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Top 5 Reasons Why you Should Visit Seychelles - The Country with 115 Islands

Seychelles is a country located east to the coast of Africa and includes 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. It is known for its beautiful beaches and a diverse culture making it a bucket list worth destination.


The Beach

The beaches in Seychelles are so dreamy; white powdery sand, lining the luscious green coastline and the water in all shades of blue is quite the sight. The year-round tropical weather makes it an even more desirable destination as you don't have to break your head to plan according to what is seasonal. Also, there's no need to be worried about the crowd, because, with 115 islands, there are so many beaches to choose from, thus dispersing the crowd. One could easily go island hopping and experience the sunset and sunrise from various viewpoints.

The most famous beaches are the Anse Source D'Argent on La Digue island and the Anse Lazio on Praslin which is located near the Berjaya Praslin Resort.


UNESCO World Heritage Sites

There are two UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve and the Aldabra Atoll.

Vallee de Mai is well-preserved palm forest and the home of endemic coco de mer trees; which has the largest seeds of any plant in the world. The reserve is also unique to the rare Seychelles black parrots. The palm forests were naturally formed and thus, has a great aesthetic appeal.

Aldabra Atoll consists of four coral islands which surround a shallow lagoon. The islands are surrounded by a coral reef, making this island quite difficult to access. Therefore, the island is protected from human interference which has helped the island retain more than 150,000 giant tortoises. In fact, this is the only place where this reptile is found in abundance.


The Seychelles Carnival

Seychelles is quite new to hosting carnivals but they have already made a mark both locally and worldwide, attracting many tourists. The carnival used to be in April, however, it has been shifted to October so as to coincide with the annual Creole Festival. This is the best time to indulge in the diverse culture, history and cuisine of Seychelles. The local cuisine mostly features seafood as it is freshly available in abundance. They are famous for their octopus curry and fruit bat curry. The latter is in fact, a Seychellois tradition! You can find this delicacy in certain high street vendors and restaurants or request it at any Seychelles resort.


Jungles and Mountains

While the island is more famous for its beaches, there are islands that are home to some beautiful mountains and jungles. The mountains are in fact, made of granite and give a unique, edgy look to the islands. There are also many hiking trails for the hikers, offering amazing viewpoints of the many islands spread across. Morne Seychellois, at just under 3000 feet, is the tallest mountain in the country.


Underwater wonders

There are 6 marine national parks in the country and the fact that the weather is great all year around, it is a perfect destination for the snorkelers and scuba divers. You will come across many colourful corals, tropical fish and Hawksbill turtles. There is also a popular diving spot called the Shark Tank, where, if you are brave enough, you can dive among the stingrays!