One of the most alluring features of the Seychelles as a holiday destination is its geographical isolation.
Here’s a run-down of our top 5 must-see natural wonders of the Seychelles.
1. The atoll of Aldabra
The Aldabra atoll is situated in the most remote part of the Seychelles. Made up of 4 main islands, it’s here that you’ll find the largest raised coral atoll in the world – now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
With a pristine coral reef and over 100,000 giant land tortoises, it’s a must-see for anyone interested in ecology. Other wildlife on the islands include frigate birds, giant crabs and the white throated rail, the only flightless bird left in the Indian Ocean.
Find out more from the UNESCO website.
2. Sainte Anne Marine National Park
An easily accessible boat-ride away from Victoria Harbour, this marine park is made up of 6 islands. Being close to Victoria, Ste Anne is well within the tourist trail but still worth a visit.
The marine park offers superb snorkelling conditions in clear waters. Here, you’ll see many of the 900 species of fish found in the Seychelles.
Hawskbill Turtles are another big draw for visitors to these islands.
3. Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island
Lying in the heart of Praslin Island, Seychelles, is Vallée de Mai – a national park, UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to the highly revered Coco de Mer seed.
Vallée de Mai is the only place in the world where you’ll find Coco de Mer. Visitors can wander through the national park, beneath giant palm trees. And keep your eyes open for the rare Seychelles Black Parrot. Read our article about the Coco de Mer.
4. Bird Island
Bird Island is situated some 60 miles north of Mahé. It’s a tiny flat coralline island where over 400,000 pairs of sooty terns breed every year between May – November.
There are viewing platforms where keen ornithologists can enjoy the sight of the terns incubating their eggs and caring for newborn chicks. Other birds found on the island include curlew sandpipers, fairy terns and turnstones.
5. Beaches, beaches, beaches
Across the Seychelles, you’ll find stunning beaches complete with huge granite boulders, soft white sand and breathtaking views across the calm turquoise waters.
These islands look like paradise on earth, and you’ll feel you’ve been whisked far away from the mêlée and humdrum of daily life.
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