One group of islands off the Eastern Coast of Africa is home to the Lodoicea or Coco de mer, the largest nut in the world along with the giant Aldabra tortoise and many more natural wonders. These very islands are also famous for their unspoilt beaches, coral reefs brimming with colourful sea creatures and luxurious beach resorts. In Seychelles, luxury and nature blend together perfectly making it the ideal island getaway.
Over the years, settlers from Africa, Europe and Asia have made their home in the Seychelles and have brought with them an addition to the melting pot, which is the culture of the country we see today. The vibrant blend of people, cultures, religions and traditions are evident in the local art, cuisine, music, dance and architecture. AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa, located on Mahe Island is one such example that brings European heritage with a contemporary touch to hotel guests.
The Seychelles year round calendar of events showcases the islands’ nature, culture, heritage and more. The packed schedule offers a diverse variety with something for everyone. The islands’ people never miss an opportunity to celebrate the ocean that is so much a part of their lives. The ‘SUBIOS Underwater Festival’ which will be re-launched as the ‘Seychelles’ Ocean Festival’ from 2015, showcases the country’s extraordinary underwater world through a series of films, talk sessions and photography competitions held in various locations around the island of Mahe.
everal fishing competitions, like the Seychelles Big Game Classic and the La Digue Offshore Tournament, are also held throughout the year on different islands. Several cultural festivals also take place from the Praslin Culinary and Arts Fiesta that shines the spotlight on local cuisine to Festival Kreol and Carnaval International De Victoria that focus on traditions and heritage.
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