The Republic of Seychelles is a cluster of 115 Indian Ocean islands off Africa’s east coast. Lying just south of the equator and beyond the cyclone belt, surrounded by warm waters, Seychelles epitomises the expression ‘tropical island paradise.
43 of these, known as the Inner Islands, include Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and are the only oceanic islands of granitic composition on Earth. The remaining islands, the Outer Islands, are flat, low-lying coral atolls and reef islets. The most famous is Aldabra atoll, one of the world’s largest raised coral atoll, where over 150 000 giant tortoises, sea-feeding turtles, robber crabs and seabirds live.