Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, situated about 1600 kilometers east of Kenya on the African mainland. The country consists of 115 islands, that are divided into groups, namely the granitic islands (which are famous for the beaches with large granite boulders in the shallow waters), the Amirantes group, Farquhar group and the Aldabra Group with other small islands surrounding these main groups.
The calm, though humid climate of the Seychelles varies little throughout the year, although May to November is regarded as the most pleasant time of year thanks to the southeast trade winds. Various art galleries and national monuments can provide some pastimes should you tire of the gloriously white sandy beaches and clear warm waters of the Seychelles.
Mahé is the main island in the Seychelles archipelago and at 155 km² also the largest. The capital city of the Seychelles, Victoria, is situated on Mahé island. The island is also home to 90% of the country’s population. Various international airlines, including Air Seychelles, operate flights from around the world to Mahé International Airport. Travellers can arrange an island-hopping experience from Mahé to the surrounding islands with relative ease.
Praslin is the second largest island in the Seychelles archipelago and is situated about 45 minutes northeast of Mahé. The island is relatively small – travellers will be able to take a leisurely drive around the island in two hours. Praslin is home to a UNESCO world heritage site, Valleé de Mai, a beautiful forest. Then, of course, there are numerous white sandy beaches with stunningly blue waters in which you can replenish your thirst for relaxation.