Seychelles a land of pristine beauty and a luxury destination which lies in the western part of the Indian Ocean. An archipelago of 115 islands, the island nation is known for its exquisite natural beauty, spectacular beaches, and luxury resorts. It is home to the world’s oldest ocean islands and largest raised coral atoll.
The island is blessed with a warm climate throughout the year making it a hotbed for water activities such as diving and snorkelling in its clear turquoise waters. It is also a hub for ecotourism and endemic wildlife spotting offering an incredible variety of flora and fauna with some of the most exotic trees, birds and marine life.
The entire population is concentrated in the inner part region which consists of three islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. Together these islands form the economic, cultural and tourism hub of the country. Do not miss out on the chance of exploring the Seychellois Creole cuisine and the country’s capital Victoria, a city that can be explored entirely on foot in less than a day.
Due to its remote location, the island nation is unlike any other island getaway. This tropical paradise provides an aura of seclusion marked by soft white powdery sands and spectacular turquoise waters.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SEYCHELLES
Name: Republic of Seychelles
Name Origin: Jean Moreau de Sechelles (King Louis XV’s finance minister)
First Seychelles explorer: Joao de Nova (1501) discovers the Farquhar Islands
Population: Roughly 97,871 people (2019) & 90% of the population live on the main island of Mahe
Total island: 115 Islands (42 Granite island & 73 Coral islands ) a total of 455 km² (175 sq. miles) in size
Climate: Tropical with constant temperature and high humidity.
Main seasons: Northwest Monsoon from December to March & South east monsoon from May to October
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +4
Calling Code: +248 or (00248)
Language: Seychellois Creole, English, French,
National Currency: 1 Seychellois Rupee=100cents
National Day: 18 June
National Flower: Orkid payanke
National Tree: Coco-de-Mer Palm
National Animal: Giant Tortoise
National Bird: Black Parrot
National Motto: “Finis Coronat Opus” (“The End Crowns the Work”)
Seychelles Fauna: 13 species of amphibians, 30 reptiles, 220 bird species and more than 1,000 species of invertebrates
Seychelles Endangered birds: Seychelles paradise flycatcher, Seychelles warbler, Seychelles magpie robin, Seychelles white eye, Seychelles scops owl, Seychelles black parrot
Indian Ocean Flightless Bird: White-Throated Rail from Aldabra Island.
Agricultural Products: Coconuts, cinnamon, sweet potatoes, Cassava (tapioca) and exotic fruits.
Food and dishes: Coconut Curry, Ladob, Salted Fish, Shark chutney, Grilled Fish or Octopus etc
Coral reef area: around 600,000 km² (230,000 sq. miles)
Highest mountain: Morne Seychellois’, with 905m or 2,969ft.
Seychelles Pirate Hideout: Anse Forbans (Pirate’s Cove) on Mahe and Cote d’Or on Praslin. It is believed that famous pirate Olivier Levasseur hid a treasure worth more than $160,000 that remains unfound.
Forest Conservation: Around 50% of its landmass is occupied by national parks and reserves
Marine Conservation: By 2020, 410,000 sq km or 30 per cent of Seychelles’ waters are Marine Protected Areas
UNESCO world heritage sites: Vallee de Mai (Praslin island) and the Aldabra atoll
Earth Rarest Trees in Seychelles: Jellyfish trees in Mahe island & Coco-de-Mer palm in Praslin island
World’s second-largest coral atol: Aldabra atoll (Also World largest raised coral atol) Area: 155.4 km²
First marine park in the Indian Ocean: The Sainte Anne Marine National Park, 1973.
Oldest oceanic islands on earth: Seychelles’ granitic islands
Smallest capital in the world: Victoria, The capital of Seychelles.
Largest seed in the world: Coco de mer seeds or Love nut in Praslin island (about 20 Kgs)
Largest arthropod in the world: Coconut crab (Robber crab or the palm thief) in Seychelles
World largest colonies of Lesser Noddy Seabird: Aride Island.
World largest Tortoises Population: Aldabra Atoll 152,000+ giant tortoises (that’s more tortoises than there are humans in Seychelles!)
World’s heaviest land tortoise: Esmeralda, he’s a guy, 363 Kgs, 170 years old living in Bird Island
Source by Farhan Fawzer
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