Republic of Seychelles
Although well developed for visitors, the Indian Ocean tropical island archipelago of Seychelles features a large variety of carefully preserved plants, animals, sea life, beaches and reefs. Almost half the land area of the islands is designated as protected Parks and Nature Reserves, and many of the islands and atolls are designated as protected marine sanctuaries.
Visitors to Seychelles can engage in sailing, diving and fishing. Chartered monohulls and catamarans will travel between the moorings of the inner islands and the beaches, lagoons and coves of the outer islands. Snorkelling and diving are facilitated by dive centers throughout the islands, and swimmers can observe some of the 900 fish species and over 100 species of coral.Anglers can engage in big-game, bottom, trolling and salt-water fly-fishing. The most productive big-game and fighting catch banks are those around Mahé, Fregate, Bird and Denis Islands. Trolling fish include tuna, jackfish and dorado. Bottom fishing can produce giant red snapper, grouper and Job. Fly-fishing, by wading or small skiff.The best sailing and windsurfing is in May and October, at the beginning and end of the trade winds. The Mahé/Praslin Windsurfing Competition, which starts from Victoria, Mahé and finishes at Maison des Palmes Beach on Praslin occurs in September. There are two annual Regattas: the Round Table Beau Vallon Regatta in August/September, and La Digue Annual Regatta in September.For sailors, there are two tides a day and two seasons, wet and dry. The best anchorages are on the south and east coasts of the islands or in sheltered bays.