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. The scuba-diving on these islands is some of the best to be had in African waters.
For centuries, the island of Zanzibar was the centre of East Africa’s flourishing Swahili civilization. Located a short distance off the mainland coast of Tanzania, today it is a thriving destination. For the history enthusiast, it still offers a vivid window into its history that wasbound up in the life of Sultans, the slave trade and dhows, the majestic sailing ships of these warm 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, 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 snorkelling sites along palm-lined beaches spread around the coastline. And for the more adventurous traveller, why not try the more remote options of the archipelago – Pemba to the north, and Mafia Island to the south.