The Republic of Seychelles comprises 115 islands occupying a land area of 455 km² and an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 km² in the western Indian Ocean. It represents an archipelago of extreme beauty that extends from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and which lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa.
The Seychelles were uninhabited when the British East India Company arrived on the archipelago in 1609. Thereafter, they became a favorite pirate haven. The French claimed the islands in 1756 and administered them as part of the colony of Mauritius.
The British gained control of the islands through the Treaty of Paris (1814) and changed the islands' name from the French Séchelles to the Anglicized Seychelles.
The Seychelles consist of an archipelago of about 100 islands in the Indian Ocean northeast of Madagascar. The principal islands are Mahé (55 sq mi; 142 sq km), Praslin (15 sq mi; 38 sq km), and La Digue (4 sq mi; 10 sq km).
The Aldabra, Farquhar, and Desroches groups are included in the territory of the republic.
The climate of Seychelles' is one which is always warm and does not reach extremes of heat nor cold. The temperature rarely drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C. All but the remotest southern islands lie outside the cyclone belt making Seychelles’ a year round destination for sun worshippers and beach lovers.
It is generally cooler when the north-west trade winds blow during the months of November to March. The sea is generally calm and the weather warm and humid, with average winds of 15 - 22 kilometers per hour.
Things to do in Seychelles
Visiting Seychelles ? Don't miss out on the daily activities right off the bat of your mornings. Diving is a must. Explore the exotic flaura and fauna of the Indian ocean. For the snorkelling lovers, get ready to go deep in the turquoise sea, get to see corals and amazing shoals of fish of Praslin island.
Do you love Golf ? Head up to Lemuria Golf course and meet amateurs and professional alike and enjoy and good day in the sun.
If you prefer the sea, then catch up on some cold ones on a Yatch or Catamaran cruise. Explore the Seychelles and its marvelous archipelago from all angles.