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A BRIEF HISTORY OF

Seychelles

Victoria_Clock_Tower_Seychelles

History of clock tower is a major historical event in Seychelles history. this structure stands as a symbol of British rules in Seychelles.

Seychelles is a comparatively young nation that can trace its first settlement back to 1770 when the islands were first settled by the French, leading a small party of Europeans, Indians, and Africans.

 

Seychelles have long been the focus of travelers; even before the arrival of Europeans in the 16th century, the islands were visited by Malay and Arab seafarers from 300 BC, who sold the precious coconuts from the islands’ palms.

British seafarers discovered Seychelles in 1609. Apparently, the islands seemed useless to the discoverers at that time, because it was not until 1768 that French colonists ensured permanent settlement and an intensive plantation economy. In the course of the Peace of Paris (1814), Seychelles was granted to Great Britain.

Under British care, the slave economy previously introduced and practiced by the French settlers continued until 1865. Moreover, Seychelles was a place where unpopular citizens of the mother country could be deported without much fuss.



The three main inhabited islands are Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue and the official languages are English, French, and Seychellois Creole.

Seychelles have some of the most beautiful and photographed beaches in the world, from Beau Vallon and Baie Ternay of Mahé to those of the Marine Park of Sainte Anne, from the island of Praslin to the nearby resorts of La Digue, St Pierre, and Curieuse.

 

Seychelles' travel destination never became a mass product, so tourists are well distributed among the islands. This is due to an ingenious concept of the government, which wants to maintain the originality of the islands and ensures a scarce supply of Seychelles hotels. Even today, therefore, you can often find practically deserted beaches that promise particularly relaxing holidays.

ESCAPE THE ORDINARY EVERYDAY LIFE AND EXPERIENCE CREOLE HOSPITALITY

SEGA Dance: The Sega Dance is the Musical Expression of the people of Seychelles, Mauritiu

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Wedding Destination

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Unique
Fauna & Flora

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Spectacular Natural Attractions

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Cultural Diversity

EXPERIENCE ALL THAT THE SEYCHELLES ISLANDS HAVE TO OFFER FROM OUR PRISTINE WATERS TO OUR EXQUISITE FLORA AND FAUNA.

SEYCHELLES

Fauna & Flora

GIANT TORTOISES, DAZZLING FISH & SPECTACULAR BIRDING

Seychelles, one of the world’s very last frontiers, promises adventure and breathtaking natural beauty in pristine surroundings still untouched by man.

The archipelago is home to no less than two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the legendary Vallée de Mai on Praslin, where the wondrously shaped Coco-de-mer nut grows high on ancient palms; and the fabled Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll, first seen by early Arab seafarers of the 9th century A.D. Seychelles black parrot and shoals of colorful fish, thanks to its tranquil and unspoiled nature for thousands of years before the setup of human civilization. It is a living museum of natural history and a sanctuary for some of the rarest species of flora & fauna on earth.

 

MARINE WILDLIFE

The waters surrounding the Seychelles archipelago contain a real bounty of wildlife. Snorkeling and diving excursions reveal an impressive underwater world, but even wading near the shore can be enough to get a sight of many different fish species.

Several species of sea turtles and over a thousand fish species find their home in the coral reefs and deep-sea around Seychelles. Unmatched in terms of color is the blue-orange angelfish with its black and yellow stripes. Similarly impressive is the similarly-striped clownfish, which, along with the dascyllus lives in close symbiosis with the sea anemone. Other fish threaten these species by sifting through the anemones to try to reach for them. Clownfish, dascyllus, frogfish, and boxfish can all be seen simply snorkeling close to shore.

Discover our culture, heritage, and everything that makes the Seychelles Islands a remarkable destination.

SEYCHELLES

Cultural Diversity, Architecture, Natural Attractions & Spirituality

SPECTACULAR NATURAL ATTRACTION, SEYCHELLIOS CUISINE & LOCAL DANCE

Seychelles is a paradise on Earth. The beautiful country is blessed with deep blue waters and white sandy beaches with exotic sea life, becoming a famous honeymoon destination. The 115-island country is within the Indian Ocean off East Africa and actually has the least population among independent African countries

Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion of Seychelles, accounting for an estimated 76% of the population. Other Christian groups and places of worship include Anglican, Protestant, Baptists, Seventh-day Adventists, and Jehovah’s Witnesses. These live in harmony alongside, Islam, Hindu, and Bahaï Faith communities based on Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue.

The Seychellois culture is characterized by the diversity of the people who have settled there over the years. Through its art and traditions, the archipelago is thus enriched by African, Asian, and European influences. This results in a curious, but the harmonious mixture in the way of life of its inhabitants.

WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE

The world's only granite islands in mid-ocean, the world's oldest ocean islands, the world's largest raised coral atoll, and a whole host of attractions make up what is surely the world's ultimate tropical paradise.

TRADITIONAL TRADITIONS

It is with joy and good humour that you will discover dance and Seychelloise music. The latter have their roots in African influences. This is the case of the Séga and Moutia, traditional dances where paces and swaying enhance sensuality to the rhythm of the drums!

CREDIT: Underwater: @Blue.Safari.Seychelles / FRUIT-STAND: MasonsTravel / Dance: Michel Denousse / Cuisine: The Seychelles Island (FB) / St Roch Church, Bel Ombre: The Seychelles Island (FB) / Coco de Mer: Michel Denousse / Lush Green: @karolinakoniorr (IG) / Aldabra Tortoise: Barbara & Hartmut Roder via: The Seychelles Island (FB) 

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