Coordinates: 4°35′S 55°40′E / 4.583°S 55.667°E / -4.583; 55.667

Seychelles (i/sˈʃɛlz/ say-SHELZ; French: [sɛʃɛl]), officially the Republic of Seychelles (French: République des Seychelles; Creole: Repiblik Sesel), is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The 115-island country, whose capital is Victoria, lies 1,500 kilometres (932 mi) east of mainland East Africa. Other nearby island countries and territories include Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius to the south.

Seychelles, with a population of 90,024, has the smallest population of any independent African state; however, it does have a larger population than the UK overseas territory Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.


The Seychelles were uninhabited throughout most of recorded history. Some scholars assume that Austronesian seafarers and later Maldivian and Arab traders were the first to visit the uninhabited Seychelles. The earliest recorded sighting by Europeans took place in 1502 by the Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama, who passed through the Amirantes and named them after himself (islands of the Admiral). The earliest recorded landing was in January 1609, by the crew of the "Ascension" under Captain Sharpeigh during the fourth voyage of the British East India Company.

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PODCAST: ‘Final Boarding Call’ ep. 6: The hottest destinations for South Africans in 2020

Independent online (SA) 03 Dec 2019
Natasha Joseph, the manager of Flight Centre Travel Group’s Musgrave branch in Durban, is no stranger to travel ... Joseph says that most South Africans book visa-free destinations and all-inclusive packages. Favourite island destinations like Maldives, Seychelles and Bali were among the popular bucket list destinations for locals next year ... LISTEN.. ....

CBS publishes 40th anniversary commemorative book | 02 December 2019

Nation 02 Dec 2019
In commemoration of its 40th anniversary, the Central Bank of Seychelles has published a commemorative book, detailing the history and numerous milestones of the institution over the past four decades. The book was launched in a ceremony held at the Central Bank of Seychelles ......

Seychelles welcomes inaugural non-stop flight from Tel Aviv | 29 November 2019

Nation 29 Nov 2019
Air SeychellesCEO Remco Althuis said ... “The extremely strong bookings, exceeding the 90% load factor for the upcoming two months has definitely surpassed our expectations, and we are confident that with the support of our partners both locally and abroad, we will continue to bring more visitors from Israel to the Seychelles,” he added....

President Faure gifted with new book from Ambassador of Malta | 20 November 2019

Nation 20 Nov 2019
The book titled ‘Tropical plants in Seychelles’ is a passion project of Mrs Azaïs which explores the various tropical plants in Seychelles and is illustrated through water colour paintings by Mrs Azaïs ... The ambassador has dedicated the book to the people of ......

Staff celebrate Mahé Shipping Company Limited’s 50th anniversary | 18 November 2019

Nation 18 Nov 2019
The ceremony commenced with a brief look into the company’s history and the transitions over the years before Director and Editorial Director Adrian Skerrett unveiled the newly launched book Seychelles, Ships and the Sea, a major historical work sponsored by Mahé Shipping Company in commemoration of the milestone anniversary....

6th Affordable Arts Exhibition open until January | 18 November 2019

Nation 18 Nov 2019
... the sixth Affordable Arts Exhibition by Arterial Network Seychelles, being held at Eden Art Space, Eden Plaza ... Invitees were also treated to a special deal on the ‘Arts in Seychellesbook on opening night with a whopping discount from R1100, its original selling price, to R600....

Book launch marks 50th anniversary of Mahé Shipping Company Ltd | 15 November 2019

Nation 15 Nov 2019
In commemoration of Mahé Shipping Company Limited’s 50th anniversary, a new book entitled ‘Seychelles, Ships and the Sea’, produced collaboratively by well-known Seychellois historians and authors, has been released detailing the numerous milestones within the local shipping industry over the past five decades....

Basketball: FIBA 3x3 U18 Africa Cups 2019 | 07 November 2019

Nation 07 Nov 2019
In Seychelles, basketball is run by the Seychelles Basketball Federation (SBF) which is not in good books with the law since its last annual general meeting (AGM) held on Saturday April 27 this year as it is linked to various discrepancy, including huge debts, fraudulent ......

Local doctor to launch second book, profits to go towards helping cancer victims | 25 ...

Nation 25 Oct 2019
“Profits from my first book have already raised over R70,000 for cancer victims”. On November 1 this year, Dr Salma Farook, a medical officer at the Seychelles Hospital, will officially release her second book entitled ‘The Octopus Curse’, with profits to be donated to helping cancer victims ... Seychelles NATION ... Seychelles NATION....

Preparations underway for Seychelles Fashion Week 2019 | 22 October 2019

Nation 22 Oct 2019
Preparations is well underway for the second Seychelles Fashion Week 2019 which will run from November 29 to 30 at the Eden Bleu Hotel ... A total of 60 models from Seychelles, Nigeria, Uganda and Eswatini, including eight international models, will strut their stuff on the catwalk in a variety of costumes prepared by the 27 designers....

CBS launches Guy Morel High Achievement Scholarship Programme 2020 | 19 October 2019

Nation 19 Oct 2019
The Central Bank of Seychelles has launched its 2020 scholarship programme aimed at attracting and inspiring outstanding individuals for employment in the financial services sector ... The scholarship is open for citizens of Seychelles and covers tuition fees, monthly stipend, book and clothing allowances, as well as return airfares ... ....

Book fair and prize-giving marks International School Library Month | 19 October 2019

Nation 19 Oct 2019
After all, we can still enjoy reading from a gadget; countless books are now online and can be easily downloaded.” ... The book fair which followed the prize-giving ceremony included the participation of the Alliance Française, Seychelles Bible Society and various bookstores. Parents, teachers and students present were able to buy books of their choice....

Cruise season: Which of these 6 cruises are for you?

Independent online (SA) 19 Oct 2019
MSC Cruises offers itineraries ranging from three to 14 nights, sailing the Southern African coastline and into the Indian Ocean (stopping at ports in Mauritius, Mozambique, Reunion and Seychelles) ... There are South Africans who every single year, book themselves on the same MSC Cruises itinerary. Some even book the same cabin....