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The True Paradise on Earth
by Phil Carta

The Main Tourist Islands.

(MAH-hay) The main island of the country is one of the granite islands resulting in a backbone of mountainous hills surrounded by innumerable coves and bays with white sand beaches and upscale facilities. The most popular bay, Beau Vallon, has several hotels along it's six or seven mile length with every type of activity imaginable, including just relaxing in solitude. Two National Parks, Morne Seychelles in the hills and Sainte Anne Marine NP help the Seychelois to keep much of their environs as pure as they ever were. Mah╚ boasts Creole restaurants, craft shops, art galleries, and colorful fruit and vegetable markets.

The city of Victoria, on Mah╚, is the capital of the country. Outside Victoria, Mah╚ is simply loaded with coconut palms and towering peaks which offer unparalleled views of neighboring islands.

(PRAZ-lin) The largest nut in the world, from the Coco-de-Mer Palm (photo) is found only here. The central portions of the exotic island are almost primeval and a nice little National Park has excellent annotated walking trails. There is a lot of rare animal and plant life, almost as if nobody has ever visited.

La Digue
(La-DEEG) With something like only two dozen motor vehicles, but innumerable bicycles and ox carts, La Digue is even more remote than Praslin. It is a spectacular place, with lowering boulders strewn around the white sand beaches and gorgeous waters. Much world class fashion photography takes place here as wherever you turn there's another spectacular setting. This is a place to get away from it all.

With its combination English, French, African and Indian heritage, the Seychelles is a fantastic oasis of upscale civility. The hotels are uniformly clean and well kept (well, most of them at least!) and the food everywhere is awesome. I've probably had a greater percentage of terrific meals there than most anywhere else. When people ask about a memorable destination for their honeymoon, the Seychelles is always my first thought.

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Phil Carta is the owner of Phil Carta's New Adventures, a travel firm specializing in tropical islands and destinations around the world. Originally a specialist in scuba diving travel (Phil is a NAUI, TDI and PADI scuba diving instructor) New Adventures provides both tours and vacation packages primarily to places Phil has personally visited. In the Indian Ocean and South Pacific that includes the Seychelles, Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Micronesia, the Maldives and Egypt and the Red Sea. In the Caribbean you may see Phil almost anywhere, although his favorites are Aruba, Bonaire, Cura┴ao, Dominica, Jamaica, Antigua, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, and the islands of Belize and Honduras. New Adventures has an excellent and informative web site at and Phil can be reached at

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