One of the most beautiful places I have ever had the pleasure of visiting more than once – The Seychelles:
Unique by a thousand miles and scattered in the western part of the Indian Ocean, lie the 115 granitic and coral islands that make up the Seychelles. 4 degrees south of the equator, north east of Madagascar and off the east coast of Africa, Seychelles isolation makes it truly unique. Whether granite or coral, each island has something different to offer though all have lush flora and fauna with some of the most photographed beaches in the world.
The Seychelles government is keen to promote sustainable tourism so 50% of the total landmass has been committed as National Parks, Nature Reserves or protected areas. Two of these have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Sites – Aldabra Island (largest atoll in the world) with its 150,000 tortoises and Vallee de Mai on Praslin home to the Coco-de-Mer, the world’s largest seed.
The Seychelles is a very romantic destination so it is no surprise that weddings are extremely popular as are honeymoons and anniversary celebrations. Wedding packages can be tailored to suit your requirements from a feet-in-the-sand ceremony to private island rental.
As the islands are so diverse, Seychelles Island Hopping is thoroughly recommended and easy to do. You can take advantage of the scheduled domestic flights, ferries or helicopters. For the more adventurous cruises and boat charters are also possible. To visit only one island would mean missing out so I would recommend a combination of at least two islands during your stay to really experience what the Seychelles has to offer. Despite its romantic reputation there are also some family friendly resorts so you need not miss out.
Although perceived as expensive, a Seychelles island hopping holiday can be affordable. Take in the beauty of the islands by staying at smaller locally run hotels, allowing you to experience true Seychellois hospitality without breaking the bank.