Top Ten Seychelles Attractions

Top Ten Seychelles Attractions

       Seychelles is an island country spanning an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, some 1,500 km (932 mi) east of mainland Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar. Other nearby island countries and territories include Zanzibar to the west, Mauritius and Réunion to the south,Comoros and Mayotte to the southwest. Seychelles, with an estimated population of 86,525, has the smallest population of any African state.

  1. Mahé, Seychelles
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    Mahé is the largest island (155 km²/59.8 mi2) of the Seychelles, lying in the north east of the nation. The population of Mahé is 80,000. It contains the capital city of Victoria and accommodates 90% of the country’s total population. The island was named after Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, a French governor of Mauritius. Mahé’s tallest peak is Morne Seychellois at 905 m, which lies in the Morne Seychellois National Park. The northern and eastern parts of the island are home to much of the population and the Seychelles International Airport which opened in 1971. The southern and western parts have Baie Ternay Marine National Park and Port Launay Marine National Park. The Ste Anne Marine National Park lies offshore, as do Conception Island, Thérèse Island, Anonyme Island and Silhouette Island. Mahé was first visited by the British in 1609 and not visited by Europeans again until Lazare Picault’s expedition of 1742. Mahé remained a French possession until 1812 when it became a British colony. It remained a colony until 1976 when Seychelles became an independent nation. Mahé’s forests have rare endemic plants found only in the Seychelles, such as the critically endangered Medusagyne oppositifolia (the “Jellyfish tree”), the carnivorous Seychelles Pitcher plant and many species of unique orchids. Mahé is currently undergoing a huge land reclamation project due to housing problems.
    Links: Islands, Top Ten Islands, Top Ten African Islandshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mah%C3%A9,_Seychelles,
  2. Aldabra

           Aldabra, the world’s second largest coral atoll, is in the Aldabra Group of islands in the Indian Ocean that form part of the Seychelles. Uninhabited and extremely isolated, Aldabra is virtually untouched by humans, has distinctive island fauna including the Aldabra Giant Tortoise, and is designated a World Heritage Site.
    Links: Top Ten Islands, Top Ten Beaches, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aldabra,
  3. Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve

           Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve is a nature park located on the island of Praslin, Seychelles. It was officially declared a nature reserve on 18 April 18, 1966. It consists of a well-preserved palm forest made up of the endemic Coco de Mer, as well as five other endemic palms. The Coco de Mer has the largest seeds of any plant in the world; the leaves growing up to 6 m wide and 14 m long. Also unique to the park is its wildlife, including birds such as the rare Seychelles Black Parrot, mammals, crustaceans, snails and reptiles.
    Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vall%C3%A9e_de_Mai_Nature_Reserve,
  4. Links: Top Ten Seychelles Hotels, Top Ten Islands, Top Ten African Islands, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seychelles,