La Digue, Seychelles
A paradise for naturalists, the granite islands and low-lying
coral atolls of the Seychelles are home to some of the greatest
variety of flora and fauna in the world. Scientists flock to the
islands to study rare species of bird such as the Black Paradise
Flycatcher, which breeds only on La Digue, considered by some the
most beautiful in this island grouping. Praslin, sanctuary for the
black parrot, is one of only two places able to grow the famous
Coco-de-Mer palm tree, whose nuts take 25 years to mature.
Exotic trees edge the border of white sand beaches on the
beautiful Seychelles islands, the luxuriant garden jewels of the
Indian Ocean. On granite-peaked Mahe, there is a quaint,
ramshackle charm to the tin roofs and broad verandas of Victoria,
the capital. Mahe was uninhabited until the French arrived in
1770, and French culture remains predominant today. A trip to the
Marine National Park reveals the beauty of the Seychelles'
multi-colored coral reef.