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Seychelles Destination Information

One of the world’s most beautiful islands is the islands of the Seychelles. A group of roughly 115 islands is located north-east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. With a mild-sub tropical climate Seychelles is a great island destination year round. Here you will find some of the rarest exotic plant and animal life a serene holiday environment.

The main island - Mahe is more developed and offers more activities than the other islands. With over 75 magnificent palm fringed beaches surrounded by the clear water of the Indian Ocean the island stand out as a holiday destination of Choice in Seychelles. Beau Vallon is the most famous. Most hotels offer Creole cuisine and more international dishes. Activities you can enjoy at the Seychelles include sailing, windsurfing and paragliding at Mahe's Beau Vallon Bay and Grand Anse and Mahe are both perfect for fishing. Island hopping is also a perfect idea to experience different attractions.

Seychelles Travel Info

General People : Seychellois (Natives of African, Indian and European origins)

Time: GMT+4

Currency: The Seychelles Rupee (SR) is the local currency. It is divided into 100 cents.

Languages: English, French, Seselwa

Capital: Victoria

Religions: Catholic (90%), Anglican (8%)

Electricity: 240V, 50Hz

Communication Dialing Code: 248 Most hotels offer a postal service, email and Internet connection. There are Internet cafes in Victoria.

International Airport: Seychelles international airport near the capital city of Victoria.

Best time to travel: Seychelles enjoys a tropical climate all year round, making it a pleasant destination year round, but April to May and October to November is better as it between seasons, making it milder, drier and lower humidity periods to travel to Seychelles.

Travel tips:

Expensiveness in Seychelles: Often the question arises “why is the Seychelles so expensive?” Tourism to the Seychelles is limited consciously by the Seychellois in order to protect the beautiful natural beaches, shorelines, environment and the bionetwork of this destination. There are 115 islands that form part of the Seychelles of which only 16 of the islands are currently designated for hotels and resorts. This is all to prevent overcrowded beaches and the rising of too many hotels, which in effect would destroy the balance of this delicate eco system. You will therefore find pristine beaches with crystal clear water, - still virtually untouched by human habitation. There are also no mass production of most products in the Seychelles and therefore, most items must be imported; causing the prices to be quite expensive.

Standards: Do not expect sophisticated amenities. Restaurant, bar & hotel standards & service are often quite different to those in Europe and elsewhere. This fact is recognized by seasoned travellers and should be regarded as part and parcel of the enjoyment and excitement of your holiday.

Security and general Airline Regulations: Due to all destinations enforcing security restrictions and altering these restrictions from time to time we strongly suggest that you check with the applicable airline a few days prior to your departure to ensure that the information below is correct and no additional requirements have been enforced.

Climate: Seychelles enjoys a tropical climate all year round with temperatures varying between 24 and 30 degrees. The islands lie outside the hurricane belt, and violent storms are very rare. Tropical rains fall during Dec – Feb with more frequent short lived showers, followed by sunshine. Warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May) with rougher seas in the North West parts. Cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September) when it is less rainy, drier, and less humid. From June to August it is windier with the south-easterly winds prevailing. The winds increase as the season progresses, causing rough seas, steady temperatures between 24 degrees and 30 degrees Celsius, with cooling breezes and lower humidity. October - March it rains more frequently with short lived showers followed by sunshine.

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