Travel Guide Seychelles
With its white sandy beaches, untouched natural environment and valuable biodiversity, the Seychelles are a dreamlike landscape. You can join nature conservation projects which help to maintain this unique ecosystem in order to protect the treasures of this island paradise.
Highlights in the Seychelles
Geography of the Seychelles
The 400,000 km² Seychelles archipelago is an island nation made up of around 115 granite and coral islands. These African islands lie around 800 km off the east coast of Kenya, to the north east of Madagascar in the west of the Indian Ocean. Because there are so many of them, the islands are divided into two primary island groups depending on their location. There are around 32 inner islands and a further seven island groups in the outer islands. The Aldabra island group has the world’s largest atoll, making it a popular travel destination.
In Seychelles you can find many plutonites, vulcanites and their transitional forms. Besides that there are granites, diorites and gabbos. The Seychelles evolved from drifts of continental plates and not from volcano eruption that is why they mainly consist of granite. More than 200 Million years ago all continents of the earth were joined in a super-continent called Pangaea. Due to tectonic movement Pangaea drifted apart and the African landmass was separated from the Indian landmass. During this process some parts of landmass were left behind in the Indian Ocean. Nowadays these parts are known as Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Seychelles.
Travel Tipps and Trivia for the Seychelles
Climate in the Seychelles
The Seychelles are located 7 degrees south of equator and thus can be characterized by a tropical, warm climate with high temperatures up to 30°C and air humidity. In Seychelles there are 12 hours of sunlight each day, all over the year. Nevertheless, trade winds from northwestern direction can bring strong monsoon rainfalls to the islands between November and April. From May to October there are trade winds from southeast which cool down the temperatures to 24°C. The best travelling time is between May and September as the rainfalls are relatively low at that time.
Flora and fauna in the Seychelles
The major part of tropical forests has been destroyed by land-clearance. Today the typical vegetation consists of coconut palms, cinnamon trees and ornamental plants. One plant should be mentioned separately though: the Seychelles coconut. Its fruit can reach a total weight of up to 26 kg (!) and is considered as one of the heaviest fruits in the world. The Seychelles are home to many rare and endemic rare birds like the Chatham rail or vasa parrots. Besides that you can find a unique biodiversity underwater and there species of endemic turtles, which will be the main focus of you project. Big mammals are not naturally occurring here.