Cruising through the Garden of Eden: 3 reasons to visit Seychelles
The gorgeous Seychelles do not need any introductions. Often described as a “paradise on earth”, this statement is slightly oxymoronic in so much that none of us have ever seen what Paradise looks like, but if you decide to visit the Seychelles, you will probably get a clear expectation of it.
Off the coast of Africa, the Seychelles island cluster promises unending tropical scenics that will quite literally take your breath away, in no more than an instant. Here are three reasons to visit this utopia, experience the best that Seychelles have to offer and find your own place in the earthly Garden of Eden.
1. Biodiversity like you’ve never seen before.
The rich fauna and flora of the Seychelles will leave you in awe. The staggering vibrancy of the peculiar foliage and vegetation as well as the bizarre beauty of the diverse wildlife will make you feel like you are part of those incredible documentaries you will have occasionally watched on National Geographic.
The Seychelles boast biodiversity that is unparalleled, with 75 species of endemic plants that are either striking or simply, strangely alluring. The Coco de Mer, the double coconut or ‘Love Nut’ you’ll be amazed to discover is actually a massive seed, while the Jellyfish trees and bois medusa plants are something out of a epic saga tale. Elegant orchids and attractive Frangipani flowers grow naturally while you should brace yourselves for the carnivorous ones like ‘Nepenthes Pervillei’ that look like small pouches, ready to snatch any insect that goes by.
Considered a bird watchers playground, the Seychelles are home to over 250 different species, 12 of which are indigenous. The warbler, magpie robin and the scops owl are rare sightings, while the sunbird and paradise flycatcher are visually stunning, followed by the black parrots, frigates and drongos that can all be seen in their natural environment, going about their daily bird ways.
And it doesn’t stop there - the brilliant underwater reefs are a pillar of sea life in the Indian Ocean, while the dense jungles are home to a myriad species of amphibians and small reptiles living life on their own terms.
2. Immense choice of islands.
Belonging to a cluster of 115 islands, the Seychelles offer the thirsty traveller immense choice in exploring the close by destinations. If you plan your trip well enough in advance you’ll be able to to experience most of them in the shortest time possible. Mahe is the largest of the lot, and home to the capital, Victoria, that you should definitely visit to get a feel of the regular, colourful Seychellen life with a Creole character. Full of markets and stands selling local, fresh wares and traditional trinkets - don’t miss the chance to become part of island life, even for a few moments. Curiese, is a ...curious island known for its red soil, that has been restored after a devastating fire, like a phoenix rising from its ashes. Praslin is the next favourite on our list, as the second largest island and home of the UNESCO World heritage site and nature reserve Vallee de Mai, which was described by a British General as the true Garden of Eden. Finally, the most striking of them all, La Digue. Pearly white, pristine sand meets crystal clear, azure waters and sheer grey boulders offer a vision of absolute serenity that will quench your soul’s thirst for perfection.