The Seychelles ecosystem is exceptionally fragile, but its prospects for the future are good, as more than 40% of the land is now protected. The Aldabra giant tortoise is the islands’ poster species, but there are all manner of extraordinary kinds of flora and fauna to encounter, from the coco de mer palm and the jellyfish tree to the rare Seychelles black parrot. Two islands in particular, Aldabra and Cosmoledo, host some of the largest seabird colonies in the world.
The Seychelles is one of the rare countries in the world where there are more marine reserves than terrestrial parks, a reflection of the archipelago’s geography. The best way to discover the mangrove ecosystems is by following the walkways through the Curieuse Marine National Park, looking out for the birdlife as you go. Sea turtle lay their eggs on the beachfront here, so you should come down to the water’s edge after nightfall if you want to see the newly hatched turtles racing into the ocean.
Combine your wildlife watching with time spent relaxing in one of the Seychelles’ exclusive beach resorts. You’ll be living in the lap of luxury, enjoying the sights and sounds of paradise.