Seychelles sits north of Madagascar and east of Kenya, the smallest populated country among sovereign African states. Comprised of 155 islands, Seychelles is fondly referred to as “the Jewel of the Indian Ocean” for its beautiful archipelago spread. Featuring a relatively consistent tropical climate, average temperatures fall around 24℃ to 30℃, with pleasant southeasterly winds blowing from May through November.
Uninhabited islands are majority, many claimed as nature reserves and categorized into groups based off location and geological traits. The composite of the islands split into granite or coral base, with the Mahe Group boasting the largest cluster of 40 islands. The capital Victoria, which is based on Mahe Island’s large expanse, thrives on folklore-inspired art and historic remembrance. Bel Air Cemetry houses some of Seychelles’ oldest tombs and shrines, the first of its kind to open in late 18th century.
Conservation plays a key role in Seychelles’ strict preservation of its islands, with over 42% of territory allocated to protecting flora, fauna and wildlife. Aride Island Nature Reserve is one such effort, requiring visitors to land through this island-specific vessel. Home to a million seabirds and endemic plantation, it is no wonder such rules are put into play. Other outdoor attractions range from lovely Creole houses to mellow golfing and breathtaking glass-bottom boating. Pristine beaches enable tanning sessions and sublime snorkeling, and island hopping is a must for those hoping to experience the range of luxury resorts and rustic lodges.
And when it comes to sailing? The possibilities are endless.