About the author: Siobhan studied and worked in the wine trade for four years before becoming a full-time travel writer. She specialises in food, drink, history and architecture, and focuses on discovering new cultures and traditions.
The Seychelles: An Island Guide
The Seychelles are the ideal holiday destination for those who love travel and exploration, offering up 115 stunning islands to discover, most of which are completely uninhabited. With so much to see and do it can be difficult to know where to start. Read on for a guide to the most popular islands, and what to look out for while you’re there.
· Victoria: Mahe is the largest island in the Seychelles, home to the port city Victoria – one of the smallest capitals in the world. Here you can visit the local museums, the Victoria Botanical Gardens and the local produce markets, to learn more about the history and culture of the islands.
· Morne Seychellois National Park: A stunning protected area, this national park is entirely conservation land, and you’ll see plenty of wildlife as well as beautiful scenery and some fantastic footpaths.
· Beau Vallon: The most popular beach in the Seychelles, the Beau Vallon is connected to Victoria and boasts soft white sands, sparkling waters and plenty of tourist facilities.
· Vallee de Mai: Another protected area of wildlife, the Vallee de Mai is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, consisting of a vast palm tree forest and a fascinating ecosystem of birds, mammals and reptiles unique to the island.
· Anse Lazio: Widely considered the best beach on Praslin, Anse Lazio is famed for its favourable snorkelling and swimming conditions, while the shore itself is bordered by large rounded boulders and towering palm trees.
· Cycling: La Digue is one of the few islands flat enough to cycle on. The biking culture here is so widespread that there are no roads for cars around the island, and it’s not unusual to see whole groups of people on two wheels! Explore the cycle paths and see the forests and beaches in a whole new light.
· L’Anse Source D’Argent: While Beau Vallon is the most popular beach in the Seychelles, L’Anse Source D’Argent is arguably the most beautiful. Pink sands, giant granite boulder formations and a distinct lack of tourist attractions make it a favourite for those who prefer a more peaceful beach break.
· Marine National Park: Silhouette Island is hugely significant as an area of biodiversity within the Indian Ocean, home to one of the largest colonies of giant tortoises and a huge number of other endangered species. The small community on the island will be more than happy to tell you about the conservation efforts across the island and in the ocean.
· Diving: The coral barrier reef is one of the most remarkably healthy in the region, and experienced divers will find a wealth of colour and marine life on the outskirts of the islands. Butterfly fish, Angel fish, octopi and even various sharks can be found in the waters of the Seychelles, as well as a number of species unique to the Silhouette coral.