The Seychelles Islands
The Seychelles are a group of islands, located about 1,600 kilometers east of the African coast. You will find this corner of paradise in the Indian Ocean, halfway between Africa and Asia.
The Republic of Seychelles makes without hesitation, part of the most beautiful tropical islands in the world. The 115 islands that constitute the Seychelles, cover more than 1.3 million square kilometers, in the north-east of Madagascar. In terms of area, Seychelles are about the same size as Andorra, with 444 km². Its location, near Ecuador, makes it a non-cyclonic zone, a very important point if you have planned to spend your holidays here.
Did you know that half of these islands have granitic origins with fine ribbed ridges and hills in the center, some rising up to 900m.
The other half have coral origins and are, for the most part, uninhabited.
Like any group of islands, the Seychelles must be explored by sea … Even if the 3 main islands (Mahé, Praslin and La Digue) propose an infinity of things to do, a catamaran cruise in the Seychelles will allow you to discover all the jewels it has to offer: deserted islands, transparent waters, rich water fauna … Discovering the Seychelles by sea, guarantees a truly memorable experience.
With only 88,000 inhabitants, the Seychelles are sparsely populated, but incredibly user-friendly. Here, the official language is French, but Seychellois also speaks English, and even Creole (a language inspired by old French).
What to do in the Seychelles?
The Seychelles are composed of 115 islands, but there are 3 totally unavoidable islands: Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. We recommend that you visit them in addition to your cruise in the Indian Ocean, as they offer many specific activities to this specific region of the world: big game fishing, scuba diving, golf on exceptional courses, etc.
Granite islands offer breathtaking scenery: Anse Independance (Independance Cove), Anse Lazio (Lazio Cove) or Anse Source d’Argent (Silver Source Cove) are so many names to remember if you don’t want to miss some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
If you prefer hiking, the heart of the islands is often covered with dense tropical vegetation leading to magnificent mountains. Whilst hiking, you will cross a very rich fauna, absolutely harmless to man: giant turtules, giant bats (roussette), sterns, black parrots or even puffins.
What to eat in the Seychelles?
During your holidays in the Seychelles, we advise you to let yourself be tempted by the rich local gastronomy.
Due to its location, Seychelles’ cuisine naturally revolves around fish, always freshly caught and served on the same day. The Seychellois eat them either grilled or in sauce, but almost always served with rice. On your plate, you will also find Tuna, Rae, Shark or Barracuda!
Because of its mixing, the cuisine is inspired as much by the classics of French cuisine, but also Chinese and African way of cooking.
The dishes are always served with lots of different spices (but not too much hot spice, so don’t worry!)
You can also taste octopus (called Zourits in the Seychelles), seafood, sweet potatoes, bananas or, for the more adventurous traveller, bat meat (roussette) which is known to be very tender.
You will have the opportunity to taste all of these dishes aboard our Catamaran, but also in the restaurants during your stopovers or in the many take-away outlets among the islands.