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The Seychelles islands are located in the Indian Ocean over 1,500 km/ 932 miles to the east of the African continent.
To see the location of the Seychelles, look for the name on the map and zoom in (click on the + sign to the left) to see the many tiny islands dotted in the Indian Ocean.
The Seychelles are made up of 155 islands of which 44 belong to the Inner islands and house over 98% of the population. The other islands are coral islands and belong to 5 coral atolls and the reefs of the Outer islands.
The many islands of varying size extend between 4 and 10° south of the Equator. The majority of the islands are not inhabited.
The islands were formed either on granite or are the tops of coral reefs of the Mascarenes. Most of the islands are granitic. The granitic islands include Mahé, Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette.
There are two UNESCO world heritage sites on the islands: Vallee de Mai on Praslin island and the Aldabra atoll.
Most of the Seychelles islands are covered with lush jungle and there are many nature reserves on the islands.
The Seychelles islands can be reached via a 4-hours flight from Dubai or a 5-hours flight from Johannesburg/South Africa and a 12-hours flight from London/UK.
For many, the Seychelles are a typical tropical island paradise. There are splendid sandy beaches, people lead a more relaxed lifestyle and the weather is always summery warm. There are many attractions tourists can explore when visiting the beautiful Indian Ocean islands.
There are so many exciting places, amazing white sandy beaches, picturesque towns and villages, ancient military ruins to visit, please make sure you come back to this site again, as we will add more information on places to visit.
Seychelles history dates back to 200 - 300 AD. The Arab seafarers first recorded seeing the Aldabra atoll of the Seychelles in the 9th century. Today people from all over the world live in the Seychelles main island Mahé.
In the 15th century Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama passed the islands on this route around Africa and Asia. However, the many islands remained uninhabited until the French explorer Lazaré Picault and his men first permanently settled on Mahé island in 1770.
The British arrived in 1814 and from then on the population on the islands grew. Victoria, the main settlement on Mahé, was an exile for many troublemakers from the British mainlands and became the capital and is named in honour of Queen Victoria. Farms, and estates, were established and produced coconuts, exotic fruits as well as cotton and sugar cane.
From the mid 20th century, the people struggled to become their own country and in 1976, the Seychelles finally became an independent nation within the Commonwealth nations.
Did you know? The Seychelles islands are names after King Louis XV's finance minister whose name was Jean Moreau de Séchelles.
The Seychelles have the smallest population of any African independent country and are one of the most prosperous and rich countries on the continent.
Over half of the population live in urban area, that means in the capital city Victoria or in larger towns. Almost 90% of the people living on the Seychelles islands live on the biggest island Mahé which counts over 80,000 inhabitants.
The children start school at the age of six years and then will go to school for 13 years. Children learn to read and write in Creole at school but they also learn English and French.
French, English and Seychelles Creole (which the locals refer to as Seselwa) are the main languages in the Seychelles. English is considered by many as the main business language, there are also newspapers, TV and radio news available in French. However, most people speak Seychelles Creole at home, and it is widely spoken in schools and shops as well.
Seychellois Créole is based on the French language and similar to the créole spoken on the islands of Mauritius and La Réunion. Asian languages such as Tamil, Urdu, Hindi or Mandarin are spoken by the Indian and Chinese population.
Coconuts, cinnamon, sweet potatoes and exotic fruits are the main agricultural products in the Seychelles.
Seychellois main dishes contain: fish and seafood, fresh vegetables and fruits as well as rice. The cuisine is well known for its freshness, exotic spices and tropical fruits.
The Seychellois cuisine has many influences. Asian, Indian, European specialties all can be found in the local cuisine. Try to visit also the food markets in the major towns such as the one in Mahé. Here is a picture of a typical Seychellois food.
Here are some typical Seychelles food and dishes:
The many islands of the Seychelles archipelago are a sanctuary for many rare and unique animals and plants.
There are also the beautiful Seychelles bird called 'Paradise Flycatcher', the black parrots and blue pigeons are just some of the many colourful birds living on the islands. The 'flying foxes' are the only wild animals on the islands.
Then there are the plankton-eating whale shark and giant tortoises which the islands are famous for. The tortoises are in fact not only huge, but also the heaviest land tortoises in the world.
Many of these giant tortoises live on Bird Island, which is known also for its millions of sooty terns.
The islands have several nature reserves to protect the rare animals and plants. Among the unique plants are the "jellyfish trees", of which are only eight trees left and there are the unique palm trees with the huge coco-de-mer seeds.
Source for Seychelles Facts page: Seychelles Tourism Board/Thanks to Shelley Martin/LloydOrr. CIA World Fact Book. Image Credits on Seychelles Facts: Seychelles Tourism Board and shutterstock.com, Image of school children by DKO/Shutterstock.com