Close your eyes and imagine, soft white-sand beaches, secluded coves, pristine azure oceans, lush tropical forests and barely another soul in sight. Want to go there? Me too! In the Indian Ocean, 1000 miles off the east coast of Africa is a collection of 115 isolated islands known as the Republic of Seychelles.
Seychelles: The ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’
There’s a reason Seychelles is often referred to as the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’; with many of the outer islands made up of coral atolls, while the inner islands, namely Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, are geological havens for rare birds and giant tortoises. Charles Darwin would have an absolute field day here!
For the honeymooners and romantics of the world, sunset horse rides along beaches on La Digue Island are an absolute must. And a photo adventure around Coco Island cannot be missed, especially when armed with the knowledge that most travel companies and locals use photographs taken on this particular island to promote Seychelles. It’s an instagramers dream!
St. Anne Island is home to some of the best snorkelling, swimming and boutique restaurants in the area. And if you’re lucky enough to be invited, head to the privately owned Grand Sour Island for a quiet place to enjoy the sun.
Cousin Island: A bird watcher’s paradise
Even if you think bird watching isn’t your thing go to Cousin Island! This bird watcher’s paradise, home to rare birds such as bulbul, black parrot and the fruit pigeon, will change your mind.
The best way to take in as much of this exotic marvel as possible is to set sail on a chartered yacht. The Moorings has some of the most luxurious chartered yachts in the area. Prices start from $5,795 for 7 nights bareboat charter (based on a Moorings 3900 catamaran from 23rd June 2018) and from $22,800 for 7 nights on an all-inclusive crewed charter (based on the Moorings 4800 from 7th July 2018).
With temperatures rarely dropping below 24°C or rising above 32°C, Seychelles is a tropical paradise waiting to be explored year-round. So, it’s time take a leaf out of George and Amal Clooney’s book and set sail in Seychelles, for an exclusive holiday.
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