Off the east coast of Africa lies a cluster of 115 islands, together making up the Republic of the Seychelles.

This cluster truly seems to epitomise the expression 'tropical island paradise'; pristine soft white sands on coconut fringed beaches lie adjacent to the brilliant underwater shapes and colours of the coral atolls while above them rise granite peaks shrouded in verdant mountaintop forests.

The 43 inner islands that cluster around the principal islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue are the world's only oceanic islands of granitic composition.

North Island, and its close neighbour Silhouette Island contain the only evidence of volcanic ash found above sea level in Seychelles.

Seychelles' outer islands are coralline and made up of coral or volcanic rocks from deep within the earth's crust.

Seychelles' magnificent islands possess unrivalled beauty ranging from the verdant mist forests of virgin granite peaks to the powdersoft sands of secluded beaches and together represent the ultimate tropical destination for the discerning traveller, living up to the country's slogan - "Seychelles - as pure as it gets".