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Craig Doyle
Think of paradise, and many of you thought of the Seychelles, giving it a place of number 40.

The Seychelles lie approximately 1000 miles (1600 km) east of Kenya. Officially the Republic of Seychelles, it is comprised of about 115 glorious sun drenched islands, many of them uninhabited.

This truly is paradise on earth. Much of the Seychelles looks as if it has come straight off a picture postcard and it is reputed to have the most photographed beaches in the world. It certainly has some of the most beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean.

The Seychelles is also a haven for marine wildlife making it a diver�s paradise. The crystal water surrounding the islands is an underwater paradise, home to millions of tropical fish and exotic reef coral. Fishing for barracuda and other big-game fish is also a major attraction. Almost half of the total land area has been designated as either nature reserves or parks in an effort to maintain the natural beauty of the islands.

The main island is Mahe, and Praslin and La Digue are also well known, but many holidaymakers head for some of the other more secluded islands which include numerous coral atolls. If you really want some serious privacy, you could consider buying your own island. Apparently, you can pick one up for a cool £12 million!


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Price: About £600 return

Approx flight time: Mahé to London is 13 hours 30 minutes approximately

  • part of the film Emanuelle was shot in La Digue in the Seychelles
  • Bird Island in the Seychelles is home to the world�s largest tortoise weighing 320 kg - Esmeralda, who is actually male!
  • the unique 'coco de mer' - the largest nut in the world which can weigh 22 kg or more can be found nowhere else in the world. The 'female' tree provides a pelvic shaped nut, while the 'male' tree resemble the male genitalia. Legend has it that on stormy nights the trees move around and mate in the moonlight
What's your holiday money worth?
"Hi, I'm thinking of doing the Sydney to Cairns trip and back again sometime next year. But it's on a budget, so I'm really looking for a bus company that you pay before travelling and just jump on and jump off it when you want. Something like a travel pass. If anyone can help I'd appreciate it! Ta!"

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