The Seychelles is an island country in the Indian Ocean off the shores of East Africa. The country is made up of 115 islands which are some of the most sought after tourist destinations in Africa. Seychelles was colonized by the British and attained independence in 1976 from which it has grown to having a high nominal per capita GDP. The capital of Seychelles is Victoria, and the biggest population in the country speaks Seychellois Creole while the rest speaks English or French.
A Ugandan does not need a visa to visit the archipelago and contrary to common belief, you do not have to spend a fortune to visit Seychelles. So why should you visit Seychelles in the first place?
Every thought of sipping pina coladas on the shores of sky blue water while the wind sways the palm trees nearby conjures up the feeling of relaxation. Seychelles is the perfect picture for relaxation and why not use your vacation time to rest away?
Seychelles a relatively peaceful country without conflicts. Being a highly desired vacation destination, you do not have to worry about something abrupt happening to you whilst on your visit there.
Being located in the Indian ocean, the Seychelles islands have unique marine life and fauna to be explored, go scuba diving and snorkeling in the coral-filled waters. You will see animals indigenous to the area such as the Aldabra giant tortoise, saltwater crocodile among many more.
Year Round Vacation
Seychelles has a conducive year round weather which makes it very suitable as a vacation destination throughout the year. Being located in the latitude, the weather varies from rainy and beautifully sunny year round meaning you do not have to stay indoors when you visit.
What to do in Seychelles
Of course visiting a new country can be very daunting, so here are a few things you can do whilst visiting the Seychelles.
Go Island Hopping
Why visit Seychelles and stay on one island yet you can go see what the other islands can offer you? Being that the country is an archipelago, there are 115 islands filled with a lot of adventure for you to explore from La Digue to Cerf or maybe Mahe. Yes, you cannot explore all the islands but you can create time for the nearest few.
Although the number of bird species has reduced since human settlement on the island around 1770, Seychelles still has the biggest population of sea bird colonies. As of 2016, the recorded number of species is estimated at 269 including Skuas, jaegers, siskins, storks, flamingos, shearwaters, and Acrocephalid warblers.
The creole culinary experience in Seychelles will blow you away, so when you visit make sure to try out the local eateries for the food. Dishes are mixture of Asian, British, African, and French which gives you a fusion of different cultures on a plate. The food is mostly seafood and fish based with delicious dishes like; salted fish rougay, grilled fish, ladob, shark chutney, Cari bernique and lots of curry.
Visit Historical Sites
Every country has those locations that played a part in the history of the people and of course Seychelles has several of those. Make time for them and learn something about the history of the Seychellois people.
Snorkeling And Scuba Diving
The best way to get a good glimpse of what those beautiful blue waters of the Indian ocean hide underneath is by going under the waves. Snorkeling is the practice of swimming on or through a body of water while equipped with a diving mask, a shaped breathing tube called a snorkel, and usually swimfins. On the other hand, Scuba diving involves having a gas tank as well as wearing wet suits. Whatever is convenient for your experience, do it.