SIGHTSEEING Mahe Island is the largest island (150 sq. Km.), As well as the economic and political center of the country. 90% of the population live here and the most modern Seychelles International Airport is located.
Victoria is one of the smallest capitals of the world, the only major port of Seychelles and the only city in the country – any other settlement in the archipelago, whatever its name, is essentially a village. The capital of the island and the whole archipelago attracts tourists with its many Creole restaurants, souvenir shops and shops, traditional houses with marquises and openwork balconies, art galleries, colorful fruit and vegetable markets. The city is surrounded by green coconut trees (although recently modern and almost green-less neighborhoods have been growing rapidly), it is surrounded by cinnamon plantations, and from the peaks of the nearby hills of Signal, Crave-Coeur, Niol and the Three Brothers mountains (699 m. ) a fantastic view of the other islands of the archipelago. Not far from Victoria are the Craft Village near the magnificent building of the Creole Institute (closed to visitors), the Tea Tavern on the slopes of the Morn Blanc foothills, halfway from Victoria to Port Glaude, the Royal Garden of Les Jardines du Roi in Royal Bay, the workshop of the famous artist Michael Adams in the lush thickets of the Blue Chickens Bay, as well as the magnificent National Marine Park of St. Anne between the islands of Mahe, Deer, Long, Middle and Round. Silhouette Island, lying directly opposite Beau Vallon Beach, is considered the “owner” of the most beautiful equatorial forest in the entire Indian Ocean – the island is sparsely populated, but all the conditions are created for tourists (Silhouette is an experienced island of “Island Development Company”) – a local “lodge “although small, it’s beautifully equipped. Mahe has sixty eight beaches! The coastline is cut by many bays – from the smallest Cache, Coral, Karana Beach, Solnechnaya, Major, Anse-Nord-Ost and Risova, to larger ones – Beau Vallon, Anse Royal, Anse a la Mosh, Grand Anse, Anse Intendance (famous for the most beautiful beach on the island), Anse Takamaka, as well as the completely deserted beaches of Anse Suyak Bay. The beaches of Anse a la Mosh and Anse Forbans are distinguished by their calm waters and silence, and Beau Vallon, stretching from Fisherman Cove to Vacoa Village, is the island’s most famous and “civilized” beach – a wide three-kilometer strip of fine sand furnished to the latest standards. Praslin is the second largest island of the archipelago, it is often called the “Garden of Eden” – here are located such wonderful places as the unique Valley de May National Park (“May Valley”, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List), where more than 7 thousand palm trees “Coco de Mer” and such a rare bird as a black parrot lives, as well as the beautiful landscapes of the Côte d’Or, Volbert, Consolasion, St. Anna’s Bay, St. Mary’s Cape, Lazio bays, La Blag, Petit bays -Lans-Kerlan and others. There is also a factory for the production of copra and pla Vanillas, as well as the beautiful beaches of Grand Anse, Budem, Georgette, Ari Matelo, Ari Petit Chur, etc. The island has 8 dive and 4 fishing centers, luxury hotels and fine restaurants, but only a stone’s throw from they can be seen a mountain stream, sheltered by a green canopy of palm trees and breadfruit, and walks on this small island bring a lot of pleasure to many tourists. Nearby is the island-reserve Arid – the second most important natural reserve of the archipelago. More seabirds live here than on all the other islands combined. Cousin Island (Cousin) is under the protection of the International Committee for the Protection of Birds – here, right on the paths, unique species of birds breed chicks, and on the beach of the island the rarest sea turtles lay their eggs. Bird Island (Ile-o-Vash, private ownership) is a haven of about 1.5 million black terns that live here from May to November. Here lives the local celebrity – the giant tortoise Esmeralda. Denis Island, the northernmost island of the archipelago, is often called the “empire of coconut palms” – this is one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Seychelles. The island is known for its fishing (5 world records for tuna fishing set in the vicinity of the island!) And developed related services with the most modern equipment. La Digue Island is considered the most comfortable corner of the Seychelles, life here has not changed a bit over the past 200 years – a completely clean sea bottom, clear water, lush vegetation. The only vehicles here are the ox-carts. The island’s “visiting card” is considered to be the best place for archipelago for landscape photography: Surs d’Arzhan Bay and Cape Turcy, and the area of Petit-Ari, Grand Anse, Anse Coco, Reunion, North, Chambers, Gulett, Gross- Roche, Banana and Furmi provide an excellent opportunity both for a relaxing holiday, and for contemplating the majestic rocky landscapes.