Picture this: You’re sitting on the beach with warm, white sand between your toes, an ice cold home-brew in one hand, your summer read in the other, when a curiously large tortoise ambles along in front of you. You stare at the magnificent creature in awe of its size, beauty and majesty. In the background, you can hear the soft sound of the waves, gently kissing the shore. The smell of fresh coconut curry wafts through the air and your mouth starts to salivate. Does this sound like pure bliss to you? Well, here’s why you should make this fantasy a reality and book the trip you’ve always wanted to take to the Seychelles.
1) The most beautiful beaches in the world
With approximately 115 islands to choose from, the Seychelles is certainly not lacking in exquisite beaches. With warm turquoise waters and an average daytime temperature of 30 degrees throughout all the seasons, every day is a beach day in the Seychelles. Seychellois have taken immaculate care of their biodiversity and pride themselves in the pristine condition of their islands. They have developed various nature preserves, two of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The raw beauty of this island republic has been conserved, making it the perfect holiday destination for any beach or nature-lover.
2) Fascinating Flora and Fauna
The Aldabra Giant Tortoises are an absolute must-see when visiting the Seychelles. These magnificent animals are not only a sight to behold, they are also full of personality. They are known to be friendly, affectionate and charismatic. Curiese Island in the Seychelles is one of only two places in the world that boasts the opportunity for tourists to see, touch and interact with these creatures. If the giant tortoises don’t already have you booking your flight, the Seychelles is also home to a peculiarly shaped nut that is sure to make you giggle – Coco de mer nuts, also known as “love nuts”. These butt-shaped nuts, endemic to the Seychelles, have only two remaining populations, so you better get packing if you want to have the once-in-a-lifetime experience of viewing and tasting the rare Coco de mer nut.
3) Unmissable adventures
Whether you want to experience natural beauty from underwater, the top of a mountain, the roof of a yacht or behind a fishing rod, the Seychelles should be your next holiday destination. The archipelago offers tons of exhilarating outdoor activities, including island-hopping on a sailing charter, scuba diving in clear turquoise waters, hiking to the highest point in La Digue and fishing for tuna and marlin in one of the richest fishing bases in the world. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment in the Seychelles. If you are not looking for a thrilling, active getaway, you could always enjoy one of the Seychelles specialty alcoholic beverages, seybrew or Takamaka rum, from the comfort of your beach towel.
4) Breathtaking views
If you’re searching for a place with plenty of natural wanders to gawk at, look no further. The Seychelles has an abundance of sightseeing opportunities, with viewpoints in almost every island in the country. At these lookout points, you will not only witness a variety of wildlife in their natural habitats, but you will also have the chance to sit back, relax and take in the unrefined beauty of the world. You will see purple-pink sunsets, endless stretches of ocean and culturally-rich cities, to name a few of the sights to be taken advantage of.
5) Mouth-watering Creole Cuisine
Calling all foodies! Seychellois Creole cuisine is a fusion of flavours from France, Africa and Asia that will definitely satisfy your tastebuds. Grilled fish, coconut curry, shark chutney and Ladob are just some of delectable meals you can enjoy in the Seychelles. If tasty food is a prerequisite for your next trip, you can rest assured that you will be more than content with the bizarre, yet inviting, flavours of the islands.
The Seychelles ticks all the boxes and is sure to fulfill your heart’s every desire. The archipelago is as close as you can get to heaven and there is no reason not to book your trip today. Why wouldn’t you visit the Seychelles?