Published On: Sat, Mar 1st, 2014

Seychelles

SeychellesBASIC

  •  Population (2010 est.): 87,122
  • Capital: Victoria
  • Currency: Seychelles rupee (SR) = 100 cents. It is best to take sterling. Major credit cards accepted.
  • Time: GMT +4
  • Driving: traffic drives on the left.
  • Public holidays (2013): include January 1; March 29; April 1; May 1, 30; June 5, 18, 29; August 15; November 1; December 8, 25
  • Language: Creole, French and English
  • Religion: Catholic
  • International dialling code: 00 248

GETTING THERE

 Major gateway:

  • Mahe (SEZ)
  • Typical fl ying time from UK: 14h

Ports:

  • Victoria
  • Mahe

CLIMATE

Seychelles enjoys a pleasant tropical climate all year round: the islands lie outside the cyclone belt and there are no extremes of weather. The temperature in Seychelles seldom drops below 24C or rises above 32C. When the northwest trade winds blow — between November and March — the sea is generally calm and the weather hot and humid. This is the best time of year for diving and other watersports. When the southeast trade winds blow (May-September), the weather is generally drier, less humid and cooler, with rougher seas, particularly on southeastern coasts. However, short-lived tropical downpours can occur at any time

ACCOMMODATION

Seychelles offers a selection of large, medium and small hotels, guesthouses and self-catering establishments on the various islands

MAJOR EVENTS

  • Carnaval International de Victoria (February)
  • Eco Healing Marathon (February)
  • Fishing Competitions (March/ August)
  • Seychelles Regatta (May)
  • Feast of the Assumption of Mary (August)
  • Creole Festival (October)
  • SUBIOS Underwater Festival (November)

TOP ATTRACTIONS

  •  Vallee de Mai, Praslin (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
  • Anse Souce d’Argent Beach, La Digue
  • Plantation House, La Digue
  • Anse Lazio Beach, Praslin
  • Anse Intendance, Mahe
  • Beau Vallon Bay, Mahe
  • Village Artisanal, Anse Aux Pins, Mahe
  • Mission Lodge, Sans Souci, Mahe
  • St Anne Marine Park, Mahe
  • National Botanical Gardens, Mahe
  • Port Launay Coastal
  • Wetlands, Ramsar site, Mahe
  • Bird reserves, Cousin Island and Aride Island
  • Nature reserve, Curieuse Island
  • La Passe plantation house, Silhouette

WHAT TO EAT & DRINK

Creole cuisine has been in uenced by French, Indian and Southeast Asian culinary traditions. Grilled  fish (red snapper, tuna, king fish) in a sauce of crushed chilli, ginger and garlic is a Seychelles favourite, as are octopus and chicken

WHAT TO BUY

Various spices, citron and vanilla teas, handicrafts