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Seychelles - Calendar
Board a sail boat and spend a few nights on board Sea Pearl, Sea Shell or M/Y Pegasos and enjoy idyllic days cruising between the inner islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue as well as visiting Curieuse, Cousin and Moyenne. There will be time for swimming, snorkelling and diving as well as simply lazing on deck or on the nearest beach and visiting the special sights on each island.
Visit the World Heritage site of Vallée de Mai, Praslin
Once described as the Garden of Eden, Vallée de Mai is still a mysterious forest where the erotic looking double nut grows. Take a guide to show you the secrets of the forest and look for the elusive Black Parrot.
Seychelles is the number one honeymoon destination with special packages at practically all the hotels and island resorts. If your purse can stretch to it, North Island is the top spot for barefoot luxury. Get married on a Mahé beach and let Creole Travel Services arrange the entire event at their exclusive Cap Lazare private hideaway.
A good month for exploring the underwater world
It is common to see stingrays wafting through the lagoon with quiet dignity © Seychelles Tourism Board
At the transition between the winds the sea is at its calmest so make the effort to get to the outer islands and dive or snorkel off one of the fantastic drop-offs from Desroches or Astove or even Aldabra. Snorkel off the beach at Port Launay or in the Baie Tiernay Marine Park on the north of Mahé or from the beach at the Hilton Northolme hotel. Praslin has good snorkelling from La Domaine de La Reserve Hotel in the Curieuse Marine Park.
African and Kreol music celebrate Africa Day
FetAfrik is a multi-artistic festival, a colourful expression of African and Kreol culture and also the Seychellois way of celebrating Africa Day, on the 25th May. It is also the low season and prices are more competitive all over the islands.
Sooty terns breeding
This is the time to make a visit to unpretentious Bird Island to see the spectacle of thousands of squawking, screaming sooty terns coming in to breed on the flat sandy island. Walk around the island, go for a snorkel and enjoy delicious Creole food.
Take a walk
During July the weather is a little more comfortable due to the cooling breezes of the south east trades and this is the perfect time to explore the Morne Seychellois National Park on foot. Hike up, with a guide, from Val Riche to Copolia to find the rare pitcher plant or walk up from the Tea Factory through the misty, magical national park with views over the west of Mahé taking in the islands of Conception and Thérèse.
Beach time on La Digue
Hire a bicycle on La Digue and pedal through L’Union Estate stopping to see the timeless method of producing coconut oil. Make your way to some of the most beautiful beaches hiding among the giant granite boulders of Source d’Argent. Be more adventurous and go over the hill to Grande Anse where you will probably have the entire stretch of white sands to yourselves, but be careful there are no lifesavers and the surf can be strong.
Diving or snorkelling with whale sharks
Whale sharks are the largest fish in the sea, growing up to 15m © Seychelles Tourism Board
Join the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles and the whale shark monitoring program for an excursion to see these enormous, gentle giants up close. A microlite may help to locate these great migratory creatures.
Celebrate everything Kreol
This week-long Kreol Festival at the end of October is the best way to experience what it means to be Kreol. Enjoy the music, food, sounds and fragrances of the biggest and most important event of the cultural calendar.
SUBIOS: an underwater film and image festival
If you have any interest in the underwater world don’t miss this three-day event at the end of November, filled with exhibitions of still and video film, talks, competitions, diving and snorkelling activities and everything to do with conservation and sustainability of the underwater wonders of Seychelles. International and local experts take part in the diverse events showcasing the importance of the marine world of Seychelles.
Escape to an island resort for relaxing and fly fishing
An island resort offers a calm and tranquil escape from the mad rush of the Christmas season. Relax, be pampered and enjoy the peace of a secluded beach on a remote island. For those interested in Fly Fishing, Alphonse and Desroches Island Resort both offer some of the best fly fishing in the world.