Things to do in Seychelles
The Seychelles Islands are for Nature Lovers
The Seychelles is the perfect vacation destination for lots of activities, but travelers who are interested in nature and the environment will be especially excited with all that this nation has to offer. The variety and splendor of the wild birds
alone is spectacular, and you could spend weeks here, just observing the wild birds who come to roost on the various islands in the Seychelles archipelago. The tropical fish
are of course wonderful as well, and snorkelers and divers alike consider the Seychelle a top destination for both activities. They Seychelles were not "discovered" by humans until relatively recently, which means there were no ships bringing foreign seeds and species to the islands, and development was delayed. This means that many of the species on the islands
of the Seychelles are endemic. That means they evolved here, according to the specific local conditions, and are found nowhere else on earth! Many of the species are rare, and some are even extinct these days. Fortunately, the Seychellois government places a high priority on preservation
of natural resources. However, with tourism growing and producing much-needed revenue for the citizens of the Seychelles islands, the interests of resources and tourism are bound to clash. This does happen occassionally, for example in the marine world around the Seychelles Islands. Harvesting of coral
for souvenirs is a problem that now plagues these islands. This is not a unique problem to the Seychelles, since many island tourist destinations have experienced the same troubles. Take Key West, Florida for example, where the coral beds were damaged for decades in the middle of the twentieth century by unscrupulous tourist shops selling a piece of the ocean to the growing influx of tourists. No matter how much government may try and protect the coral reef with rules, fines, and regulations, there will always be some greedy people out there trying to make a fast buck off unsuspecting tourists.
The arts are alive and well in the Seychelles Islands, and you can find plenty of evidence that the arts are important to the local residents, and to the Seychelloise government. There are plenty of funded arts groups, as well as artists who specialize in creating Seycehlles-inspired fiction, poetry, art, and music. Since the dominant traditional culture here is heavily African-influenced, you'll find an African flavor in almost every artistic creation on these islands. For literature, there's the Kreol Institute
, which supports the Creole language and artists who develop the art form in the way of fiction and other forms of literature. The Kreol Institute publishes books by local Creole writers, and translates foreign books into Creole as well. Some local writers of note are Christian Sevina, Jean-Joseph Madeleine, Glynn Burridge, and Maria-Theress Choppy.
The beautiful tropical locale and easy pace of life in the Seychelles attracts artists to the islands, and many come, set up shop, and sell beautiful arts, crafts, and all sorts of souvenirs. There is lots of great talent here, and you can take home a unique and lovely souvenir quite easily by perusing gift shops and boutiques. Look for paintings, sculpture, collages if you're into serious art. Around the capitol, Victoria, you can see lovely statues creatd by local artisans, too.
Music and Dance in the Seychelles Islands bring together a wonderful blend of African, Chinese, Arabic, and European instruments and traditions. You'll find diverse instruments used in Seychelloise music: banjo, accordian, African drums,violins, and unusual instruments like the makalapo, the zez, and the bom. There are itinerant bands that go around the islands playing traditional music, often accompanied by traditional dancers. They sometimes visit the larger hotels on the main islands. One traditional dance incorporates African tradition. It's the moutia, with strong rhythms and danced around a fire, chanting prayers. Look for sega dances, too.
A Sampling of Things to Do in The Seychelles
- Visit Cousin Island for an Aviarian Experience
- Go Diving on Shark Bank
- Relax in La Digue
- Escape to the Botanical Gardens on Mahe
- Rent a Yacht out of Victoria
- Dig into the Sand at Beau Vallon
- Go Trekking in the Morne Seychellois National Park
- Hike to Kopolia Peak
- See local industry at the Tea Factory
- Dine on fresh fruit at Le Jardin du Roi