Just four degrees south of the equator, the 115 granitic and coralline islands of the Seychelles make up the world’s only granite-formed oceanic islands. Hopping between the pristine islands, each of which has its own distinct character, is one of the captivating draws and getting between them is relatively easy, given the regular domestic flights and ferry services. Unspoiled, timeless and located 1000 miles off the east coast of Africa, Seychelles makes a perfect twin-centre with a safari holiday in Kenya. The islands are blessed with a pleasant tropical year-round climate with average temperatures of 24° - 33°C.
Turquoise Holidays Top 5 Reasons To Visit The Seychelles
1. Turquoise recommends visiting Mahé for its spectacular views and vibrant culture, Praslin for its breath-takingly beautiful beaches, La Digue for its unhurried pace of life and the idyllic Outer Islands for their magnificent ‘castaway’ experience
2. It’s really hard to name our favourite month to visit the Seychelles. Probably the most perfect months are April and October – but May to September is a lovely time to visit too
3. Visit the Seychelles between October - February for a chance to witness the turtle-nestling season when endangered hawksbill and green turtles lay their eggs
4. The capital, Victoria, which is located on the east coast of Mahé (about 15 min from the airport), is the world’s smallest capital and offers a fascinating insight into Creole culture
5. October – January is the best time to spot the gentle giant of the ocean, the whale shark
Hotels and Resorts in the Seychelles
Nestled in glorious seclusion in the north-west corner of Praslin, Constance Lémuria is perfect for those in search of five star luxury with a fantastic range of facilities, kids club and the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles (golfing views don’t get much better than this). Stylish and elegant, Lémuria’s sister property, Constance Ephélia is one of the largest resorts in the Seychelles, renowned for its spacious suites and family villas, extensive facilities catering both active romantic couples and families – and the trademark high standards of Constance service.
Denis Private Island is a magical private island with idyllic deserted beaches and an amazing flora and fauna - this is ‘unspoiled Seychelles’ at its romantic best! Denis’ style is ‘barefoot chic’ and unlike the other granitic islands which make up the Inner Islands group of the Seychelles - the idyllic romantic getaway perfect for honeymoons and romantic couples! For the ultimate ‘Robinson Crusoe’ experience, book to stay at the fabulous North Island.
Raffles Praslin provides the perfect location on one of the most beautiful spots on Praslin. Be spoiled by your private butler and enjoy the romance of the Seychelles in one of Raffles’ stunning villas that come with your very own plunge pool! Equally beautiful, and located on Mahé, are the luxurious Banyan Tree Seychelles, Four Seasons Seychelles and Maia – all offering exclusive private pool villas, gourmet cuisine and a wonderful setting to finish off your Seychelles island hopping holiday.
When to go to The Seychelles
The small variance in weather is dictated by the direction of the prevailing tradewinds. When the south-east trade-winds blow between the months of May to September, the weather is usually drier and slightly cooler but with livelier seas, particularly on south-east coastlines; whilst during the north-west trade-winds between October and March, the weather is warm and humid, but the sea can be rougher on the north and west sides of the islands. Inevitably, short-lived tropical showers may fall at any time – but as a general rule December to February tends to bring the life-giving rains, teasing the foliage into rainbows of colour. The periods of calm in April, May and October, produce warm and wind-free conditions, particularly ideal for snorkelling and diving.
The spectacular granitic islands (which largely make up the Inner Islands group) are easily recognisable by their unique sculptured granite boulders which run alongside stunning white sand beaches. They lie clustered around the main island of Mahé, and the second largest island, Praslin – home to the wondrous Vallée de Mai – where the legendary Coco-de-Mer nut grows on ancient palm trees. In complete contrast, the far-flung Outer Islands consist mainly of sparkling sand cays and remote coral atolls offering a wonderfully secluded Robinson Crusoe experience. Our favourite islands, Denis Private Island and Desroches, are equally stunning boasting rustic chic at its very best!
Beyond the breath-taking beaches, Seychelles is also famed for its turtles, corals and amazing bird life. Many of the islands remain sanctuaries for rare and exotic flora and fauna – and it is this geographical diversity which makes island hopping extremely popular.
Visit our Seychelles honeymoons page for full details about honeymoons here.