The Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago nation comprised of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean about 900 miles east of mainland Africa (Kenya), northeast of the island of Madagascar. Other nearby island countries and territories include Zanzibar to the west, Mauritius and Réunion to the south, Comoros and Mayotte to the southwest, and the Maldives to the northeast.
A comparatively young nation known for its legendary beauty, The Seychelles has the smallest population of any African state. Seychelles’ 115 islands fall under two distinct groups. The tall granite, Inner Islands cluster mainly within the relatively shallow Seychelles’ plateau, while the low-lying coralline cays, atolls and reef islands of the Outer Islands lie mainly beyond the plateau. These Outer Islands are divided into five groups: the Amirantes group, the Southern Coral Group, Alphonse Group, Farquhar Group and finally the Aldabra Group. There are 43 Inner Islands in all – 41 granitic and two coralline and a total of 72 coralline Outer Islands.
The otherworldly, granitic islands of the Seychelles archipelago cluster around the main island of Mahé, home to the international airport and the capital, Victoria, and its satellites Praslin and
La Digue. Together, these Inner Islands form the cultural and economic hub of the nation and contain the majority of Seychelles’ tourism facilities as well as its most stunning beaches.
Seychelles is a living museum of natural history and a sanctuary for some of the rarest species of flora & fauna on earth. With almost 50 percent of its limited landmass set aside as national parks and reserves, Seychelles prides itself on its record for far sighted conservation policies that have resulted in an enviable degree of protection for the environment and the varied ecosystems it supports. From the smallest frog to the heaviest land tortoise and the only flightless bird of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles nurtures an amazing array of endemic species within surrounds of exceptional natural beauty.