The Seychelles archipelago is a group of the most beautiful islands on earth. Though the islands may have been known to Arab traders, they lay undiscovered until chartered by the Portuguese in the early 16th century. The first recorded landing was by the British East India Company in 1608, but it was the French who first lay claim to the islands in 1756 and settled them in 1770. The idyllic beaches, sparkling seas, gently swaying palms and friendly people have entranced travelers for centuries. Seychelles has a population of nearly 80000 people living mostly on three main islands: Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.
The world’s only granite islands in mid-ocean, the world’s largest raised coral atoll and a whole host of attractions make up what is surely the world’s ultimate tropical paradise. Internationally renowned for their exceptional beauty and their carefully preserved flora and fauna, each island of the Seychelles archipelago has a distinct character and attraction of its own. Seychelles’ 115 islands fall under two distinct groups. The tall granite, Inner Islands cluster mainly within the relatively shallow Seychelles’ plateau, 4° south of the equator and roughly 1800 km. distant from the east coast of Africa while the low-lying coralline cays, atolls and reef islands of the Outer Islands lie mainly beyond the plateau up to 10° south of the equator.
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