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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.”
On your arrival in Seychelles, our representative will meet you at the airport and help you to transfer to your hotel in Mahe. Check-in to your hotel and freshen up. The rest of the day is free for you to unwind and enjoy the resort facilities, or visit Eden Island (known for clubs and gambling clubs). The day ends with an overnight stay at the hotel.
Have a delicious breakfast and the entire day is at recreation for you to explore the city on your own (own cost), or relax at the hotel. The optional sightseeing you can visit like Botanical Garden, Coco de Mer, and the monster place where there are tortoises and fruit bats. You can get a chance to visit Esplanade where they can search for souvenirs at the curio stalls, see the National Library, and Carrefours des Arts. Afterward, you can continue to Eden island which is home to various luxury villas, Amazing Maisons and wonderful apartments, elegant marina, shopping center, casino, bars, restaurants, and a dynamic nightlife. During the daytime, you can have an amazing Indian lunch at The Maharaja Indian Restaurant. After an amazing experience, come back to the hotel and have a comfortable stay.
After a delicious breakfast, enjoy the entire day at relaxation. You can also choose an optional tour of the St. Anne National Marine Park (own costs). You will be moved to the location from where the glass base boat visit will initiate. During the visit, you will get a chance to observe the different marine life of Seychelles, feed the tropical fish, and enjoy the activities of snorkeling. After a lovely day, head back to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Start your day with a delicious breakfast, and check-out from the hotel. After that, Our representative will take you to the Mahe Ferry port from where you will board the ferry to La Digue island. On your arrival in La Digue, our agent will receive you at the port and will help you to transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to explore the island. You can enjoy watersports on the beach (own cost). Afterward, head back to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
After a delicious breakfast, you have an entire day at recreation to explore the island on your own. You can rent a bicycle to explore the amazing beaches of La Digue island on your own. During your bicycle tour, you can visit Anse Source d'Argent beach, Grand Anse beach, and other fascinating spots en route. After exploring the amazing island on your own, head back to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
After a lovely breakfast check-out from the hotel and prepare to transfer from la Digue to Praslin. Upon arrival in Praslin, you can relax for some time in the afternoon. After a concise time of relaxation, you can spend some time at Anse Lazio Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Seychelles, popular due to its rock formation. After a wonderful day, head back to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
After a delicious breakfast, you will have an entire day at relaxation wherein you can do anything you desire. On this day you can leave on an optional tour of Praslin Island. You can go for another optional tour after breakfast and that is Valle De Mai, and Anse Lazio tour. Our representative will pick you up from the hotel for a drive to the Vallee de Mai. Vallee de Mai a Nature Reserve is one of UNESCO's World Heritage sites, popular for its unique palm forest, and the unbelievable Coco de Mer. After the visit, you will be moved to Anse Lazio beach, ranked as one of the world's best beaches, for snorkeling. After a wonderful experience, head back to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Have a delicious breakfast and check-out from the hotel and move to Mahe island. When you arrive at Mahe jetty, our representative will help you to transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home with wonderful memories and amazing experiences.
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