Pirate treasure is believed to be hidden somewhere on one of the small islands of Seychelles, which were used for many years as secret hideaways. Modern-day treasure-seekers are lured to the Indian Ocean archipelago by the promise of unspoiled golden beaches and the search for that elusive tropical paradise. For scenic splendor, isolated coral reef beaches, lush vegetation and a gentle tropical climate, the Republic of Seychelles is almost too good to be true. In this informative guide, Sarah Carpin examines the rich natural history of the islands, the short but vibrant history which has shaped the country since people first arrived here just over two hundred years ago, and offers tips on how to discover these paradise islands. Special topics include an argument by a Victorian traveler, General Gordon, that the islands were the site of the Garden of Eden; the unique conservation needs of the far-flung atoll of Aldabra, 'the Galapágos of the Indian Ocean', and how gold fever may strike even today.
Written by a resident author with a special appreciation of Seychellois history and culture
Literary excerpts and sidebars illuminate the local culture
Fine color photographs and inviting layout
Clear and detailed maps
Diving and watersports
Tips for upmarket honeymoons
Practical advice on the best food and hotels
103 illustrations, 8 maps
Author Biography: Sarah Carpin is a British journalist and radio broadcaster who lives and works in Seychelles. Married to Andrew, a Seychellois, they live on the island of Mahé with their three young children.