The Seychelles is composed of 115 islands, although its constitution lays claim to 155. Many of the islands are not inhabited by humans, but birds and amphibians have made many islands their home. Almost everywhere God’s hand is at work. There are impressive sculptured rocks edging into the sea on the island of La Digue, which look as though God had them commissioned so that when he lay on the beach sunning himself he could admire them.
There are also the most beautiful beaches in the world, lots of them. BeauVallon beach is regularly voted the most beautiful beach in the world. Pure golden sand, little crystals that hardly cling to your feet, clear warm waters, beautiful fish swimming around your ankles, yes, these are the type of beaches God would have designed for himself.
The weather is also rather special, and very simple. It either rains or it doesn’t. When it doesn’t rain, the sun shines and it is beautiful. When it does rain you get wet. There is almost nothing in between. Most people can get their head around that one.
God’s hand is seen in no clearer terms than in the fish and birds he has invited to inhabit his islands. And what’s more they are not afraid of humans. Why should they be after all, when these are God’s own islands? More than a thousand species of fish live around the islands, and they have the friendly Aldabra giant tortoises in large numbers as neighbours. Some of the largest colonies of birds in the world inhabit their own islands, and they have a ball there. After all in God’s islands there is something for everyone and every animal and bird and fish.
What about the people of these magical islands? There again, God has created a stunning, and unusual combination. He has combined the prodigious talents of those two somewhat querulous brothers, the English and the French, who have enriched the world with their languages and cultures in practically all spheres. Both languages are spoken, and just to spice it up, Creole is thrown in the mix. The result is rich culture, and delightful, happy people who love their islands lent to them by God.