The Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelago comprised of 115 islands, 41 of which are the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands in the world with the remaining 74 consisting of low-lying coral atolls and reef islands. The Seychelles is just 4 to 10 degrees south of the equator and between 480 km and 1,600 km from the East Coast of Africa.
The inner granitic islands cluster around the main island of Mahé, where the capital Victoria and the international airport are found. Together with the satellite islands of La Digue and Praslin, they form the economic and cultural hub of the island and house most of Seychelles tourism facilities as well as some of its most impressive beaches.
The Seychellois population is truly diverse, a reflection of its multi-ethnic roots, a society that has evolved from freed slaves, European settlers, Arab and Persian traders as well as Indians and the Chinese among others, all contributing in a unique way to the vibrant yet peaceful society.
The activities available are equally as varied, from the obvious water sports, like windsurfing and scuba diving to snorkelling and fishing, as well as land sports like biking and hiking and bird watching for some of the rarest species is also very popular. Seychelles has rigorous conservation policies and 50% of its land mass is set aside for nature reserves and national parks, so visitors have the rare opportunity to see some of the rarest species of flora and fauna in the world.