Mentioning the Seychelles immediately brings to mind swathes of fine sandy beaches backing onto crystal-clear waters. And for good reason: it's home to some of the most beautiful beaches on earth, including L'Anse Source d'Argent on La Digue Island and L'Anse Lazio on Praslin Island, as well as the coves on the Grande Sœur and Petite Sœur Islands. But the Seychelles also boasts land where lush, dense vegetation blooms. The May Valley lies on Praslin Island. It has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983 and hosts a large ecological reserve rich in native species, including five different kinds of palm tree. Curieuse Island is home to 3,600 trees, on which the world-renowned sea coconut grows. These trees are protected and have been classified as an endangered species.
A wealth of exceptional natural sites
A rich undersea life
Sea lovers absolutely cannot miss the undersea wonders of the Seychelles. Aldabra Atoll, the largest emerged coral atoll in the world, hosts a large population of sea turtles. Many of them have also found refuge at the heart of a coral reef in a lagoon on Alphonse Island. The marine park on Sainte-Anne Island has been described as a giant aquarium, and stretches over a huge area of 1,400 hectares. Angelfish, parrotfish and many kinds of manta ray can be easily spotted in its shallow waters. What could be better than a snorkelling excursion or a breathtaking diving trip?
A range of unique fauna
While looking underwater in the Seychelles is sure to offer a fantastic experience, a walk on land with eyes raised to the sky can be just as interesting. Aride Island's nature reserve is populated by thousands of multi-coloured birds, 30 species of which are among the rarest on Earth! Both Curieuse Island and Aldabra Atoll also host a total of no fewer than 100,000 giant tortoises. Weighing as much as 300kg and with a lifespan of up to 200 years, these tortoises spend their time making their way peacefully along the coasts. An unforgettable spectacle!