- The geographic coordinates for the Seychelles are 4.6167° S, 55.4500°
- Made up of 115 islands, the Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean.
- The islands of Seychelles are classified into 42 inner granitic islands and 73 outer coralline islands.
- It has a total area of 176 square miles (455 square kilometres).
- The Seychelles is part of the African continent.
Flag of the Seychelles
- It had a population of 95,843 in 2017.
- The official languages are English, French and Creole.
- The capital of the Seychelles is Victoria; it has a population of 26,450 (2010) and lies 932 miles (1500 kilometres) east of the mainland off Southeast Africa.
- Seychelles exports vanilla, coconuts, rum, coconut oil, fish and guano (a fertiliser made from seabird and bat faeces).
- The average life expectancy is 74.31 sunny years (2016).
- You can buy your souvenirs using Seychellois Rupees.
- The Seychelles’ largest foreign exchange earners are the tourism and fishing industries.
- Much of the Seychelles has been given over to nature reserves.
- The second largest atoll in the world, the Aldabra atoll, is home to the world’s largest population of Giant tortoises…
- …and it’s also home to the world’s largest land crab, the coconut crab.
- The Cousin Island is home to eleven endemic land-birds including the Seychelles Magpie-robin (Endangered), Seychelles Sunbird, Seychelles Fody and the Seychelles Blue-pige.
- The Seychelles is home of the Coco de Mer coconut, the world’s largest seed!
- It’s a diver’s paradise; fish life is prolific thanks to the strict conservation rules and the isolated position of the archipelago’s and the waters are full of beautiful rocks that are often covered in soft corals and sponges – stunning.
- If you go scuba diving or snorkelling look out for angel fish, butterfly fish, squirrel fish and soldier fish – magical!
- If it’s sharks you want to see, head to the outer islands where you could spot a Grey Reef, Silver Tip, Nurse or the occasional Hammerhead.
- If you’re in the Seychelles in August or between October and January, keep your eyes peeled and you might just see a Whale Shark – a gigantic shark which visits the outer islands to feed on plankton during these months.
- The international dialling code for the Seychelles is +248.
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