North Island, Seychelles
North Island

North Island

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North Island

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor Profile

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North Island, located a few miles north of Silhouette, is a fertile land that is home to one of the most luxurious hotels in Seychelles hidden in the forest of takamas. The island is a true sanctuary for fauna and flora. A specialist organises walks revolving around the plant life and bird life. North Island measures 506 acres: it is 2 miles long and 1.5 miles wide. It is one of the few granite and hilly islands in the Seychelles. There are three different hills here, with the highest one, Grand Paloss, rising 180m. This private island is run by the South African company, Wilderness Safaris.

To see

Different species of native birds, like the magpie robin, one of the rarest birds in the world, the European pied flycatcher and the Seychelles warbler. Land and sea turtles. If you are lucky, you may get the chance to see a sea turtle come to lay its eggs on the beach. In the evening, you may even see the eggs hatch. Once out, the baby turtles head for the sea.

To do

Pet and feed the hundred-year-old giant turtles, get a massage at the spa, and swim at one of the four beaches located in every corner of the island.


  • +  The heavenly beaches.


  • -  Only those who have the means can afford a luxury stay on North Island.

To think about

North Island is a private island reserved for a handful of privileged individuals, including many jet-set personalities.

To avoid

North Island is reserved for wealthy clients. If you are not a millionaire, you should choose another destination before you go bankrupt!

To try

The specialities of the Seychelles are delicious but if you're in want of something a little more international, you will find different dishes from Africa, India, France, Asia, and more. A refined and unique cuisine that can be accompanied by the greatest French crus and wines from the New World, stocked in an impressive wine cellar. You can even find Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon champagne, as well as many red and white wines, including some great vintages from Château Mouton-Rothschild. The palm heart salad here is great.

To bring back

The souvenirs made of coconut, including the famous Coco de Mer, which must be given with an official certificate to leave the country since it is a necessary document if you want to bring them back to Europe. You will also find paintings, sculptures, gold and silver jewellery, bamboo objects, and clay. In the shops, you can purchase creative fabrics that have been made into batiks, sarongs and t-shirts, all designed by young local artists. One of the most meticulous crafts is the making of boat models.
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