Dubbed the Galápagos of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles are home to unique and rare wildlife from giant tortoises to colonies of endemic birds. Lookout for the Seychelles black parrot found in Praslin before taking a dip in the crystal-clear reefs and sampling the impressive snorkelling to be had off these Seychelle shores. The Seychelles are also blessed with one-of-a-kind beaches, featuring those iconic sculptural granite boulders dotted with palms and turquoise ocean - a visit here is like stepping into a postcard.
The 114 islands that make up the Seychelles archipelago are idyllic and home to a range of white-sand beaches. With many islands ringed by shallow reefs, the diving and snorkelling are unmissable and you may find you have the beach to yourself! Inland are lush tropical forests that are home to an abundance of wildlife. The Seychelles are a known birdwatcher’s paradise with thriving, yet rare colonies found only on these islands – lookout for the Seychelles black parrot in Praslin or bright-red Madagascar fody in La Digue!
The Seychelles is a Creole nation, settled 250 years ago by some 28 French with their African and Indian slaves. They arrived on board the Telemaque, making the inner island of Ste. Anne their first home. To this day the population remains low – Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, is the smallest in the world. Before the French arrived, the islands were an uninhabited pirate hideout. According to a legend, the famous pirate Olivier Levasseur hid treasure in either Mahé or Praslin that is still waiting to be found!
I was so nervous about embarking on my first Solos Holiday, but I shouldn’t have been – it was the best thing I have ever done!
Wow! Got to see the famous shipwreck beach in Zakynthos with Solos. Can’t wait to discover more of their destinations!
Our tour leader Monica was exceptional! Had such a good time and will be rebooking with Solos. Thanks for a great holiday!
Had the best time with Solos! Discovered beautiful destinations and met some lifelong friends.