Our Seychelles Travel Guide curates all the best things to do, the best eats, the best accommodations, the best islands in this one gorgeous African island!
The Seychelles archipelago is located in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar and about 1,600 km (1,000 mi) east of Kenya. The nation consists of 115 islands, with a total land area of 453 km2 (175 sq mi). The largest island, Mahé, is home to more than 90% of the population. The inner islands are granitic, while the outer islands are coral atolls. The majority of the islands (41) are uninhabited. The capital, Victoria, is on Mahé Island.
The climate is tropical and humid with a temperature range between 24 and 32 °C (75 and 90 °F).
There is a dry season from May to November, and a wet season from December to April.
The coolest months are July and August, when the average temperature is around 27 °C (81 °F).
The warmest months are January and February, when the average temperature is around 30 °C (86 °F).
The Seychelles’ economy is based on tourism, fishing and agriculture.
Tourism is the mainstay of the economy, accounting for more than 70% of GDP and employing more than two-thirds of the workforce.
Fishing contributes about 5% of GDP and employs about 5% of the workforce.
Agriculture, mostly limited to small-scale farming of coconuts, sweet potatoes, vanilla, bananas and spice crops, contributes about 3% of GDP but employs only about 2% of the workforce.
The culture of Seychelles is a mixture of African, Asian, European and Creole influences.
The Seychellois Creole language is the most widely spoken language.
Other languages spoken include English, French, Hindi, Chinese and Tamil.
The Seychelles is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and the African Union.
The population of Seychelles was estimated at 98,697 in July 2019.
The majority of the population is of African descent, with smaller numbers of Indians, Chinese and Europeans.
The official languages are English, French and Creole.
The literacy rate is about 94%.
The life expectancy is about 74 years.
The Seychelles International Airport is the main gateway to the country.
There are regular scheduled flights to Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.
The Seychelles is also served by a number of regional airlines.
Ferries connect Mahé Island with Praslin Island and La Digue Island.
There is also a helicopter service between the islands.
The majority of the population is Christian, with smaller numbers of Hindus, Muslims and Buddhists.
There are also a number of people who practice traditional African religions.