Tourism in Seychelles, 10 Reasons to Visit Seychelles. Tourism is the most important sector of Seychelles. Approximately 15 percent of the workforce is employed directly in the tourism sector and employment in the construction, banking, transport and other activities is tightly linked to the tourism sector. Tourism focuses on Seychelles’ coral beaches, water sports, wildlife.
Seychelles’ difference from other islands is that it is the only ocean island in the world that is made of granite. There are many natural beauty areas here. Here are 10 reasons to visit Seychelles.
Located in Mahe, the largest island in the country, Victoria is the capital and largest city of Seychelles. This city was first founded by British colonists. The natural beauty of the city is worth seeing. Fishing in the city has improved quite well. For this reason, you can see many canned factories when you come to town. If you are here, you can visit tourist attractions such as Victoria Botanical Garden, National Museum, Clock Tower, Old England Court Building, Selwyn-Clarke Market, Selwyn Bay, Natural Science Museum and Mr Selwyn Clarke Market.
2. Mahe Island
The holiday paradise Seychelles is made up of 115 granite and coral islands in the Indian Ocean. Mahe Island is undoubtedly the largest and most popular island with an area of 157.3 km² in these islands. This island includes many places, especially the capital Victoria. The beaches in particular are excellent. This island, known as Africa’s paradise, has everything you need for holiday and peace.
3. Praslin Island
Praslin Island, located in the north-east of the country, is about 1 hour away from Mahe Island. There are 6500 people living here. This is the second largest island in the country. The most important characteristic of this island is its virgin nature. This is a beautiful and special place. Especially in the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve, located on the UNESCO World Heritage List, you can lose yourself among palm trees measuring 35 meters tall. One of the most visually popular beauties of the island is the vanilla orchids that grow here. There are also wonderful beach areas here.
4. Curieuse Island
Curieuse Island, about 1-2 km from Praslin Island, is a small coral island with an area of 2.93 km². There is no settlement or life on this island. There are only 3 houses here. These houses usually have tourists or workers here. There are 300 giant tortoises on this island. For this reason, this island is more known as a tortoise natural park. You can come here and discover these creatures closely.
5. La Digue Island
La Digue Island, located on the eastern tip of Praslin Island, is the fourth largest coral island in the country with an area of 10.08 km². About 2,000 people live here. The first 3 things that come to mind in this island are; sea, forest and bicycle. You can also go for a walk in untouched nature and see the breathtaking view of the island. Finally there are wonderful bicycle paths here. Here you can ride a bicycle and visit many places of the island. Biking in lush green is quite fun.
6. Hindu Temple
Located in Victoria, the capital and largest city of the country, Hindu Temple is the first and only temple of the country opened in 1992. For this reason, it has a very important place. You can come here and visit this temple and take lots of pictures.
7. St. Pierre Island
Located about 1,6 km east of Praslin Island, Pierre Island is a pretty small desert island. It is only possible to reach here by boat. But it is not possible to walk around on this island. You can only watch the island view with the boat, and you can dive with the guides in the water. This island has a wonderful underwater diversity.
8. Anse Source D’Argent Beach
Situated just southwest of La Digue Island, Anse Source D’Argent Beach is one of the country’s most popular beaches. The beach, which has a magnificent view, attracts you with its blend of clear water, golden sand and majestic granite formations.
9. Victoria Botanical Gardens
Situated on Mahe Island, the largest island in the country, Victoria Botanical Gardens is an exotic garden built about a century ago. This garden is about 15 acres and has fountains, giant tortoises and orchid gardens flying outside of native and exotic plants. Here you can visit giant turtles whose age is over 150.
10. Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve
Located on Praslin Island, the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve is a nature park covering an area of 20 hectares. There are many plant species in this park. There are especially endemic palm plants here. This park is also on the UNESCO World Heritage list.