Huge granite rocks polished over eons by the relentless waves of the Indian Ocean. Giant palm trees with their famous “coco de mer” nuts, and turquoise inlets fringed with lush green takamakas shading the fine white sand beaches. This is the image we all have about the Seychelles islands. A paradise. And deservedly so, because these islands, lying off the east coast of Africa just south of the Equator, are stunningly beautiful.
Of the 115 islands that make up the Seychelles, 41 Inner Islands constitute the oldest granite islands on earth. Another 74 islands form the low-lying coral atolls and reef islands that are the Outer Islands.
The Inner Islands, including Praslin and La Digue, are clustered around the main island, Mahe. The many other islands are well worth visiting, and you can review our itineraries for more information and suggestions about visiting these islands.
The Outer Islands are more remote and less visited because they’re situated beyond the Seychelles. Mahe is the southernmost main island, and is an alternative to Praslin for sailing the Inner Islands. However, it is the ideal starting point for a voyage to the Outer Islands and Aldebra, one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.