The Seychelles are an archipelago of about 90 islands in the Indian Oceap, near the Equator and about 1,000 miles from Africa.
The total area of the islands is only 171 square miles, making the Seychelles smaller than any nation in Africa and one of the smallest nations on earth.
The Seychelles were uninhabited when they were first discovered. The islands were settled in the eighteenth century and now have a population of more than 60,000. The Seychelles were a British colony for many years before gaining their independence in 1976.
There are few places on earth with more pleasant weather than these Indian Ocean isles, at least in regard to temperature. Over a long period at one weather station in the Seychelles, the temperature never dropped below 67 degrees and never rose above 92 degrees.
The islands are so pleasant that early European visitors were certain that the Seychelles must have been the site of the original Garden of Eden!
But there is one weather problem in the Seychelles, rain. The islands receive more than 90 inches of rain a year, and some parts receive 150 inches.