Seychelles Facts

Seychelles Facts for Kids

Here are some interesting Seychelles Facts which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids.

  • Population: roughly 92,000 people live on the Seychelles (2015)
  • Capital: Victoria with 26,000 inhabitants
  • Name: République de Seychelles (Republic of Seychelles)
  • Motto: 'The end crowns the work'
  • Government: Parliamentary Republic, Democracy
  • Language: English, French, Seychellois Creole
  • Religion: mainly Roman Catholics
  • Currency: 1 Seychellois Rupee=100cents
  • History: The islands were first spotted by Vasco da Gama on his explorations in the 15th century. Later the French and British settled on the island. The Seychelles became independent from Britain only in 1976.
  • National Day: 18 June
  • National Symbols: Payanke (Tropical Bird Orchid) - national flower, Coco-de-Mer Palm - national tree, national animal - Giant Tortoise, national bird - Black Parrot
  • National Colours: red and blue

Seychelles Map

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.

Seychelles Geography

The Seychelles islands are situated in the Indian Ocean over 1,500 km/932 miles to the east of the African continent. The Seychelles are 115 islands of which 43 belong to the Inner islands and 72 belong to 5 coral atolls and the reefs of the Outer islands. The many islands of varying size extend between 4 and 10 degrees south of the Equator. The islands are a 4 hours flight from Dubai and 5 hours flight from Johannesburg/South Africa, 12 hours flight from London/UK. 

Seychelles: Indian Ocean Islands
  • There are two UNESCO world heritage sites on the islands. These are the Vallee de Mai on Praslin island and the Aldabra atoll with the world's largest raised coral atoll.
  • The island is build on granite or are the tops of coral reefs of the Mascarenes.
  • The island's highest mountain is the 'Morne Seychellois', with 905m or 2,969ft. 
  • Most of the Seychelles islands are covered with lush jungle and there are many nature reserves on the islands.
Seychelles jungle

Seychelles Facts:
Tourist Attractions in Seychelles

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.

Clocktower in Victoria
  • City sightseeing in Victoria: the islands capital city is the main shopping and entertainment hub of the archipelago. The marina and the city centre can easily explored on foot in a couple of hours.
  • Admire the giant tortoises and colourful bird life on Bird Island, the northernmost island of the archipelago, visit on a boat trip from Praslin
  • Explore the local cultures: Visit the Hindu temple and the Victoria Museum on Mahe or see and taste the variety of local food at the daily Victoria market
Hindu Temple
  • Enjoy the sandy white beaches and go swimming and diving in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean.
  • Rent a bicycle and explore the small La Digue island
  • Eden Island: entertainment meets leisure at the new luxury island off the Victoria coastline where there are little boutiques, restaurants and a shopping mall.

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.

Eden Island on Seychelles

Seychelles History and Culture

Seychelles history dates back to 200-300AD. The Arab seafarers first recorded seeing the Aldabra atoll of the Seychelles in the 9th century. Later 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.

Seychelles People and Languages 

Eden Island near Victoria/Seychelles

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 total population of 92,000 people live in urban area, that means in the capital city or in larger towns. Almost 90% of the people living on the Seychelles islands live on the biggest island Mahé which counts 80,000 inhabitants. The kids start school at the age of six years and then will go to school for 13 years. Children start with reading and writing in Creole and at school also learn English and French.

Seychelles children in school uniform

French, English and Seychelles Creole (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. This language is French based and similar to the creole 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. 

Seychelles Facts: Food in the Seychelles

Coconuts, cinnamon, sweet potatoes and exotic fruits are the main agricultural products in the Seychelles. 

Green coconuts and ripe coconuts

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 Mahe. Here is a picture of a typical Seychellois food.

Typical Seychelles Food

Here are some typical Seychelles food and dishes:

  • Coconut Curry: spicy stews made with coconut milk, chicken, fish, squid
  • Coconuts: try a fresh coconut. Did you know that coconut 'milk' liquid looks transparent like water but has a sweet taste.
  • Ladob: can be served either as a sweet dish or in a spicy and savoury variation, made with bananas, yams and coconut. The savoury version is often prepared with salted fish.
  • Salted Fish: is used in many dishes to give it a savoury flavor
  • Shark chutney: made with boiled and mashed shark meat
  • Grilled Fish or Octopus: often served with a sauce made of crushed chilli, ginger and garlic
  • Cassava Pudding: There are several tea plantations on the island. Bois Cheri plantation has an amazing Vanilla Tea!

Read more about great Seychellois specialties here

Seychelles Animals and Plants

The many islands of the Seychelles archipelago are a sanctuary for many rare and unique animals and plants.

Seychelles colourful birds

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. Then there are the plankton-eating whale shark and giant tortoises which the islands are famous for. The 'flying foxes' are the only wild animals on the islands, but they are also often eaten as a delicacy. The tortoises are in fact not only huge, but also the heaviest land tortoises in the world.

Giant tortoise

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 8 trees left and the palm trees with the huge coco-de-mer seeds.

coco de mer, copyright Richard Semik/Shutterstock.comThe huge 'Coco-de-Mer' seeds

Seychelles Facts: Did you know…?

…the Coco-de-mer is the largest seed in the world. It is also known as 'double coconut'. The seed grows to half a meter in diameter/20inches and weighs up to 30kg/4.5stone!

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, Image of school children by DKO/

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