SEYCHELLES is an archipelago nation of 115 islands that are widely scattered in the West Indian Ocean, northeast of the island of Madagascar. It represents an archipelago of legendary beauty that extends from between 4o and 10o south of the equator and which lies between 480 km and 1,600 km from the east coast of Africa. Of these 115 islands, 41 constitute the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on earth while a further 74 form the low-lying coral atolls and reef islands of the Outer Islands. Thirty-three islands are inhabited.
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 Suvadives of the Maldives to the northeast. Seychelles has the smallest population of any sovereign state of Africa.
The principal island is Mahé which is mountainous with towering rugged crests, boulders and cliffs, although sandy beaches surround the coastline. A year-round equitable climate outside the cyclone belt, easy sailing distances between the main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and their satellites, conspire with favourable moorings and the breathtaking diversity and natural beauty of the islands to make the Seychelles Islands a dream destination for the discerning captain.
Seychelles is a wonderfully tranquil destination characterised by pristine azure waters, uncrowded beaches and a friendly people for whom harmony and political and social stability are a way of life. The shimmering atolls, secluded coves and world class fishing and diving where relatively few have ventured is just some of what awaits you. Seychelles is widely regarded as the most beautiful archipelago on earth where an ancient, primeval beauty blends with a modern infrastructure to provide one of the sailing experiences of a lifetime.
Captain’s log: Seychelles – Sailing the Seychelles