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Seychelles Travel Guide
Located in the heart of the Indian Ocean, the beautiful Seychelles is often touted as one of the most romantic destinations in the world. The archipelago casts a spell over travellers, thanks to its crystalline turquoise waters, pristine coral reefs and powdery beaches, which encircle vast granite pinnacles and verdant rainforest.
The islands are stretched across nearly one million square kilometres of ocean off the coast of East Africa. Only a few of the 115 islands are inhabited, with most of the local population (known as Seychellois) gathered on the main island, Mahe, around the capital city of Victoria.
The Seychellois population comprises an eclectic mix of the descendants of freed African slaves, Arab, Indian and Chinese traders, British and French settlers and Creole seafarers. The multi-party democratic republic was once a thriving pirate's haven, but today it serves as a refuge for sun seekers, honeymooners and nature lovers, who congregate in the top quality hotels and resorts on the shores of the main islands. Travellers will find gorgeous beaches, luxury accommodation, cultural attractions, and a variety of activities on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, though Mahe is best for those who want world-class snorkelling and good restaurants. La Digue is perfect for visitors who wish to be completely surrounded by nature.
Whether travellers come to soak up the equatorial sun on silver sands, dive among more than 800 species of fish in the island waters, marvel at flocks of colourful birds flitting between rare jungle trees, or to cement their marriage vows, they will find the Seychelles archipelago undeniably idyllic.
Although primarily enjoyed as an uber lavish destination, there is an increasing drive to develop the budget tourism options on the islands, opening the doors of paradise to travellers who may previously only have dreamt of a holiday on these exotic shores.