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Islands in Seychelles
The Seychelles Archipelago is made up of the inner granitic islands and the outer coralline islands and atolls. All together 115 islands, strung like pearls in the warm, clear waters of the Indian Ocean collectively make up this paradise island getaway.
The islands can be broadly categorised as the 'inner islands' - those centralised around the main island of Mahé - and the 'outer islands,' which are located beyond the Mahé Plateau and much further away.
The Inner Islands
Mahé, the largest and most populated island, is the centre of commerce in Seychelles, and is home to the capital of Victoria, the international airport, many large hotels and resorts, a diverse selection of small hotels, guest houses and bed and breakfast establishments. Mahé is also home to the highest mountain in Seychelles, and the islands topography offers clients a nice variety of picture perfect beaches, mountain vistas and lush tropical forests. Mahé is also the cultural and historical hub of the country, boasting an array of attractions for visitors.
Praslin, the second largest island is more sparsely populated and offers a laid back experience for visitors. The Vallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage Site is found here, and this prehistoric forest is a beauty to behold any fortunate enough to visit. Surrounded by many satellite islands, Praslin offers the opportunity to island hop and visit many of these on day trips, including Curieuse, Cousin, Cousine, Felicité, the Sister Islands, and of course, La Digue.
La Digue Island
La Digue is a popular destination for tourists due to its unique charm and stunning scenery. This is island lifestyle at its best, and life remains laid back at its core. The favoured mode of transport is the bicycle or ox-cart, but the island is small enough to get by on foot. La Digue is home to the world famous beach, Anse Source d'Argent, a magical landscape of sculptural boulders and pristine beach – possibly the most photographed beach in the world! The island is also home to L'Union Estate. This coconut plantation and mill is a living example of what life was like in Seychelles 200 years ago.
Other Inner Islands
Other Inner Islands that offer accommodation include:
- BIRD ISLAND
- COUSINE & SAINT ANNE
Outer Islands and Atolls
Speckled in the Seychelles waters lie the magnificent outer islands. True paradise awaits anyone who ventures beyond the beaten path and discovers these jewels of creation. Only two of these islands feature private luxury resorts, where the ultimate in indulgence awaits visitors to these paradisiac oases. These are Desroches and Alphonse Islands.
For the adventurous traveller, the other uninhabited outer islands atolls – the ultimate in untouched and pristine natural splendour - can be visited courtesy of private yacht charter (speak to a Masons Travel Representative).These include Poivre, the St. Joseph Atoll, the Amirantes Group, African Banks, the Farquhar Group and , of course, the iconic Aldabra Atoll.
Prabjot kairon & Deepa kairon On their honeymoon trip
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