6 Nights and 7 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.”
Land at the Seychelles International Airport where our representative will pick you up. Continue to transfer to the ferry port and board the ferry to Praslin, the island known for its palm bordered beaches. On arrival in Praslin, proceed to your hotel and check-in. Your day is at relaxation and you can loosen up in your comfortable room. Explore some nearby areas then return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Have a delicious breakfast and move to La Digue Island, the tropical paradise with tall trees and jade-green waters. Explore La Digue Island on your own on a bicycle and enjoy the awesomeness of this beautiful island. Return to the hotel in Praslin for a comfortable overnight stay.
Have a lovely breakfast and continue for an entire day tour on Vallee-De-Mai, a nature park and UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its widely varied flowers. The amazing antiquated forest is also known as The Garden of Eden is well known for the coco de Mer palms. Thoroughly enjoy the air of nature and spot uncommon birds, for example, the Seychelles dark parrot, Seychelles blue pigeon, and Seychelles bulbul. Also, visit the Anse Lazio beach which has been voted among the top ten beaches on the planet. Return to the hotel in Praslin and cuddle the night away. Note: The full-day visit just works on Monday, Thursday, and Friday.
Have a delicious breakfast and continue for your journey to Mahe Island, the biggest island in the Seychelles archipelago. On arrival, check-in to your and enjoy this day at relaxation. You can relax on the beach and you can also explore local markets for a souvenir. After that, return to the hotel for a comfortable sleep.
Have a lovely breakfast and continue to explore the underwater life of tropical coral reefs at one of the Marine National Parks in Seychelles. Board a boat to transfer from Marine Charter in Victoria and journey along the coast. Enjoy the afternoon with delicious meals (own cost) and swim or relax. You can also enjoy optional watersports (own cost). After an amazing day return to the hotel for a comfortable overnight stay.
Enjoy a healthy breakfast and continue for an island tour. Mahe Island is the biggest landmass of the Seychelles archipelago and is popular for its scenic mountains, rich vegetation, and wonderful beaches. Discover the tourist spots of Victoria, in the core of Mahe. Visit the Catholic Cathedral, which is among the first church in Seychelles. You will also be taken to Little Ben, which imitates the well-known clock tower at the Palace of Westminster, in London. You can also look for the souvenir for your loved ones. After a wonderful day, return to the lodging and have a comfortable overnight stay.
Have a tasty breakfast and check-out from the hotel. Continue for your transfer to the airport to catch your flight back home with wonderful memories and amazing experiences.
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