Country #161: Seychelles 🇸🇨 In the warm inviting waters of the Indian Ocean, lightyears away from the busy African continent, sits an archipelago of over 115 islands spoiled rotten by Mother Nature. Think blissful, balmy temperatures year round and talcum-powder beaches lapped by cerulean seas with lush green hills and granite boulders for a backdrop… Here you can live out all your Robinson Crusoe fantasies! More secluded than Mauritius, yet more easily accessible than the Maldives, even Prince William and Kate wanted a slice of this tropical paradise and came here for their royal honeymoon.
Unfortunately for us, we had some last minute flight changes from the national carrier Air Seychelles, which really cut our trip short. But even with our short stay, we were able to see the natural beauty and laid back essence of the islands. From meandering the beaches of Mahé Island (Anse Royale and Anse Louis were particularly memorable) and crashing a wedding photoshoot, to watching the sunset over Eden Island from the capital city of Victoria, I can see what makes Seychelles appealing to beach and nature lovers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
One funny thing we noticed everywhere was this strangely shaped seed that we later came to realize was the national symbol of the Seychelles. It’s the nut of the rare coco de mer palm tree endemic to Seychelles and is actually the largest seed in the plant kingdom. It very much resembles the voluptuous female figure, and quite humorously, you can find this on everything from their currency to their official passport stamp (of which I have posted a picture).
Dubbed the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, I can’t wait to come back here again one day (hopefully with someone special in tow!) and go island hopping or sailing through the archipelago, diving and exploring a myriad of the other islands!