There are two categories of Seychelles islands:
-- the granitic ‘Inner’ islands that cluster around the principal islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, whose verdant peaks climb skywards from virgin forests and immaculate beaches,
-- and the ‘Outer’ islands, a sparkling array of flat, coralline islands extending westwards towards the coast of Africa that includes legendary Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll.
There are 43 Inner islands in total (41 granitic and 2 coralline). The main islands, Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, are the cultural and economic hub of Seychelles as well as the centre of its tourism industry. They are home to the majority of Seychelles’ accommodation facilities as well almost the entire population of the archipelago.
The Sainte Anne Marine National Park, just a few minutes away from Mahé, encompasses Sainte Anne Island, Cerf Island and some other smaller islands.
Aride Island, Curieuse Island, Félicité, as well as the Cousin and Sisters Islands are the main islands surrounding Praslin and La Digue.
Other major inner islands include Bird Island, Denis Island, Frégate, North Island and Silhouette.
Read more about the Seychelles Inner Islands.
Less visited than their granitic islands due to their relative remoteness, the ‘Outer Islands’ remain miniature worlds, little touched by man. Only two islands among the Outer Island groups, namely Alphonse and Desroches, currently offer accommodation facilities.
The outer islands are divided into five groups : Aldabra, Amirantes, Alphonse, Farquhar and the Southern Coral Group.
Read more about the Seychelles Outer Islands.
Mahé and Seychelles maps.
Visit also the links hereunder and get general information on the country
or go to the
Seychelles travel guide Homepage .