Middle Eastern Travellers can now explore Silhouette Island

Silhouette Island in Seychelles is now open to travellers from the Middle East to explore fully for the very first time.

Silhouette Island can be discovered by air, land and sea on short break trips from the GCC. Guests can sail or helicopter around the island, which boasts a Jurassic Park-style landscape, before landing on secluded beaches to meet locals, interact with 125-year-old giant tortoises in their natural habitat and cook breadfruit straight from the tree on open fires.

The island’s white sand beaches surround a mountainous interior. Those with the energy can make the 10km trek from one side of Silhouette to the other taking in the incredible views and wildlife.

Once owned by pirates, Silhouette Island was taken over by the Dauban family in the mid-19th Century. Originally from France and settled in Mauritus, the family were responsible for developing its extensive plantations.

Following its purchase by the Seychelles government in 1983, Silhouette Island was then home to a small hotel, which was later replaced by the larger Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa. Silhouette Island is also believed to be where the famous corsair Jean-François Hodoul buried his treasure.

Silhouette Island has a barrier reef with some of the healthiest coral in the Seychelles and its sheer granite cliffs make for some spectacular diving even down to depths of 35 meters. Night diving is safe here as the water is warm and very clear. Recently, guitar sharks have been spotted along the seabed, a rare sighting for avid divers.

It also shelters a huge diversity of flora and fauna, from the incense tree to 125-year old giant tortoises. The well-maintained trails allow visitors to explore beaches and parts of the rainforest.

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