The ideal tropical honeymoon destination if there ever was one, the Republic of Seychelles archipelago is one incredible beach island retreat. The ‘Jewel of the Indian Ocean’ is uniquely beautiful and bathed in year-round sunshine, presenting visitors with a myriad options for water- and land-based activities and legendary scuba diving and bird watching.
Located off the east coast of Africa just below the equator, there are more than 100 islands in this large group from the well-known Inner Islands down to the otherworldly Aldabra Atoll in the Outer Islands. The beaches are numerous and stunning. They really have to be seen to be believed as the epitome of tropical beauty, with the cleanest and warmest of waters lapping at the most idyllic of sands, usually flanked by angular palms and backed by lush vegetation.
Most tourists come for the three main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. Each has a strong selling point, though all have great beaches and high-end hotels with all the facilities. Unlike the Maldives, these islands also have hilly interiors, often given over to national reserves that can stretch to the ocean. Water sports, scuba diving, boating trips and bird watching ventures are eternally popular.
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VALLEE DE MAI
Located on the granitic island of Praslin, the Vallée de Mai is a 19.5 ha area of palm forest which remains largely unchanged since prehistoric times.
Dominating the landscape is the world's largest population of endemic coco-de-mer, a flagship species of global significance as the bearer of the largest seed in the plant kingdom.
The forest is also home to five other endemic palms and many endemic fauna species. The property is a scenically attractive area with a distinctive natural beauty.
Here are many unique things to see on Curieuse including the Coco de Mer, mangrove forests, Aldabra tortoises, takamaka trees, hawksbill and green sea turtle breeding ground and the Seychelles Black Parrot as well as much more indigenous flora and fauna.
Excursions can be arranged from Praslin
The incredible mix of turquoise water, golden sand, lofty palm trees and imposing boulder formations make it one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, perfect for photos, sunbathing, swimming, and snorkelling.
In fact, it’s this range of activities that makes the beach especially appealing for the Seychelles holidaymaker, as the beach offers something for everyone.
Arriving at La Digue feels like sailing straight into a painting, brimming with brush strokes of blue, green and tan.
The beaches here are spectacular, particularly Grand Anse and Anse Source d'Argent, which is strewn with pink granite rocks. There are very few cars here, so travelling by bike or by ox cart is the way to go.
Pedal over to Ile de Cocos for snorkeling or gawk at the rare Paradise Flycatcher (a beautiful black bird) at the Veuve Nature Reserve.
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