Geography of Seychelles- The Ultimate Free Guide 2021

Learn facts and Geography of Seychelles including Major Geographical Features, Natural resources, Region, area, Capital, Border countries, rivers in Seychelles.

  • Seychelles, officially the Republic of Seychelles, is an archipelagic island country consisting of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean at the eastern edge of the Somali Sea. Its capital and largest city, Victoria, is 1,500 kilometers (932 mi) east of mainland Africa.
  • Seychelles was uninhabited prior to being encountered by Europeans in the 16th century. It faced competing French and British interests until coming under full British control in the late 18th century.
  • Seychelles boasts the highest nominal per capita GDP of any African nation.
  • It has the second-highest Human Development Index of any African country after Mauritius.
  • It is one of only two African countries classified as a high-income economy by the World Bank (the other being Mauritius).
  • The country is a member of the United Nations, the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, and the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • Seychelles is located in the Somali Sea segment of the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar and about 1,600 km (994 mi) east of Kenya.
  • The Constitution of Seychelles lists 155 named islands Constitution of Seychelles and a further 7 reclaimed islands have been created subsequent to the publication of the Constitution.
  • The majority of the islands are uninhabited, with many dedicated as nature reserves.
  • Seychelles largest island Mahe is located at a distance of 835 mi (1,344 km), from Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital over the Somali Sea.

Geography of Seychelles

Geography of Seychelles
Fig: Seychelles on Map


Indian Ocean


Ranked 180th





Bordering Countries:

There are no border countries.

Total Size:

459 Km2

Geographical Coordinates:

4°35′S 55°40′E

World Region or Continent:



491 Km

Geographical Low Point:

Indian Ocean

Geographical High Point:

Morne Seychellois


  • The climate of Seychelles is tropical, having little seasonal variation.
  • Temperatures on Mahe rarely rise above 29 °C (84 °F) or drop below 24 °C (75 °F).
  • Humidity is high, but its enervating effect is usually ameliorated by prevailing winds.
  • The southeast monsoon from late May to September brings cooler weather, and the northwest monsoon from March to May, warmer weather.
  • High winds are rare inasmuch as most islands lie outside the Indian Ocean cyclone belt; Mahe suffered the only such storm in its recorded history in 1862.
  • Mean annual rainfall in Mahe averages 2,880 millimetres (113 in) at sea level and as much as 3,550 millimetres (140 in) on the mountain slopes.

Major cities:

  • Anse Boileau.
  • Beau Vallon.
  • Takamaka.
  • Victoria, capital and largest city.
  • Grand Anse Mahe

Major Land forms:

  • All of the so-called Inner Islands of Seychelles are granitic.
  • The typical landform mosaic here encompasses a restricted coastal plain rising to a central rocky, well-vegetated backbone range.
  • The archipelago’s high point is found in the Mahé highlands; Morne Seychellois, which reaches nearly 3,000 feet.

Major Rivers and Lakes:

Major rivers:

  • Pointe Conan River.
  • Rochon River.
  • Cascade River.
  • Du Cap River.
  • Bougainville River.
  • Caiman River.
  • Dupuy River.
  • Barbarons River.

Major Lakes:

  • There are no major lakes in Seychelles.

Natural Resources:

Natural Resources are Fish, copra, cinnamon trees. Agriculture products: Coconuts, cinnamon, vanilla, sweet potatoes, cassava (tapioca), bananas, broiler chickens, tuna fish. Industries: Fishing, tourism, processing of coconuts and vanilla, coir (coconut fiber) rope, boat building, printing, furniture, beverages

Major Geographical Features:

Biomes & Ecosystems:

  • Tropical and subtropical moist broadleaf forests.
  • Deserts and xeric shrublands.
  • Madagascar and the Indian Ocean Islands.


Indian Ocean


  • Mahé
  • Grand Terre Island
  • Praslin
  • Malabar Island
  • Silhouette Island
  • Assumption Island
  • La Digue
  • Coëtivy
  • Picard Island
  • Astove Island
  • South Farquhar
  • Desroches
  • North Farquhar
  • Curieuse
  • Félicité
  • Menai Island
  • Ste. Anne Island
  • Frégate
  • North
  • Polymnie

Mountain Ranges:

  • Morne Seychellois
  • Mont Dauban
  • Morne Blanc
  • Mount Simpson

See Also:

World Map – The Ultimate Free Guide


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