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Seychelles' are 115 breathtaking granite and coral islands extending from the east coast of Africa in the western Indian Ocean. These islands offer timeless beauty and the tranquility of pristine beaches and surrounds still untouched by man.



The islands extend from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and lie between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa. The islands are divided into 41 Inner Islands which are the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on earth while the other 74 islands form the five groups of low-lying coral atolls and reef islets called the Outer Islands.

In addition to beaches of unmatched beauty and lush forests, Seychelles is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Vallée de Mai on Praslin where the legendary Coco-de-Mer nut grows high on ancient palms and fabled Aldabra, the world?s largest raised coral atoll, first seen by early Arab seafarers of the 9th century B.C.

All islands offer the promise of adventure and natural beauty, below are five of the best islands to discover...

Praslin Island
The Praslin Island is the second largest of the Seychelles. The beauty of its ancient palm forest, soft white sand beaches and sheltered valleys has inspired the legend that this may be the Garden of Eden, and the famous Coco de Mer palm – endemic and unique to the island –was the fruit of knowledge. The Coco de Mer certainly is no ordinary palm, because scientists do not yet know how the Coco de Mer reproduces, local legends have their own explanations: Under the light of full moon, the male tree moves over to the female tree for a tryst of love, and any human who witness the act of passion is condemned to death by the spell of the magical trees. Today, the Coco de Mer is protected by the Government of Seychelles. The export of the seed is subject to strict regulations, and the minuscule Vallée de Mai, where the palm grows naturally, is a World Heritage Site. Tour this beautiful island at a leisurely pace. See the many hotels, guest houses, restaurants, boat operators and souvenir shops as you travel by bicycle or on foot to take it all in.

Mahe Island
Mahe Island is the main and most populated island of the Seychelles. Covered, of course, in beautiful beaches this island also has dense rainforests and the most exciting nightlife of the islands. You can visit the capitol of Seychelles, Victoria for plenty of art and cultural attractions then hit the nightclubs around it for all night dancing. Beau Vallon has beautiful beaches for sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing, parasailing and banana rides. Mahe also has two casinos on the island one here in Beau Vallon and the other at the Plantation Club. The Plantation Club in Baie Lazare is the largest hotel with a long stretch of beach and the second casino on the island. Also take time out to visit the artist's studios in the south in Anse a la Mouche and Anse aux Poules Bleues.

North Island
North Island is one of the forty inner granitic islands of the Seychelles that are often considered to be the most beautiful on Earth. As such, North Island Lodge is a rare sanctuary for guests seeking a gorgeous, unspoiled tropical haven on a large and private island. With four white sandy beaches located at each end of the compass, North Island is able to offer a year-round tropical beach and island experience.

There are only 11 handcrafted guest villas on the entire island, each constructed to create a sensorial experience in surroundings of understated elegance. The new Spa, perched high above the beach with stunning views of the ocean, specializes in personalized holistic treatments to rejuvenate the body, mind and soul. Activities include mountain biking, gym, guided walks, snorkeling, fishing, boating, sea kayaking, and scuba diving.

Cousine Island
Cousine Island is a private nature reserve with a beautiful, pristine beach approximately one kilometer long. Here is the ultimate sanctuary for privacy and peace. Only eight guests can stay on Cousine Island at a time arriving/departing by helicopter from Mahe island. Cousine Island is home to five of the Seychelles endemic bird species, one being the Seychelles Magpie Robin. Beautiful (and air-conditioned) Villas sit just off the beach in four private locations.

LaDigue Island
On La Digue, time seems to stand still. For years the way of life on La Digue has remained unchanged. La Digue, the fourth largest and some consider it the most beautiful island of the Seychelles, boasts the most tourist accommodations. Hire a bicycle and tour this amazing place. See the towering granite boulders on the silver white beaches then head into the bustling fish market in La Passe. A true exotic paradise.

Fregate Island
Fregate is the most isolated and most exclusive of the granite islands. There is only one resort on the island and it can accommodate no more than 40 guests at any one time. Four degrees south of the equator, Frégate is an island of outstanding natural beauty; giant granite boulders rise from the powdery white sand of seven beaches, protected by granite barriers and surrounded by coral reefs.

Sailing the Islands
Combine the romance of sail with the romance of the world?s ultimate tropical islands, Seychelles. Board modern and spacious vessels, traditional topsail schooners, with colorful and checkered histories to explore both the inner islands and more remote outer islands of Seychelles.

Ships come equipped with a wide range of water-sports, including facilities for water skiing, banana rides, wind surfing, fishing, snorkeling and Scuba Diving equipped. The ultimate dive adventure will take you to the Seychelles magical undersea world. Cruises are offered weekly through the inner islands of Seychelles, visiting some of the world's best beaches and most beautiful islands, while enjoying water sports, sailing, diving and relaxation.