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Neighboring Countries :
Madagascar, Zanzibar, Mauritius, Comoros, Reunion, and Rodrigues are some of the nearest islands to Seychelles.
Major Cities :
- Victoria (capital)
Seychelles is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, off the southeastern coast of Africa. The archipelago of Seychelles is made up of about 115 islands in total. There are 42 main islands, the largest of which are Mahe, Praslin, Silhouette Island, La Digue, Curieuse, Felicite, and Fregate. These islands are called granitic, meaning they are made of granite rock, and are the only one's of this kind found on Earth. There are also many coral islands within Seychelles, grouped into the Amirantes, Farguhar, and Aldabra island groups. The coral islands are mostly flat, without fresh water, and as such are not inhabited by many people.
The highest point in the archipelago is Morne Seychellois, which stands 905 meters (2,969 feet) above sea level, and is located on Mahe. The main rivers on the island are fairly short, and include Point Conan, Rochon, Cascade, Bougainville, and Barbarons Rivers.
Points of Interest :
The beaches of Seychelles are some of its greatest attractions, with sandy shores, warm waters, and beautiful scenery. With the remote destination of Seychelles, the beaches remain in their natural state and are often uncrowded. There are many water sports available on the islands, including sailing, scuba diving, and fishing. There are places to take a glass-bottomed boat tour, and view the sea life in a unique way.
Praslin National Park's Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to a palm forest, including the endemic Coco de Mer, with the largest seeds in the world. The park is also home to a variety of native species, including the black parrot, tiger chameleon, and varieties of geckos. More wildlife can be viewed at Aldabra Atoll, which is home to giant land tortoises, tiger sharks, and manta rays. This coral atoll is the world's largest.
The capital, Victoria, features the Natural History Museum, and architecture including a clock tower, markets, and an inner harbor. Mahe also has resorts, casinos, and nightlife.
The international airport in Seychelles is near the capital, Victory, and is called Seychelles International. The airport offers service to South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya, Emirates, Qatar, and nearby Mauritius, among a few other destinations. The only other option for transportation into Seychelles is boat, but this is a very limited option.
Between the islands, there are flights between Mahe and Praslin, or Mahe and several smaller islands, like Bird and Fregate. Helicopters and boats can be chartered for these short trips as well. Ferries run fairly frequently between Mahe and Praslin, which is a less expensive option than flights.
Roads on Mahe and Praslin are narrow and winding, but cars are an essential method of travel on the island, allowing visitors to see the whole island. There are also taxis, but this can be a more expensive option than renting a car. Buses are another option, with frequent service around the island. Bicycles can be a good way to explore the islands.
Last Updated : July 29 ,2015
Facts about Seychelles
Official Name Republic of Seychelles
Area451 km sq
Major ReligionReligion in Seychelles. The 2002 government census estimated that 82 percent of the population of Seychelles are Roman Catholic and 6 percent is Anglican.
National Day29 June (1976)
Form of GovernmentUnitary representative presidential republic
Vice PresidentVincent Meriton
CurrencySeychellois rupee (SCR)
GDP$2.317 billion 2012 estimate
Time ZoneSCT (UTC+4)