Fun Facts: Seychelles

Seychelles is an East African archipelago that has a summer vibe for a good chunk of the year. But what do we really know about the land aside from its beautiful beaches, cultural hodgepodge, and interesting travel attractions? Let’s list down some fun facts you can learn about it:
  1. Rare species of birds can be found in Seychelles. This includes the bare-legged Scops Owl or Syer, thought to be extinct but then rediscovered decades later.
  2. The coco de mer, a local plant is also known as the sea coconut, is recognized to have the largest and heaviest seed in the entire world.
  3. Prince William and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton spent their honeymoon at the North Island of Seychelles.
  4. Seychelles was once a land of pirates. The corsairs used these islands as their own personal hideout, guarding a treasure said to amount to millions. This was hidden away by Olivier Levasseur at the time and has yet to be discovered.
  5. But if you think the treasure is easy pickings, you might be mistaken. They say that Moyenne Island, available within the Ste. Anne Marine National Park, has a treasure buried there. But its also said that the island is haunted by a spirit that guards it.
  6. A giant tortoise was born and continues to live within Seychelles to this day. Jonathan the tortoise was born in the archipelago in the year 1832. He was later moved in 1882 to Saint Helena, a British Overseas Territory.
  7. The capital of Seychelles, Victoria, is so small that you can explore everything on foot in less than a day.
  8. If the father is the breadwinner in households across the world, mothers in Seychelle usually have the last say in the familial setting. It’s one of the few countries across the world that are matriarchal.
  9. Forest conservation is very important in this day and age, and Seychelles doesn’t slack off in this department. After a massive loss of flora and fauna in the past, the country has dedicated 42% of territories to conservation