With nicknames such as “the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean,” it’s a fair bet that you’ll also find something really special in the Seychelles. With the Seychelles’ enlightened approach to conservation nearly half of the country is preserved as national parks. As a result, the endemic flora and fauna flourishes.
There are two main island groups: The 41 inner granite islands and the 74 outer coral atolls and reef islands. The “main” islands are Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue, which nearly the entire population calls home. At the other end of the scale are the many uninhabited islands only accessible by boat. And, as you have probably guessed by now, the diving is about as good as it gets.
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About a thousand miles due east of Africa, way out in the middle of the western Indian Ocean, you’ll find this archipelago of 115 islands.
The Seychelles is in a rather remote location but numerous big European and Middle Eastern cities have flights into Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) Mahé.
Once on the islands, charters and ferry boats are readily available from the main resorts and hotels.