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SEYCHELLES HOLIDAYS   >   AFRICA 


Inner Island
The granitic islands of Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue together with their satellites from the cultural heart of the archipelago.

Outer Island
The Outer Island are situated beyond the Seychelles plateau comprising of 73 low lying islands between 230km and 1150 km from Mahe. Only two islands among the Outer Island groups,  Alphonse and Desroches offers accommodation.

Island hopping, either by excursions or individual tours, is the best way to experience the true diversity of the  Seychelles

Capital City Seychelles: Victoria


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Hotels Seychelles / Hostels

 
Centrally located hotels ranging from small family run budget accommodation to world-class five star hotels.

 

  Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association   -   on-line guide to accommodation
The SHTA is an organisation of 80 member hotels, guesthouses and self catering establishments. Each has its own unique style and ambience – from five-star resort property to simple family-run guest house.

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Kuoni   -   Highlights
**  The diving and snorkelling - the Seychelles islands are surrounded by coral gardens teeming with colourful tropical fish. Appropriately enough, snorkelling is known as 'goggling' here.
**  The rare animal life, including the frigate birds and giant tortoises of Frégate.
**  The colonial charm, peaceful gardens and superb shops of Victoria on Mahé island.
Exploring the picturesque creeks, coves and forests of Praslin, the second largest island, by car or bicycle.
*  The spectacular beaches - absolutely made for doing nothing.

  Responsibletravel.com  
Holidays from dozens of leading specialist tour companies and accommodations who are passionate about conserving Africa's wildlife and benefiting its people.

Hayes & Jarvis 
Hayes & Jarvis has been making holiday arrangements for discerning travellers since its formation in 1952 [ ATOL 1275 ]



  Seychelles Hospitality & Tourism Association   -   on-line guide to accommodation
The SHTA is an organisation of 80 member hotels, guesthouses and self catering establishments. Each has its own unique style and ambience – from five-star resort property to simple family-run guest house.

Holiday Rentals / Apartments

  To Escape to
Search their unique selection of holiday villas, boutique apartments, luxury guest houses, hip hotels and safari camps. They offer stylish accommodation as well as your choice of holiday lifestyle.

Travel Guides Seychelles / Related books

Seychelles (Globetrotter Travel Pack) - 1847738230 Travellers Seychelles (Thomas Cook)  
Travellers Seychelles - 1848480946
Paperback: 160 pages;Publisher: Thomas Cook Publishing; 2 edition (23 April 2009); ISBN-10: 1848480946; ISBN-13: 978-1848480940.

  Lonely Planet Publications
Botswana & Namibia travel guide.

Seychelles (Globetrotter Travel Pack)
Paul Tingay (Author)
The Packs are excellent value, including both a guidebook and a softcover version of the fold-out Globetrotter map of the region, in a printed plastic wallet. The handy pocket-size guide is packed with useful information, tips and recommendations, accompanied by colour photographs, charts and maps for the first-time traveller who wants to experience the major highlights that the Seychelles has to offer. The fold-out map of the Seychelles is ideal for tourists and visitors.
Paperback: 128 pages; Publisher: New Holland Publishers Ltd; 4th Revised edition edition (Oct 2010); ISBN-10: 1847738230; ISBN-13: 978-1847738233.

Seychelles (Bradt Travel Guide)
Lyn Mair (Author)
Paperback: 240 pages; Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides; 3 edition (27 Aug 2008); ISBN-10: 1841622591; ISBN-13: 978-1841622590

Transport / How do I travel to Seychelles

  Mahé Airport   -   Seychelles International Airport   -   10 km from Mahé
  Praslin Airport

 
Book cheap flights to Seychelles at ebookers and benefit from discounted airfares. View their latest offers and book your flights, accommodation, car hire and insurance online

  Indian Ocean Pass 
Created jointly by Air Seychelles, Air Mauritius and Air Austral. The participating airlines have merged their regional networks to enable you to create your own circuit to discover the gems of the Indian Ocean

There is a helicopter service between Mahé, the main island, Silhouette, Fregate and North Island.

  Airline Tickets /  Bargain Flights 
Flight tickets Seychelles / Price comparison possible

There is regular bus service on Mahé between the rural areas and Victoria. A bus service also operates on Praslin and La Digue

  Maps International   -   Guides Seychelles  
Mapsinternational.co.uk is one of the largest map shops online.
  Online map Seychelles [ Uni Texas   -   Perry-Castañeda Library   -   Map Collection ]


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  Seychelles Tourism   -   takes over your screen!
At the very dawn of time,  when the shape of the our planet was still evolving,  the giant continent of Gondwanaland broke apart and a group of ancient granite fragments finally came to rest in the south-western Indian Ocean between East Africa,  India and Madagascar.

Today, the Seychelles archipelago's 115 granitic and coralline islands lie spread like emeralds over one million square kilometers of azure water just south of the equator.

Glorious white sand beaches, sparkling blue waters and the rich vegetation of the island includes coconuts, mangoes and bananas and the islands' are a natural habitat for a range of wildlife such as giant tortoises, turtles and rare birds and plants.  The spectacular tropical fish make snorkelling and scuba-diving popular activities.

  Victoria   -   Capital City Seychelles

  Inner Island
The granitic islands of Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue together with their satellites from the cultural heart of the archipelago.
  Outer Island
Situated beyond the Seychelles plateau comprising of 73 low lying islands between 230km and 1150 km from Mahe. Only two islands among the Outer Island groups, Alphonse and Desroches offers accomodation.

  Greater Victoria
The departments are: Bel Air, La Riviere Anglaise (English River), Les Mamelles, Mont Buxton, Mont Fleuri, Plaisance, Roche Caiman, Saint, Louis.
  Rural Mahé
The departments are: Anse aux Pins, Anse Boileau (Anse Boileau), Anse Etoile, Au Cap, Anse Royale, Baie Lazare, Beau Vallon
Bel Ombre, Cascade, Glacis, Grand' Anse Mahe, Pointe La Rue, Port Glaud, Takamaka.
  Praslin
The departments are: Baie Sainte Anne, Grand' Anse Praslin. 
  La Digue
The department is La Digue

  Alphonse Island
  Bird Island
  Desroches Island   See Desroches-island.com
  Denis Island
  La Digue Island   -   fourth largest inhabited island of the Seychelles
La Digue lies 43 km from Mahe and 6 km from Praslin. It is a superb island with huge pink granite boulders overlooking beautiful beaches of pure white sand. Huts nestle among the trees, rubbing shoulders with a remarkable flora and fauna. It is a destination straight out of a dream for those who want to get away from it all for a few days. See Ladigue.sc [ official website ]
  Mahe
Mahe, with an area of 150 sq.km., is the largest island of the Seychelles. Morne Seychellois, with a peak rising to 905 metres, also makes it the highest. There are many places in Mahé worth exploring. In the North, explore Victoria, the capital of Seychelles, with its well-known port and clock tower, an exact replica of Big Ben. Mahe has several museums, a botanical garden, a tea plantation and numerous national monuments.
  North Island
  Praslin Island   -   Praslin, the second largest island of the archipelago
Praslin is an island with a rich history and fascinating legends. It was discovered in 1744 by Lazare Picault. At that time, it was used as a hideaway by pirates and Arab merchants.
The island of Praslin is famous for its tranquil atmosphere, fabulous unspoilt beaches and the Vallée de Mai. It is also the home of the extraordinary "Coco de Mer", or double coconut
  Silhouette

Cuisine  -  Seychelles Foods / Recipes

Creole food

  Seychellestour.com   -   Seychelles cuisine
As a traveler to Seychelles you will come across some of the world's most delicious cuisines. The grilled fish or octopus basted with a sauce of crushed ginger, chilies, and garlic are the national favorites. There are dishes that are prepared with coconut milk and inventive chatinis prepared from the local fruits like papaya and golden apple.

  Frenchcreoles.com   -   Creole food 
This African technique is one of the reasons for  the particular flavor of the Creole fried cuisine. Africans cooked "by steaming, baking, stewing, roasting, or frying. . . .   Meats were roasted, stewed, or fried. Although fish was sometimes smoked or pickled, it was usually fried or stewed.

History Seychelles

Seychelles has been a melting pot of different races,  tradition,  and religion.  Fusing ethnic diversity into a colourful, trilingual Creote nation.
The predominant Roman catholic Church exists happily alongside other creeds,  reflecting the religious and racial harmony that is the mainstay of this peacefull yet vibrant nation.

  History of Seychelles
Pre-colonial history Seychelles, Age of Discoveries, French settlement and rule, The Quincy era, British rule, Crown Colony, Independence, One-party state, Democracy restored.

Hard Times in Paradise: the History of Seychelles 1827-1919 
William McAteer
"Hard Times in Paradise" describes life in the Seychelles islands under the British, first as a Dependency of Mauritius and later as one of the Empire's smallest Crown colonies. The story opens in 1827, the year that saw the first British troops land in Seychelles, and ends just after the First World War. This is a book for both the general reader and the student. It contains detailed notes and sources to supplement the main text, together with short biographies of more than 65 personalities who played a role in this period of Seychelles history. There are also 16 pages of photographs, several of which have not been previously published.
Hardcover 322 pages (November 2000);  Publisher: Pristine Books;  Language: English;  ISBN: 9993180912
Seychelles Since 1770: History of a Slave and Post-Slavery Society 
Deryck Scarr
Hardcover 232 pages (May 1999);  Publisher: Africa World Pr;  Language: English;  ISBN: 086543736X
History of Modern Seychelles  -   Shillington
Unknown Binding 200 pages (December 31, 2005);  Publisher: Macmillan Education Ltd.;  ISBN: 1405060344

Music, Art & Culture Seychelles, Events

Seychellois society is essentially matriarchal.

  Culture Seychelles

  Language Seychelles   -   Seychellois_Creole

  Music of Seychelles

  Festival Kreol Sesel

Seychelles: Garden of Eden in the Indian Ocean  -  Sarah Carpin
Trave / history / culture guide to the Seychelles - one of the Odyssey series of travel guides. Written with a special appreciation of Seychellois history & culture. Best beaches, diving and watersports on outer islands. Best mountain walks, food, hotels etc. Heavily revised from the 5th edition.
Paperback 328 pages (March 14, 2005);  Publisher: Odyssey Publications,Hong Kong;  Language: English; 
ISBN: 9622177522


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