La Digue is interestingly untouched by development, making the island an exclusive paradise. The hilly interior is cloaked with tangled jungle and wild hiking trails, and the Veuve Natural Reserve is teeming with wildlife, thus allowing guests a perfect destination for back-to-nature exploration. The island also offers a range of world-class dive sites including the iconic White Bank. Not a fan of diving? Snorkelling is also world-class within this area, with sweet spots including Anse Severe and Anse Patates as crowd favourites. With granite pillars, turquoise waters and white sand as a backdrop, the Anse Marron is regarded as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is only accessible by foot, making the journey to this beach all the more worthwhile.
If you ask travellers why they visit the Seychelles, their predominant answer would likely be to see the giant Aldabra tortoises, and this is the island to realise their dreams. The island is home to free-roaming giant Aldabra tortoises (with a lifespan of up to 150 years), and Fregate's stellar conservation efforts include growing a population of tortoises from 150 individuals some 25 years ago to their current number of over 2,000. The island's sandy beaches provide vital nesting habitat for two species of sea turtle: the critically endangered hawksbill turtle and the endangered green turtle.
The second largest island of the Seychelles, Praslin has pristine beaches, emerald waters, lush jungles and stunning sunsets in abundance. It is also home to the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve, one of the country’s two UNESCO World Heritage sites. This protected forest is home to the endemic Coco de Mer palm, which produces a fruit that is valued by many cultures for its aphrodisiac, medicinal and mystic properties. If you’re a beach lover, then a visit to the Anse Lazio beach is a must, as it has been voted the world’s most beautiful beach countless times.
Other Inner Islands
There are other islands that are worth visiting if time is not an issue. Silhouette Island was declared a National Park in 2010 and is now a haven for endemic birds; Curieuse Island is another island to witness the grandeur of the Aldabra tortoises; Denis Island is a small 375-acre island ringed by flawless white sand; and Félicité Island is home to the stunning eco-resort of Six Senses Zil Pasyon.
Marine life in the country is colourful and diverse, where you can easily spot a kaleidoscope of corals, over 900 species of fish, ribbon-tailed stingrays as well as the plankton-eating whale shark, to name but a few. The Aldabra Atoll, the second largest coral atoll on Earth, is another UNESCO World Heritage Site, where tens of thousands of giant tortoises reside; it’s no surprise that divers of all levels flock here to marvel at the underwater treasures found here. We can arrange a live-aboard cruise to visit this remote location if you consider yourself a keen and seasoned diver.
Other Outer Islands
Cousin Island houses a sanctuary for land birds including the endangered Seychelles warbler; Bird Island is a stunning and important breeding ground for turtledoves, frigate birds and other seabirds that flock there each year to nest and rest. Desroches Island is home to another Four Seasons Resort in Seychelles.
There is no better way to cap off your African safari than to be pampered at one or two of the most exclusive resorts in the world, hosted by the Seychelles' friendly Creole people.
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From Euro 7,100 per villa per night (exclusive of 15% VAT and 6% service charge)
Seychelles is often described as the "Original Garden of Eden". North Island's unsurpassed beauty, isolation and unashamed luxury ensure its reputation as Africa's ultimate beach and island destination.
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