Travel Guide to Seychelles

Children with a giant tortoise. North Island. Seychelles

Geography

115 Granite and Coral Islands make up Seychelles and extends between four and ten degrees south of the equator on the western Indian Ocean. Of the 115 islands, there are 41 Inner Islands that make up the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on earth and 74 form the five groups of sea-level coral atolls and reef islets that are the Outer Islands.

History

A comparatively young nation, Seychelles' first settlement can be traced back to 1770 when the islands were settled by the French, leading a small party of whites, Indians and Africans. The islands of Seychelles remained in French hands until Napoleon's defeat, a sprout from humble beginnings to reach a population of 3,500 by 1814, the year Seychelles was delivered to Britain under the treaty of Paris. Estates were established in this time producing coconut, food crops, cotton and sugar cane. Seychelles attained independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic inside the commonwealth

Culture

Cosmopolitan Seychelles is a colourful fuse of people of different races, cultures and religions. Adding with them their distinct customs and traditions and conducing to the way of life and the vibrant Seychelles culture. This is visible throughout the arenas of local art, cuisine, music, dance and architecture. Architecture is a combination of grand old houses and their steep roofs and more modern architecture with distinct designs that capture the island breezes.

Local artists exhibit diverse styles influenced by a multi-ethnic society. Creole music and dance derived from African roots, Malagasy and European rhythms accompanied by drums and more recently, the violin and guitar. The traditional moutya is an erotic dance dating way back from the days of slavery and still exists today, together with its colourful lyrics.

The People

A lot of good has been said about the people of Seychelles and tourists often deservedly sing in their praises. The warm and friendly welcome you will receive from the local people of Seychelles is hard to go unnoticed. The people of the Seychelles are no different from their lifestyles, warm and friendly. The inhabitants of Seychelles today are a mixture of Asian, African and European who live in harmony with each other.

They are relaxed and enjoy living in this paradise, just the way it was intended. Don't miss an opportunity to mix with and get to know the locals; their genuine friendliness is so refreshing. Creole, English and French are the official languages in Seychelles. English is the administrative language.

Conservation

Seychelles' plant and marine life is strongly protected in by a number of Conservation programs and societies. The preservation of their ecosystem is emphasized at schools in Seychelles, thus creating an extremely eco-friendly environment and a society that understands the importance of the plant and animal life and their natural surroundings.

Activities in Seychelles

With more than a 100 different islands to choose from and countless things to do, anyone heading to Seychelles is bound the experience the abundant island activities at their disposal. Fly-fishing, deep-sea fishing, diving, snorkeling and island hopping are some of the few things you can embrace in the islands of Seychelles.

This magnificent holiday destination also offers you a variety of local and international cuisines to choose from. Seychelles' foods are delicious. If you ever find yourself "lost" on this island ... relax, breathe in the wonderful brisk and salty air, walk along the many well organized trails and indulge in local Seychelles delicacies from Spicy Indian to more European flavored French cuisine. Have an absolutely marvelous trip to this island of plenty.

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