Garden in Victoria, Mahe, is the perfect place to view them as a collection.
The Seychelles offer a wide range of diving opportunities for the underwater enthusiast. The waters of the Indian Ocean are brimming with diverse and exotic marine adventures.
Seychelles is the only mid-ocean granitic island destination in the world that offers both granite-based reefs, as well as the more common carbonate tropical reefs – both flourish with diverse marine life. Other activities include snorkelling, fishing, windsurfing, sailing, cycling, horseback riding, hiking, various watersports and golf.