Most people have heard of the tiny island nation of Seychelles but would be hard pressed to locate it on a map. Officially, the archipelago is situated between 4 degrees S and 10 degrees S and 46 degrees E and 54 degrees E in the Indian Ocean. Victoria, the capital of the main island of Mahe, lies approximately 1600 kilometer or 994 miles east of Mombasa, Kenya. Victoria is about 920 kilometers or about 570 miles northeast of Madagascar.
While somewhat geographically isolated from the rest of the world, the Seychelles does receive quite a few tourists and visitors from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. It is a favorite place for honeymooners and young couples to visit. The extremely long travel times limit American tourism to only the most adventurous of souls. From London’s Heathrow Airport to Victoria, it is a 9-10 hour flight. That is approximately the same flying time as a trip from London to Las Vegas.