Seychelles, Seychells at the Seashore.
Once known as a treacherous voyage sailed by Arabian traders, the 115 stunning islands and coral atolls of the Seychelles
almost qualify as a lost world, something unseen for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Discovered by Europeans in 1502, the islands were a transit point used occasionally by pirates until the French took control in the 18th century. The British gained full control of the islands with the 1814 Treaty of Paris, and independence was granted, and a Commonwealth formed, in 1976.