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May 24, 2014 Destination Global No Comments Email Email

Clock Tower, Victoria © STBSeychelles is a playground for lovers of the ocean, offering diverse opportunities for enjoyment both above and beneath the waves that bring dreams to life.

The archipelago is a treasure trove for every sailor, diver and fisherman but also for those who prefer the leisure side of life.  Numerous diving, sailing and fishing operators offer packages tailor-made for you and your budget – your gateway to unforgettable adventures on the ocean and a memorable introduction to the magnificence of the underwater world with its dizzying fish-life, shipwrecks and even whale sharks. Seychelles also offers the opportunity for exclusive sailing upon its clear, azure waters on an array of state-of-the-art craft that may be chartered with or without crew or bare boat. Many of the local tour operators and DMC’s can offer day trips and excursions on boats and yachts at your pleasure. For personal voyages around the Island of Mahé and Praslin, there is always the opportunity to hire a vehicle and explore the terrains and beautiful sites around the islands.

A Ghost crab scurries along the beach © Martin HarveyThe spectacular Beau Vallon beach is ready for any family wanting an activity packed day by the sea. Home to a number of motorized water sports such as jet-skiing and para-gliding and most hotels offer canoes or kayaks which is a wonderful way to enjoy the ocean and explore the hidden nooks and crannies of the coastline. There’s always a chance to participate in a game of football or Volleyball on the beach.

If you are searching for the Garden of Eden then search no further!  Once believed to be the original site of Eden, Seychelles boasts an incredible diversity of flora and fauna that includes some of the rarest species found anywhere on earth. Our Vallée De Mai on Praslin – now a UNESCO World Heritage site is the perfect place to walk amongst the giant palm leaves of the coco-de-mer palms and see the heaviest nut in the world, the other-worldly coco-de-mer.

Anse Royale Beach Mahé © Raymond SahuquetSuccessful eco-tourism policies and forward-looking conservation measures ensure sustainable tourism with minimum impact on the environment.  With almost 50% of its total landmass dedicated to national parks and reserves, Seychelles offers plentiful opportunities for Eco-Tourism on its network of guided walks and trails and also on excursions into its Marine Parks and nature reserves, details of which may be obtained from local Tourism Information Offices.  For private island sanctuaries that remain at the heart of nature conservation look no further than the rare jewels of Bird, Denis, Frégate and North Island.

With surrounds of tropical indigenous forests and home to free roaming giant land tortoises, hundred thousands of tropical birds and a haven for nesting Hawksbill turtles, these nature sanctuaries offer experiences and activities that are once-in-a-lifetime dreams. Conservation-oriented and ethically driven, guests are offered the chance to snorkel with sea turtles, enjoy some close proximity bird watching, witness the hatchlings of hawksbill turtles make their epic journey to the sea and appreciate the protection of gorgeous unspoiled abodes.

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa Pool © Raymond SahuquetBeing a melting pot of traditions from all over the world, today Seychelles’ culture represents the rich fusion of diverse ethnicity, customs and religious beliefs which, together, form the foundation of its tranquil, yet vibrant society. Just the calendar of events reflects the vibrancy and diversity of its people and with varied events taking place at different times of the year you can be sure to be entertained. From its national heritage monuments, museums and natural wonders, to the diversity of its arts and other cultural activities, Seychelles offers an Aladdin’s cave of rich experiences for the visitor to enjoy. It also provides inspiration for artists who interpret the beauty that is everywhere around them in water-colour, oil, ceramic, wood, and also in literature. But, perhaps, Seychelles’ most enduring attraction is its enviable pace of life. For, here, cocooned within the reassuring atmosphere of a large family, there is still ‘time to enjoy’ the finer things of life and to appreciate the refreshing elements of an authentic and enviable island lifestyle.

The nightlife on the three main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue are sure not to disappoint with the presence of nightclubs and casinos for the free spirited who wish to dance the night away and wish for a totally magical night out with a group of friends. For a great chance to taste the unique and exotic local cuisine of Seychelles in a romantic setting or for a more sophisticated evening there are many restaurants around the island that offer local, Asian or international cuisine to tantalize your taste buds and make for a memorable dinner out.

For those who are looking for the perfect pampering experience, the spas in Seychelles are beautifully crafted to rejuvenate body, mind and soul. Whether it is the spas at the hotels where bookings are welcome from outside guests or luxurious treatments at spas and beauty centres around the island, the list is abundant. For holistic treatments and relaxing yoga sessions the Station at Sans Souci is the perfect place to restore balance and energy in the hills of Mahé, surrounded by the natural beauty of tropical forests and tranquility.

Play the most memorable and picturesque games of golf under the swaying palm trees of the Golf Club on Mahé or take a short trip to Praslin and swing your club on one of the most immaculately stunning golf courses in the world with the dazzling Anse Georgette beach as the back drop.

Whatever your tastes and preferences for activities, Seychelles is a treasure chest of varied escapades just waiting to be discovered.

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