Today, I'm shining the spotlight on Seychelles, a multi-cultural hide-away with 3 official languages: Creole, French and English.
Perhaps you've heard the name but you can't quite pinpoint it on the map. The Republic of Seychelles is a shimmering collection of 115 islands and atolls in the Indian Ocean, East of Tanzania and Kenya and southwest of Maldives that we profiled last week. They are clustered into two areas, the 43 Inner Islands and the 72 Outer Islands.
Airlines with flights to Seychelles include Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways. The capital on Mahe, where the Seychelles International Airport is located, is Victoria, with a population of 25,000.
With an extensive sea transportation network, Seychelles is the perfect destination for island-hopping and eco-tourism adventures. The warm climate and stunning beaches make Seychelles suitable for snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing and sailing throughout the year.
There are a number of national monuments including Le Jardin du Roi as well as the Natural History Museum and other museums and art galleries to explore and . Eco-tourism sites include Domaine de Val des Pres and Cousin Island Special Reserve on Male, Aride Island Nature Reserve on Aride and Curieuse Marine National Park on Curieuse.
Major events include the Seychelles Round Table Regatta in September, the Festival Kreol in October, the Carnaval International de Victoria in April and FetAfrik in May.
There are hotels and resorts on Male, Praslin and La Digue on the Inner Islands and on Alphonse and Desroches in the Outer Islands. Luxury resorts include Banyan Tree Seychelles on Male, Kempinski Seychelles Resort Baie Lazare and Raffles Praslin, an all villa resort. Maison du Peuple International Conference Center is located on Male.
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