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Where in the World is Seychelles?

Tucked away in the Indian Ocean, Seychelles is a group of about 115 pristine African islands with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The nearest land mass is Kenya approximately 1500 miles away so it is quite isolated from the rest of the world.  

Beau Vallon Beach on Mahé, the

largest of the Seychelles islands. 

This is a little Kreol house on La Digue
Tony took photo of a coco de mer at Claudes barbershoop

Seychelles is very small with a population of only about 90,000 people in the whole country! 

Seychelles has two world heritage sites--the remote Aldabra Atoll and the Vallee de Mai on Praslin, the tropical forest home of the endemic coco de mer.

An example of Kreol architecture located on the small island of La Digue.

Seychelles is home to many endemic plants and animals including the paradise flycatcher and the giant Aldabra tortoise.

Rastafarian community in Seychelles

Roots Rasta Community

 

Seychelles has a thriving Rastafarian community which has its origins in nearby Ethiopia.  The Rastafarians believe in living a simple, peaceful way in harmony with nature just as their ancestors did.  They believe they have strength in their dreadlocks so they do  not cut their hair.  They are vegetarian and include itals in their diet such as coconut, cassava, banana, breadfruit and the natural organic fruits and vegetables grown locally in Seychelles.  For Rastas, healthy living, hard work, spiritual awareness and love are the foundations for a happy and beautiful life.

 

There are three languages spoken in Seychelles:  English, French and the local dialect of Kreol.  The vibrant and lively Kreol culture is the heart of the islands.

Turtle in the Reef

Discover more about Seychelles here!