The 115 granitic and coralline islands that make up the Seychelles, combine dramatic scenic beauty akin to Polynesia, wondrous wildlife comparable to that found in the Galápagos, and the colorful Creole heritage of Seychellois locals. Many of the islands are home to designated reserves and national parks which constitute 46 percent of the Seychelles’ total land area. The centerpiece of this Indian Ocean archipelago is magnificent Aldabra Atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. With a perimeter of over 70 miles, Aldabra is one of the largest atolls in the world and due to its remoteness and inaccessibility, has remained largely untouched by humans. Over 850 species of rainbow-hued fish can be found in the waters surrounding the Seychelles, as well as manta rays, spinner dolphins, hawksbill and green turtles, and hundreds of giant clams. Ashore you will find a wealth of rare and endemic species including giant Indian Ocean tortoises, Aldabra white-throated rails, Seychelles paradise-flycatchers, and Seychelles blue-pigeons. Often referred to as a Garden of Eden, the Seychelles offer an outstanding opportunity to witness a place where nature still reigns supreme.