What You Need To Know
The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. It’s home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to capital Victoria. It also has the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and beaches, including Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka.
The Island Has A Population of 96 762 (2018) according to World Bank.
Currency: Seychellois rupee
- Moyenne Island in Saint Anne Marine National Park is believed to be haunted by a spirit that stands guard over buried treasure.
- The native Coco de mer, also known as the sea coconut or double coconut, produces the heaviest (about 15kg) and largest seed in the world.
- Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, is the smallest in the world and can be easily explored on foot in less than a day.
- James Bond author Ian Fleming visited the Seychelles in 1958 looking for adventure and inspiration for his then-latest collection of stories, For Your Eyes Only.
- Some of the rarest species of birds can be found in Seychelles, including the bare-legged Scops Owl or Syer. This specific owl is so rare it was once thought to have become extinct, but was rediscovered in 1959. You can find it at the Morne Seychellois National Park on Mahé Island.
- Breadfruit is very popular on the Seychelles and can be eaten in a variety of ways from fried to boiled. Legend has it that anyone who eats it while on the islands will return someday.
- A lot of celebrities choose to vacation in the iconic country and enjoy stunning private islands. Prince William and Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, spent their honeymoon at the North Island of Seychelles, a spot previously chosen by David and Victoria Beckham.
- This beautiful country island was home to none until the latter part of the 18th century, when its first settlers arrived.
- Almost half of the limited landmass in the country is occupied by national parks and reserves. This is in support of the government’s various environment and ecosystems protection and conservation policies.
- Round Island used to be a leper colony. A stone prison still remains up to this day.
- When it served as host country to the Miss World Beauty Pageants in 1997 and 1998, Seychelles had great international media coverage, enough to boost its tourism industry.
- Made up of 115 islands, the Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean.
- The islands of Seychelles are classified into 42 inner granitic islands and 73 outer coralline islands.
- It has a total area of 176 square miles (455 square kilometres).
- The Seychelles is part of the African continent.
- It had a population of 92,000 in 2015.
- The official languages are English, French and Creole.
- The capital of the Seychelles is Victoria; it has a population of 26,000 (2015) and lies 932 miles (1500 kilometres) east of the mainland of Southeast Africa.
- Victoria exports vanilla, coconuts, coconut oil, fish and guano (a fertiliser made from seabird and bat faeces).
- The average life expectancy is 68 years for men and 78 years for women.
- You can buy your souvenirs using Seychellois Rupees.
- The Seychelles’ largest foreign exchange earners are the tourism and fishing industries.
- Much of the Seychelles has been given over to nature reserves.
- The second largest atoll in the world, the Aldabra atoll, is home to the world’s largest population of Giant tortoises…
- … and it’s also home to the world’s largest land crab, the coconut crab.
- The Cousin Island is home to eleven endemic land-birds including the Seychelles Magpie-robin (Endangered), Seychelles Sunbird, Seychelles Fody and the Seychelles Blue-pige
- It’s a diver’s paradise; fish life is prolific thanks to the strict conservation rules and the isolated position of the archipelago’s and the waters are full of beautiful rocks that are often covered in soft corals and sponges – stunning.
- If you go diving or snorkelling look out for angel fish, butterfly fish, squirrel fish and soldier fish – magical!
- If it’s sharks you want to see, head to the outer islands where you could spot a Grey Reef, Silver Tip, Nurse or the occasional Hammerhead.
- If you’re in the Seychelles in August or between October and January, keep your eyes peeled and you might just see a Whale Shark – a gigantic shark which visits the outer islands to feed on plankton during these months.
- Seychelles is the only member of the UN whose name in English has no letters in common with Britain.
- Seychelles competed at every Olympics since 1980, except Seoul 1988, but has won no medals.