50 Fascinating Facts about Seychelles

If you're looking for a piece of earthly heaven, don't neglect Seychelles. This magnificent island chain is one of the tiniest countries on the planet. The islands are home to an abundance of marine life, stunning beaches, and lush tropical flora. With a population of little under 100,000, Seychelles' charms extend beyond its stunning terrain. Additionally, these islands are home to some of the world's most endangered animal and plant species. The archipelago is divided into two distinct island groups: the rocky Mahé group and the flat coralline Mahé group. Victoria is Seychelles' capital. The island's typical temperature swings between 76°F to 88°F, making it a tropical paradise all year. With so much to offer, it's unsurprising that Seychelles has become one of the most popular honeymoon locations on the planet. Without further ado, here are our 50 fascinating facts about Seychelles!

Fascinating Facts

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Bird lovers traveling to Seychelles are in for a treat. The outlying islands of Seychelles are renowned for their profusion of feathered species.
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The islands are home to around 250 bird species. Numerous unusual land species and significant seabird colonies provide habitat for a variety of vagrants and migrants.
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Olivier Levasseur, a legendary pirate, has hidden a treasure worth more than $160k that has yet to be discovered.
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Seychelles is the world's only granite island.
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Two UNESCO World Heritage Sites are located on the islands.
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Seychelles consists of 73 coral islands and 42 granite inner islands, notably Mahé and Praslin.
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Granite rocks cluster along with several inner islands' beaches, lending Seychelles their reputation as one of the world's most exciting places.
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The Aldabra Atoll and Vallée de Mai are two areas that have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The donation of this title entitles them to legal protection under international accords aimed at land conservation.
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Seychelles were formerly pirates' havens, particularly Anse Forbans (Pirate's Cove) on Mahé and Côte d'Or on Praslin. Olivier Levasseur, a legendary pirate, has hidden a treasure worth more than $160,000 that has yet to be discovered.
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Seychelles has the world's most giant free-roaming tortoise.
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Aldabra tortoises are found on the same-named island and may reach a weight of 550 pounds. Esmeralda is the world's most enormous Aldabra tortoise, weighing 672 pounds and believed to be 175 years old.
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It is said that Moyenne Island in Saint Anne Marine National Park is haunted by a spirit guarding hidden wealth.
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The indigenous Coco de Mer, commonly known as the sea coconut or double coconut, produces the world's heaviest (about 15 kilograms) and most giant seed.
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Due to its old renown, the Vallée de Mai is protected from visits and tourists. You may find endemic plants such as the Coco De Mer in the park, as well as a diversity of unusual fauna and other vegetation. Due to the high concentration of unique and extraordinary life inside the forest.
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Victoria, Seychelles' capital, is the world's smallest city, quickly toured on foot in less than a day.
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This internationally renowned habitat is one of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Seychelles and is protected to support animal conservation.
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On Seychelles, breadfruit is quite popular and may be prepared in various ways, from fried to boiled. According to legend, anyone who consumes it while on the islands will eventually return.
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Seychelles is home to some of the world's most uncommon unique species, including the bare-legged Scops owl, which was formerly believed to be extinct before being found in 1959.
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The island is home to around 100,000 Aldabra tortoises. Tortoises like areas such as scrub, coastal dunes, and mangrove swamps.
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In 1958, Ian Fleming traveled to Seychelles searching for adventure and inspiration for his then-current collection of short tales, For Your Eyes Only.
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Breadfruit is a popular fruit in Seychelles and may be prepared in various ways, ranging from fried to boil. According to legend, anyone who consumes it while on the islands will eventually return.
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Following Portuguese explorer Vasco Da Gama's discovery of the two major islands in 1502, they became a haven for maritime criminals. Olivier la Vasseur, or La Busse, was rumored to have left wealth seized from a Portuguese ship in 1721.
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This lovely rural island remained uninhabited until the late 18th century when its first people came.
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Named after Queen Victoria, the capital of Seychelles is one of the world's smallest significant cities.
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The Victoria Clocktower, completed in 1903, is the city's most recognizable landmark.
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One of the city's most popular attractions is the vibrantly colored Hindu temple in the city center.
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Due to the city's tiny size, you can easily tour it on foot in two hours. However, if you want to explore the city's nooks and crannies, you'll want to budget a whole day to see everything.
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National parks and reserves occupy about half of the country's small area. This supports the government's many initiatives aimed at protecting and conserving the environment and its ecosystems.
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Moyenne Island, part of the St Anne Marine National Park, is haunted by spirits guarding priceless riches. According to one ghost story, an "eccentric Englishwoman" named Mary Best, who settled on the island around 1910, roams the island at night.
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Round Island was formerly a leper colony. A stone jail still stands today.
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When Seychelles hosted the Miss World Beauty Pageants in 1997 and 1998, it received extensive worldwide media coverage, boosting its tourist business.
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Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean comprised of 115 islands.
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Following the discovery of the Seychelles islands by Portuguese navigator Vaco Da Gama in 1502, the two major islands became a haven for pirates. Olivier Le Vasseur, popularly known as "Le Buse" or the Buzzard, was one of the most well-known pirates to seek asylum in Seychelles. According to legend, Le Buse escaped to Seychelles in 1721, concealing stolen Portuguese riches.
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It is thought that Le Buse's riches are hidden someplace on the island.
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Given Seychelles' natural splendor, it's unsurprising that the resort is popular with celebrities. Celebrities go to Seychelles to escape the craziness of their demanding life. Royals and Hollywood A-listers are among the most ardent supporters of this isolated hideaway.
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The remote location of Seychelles enables the wealthy and famous for enjoying a quiet and opulent vacation from their stressful life.
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Seychelles consists of 42 core granitic islands and 73 outer coralline islands.
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The average life expectancy for males is 68 years and for women is 78 years.
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You may purchase Souvenirs in Seychellois Rupees.
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The tourist and fishing sectors generate the majority of Seychelles' foreign exchange earnings.
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Seychelles is home to a few of its most enormous creatures, notably its colossal Coconut Crabs. The Coconut Crab, alternately known as the Palm Thief and Robber Crab, is the giant terrestrial arthropod on Earth.
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A large portion of Seychelles has been designated as a natural reserve.
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It's a diver's paradise; fish life is abundant due to rigorous conservation measures and the archipelago's secluded location, and the seas are teeming with gorgeous rocks that are frequently covered in soft corals and sponges - just spectacular.
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When diving or snorkeling, keep an eye out for angelfish, butterflyfish, squirrelfish, and soldierfish - they are pretty amazing!
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Coconut crabs are solitary species that live in underground burrows coated with coconut fiber. These crabs are highly protective of their habitats and prefer places with a low human population. They frequently scale coconut and pandanus trees to evade predators.
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Seychelles is a trilingual country, with French, English, and Creole as official languages.
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If you visit Seychelles in August or between October and January, keep a watch out for a Whale Shark — a massive shark that visits the outlying islands during these months to dine on plankton.
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Seychelles is an excellent location for nearly any water sports enthusiast.
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Kayaking in Seychelles allows you to discover breathtaking mangroves, wide-open areas and unwind in the fresh air.
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Seychelles has competed in every Olympic Games since 1980, except Seoul 1988, but has never won a medal.

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