One of the smallest countries in the world, the Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands nestled in the Indian Ocean. While each island harnesses a unique personality, they all share breathtaking scenery, gleaming turquoise waters, and a beautiful home for both nature and animals.
Silhouette island is a lush isle, a peaceful haven composed of exquisite beaches and untouched nature. It is considered one of the richest biodiversity points in the Western Indian Ocean. The majority of Silhouette Island is protected by Silhouette National Park, which protects 93 percent of the landmass, giving a home to various endangered and rare species.
Silhouette Island has a long, tranquil beach that stretches shallow waters far into the Indian Ocean. Incredibly, the majority of the island is protected by Silhouette National Park. This large devotion and protection of nature on the island leaves room for but two hotels on the land, Hilton Labriz Resort and Spa, and La Belle Tortue and Lodge. Nature intermingles and caresses through just about everything on the island, including its beaches and establishments.
Visiting in June, the beaches were nearly vacant. This created a sense of exclusivity, as if you had the entire beach privately to yourself. The waters in June were clear, warm and welcoming. You could easily spend a day drifting and floating in the shallow water, or snorkeling far out into the sea.
In Silhouette island, time seems to rapidly slow down, exposing multiple opportunities for outward exploration and inward reflection. It was during peaceful moments such as these where I began to notice a peculiar coexistence between the animals and humans that occupy the island. My husband and I spent a lot of time in fascination examining crabs masterfully building their sand dunes in the evening, or gingerly critter along the shore of the glittering ocean in the early morning. Birds would confidently perch alongside us by the sand, and fish would curiously swim closely around us in water. It was incredible. There seemed to be no fear from the animals in regard to their proximity to humans, it was as if they were simply coexisting rather than fleeting.
In retrograde, this was far different than what we were accustomed to. Being New Yorkers, it is common and expected that animals hurriedly scamper away from any approaching footsteps within the concrete jungle. Yet, animals here seemed to move with a slower pace. They appeared to be more occupied in their own daily motions of living, rather than escaping human encounters.
Sunsets in Silhouette Island were breathtaking, as the reflections and pastel hues in the water danced and shimmered along with the gradually setting sun. The sunsets of Silhouette Island which were surely the most memorable, and the memories of these moments clung most closely to my heart.
Silhouette Island is definitely under the radar. With more popular and populous islands in the Seychelles, this particular island may often be overlooked. However, if you seek a quiet, peaceful refuge in your Seychelles vacation, I highly recommend considering this island. It is a short boat ride away from the main island of Mahe, which makes it very accessible to take advantage of and enjoy.