All this time we have been so fixated on the Maldives, thinking there would be no other. And for what? The Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands to the east of Africa and north of Madagascar, offer everything they do and much more. There are a number of beach destinations in the world that can boast of turquoise waters, secluded coves and beaches of soft white sand, but not many are so utterly and comprehensively beautiful as the Seychelles. No wonder this is a top honeymoon destination, no sorry let us rephrase that, THE top honeymoon destination.
We did struggle for a moment with deciding how to classify this island country of just under 100,000 people. With 115 islands, do you write a separate guide about every single one of them or do you group them all together? In the end we opted for the latter approach - the country consists of half a dozen different island groups, of which the granite islands of the Inner Seychelles effectively are the only islands with a population of any significance, in particular Mahé with national capital Victoria and nearly 80,000 people living on it.
Soon it dawned on us that tourists tend to head out to one of these islands, in particular besides the just mentioned Mahé to islands like Praslin, Silhouette or La Digue. The Outer Islands of the Seychelles are formed by for instance the Aldabra and Admirante islands. (Note that in some cases you actually need permission to visit these).
Out of the Inner Seychelles, Mahé is probably the classic honeymoon destination as it offers everything from beaches to lush nature (hilly rain forest - there is plenty of hiking terrain here), nightlife from restaurants to clubs and casinos, to water sports. Praslin is much like Mahé though it has what some claim to be the best beach of the country in the form of Anse Lazio, while La Digue is altogether a more quiet option. In fact La Digue is home to some of the more spectacular scenery like the famous granite boulders at the L'Anse Source D'Argent beach. Some would call it the most rustic and romantic spot. For island hoppers, staying in Mahé is probably the best option given its better connectivity to other places in the archipelago.
Finally, an anecdote we came across while researching is that the Seychelles used to be a five star destination in terms of scenery served by three star hotels. Looking at what's on offer now, times surely seems to have changed. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Seychelles is a region in Seychelles. It is situated at an altitude of 1148ft and the best airport to fly into is SEZ (Seychelles International Airport, Mahe Island)
- The currency used in Seychelles is the Seychelles rupee (SCR)
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More Seychelles travel resources
You won't run into much trouble trying to find other sources of information on the Seychelles. Maybe you want to start with reading the Wikipedia page to get a better understanding of the culture and structure of the country. Next, you can go on to read more at the official website of the Seychelles Tourism Board which gives information on events, shows interactive maps, has information on islands, attractions, walks, trails, etc. I guess after that you won't need much else. But let's still go on and check out this Seychelles Travel Guide that impressed us for its thoroughness. Finally, Exotic Seychelles is pretty useful too.