Coordinates: 4°35′S 55°40′E / 4.583°S 55.667°E / -4.583; 55.667

Seychelles (i/sˈʃɛlz/ say-SHELZ; French: [sɛʃɛl]), officially the Republic of Seychelles (French: République des Seychelles; Creole: Repiblik Sesel), is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The 115-island country, whose capital is Victoria, lies 1,500 kilometres (932 mi) east of mainland East Africa. Other nearby island countries and territories include Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius to the south.

Seychelles, with a population of 90,024, has the smallest population of any independent African state; however, it does have a larger population than the UK overseas territory Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.


The Seychelles were uninhabited throughout most of recorded history. Some scholars assume that Austronesian seafarers and later Maldivian and Arab traders were the first to visit the uninhabited Seychelles. The earliest recorded sighting by Europeans took place in 1502 by the Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama, who passed through the Amirantes and named them after himself (islands of the Admiral). The earliest recorded landing was in January 1609, by the crew of the "Ascension" under Captain Sharpeigh during the fourth voyage of the British East India Company.

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7 things to do in Seychelles this summer

Independent online (SA) 14 Oct 2019
Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, stunning coral reefs, unique fauna and balmy weather, Seychelles is the perfect destination to put your feet up and relax mind, body and soul. Orbit shares some things to do in Seychelles. ... Let's say goodbye to Kenya just a moment to go back to Seychelles....

Curtain falls on Regatta 2019 | 30 September 2019

Nation 30 Sep 2019
The Seychelles Regatta, held annually along the Golden Mile on the shores of Beau Vallon, is an unmissable event for many. Each year, the weekend extravaganza comprising water-sports, a lottery draw and recently, a pageant and a hotspot for the best deals from local businesses, draws large crowds from all over Seychelles and visitors alike....

Students on Ice Arctic Expedition 2019 ‘The Arctic communities are really nice and welcoming,’ says ...

Nation 22 Aug 2019
Among the 131 students was 18-year-old Seychellois student Kelsy Gill who won an opportunity to be part of the expedition through an essay writing competition advertised by the Sids Youth AIMS Hub (SYAH Seychelles) earlier this year. She caught up with Seychelles NATION for a ......

The Best Kept Secret Summer Hideaways of 2019

Newsweek 12 Aug 2019
(Fortunately, most of the new buildings are low-rise.) The summer months have some of the year's finest weatherCusco's elevation ensures that it doesn't become too hot ... North Island (Seychelles) ... An ideal place in which to relax after a safari is the Seychelles, where the weather is dry and settled during the months of the northern summer....

Mauritius gets Saudi Arabian tourism boost as Chinese stay away

The National 07 Aug 2019
Saudi Arabia ... In 2015 Mauritius attracted 90,000 visitors from China ... “Those planes are well-filled ... Read More ... While some tourist operators blame fierce competition from more luxurious destinations, such as Maldives and the Seychelles, others say it’s because of the weather, or point to the numerous stray dogs that roam the country’s winding roads ... ....

CDB Aviation Delivers Africa’s First A320neo to Air Seychelles

Atlantic City 31 Jul 2019
CDB Aviation, a wholly owned Irish subsidiary of China Development Bank Financial Leasing Co., Limited (“CDB Leasing”), announced today the delivery of a new Airbus A320neo to Air Seychelles, the national airline of the Republic of Seychelles ... Make sure you don’t miss out on the latest in news, entertainment, weather, and sports....

10th Indian Ocean Islands Games (IOIG), Mauritius July 19-28, 2019 | 27 July 2019

Nation 27 Jul 2019
Seychelles on title defence quest this afternoon. Women’s volleyball reigning champions of the Indian Ocean Islands Games, Seychelles will be attempting to defend their title this afternoon, thus winning it for a third consecutive time ... For this year’ competition Seychelles were drawn in pool B alongside Reunion and Maldives....

Seychelles first respite care centre for the elderly to open soon | 25 July 2019

Nation 25 Jul 2019
Located at Ma Constance, Anse Etoile, the ‘Let Your Light Shine Respite Care Centre’ is set to be the first one of its kind in Seychelles when it opens its doors to clients in August ... Mrs Weatheral explained that primary ... It will depend on the customer,” Mrs Weatheral stated....

UN Ocean and Climate Change Peace Boat Voyage | 20 July 2019

Nation 20 Jul 2019
Nathalia’s presentations were on issues affecting Seychelles in regards to climate change and ocean degradation and that was mostly on plastic pollution, the banning of plastic bags, coral bleaching, coastal erosion and changes in Seychelles temperature and weather pattern....

STB’s first national corporate golf competition | 15 July 2019

Nation 15 Jul 2019
The cloudy weather did not stop 43 golf enthusiasts to join the Seychelles Tourism Board’s first national corporate golf competition which was held on Saturday at the Constance Lemuria Resort on Praslin ... This is the first partnership between STB and Shreeji Group (Seychelles) and ......

STB strengthens trade relations in Pune, Bangalore and Chandigarh through workshops

Nation 18 May 2019
Visa on arrival, direct flight connectivity along with scenic views, uncrowded beaches, tropical weather throughout the year and many exotic experiences make Seychelles an ideal destination for Indians. The country has seen a steady growth in tourist arrivals from India this year and ranks India as the top 6th source market for Seychelles....

'Empire' ends stormy season with rough waters ahead

CNN 09 May 2019
The "Empire" finale explained the absence of Jussie Smollett's character, Jamal, by saying he was "stuck in the Seychelles" because due to "a storm, he can't get a flight out." ... "Empire" might have weathered a public-relations storm. But by this time next year, disappearing to the Seychelles, as Jamal did, might be the best move for all concerned ... ....

Alpha Blondy in concert tonight

Nation 30 Apr 2019
Alpha Blondy was originally expected to arrive in Seychelles on Sunday April 28 but did not make it as he had to stay back in Mayotte for a concert at the Combani stadium for the May Festival ... was postponed to Saturday because of bad weather....

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