The Seychelles are the only such islands in the world, based on continental rock. The archipelago is a popular destination for honeymooners. You’ll find there numerous sandy beaches with picturesque boulders, palm trees and stunning coral reefs!
Due to their relative remoteness, the Outer Seychelles are less visited than their granitic cousins. To explore these mostly uninhabited pristine sand cays and atolls, you can charter a private yacht. Only few of the 72 coralline islands beyond the Seychelles plateau offer accommodation facilities.
The Bird Island is a nature reserve and a nesting place for endemic Seychelles birds. This 0.94 km2 private sanctuary is fringed by untouched beaches and brilliant blue waters. The northernmost island in the Seychelles archipelago, 100 km from Mahé, offers the ultimate getaway for couples seeking a romantic relaxing holiday. In the west of this idyllic coral island, there is a white beach which offers safe conditions for swimming. Snorkelling with the remarkable marine life is also appealing, especially in the south-east of the island. In this private resort you can stay in one of the 26 individual bungalows. It also contains a small landing strip which connects the island with Mahé. To get here, you must take the thirty-minute flight which departs once per day.
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How to get there:
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Where to stay:
In Mahé we recommend you staying at 3* Forest Lodge Guest House with very good reviews. This 3-star property is located in Bel Ombre and a 15-minute walk away from Beau Vallon Beach. The property has a garden, BBQ facilities and a restaurant. Free WiFi is available. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and a telephone with the benefit of free local calls. There is a full a kitchenette with a microwave and a refrigerator, as well as a balcony. Private bathroom also comes with a shower. You can enjoy mountain and garden views.
In Praslin, we encourage you to stay at Chez Muriel Guest House with excellent reviews. This property is 1 minute walk from the beach. Situated just a 5-minute walk from Cote D’or Beach, Chez Muriel features creole-style architecture and a spacious veranda with outdoor seating. The guest house also offers a tropical garden. The self-catering rooms all come with garden views. They also include access to shared bathroom and toilet facilities. Guests can use the shared kitchen and dining room. They can also relax in the shared lounge area, which has a TV. Chez Muriel is located within a 10-minute walk of nearby shops restaurant and boat charters. Praslin National Park is 5 minutes’ drive away and Praslin Island Airport is a 15-minute drive from the guest house.
When to visit:
Weather in Seychelles is good all year round. An average temperature of 27°C (80.6°F) means that the archipelago provides a perfect beach weather almost always. The best time to visit the Seychelles is during the driest months – between May and September. There is on average more rain between November and January. Tropical showers tend to last just a couple of hours, and are often localised to just one island. Even during these months there will be plenty of sunshine before and after the showers. From May to September the winds come from the south east, from October to April – from the north west.
Diving is possible year-round, but the best months are considered to be April-May and October-November. With visibility generally exceeding 30 metres and water temperatures reaching 28ºC, the archipelago is considered a divers’ paradise. The combination of calm waters and steady winds makes the Seychelles perfect for water-based sports.
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