If you are in a mood to spend a quite vacation next to a scenic beach then the islands of Seychelles are the perfect destination for you. Also known as the Republic of Seychelles, they are an archipelago consisting of 115 islands on the Indian Ocean at a distance of 1500 kilometres from the African mainland. To the northeast of these is the island of Madagascar. Some of the other islands neighbouring this are Mauritius, Zanzibar, Comoros, and so on.
The earliest of the sightings of islands of Seychelles is known to have happened in 1502 when Admiral Vasco da Gama passed through the Amirantes and name them on himself. Post then, before the French laid their control, the islands were used as a trading point between Asia and Africa. Soon the British started the turf with the French over the possession of the Seychelles Islands and finally took the control. Thus, the Island group is known to have a colonial past from which they got their independence in 1976 and could finally hold the elections in 1993.
Though the political scenario of Seychelles Islands is ever changing but, this has no impact on the tourism industry which is the one of the strengths of the place. All the 115 islands of Seychelles are divided in two main groups, namely the granites or the inner islands and the reef or the Outer islands. The outer islands which are mainly coral reefs do not have habitation of them and so the options for the travellers remain only private yacht, or local planes. Most of the 86,525 population of the Seychelles islands are known to belong to the Inner islands. The Seychelles International Airport was also started in 1971 with the objective of taking the full advantage of the tourist inflow to the region in order to boost the economy.
The temperature in Seychelles is mostly hot and humid and so there are hardly times when you can get tired of sitting on the beach. The best time to visit Seychelles islands is during the time of monsoon between May to September. There are plenty of hotels in the islands of the Inner Seychelles which cater all possible requirements of the foreign tourists. Though the Gulf War majorly impacted the tourist flow in Seychelles islands but still, tourism is actively promoted in the region. However, there has been one change that now stress is laid more on farming, fishing, and small scale manufacturing units.
Visiting the Seychelles islands do not require a visa but there should be a 6 months valid passport and accommodation proofs on the island. The only international airport is the Seychelles International airport and though now the Air Seychelles flies only from Johannesburg and Mauritius, the international services are available from Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Dubai, Frankfurt, and Amsterdam.
The places worth visiting in Seychelles include mainly the beaches, the national park Vallee de Mai, Aldabra Atoll which is the world’s biggest coral atoll, and the Cousin Islands.