by Lyn Mair and Lynnath Beckley
Seychelles Travel Guide – expert travel information featuring Mahé hotels and restaurants, Victoria, day trips, beaches, markets, wildlife and birdwatching. Also including when to visit, Creole cuisine, biodiversity, nature reserves, Praslin, La Digue, Inner Islands, Outer Coralline Islands, Aldabra Group, snorkelling, diving, sailing and hiking.
About this book
This new sixth edition of Bradt’s Seychelles has been fully updated and remains the most comprehensive English-language guide to the country, with information on the biodiversity of the islands and updates on the conservation efforts (over 40% of the Seychelles’ land is under environmental protection), presented in an easy-to-read format. New for this edition are expanded details of the many accommodation options, from many hotels that have recently been refurbished to higher standards and Félicités luxurious resort, to the growing number of B&Bs and small guest houses that offer a more authentic Seychellois experience. New places covered include the Outer Islands of Alphonse, Astove and Cosmoledo, while new practical information covers all the latest updates on getting around and details the significant increase in Marine Protected Areas.
With plants and animals historically linked to Africa, Madagascar and Asia, and marine life native to the tropical Indo-Pacific region, the Seychelles is a haven for those interested in natural history. The authors provide fascinating coverage of the islands’ fauna and flora, from mangroves and turtles to birds and nature reserves. Updated throughout, the guide reveals the islands many secrets, from coco de mer palm forests and bird sanctuaries to local markets and Creole cuisine. This new edition not only provides up-to-date details of where to stay, eat and relax, but also where the to find the world’s tiniest tree frog and how to visit Bird Island to see the world’s largest tortoise.
Beaches, snorkelling and diving among the coral reefs, wildlife, sailing, festivals, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Vallee de Mai and hiking in the mountains. all are covered in Bradt’s Seychelles, making it an ideal companion for a dream holiday.
About the Author
Lyn Mair is a naturalist and travel guide who specializes in the islands of the western Indian Ocean, West Africa and Antarctica. Passionate about birdwatching, she regularly leads tours to exotic places and lectures on board ships plying the tropical waters off Africa and Polar regions. She was one of the first volunteers to undertake environmental monitoring on Aldabra and has also spent many months travelling around the islands. Since her first visit in1995 she has set foot on many of the most remote islands in the Seychelles.
Lynnath Beckley is a professor of marine science at Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia and specialises in the Indian Ocean. She has undertaken scientific research, travelled and sailed extensively in the western Indian Ocean and has been writing for magazines, journals and books for many years.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
PART ONE GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1 Background Information
Geography , Climate, History, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education, Culture
Chapter 2 Biodiversity
Plants, Invertebrates, Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals, Birds, Coral reefs, Marine invertebrates, Fishes
Chapter 3 Practical Information
When to visit, Highlights, Suggested itineraries, Tour operators, Seychelles tourist offices, Red tape, Embassies and consulates, Getting there and away, Health, Safety, What to take, Money, Budgeting, Getting around,
Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays and festivals, Shopping, Arts and entertainment, Media and communications, Sports and recreation, Buying property, Travelling positively
PART TWO THE ISLANDS
Chapter 4 Mahé
Getting there and away, Getting around, Interisland travel, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Nightlife, Victoria, Discovering Victoria, Discovering Mahé, Independent tours for cruise-ship passengers, Walks on Mahé, Excursions to satellite islands
Chapter 5 Praslin
Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Nightlife, Other practicalities, Discovering Praslin, Walks on Praslin, Excursions to satellite islands
Chapter 6 La Digue
Getting there and away, Getting around, Tourist information, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Nightlife, Other practicalities, Discovering La Digue, Excursions from La Digue
Chapter 7 Other Inner Islands
Silhouette, North Island, Mamelles, Frégate, Aride, Cousin, Cousine, Curieuse, Île St Pierre, Félicité, Les Soeurs, Île Cocos and Marianne, Denis, Bird
Chapter 8 Outer Coralline Islands
The Amirantes, The Alphonse group, The_Farquhar group, Plat, Coëtivy
Chapter 9 The Aldabra Group
Assumption, Astove, Cosmoledo, Aldabra
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Further Information