Finally, there is a place where you can still tread in the footsteps of the ancient mariners as they first beheld, open-mouthed, the breathtaking exquisiteness of these island jewels. Among other island destinations offering processed products and experiences, the Seychelles islands cling jealously to their primordial roots, recalling that time when dinosaurs still breathed, tectonic plates fractured and ancient continents first began to divide.
The Seychelles islands are also home to some of the most spectacular seabird colonies in the world as well as 13 species and 17 subspecies that occur nowhere else on earth. Classed among the rarest species to be found among the islands are the Seychelles Scops Owl, Magpie Robin, Paradise Flycatcher Seychelles Warbler, Black Parrot, the flightless White-throated Rail and the Seychelles White Eye.
Inhabited since a mere 250 years, today, the Seychelles islands are still unbelievably untouched, their primeval beauty cascading from lushly forested granite peaks, through ancient hillside glades to the grandeur of a pristine, sapphire ocean. One of the few places left on the planet where to rediscover our ancient past, the freedom to roam free that is our birthright. Refreshingly, the Seychelles islands today remain a sanctuary, not only for some of the rarest life forms on earth, but also for modern travellers grown weary of the ordinary and the mundane in their holiday experiences elsewhere. Against a backdrop of world-class, five-star accommodation with a standard of service and accommodation to match and a fine, ever-burgeoning portfolio of smaller hotels, guesthouses and self-caterings where to savour the authentic Creole lifestyle, we invite you to embark on a journey you will never forget.
The Seychelles islands are home to six marine national parks, home to whale sharks, rare hawksbill turtles and thousands of tropical fish. One of the top dive spots is Shark Bank, where scuba divers can weave through boulders and spot stingrays, puffer fish and a sunken tanker. The flora and fauna are unique. The Seychelles has the largest population of Aldabra giant tortoises in the world, which were thought to be extinct since the 19th century.
The Seychelles’ cuisine is a unique blend of African, Chinese, English, French and Indian flavours, which means you can tuck into dishes like tamarind grilled fish wrapped in banana leaves.