Seychelles

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Seychelles

Seychelles lies northeast of Madagascar, an archipelago of 115 islands with roughly 98,000 citizens. Seychelles is a melting pot of many cultures which have commingled and coexisted since the first settlement of the islands in 1770. The three main inhabited islands are Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and the official languages are English, French and Seychellois Creole.

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Seychelles comprises 115 islands spread over a wide area of the Western Indian Ocean, with over 700 nautical miles separating the most northern and southern islands. Broadly speaking Seychelles comprises three groups – the main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue with their various satellite islands, the Amirantes, the Alphonse group and then the most southern islands comprising Aldabra and the Farquhar group. The main islands on the Mahé plateau are granitic oceanic islands, a unique feature. All the other islands, including Aldabra, a World Heritage site, are coraline.

Most of the population live on Mahé, where the International Airport is located, Praslin and La Digue. Some of the smaller islands remain in private hands and a number are government-owned and operated by the Island Development Company. Activities on these islands vary from luxury resorts to specialized fishing with some remaining uninhabited and in a virgin state.

Climate

The main islands are 4° south and as such do not suffer from tropical cyclones. Seasons are split by the SE and NW trades, the former running from around May until late September, early October, when the NW takes over until around February. March and April tend to be doldrum months. The seasons arise from the north/south movement of the ITCZ (Doldrums), which lies in winter north of the islands and in summer across or south of them. South of the ITCZ are found the SE Trades and north of the ITCZ are found the NE Trades which, when they cross the equator, become deflected and blow from the N to NW.

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