We have compiled a list of reasons why you should make add a Seychelles holiday to your bucket list.
1. The Seychelles is a Malaria free zone
No need to take malaria tablets that might make you feel unwell and it is safe for pregnant couples wanting to have a very romantic and relaxed break away before baby arrives.
2. No visa is needed for SA citizens, and it is easily accessible
Mahe, the main island of the Seychelles, is a mere 4 hour flight from Johannesburg. Air Seychelles flies between Johannesburg and Mahe 4 times a week and twice a week between Durban and Mahe. The schedule does change from time to time.
3. The Seychelles are safe
The Seychelles are generally very safe to travel to. Normal safety precautions are enough. With that being said, take care when walking around a coconut grove. Falling coconuts can cause severe injuries when falling on your head.
4. The Seychelles are the only mid-ocean granite islands in the world
This, for me, is the main reason to visit the Seychelles. I love the uniqueness of these islands. Massive granite boulders are found on the beaches and even in the cities. Nowhere else will you find such sights, with no coral or volcanic influence. 42 of the 115 islands including the main islands of Mahe and Praslin are granite islands.
5. The Vallee de Mai is the only known habitat in the WORLD of the rare black parrot
The vallee de Mai (UNESCO world heritage site) on the island of Praslin, is also believed by some to be the Garden of Eden and this is also the only place in the world where you will find the black parrot in their natural habitat.
6. Very rare Coco de Mer Palm tree, occurs in abundance on Praslin
The Coco de Mer is known to be the heaviest nut in the world. The reason for its fame is the fact that it is shaped in the form of the female pelvis. One of the hotels on the island got its name from here. The Coco de Mer hotel & Black Parrot suites.
7. The Seychelles has two UNESCO World Heritage Sites
The UNESCO World Heritage Sites are the aforementioned Vallee de Mai and the Aldabra, the world’s largest coral atoll. (And you thought the islands were just granite and palm trees, right?)
8. Beautiful and secluded beaches
Some of the most beautiful stretches of beaches in the world are found here. The beaches are not overcrowded and packed with people. The perfect spot for a quiet romantic break away. Beachcomber has a stunning property called the Sainte Ann Resort and Spa. It is built on a 200-hectare private island, surrounded by the Sainte Anne Marine National Park.
9. Unique fauna and flora
The beauty of the Seychelles lies mostly in its natural wildlife untouched for centuries, making the islands a sanctuary for many rare and unique plants and birds. There are 81 unique species of plant life, which can only be found within the Seychelles.
10. Unbeatable weather
The best time to go to the Seychelles is March – November. The peak tourist times are December, January & July and August – it can then be busy and more expensive. Summer (October – April) is hot and humid. Rainfall occurs throughout the year, particularly summer, with the most rain December and January . Winter (May – September) is cooler and drier, but may also be windy at times.