4 Nights and 5 Days
Creole, English, French
Seychelles is a comparatively young nation which can trace its first settlement back to 1770 when the islands were first settled by the French, leading a small party of whites, Indians and Africans. The islands remained in French hands until the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, evolving from humble beginnings to attain a population of 3,500 by the time Seychelles was ceded to Britain under the treaty of Paris in 1814.
During this period Seychelles came to know the enlightened policies of administrators such as Pierre Poivre, the brilliant politicking of Governor Queau de Quinssy and, of course, the terrible repercussions of the French Revolution.
Under the British, Seychelles achieved a population of some 7,000 by the year 1825. Important estates were established during this time producing coconut, food crops, cotton and sugar cane. During this period Seychelles also saw the establishment of Victoria as her capital, the exile of numerous and colourful troublemakers from the Empire, the devastation caused by the famous Avalanche of 1862 and the economic repercussions of the abolition of slavery.
Seychelles achieved independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic within the commonwealth. Following a period of single party rule by the government of Mr. France Albert René, on December 4, 1991, President René announced a return to the multiparty system of government, 1993 saw the first multiparty presidential and legislative elections held under a new constitution in which President René was victorious. President René also won the 1998 and 2003 elections before transferring the Presidency to James Alix Michel in June 2004.
Seychelles’ 115 islands fall under two distinct groups. The tall granite, Inner Islands cluster mainly within the relatively shallow Seychelles’ plateau, 4° south of the equator and roughly 1800 km. distant from the east coast of Africa while the low-lying coralline cays, atolls and reef islands of the Outer Islands lie mainly beyond the plateau up to 10° south of the equator.
These Outer Islands are divided into five groups: the Amirantes group lying 230km distant from Mahé, the Southern Coral Group, Alphonse Group, Farquhar Group and finally the Aldabra Group, some 1150km from Mahé.
There are 43 Inner Islands in all — 41 granitic and 2 coralline and a total of 72 coralline Outer Islands.
The cosmopolitan Seychellois are a colourful blend of peoples of different races, cultures and religions. At different times in its history, people of African, European and Asian origin have come to Seychelles, bringing with them their distinct traditions and customs and contributing to the way of life and to the vibrant Seychellois culture.
One can see these influences at work throughout the domains of local art, cuisine, music, dance and architecture.
The architectural design of some of the grand old houses with their steep roofs are representative of a style adapted for comfortable living in the tropics that displays influences from Seychelles’ French and British colonial heritage. Modern architecture attempts to assimilate traditional styles with practical features designed to capture the island breezes.
Local artists continue to exhibit diverse styles that echo the multi-ethnic backdrop of the islands and bear testament to the various influences which have come to bear. Creole music and dance have their roots in African, Malagasy and European cultures with rhythms traditionally accompanied by simple drums and string instruments which, today, include such recent imports as the violin and guitar.
The traditional moutya is an erotic dance derived from the days of slavery and still features today, together with the sega with its colourful lyrics; the kanmtole, reminiscent of a country reel, and the Kontredanse, an import from the French court.
The Seychelles’ climate is one which is always warm and does not reach extremes of heat or 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 kilometres per hour.
A larger amount of the annual rainfall falls during the months of December to February compared to other months. The average number of rainy (days with 1 millimetre or more rainfall) in December, January and February are 18, 17 and 11 days respectively. It is also fairly cloudy at times during those months and therefore less sunshine. The weather is hottest from December to April, and the humidity is high – often 80% or higher.
The months of May to October bring drier, cooler weather, and livelier seas – particularly on south-eastern coasts – and winds of 19 -37 kilometres per hour are common.
On average the number of rainy days during this period is 11 with long periods of sunshine.
Dry spells of two weeks or more are fairly common.
For more detailed weather information, please visit the Seychelles Meteorological Services official website and click on “The Seychelles Climate Guide.”
Upon your landing, in Seychelles airport, you will be welcomed by our representative and who will guide you to your vehicle that will move you to Mahe Ferry port for your further journey to Praslin. Check-in to the hotel and loosen up in your rooms. The rest of the day is free for you to unwind or explore nearby areas. After that overnight stay at the hotel.
After a delicious breakfast, prepare to set out on a visit to the La Digue island. On arrival on the island jetty, you will be received by our representative. The delegate will hand over a bicycle to you which will help you to explore this wonderful island at your own pace and relaxation. During the bicycle tour, you can visit spots like L'Union Estate (for a voyage through the copra manufacturing plant), and the Giant Tortoise pen (to spectate an enormous number of tortoise). You can also visit Anse Source d'Argent (one of the most stunning beaches in the world), and Grand Anse beach. On this bike tour, bird watchers may even be lucky enough to notice the Paradise Fly Catcher, one of the world's rarest birds found on the island. After a wonderful day, our representative will accompany you to the jetty for your transfer from La Digue to Praslin. On arrival in Praslin port, you will be moved to your hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast, and check-out from the hotel, and get ready for transfer to Mahe island. Today you will get an opportunity to explore the biggest island of Seychelles, Mahe Island. When you arrive at Mahe port, you will be accompanied, by our representative, to the hotel and check-in to the hotel. The rest of the day is at relaxation, you explore the island on your own. After this lovely day, head back to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Have a lovely breakfast and continue for a trip that gives you a chance to explore the amazing St. Anne National Marine Park. Board on a Semi-submersible vessel (Semi Submarine/glass base) to explore the depth of the marine park. Enjoy feeding the fish and snorkeling, or swimming. After that treat yourself to a delicious lunch, and musical entertainment before going to Moyenne Island. Visit the island by walking as you get the chance to meet the Giant Tortoises that openly roam here. Also, visit old ruins and pirate graves, or relax at the island's private beach. After that drink some cocktails on a relaxing cruise around the Marine Park. After a wonderful day, head back to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Enjoy a delicious breakfast, pack your baggage and check-out from the hotel. Spend some time at the beach, and enjoy your last day of this wonderful tropical climate. Afterward, in the evening transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home with wonderful memories and amazing experiences.
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