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Dreaming of an escape to a tropical island? Looking to lounge in ocean-side luxury? Dance with dolphins? Sip coconut mojitos under swaying palm trees? Well then, the Seychelles outer islands are exactly where you want to be.
The outer islands, or Coraline Seychelles are a collection of islands in the Southern reaches of the Seychelles, that lie between the better-known inner islands and Madagascar. They are comprised of 74 of the Seychelles 115 islands and include Desroche, Denis, Cousine, Bird Island, Fregate Island and the Alphonse atoll of islands amongst others.
This region is a biodiversity hot spot; home to endangered species like giant Aldabra tortoises, hawksbill and green turtles and their nesting grounds and incredible marine life including whales, sharks and Manta rays. Keen birders will want to visit the Seychelles outer islands in April, May, October and November when migratory species make landfall here.
Years of dedicated conservation have transformed these sparkling jewels into a haven for wildlife and those in search of unforgettable marine life experiences like snorkelling, diving, deep sea fishing and even swimming with dolphins won’t be disappointed. To preserve this wonderous paradise, visitors to the outer islands are charged a conservation fee which goes directly to outer island conservation management. Better yet, the island of Aldabra has been designated a world heritage site and the famous giant Aldabra tortoises thrive in this protected island wilderness.
With a range of different lodging styles on offer you’re bound to find somewhere to stay that you will never want to leave. From luxury hotels to boutique lodges and eco-friendly island camps, whatever it is you’re looking for from your tropical beach holiday, we're confident you'll find it and so much more in the outer Seychelles.
Similar to the inner Seychelles, the outer islands have a distinctly tropical climate due to their proximity to the equator, so you can expect high temperatures throughout the year of around 30 degrees Celsius. Rain is also possible on any given day and it's worth noting that the furthest islands of Astove, Farquhar and Cosmoledo are closed between May - November.
Trade winds blow through much of the year too and with them come swathes of seaweed that wash up on island shores, so this is also an important consideration when it comes to choosing a place to stay.
With a range of different lodging styles scattered across these sparkling waters you’re bound to find somewhere perfect to stay. Honeymooners and those who love to lounge in the lap of luxury will find themselves very much at home in one of Denis island’s beautiful beach villas or a sunset beach suite at the Four Seasons Desroche. If you favour a more “Robinson Crusoe” style of accommodation, then the eco pods at Cosmoledo Eco camp are waiting for you. Traveling with friends or family? Spread out in Alphonse Island’s four-bedroom beach villa with a private pool and direct beach access.