Composed of over 100 islands about 1,000 miles east of the African mainland, the Seychelles are perhaps some of the most beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean.
Early history shows that Arab sailors probably first navigated around the shores of the Seychelles in the early 9th Century. But it was the French who were captivated by the beauty of the islands and they established a settlement here in the 18th century. By 1814 the population of the Seychelles had grown to 3500 and it was ceded to the British.
Independence came to the Seychelles 162 years later, when in 1976 it became a Republic in the Commonwealth
This tropical haven is comprised of 41 granite islands, almost gleaming like pearls in the blue seas off the coast of East Africa. Blessed with some of the world's most remote and beautiful beaches, the islands of the Seychelles enjoy a moderate climate year-round. With temperatures that rarely dip below the mid 70's or rise above the high 80's, the Seychelles are a perfect year-round holiday paradise.
The islands are also home to two of U.N.E.S.C.O's world heritage sites: Aldabra, the world's largest raised coral atoll and the Vallei de Mai on Praslin, believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden. Wildlife enthusiasts can search for the smallest frog, the heaviest land tortoise and the largest flightless bird in the Indian Ocean.
Whether you are looking for a romantic honeymoon spot or a relaxing end to a safari, the Seychelles beckons. It is "as pure as it gets".
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