The Seychelles’ outstanding natural beauty makes it the perfect place to celebrate the start of married life. Here are some of the most romantic experiences the islands have to offer. …
Islands don’t get much more beautiful than those in the tropical Seychelles, where it’s hard not to use clichés to describe the splendor: the beaches are like powdered sugar, the ocean is sapphire and transparent, and the dreamy, palm-fringed jungle landscapes are straight off a picture postcard.
Which is why this archipelago of more than 115 islands that sits 1500 kilometers off the mainland of southeastern Africa is an extremely popular destination for starry-eyed honeymooners from all over the world, as well as well-heeled vacationers from South Africa and Europe.
The islands of the Seychelles stretch across the Indian Ocean, but its three main islands – Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue – form the main hub of culture and commerce. They are located in the Inner Islands, and contain nearly the entire population of the republic, which only amounts to about 90,000 (the smallest of any African country).
The Seychelles have long been known as a pricey destination, and as such it has some truly spectacular resorts and private villa rentals popular with the rich and famous (celebrity couples like Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt and Prince William and Kate Middleton have vacationed here). But eco-resorts, family-owned guesthouses and self-catering apartments are also available, and have started to put the islands within reach of budget-conscious travelers too.
Known as “the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean,” the wildlife and vegetation of the Seychelles is abundant and fascinating. The islands count species such as the ferry tern, the giant Aldabra tortoise, and the Coco de Mer tree among the many rare species that still thrive despite the threat of introduced predators and human encroachment.
The underwater world is equally enticing, and snorkelers and scuba divers flock here to see schools of manta rays, whale sharks, spiny lobsters, vivid corals and soft sponges. Those who are more interested in land-based exploration can hike to the top of Nid d’Aiglo, explore La Digue nature reserve, wander the Botanical Gardens, visit L’Union estate, or explore the Vallee de Mai.
Safety: The Seychelles have a very low crime rate and hardly any bad neighborhoods. But it’s still a good idea to take sensible precautions: don’t walk by yourself on deserted beaches or trails, and don’t carry large amounts of cash with you. The biggest danger comes from the ocean, so practice water safety when you’re swimming or boating.