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underwater Eden off St. Pierre

A snorkeler floats above the underwater Eden off St. Pierre Island.
Photograph by Michael Melford

Seychelles

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Lush rain forests, pink-sand beaches, vibrant flora and fauna—could this be the Eden of legend? Situated a thousand miles off the eastern coast of Africa, deep in the Indian Ocean, these tiny but exquisitely beautiful tropical islands were previously ruled by the British and the French, but today are independent.

sunset at Anse Source

Newlyweds Marco and Michela Maggi share the sunset at Anse Source d’Argent beach.
Photograph by Michael Melford

Long a favorite destination among young European lovers and honeymooners, the Seychelles are now being discovered by Americans. Contributing editor Mel White crossed half the world to get there and was beguiled by what he found: a superb climate supporting an incredibly lush landscape and a warm and welcoming people.

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