Flora and Fauna

When you’re on the plane and coming in for a landing on the hot tarmac of Seychelles Airport, the first thing you might notice, besides the ocean is the lush green vegetation, covering a majority of the island like a thick carpet.

The Seychelles Islands are home to over 100 endemic plant species; 75 of them being on the granitic islands and the rest on the outer atolls. The most well known plant species of Seychelles, but not endemic to our islands, is the Coco De Mer; a rather suggestive looking nut, but valuable and beautiful none the less. We have also become a World Heritage Site for the species and have controlled trades and protections in place to ensure their longevity and safety. The main area of these nuts is the Vallee De Mai on Praslin.

The Jellyfish tree however is endemic to Seychelles. What makes this tree so special is that none of its seeds have been able to germinate in the wild, leaving it up to botanists to ensure their survival. Three known populations of this plant are protected by Morne Seychellois National Park in three different locations.

For the fauna part of Seychelles our main endemic species is that of birds. We have around 12 different species that inhabit our islands.

The Seychelles Kestrel is one of my favorite native birds. This bird happens to be one of the only day-flying birds of prey on our islands. Its diet consists of a variety of small animals and insects including lizards and mice. A pair of kestrels will defend a territory they reside in and keep other kestrels away, making it easier for them to hunt and not run out of space and food. Most people, like my grandmother, believe that kestrels are bad omens that bring about bad luck to those it visits. This has yet to be confirmed by me, seeing as kestrels live around my house and seek shelter from the rainy days! If you haven’t caught sight of this gorgeous bird in real life, have no fear! You can see a picture of it on our 500 Rupee bills.

Another fan favorite and endemic bird is the Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher.  The Flycatcher, or Vev in Creole, was once widespread on the island of Praslin and then moved to La Digue where they are quite common. Nearly 30 birds were transported to Denis Island in hopes of bringing their population up to 50, in 2008. The Vev is known to thrive in native trees such as Bodanmyen and Takamaka. Just like its name, this bird consumes insects by catching them in mid air. Its population is said to have gone up to nearly 300.

Animals such as dolphins, and turtles are also on a watch list of sorts, due to the fact that Seychelles culture had made it a possibility to consume these creatures. Dwindling numbers caused the government to place certain restrictions on the poaching of dolphins and turtles and now made them known as ‘Manze Rar’. Other creatures that are not quite endemic but famous in Seychelles, are the Land Tortoise and Fruit Bats.

‘I Do’

Destination weddings are in high demand as of late, especially where islands are concerned! If you’re ready to tie the knot then you should check out the Seychelles Islands as your ideal wedding location.

These gorgeous islands have be a hot spot for romance among many celebrities who have fallen to the beauty of the white, sandy beaches and crystal clear waters. As paparazzi snap their photos and magazines gossip on their vacations, Seychelles becomes more and more tantalizing to those who wish to get away with their significant other. The Seychelles Archipelago began gaining such endorsement when the newly-wed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose to honeymoon here.

Where honeymoons on the various islands are popular among celebrities, so are the actual weddings; beach weddings to be exact.

Various hotels deal in special packages for those who are ready to commit, including seven nights stays for most. Depending on your budget, it is always important to check up on these things prior to booking a plane ticket.

The best time of year varies on Mother Nature. The weather in Seychelles varies due to trade winds. From the months of October to April, you can find the winds coming in from the North which allow for more gentle breezes and safer swimming in the South. The only downside is that these months are more susceptible to rain especially around November to January.

From May to September, expect a drier climate. The winds head in from the south east and normally affect the beaches on the Southern parts of Mahé, making the waters to rough to swim in. The northern coast is relatively calm during these periods. The seas also make boat trips rougher when crossing between islands so flying is more advisable to those with sea sickness during these times.

Depending on where you stay, a hotel can most definitely organize a hairdresser and florist for the wedding package. However, if you prefer to plan yourself you can find a list of Beauty and Hairdressers and Spas and Fitness.

One must always be aware of the legal requirements that are needed before getting hitched, especially in a different country. It is always important to be prepared so your wedding can go as smooth as possible. A full list of legal requirements and rules can be found here.