The smallest of the island destinations is also the least developed and the most secluded, and with over 100 smaller islets in the chain, the Seychelles has some of the most stunningly beautiful private hideaways. Time in this paradise is all about the romance of lazy languid days spent sun-soaking on stunning beaches and taking to the warm azure waters to dive and snorkel at leisure. More costly than any of its neighbours, there is barefoot luxury galore on the principal islands of Praslin, Mahé and La Dique, and the most exotic of all is the opulent retreat of North Island.
For centuries the centre of East Africa’s flourishing Swahili civilization, the ancient Zanzibar spoke of Sultans, slavery and dhows, the majestic sailing ships of these warm coastal seas. This rich cultural heritage is now augmented by the modern-day image of the ‘Spice Islands’ as an exotic and vibrant beach and diving holiday paradise.
Zanzibar offers something for everyone, including an array of extremely affordable options. Take in the historical sights and architectural delights of Stone Town before heading out to an incredible selection of wonderful dive and snorkeling sites and palm-lined beaches along the coastline. And for the more adventurous traveler, there is the more remote option of Pemba, the northernmost island of the archipelago.