The Republic of Seychelles is country of 115-island archipelago and positioned a few degrees below the Equator in the Indian Ocean. It lies some 1000 miles east of mainland Southeast Africa, northeast of the island of Madagascar. Part of 115 islands in the Seychelles is 43 so called “inner islands”, 41 of which are formed by granite and 2 by corals. The other 72 coral islands belong to the so-called “outer islands”.

The Seychelles are home of two natural monuments, which are listed as UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites: the Vallée de Mai on the island of Praslin which is known for its unusually shaped Coco-de-Mer nuts, and the world’s largest raised coral atoll Aldabra.