THE AMAZING SEYCHELLES ISLANDS
Hundreds of miles from their nearest neighbours, the Republic of Seychelles, 115 islands scattered in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with glorious tropical forests, woodlands and unspoiled beaches, is an extraordinary archipelago is located between 4 and 10 degrees south of the Equator on the East Coast of Africa. It encompasses an area of 455.3 square kilometres and consists of 115 islands of legendary beauty, both granitic and coral, divided in 2 groups: the 43 ‘Inner Islands’ and the 72 ‘Outer Islands’.
- The 43 ‘Inner Islands’ of granite formation centered around Mahé, the main island of Seychelles; Praslin, La Digue, Fregate, Curieuse, Silhouette, Cousin, Cousine, Cerf Island and Round Island are part of this category. These green, tropical forest covered islands are hilly and mountainous and have fine white sandy beaches often framed with huge granite boulders. They are located within 90 kilometers from the main island Mahé with its contrasted landscape of coves and mountains; the highest being Morne Seychellois culminating at 905 m and located on Mahé island. This is where Victoria the Capital is located with 90 % of the population. The majority of people live on the 3 major islands Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.
- 72 coral islands or ‘Outer Islands’ including Amirantes, Alphonse, Farquhar, Aldabra are spread to the South West (around 1100 km far from Mahé), Brid and -Denis lie north of Mahé. These coral islands are flat and almost at sea level and have very few people living on them. A few are being developed for tourism with exclusive resorts.
- passport valid on the date of entry to and exit from Seychelles – no visa required for citizens of European countries.
- return or onward ticket.
- proof of accomodation and contact details.
- sufficient funds for the duration of your stay.
The Seychelles benefit from an equatorial oceanic climate, warm and humid all year round. Temperatures are generally between 24 and 31° C, with an average of 7h of sunshine per day with sea temps between 27 and 29° C. The islands are out of the cyclone belt.
The South East trade winds blow from May to October which is the Austral winter. Uly and October are the coolest months of the year. The Austral summer is from November to April: this is the warmest andmost humid time of the year. The sea is calm, warm but it is also the rainy season.
Whatever the time of the year, the weather is very changeable and conditions may vary from island to island.
- GMT+4: the Seychelles are four hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT); three hours during summer.
- sunrise around 6 am and sunset around 6.30 pm
- day light: about 12 hours
Three official languages: Creole, English and French.
Roman Catholicism remains the dominant religion and the religious communities (Anglican, Protestant, Muslim, Hindu, Bahaï) respect one other and live together in perfect harmony.
Local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR). It is available to change money only as needed because Euros and Dollars are accepted almost everywhere. Mastercard/Acces and Visa credit card are widely accepted contrary to Diners Club or American Express.
220-240 volts AC 50 Hz
British standard square three-pin, 13 amp sharp electric plug (adaptors required)
Tap water meets W.H.O. Meets (World Health Organization) specifications and is safe to drink nationwide.
Banks are generally open from 8 am to 2.30 pm during the week and closed before 12 noon on Saturdays. Post offices are open from 8 am till 3.45 pm during the week and till 11.45 am on Saturdays. Petrol stations open at 6 am every day and have varying closing times, between 7 pm in the countryside and11 pm in town. They close slighly earlier on Sundays.