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Seychelles, Another World

Visiting the Seychelles is an experience. The natural beauty of the islands covered with tropical vegetation, the pristine water, the white sand beaches and their smooth pink granite boulders make it a true vacation paradise. Nature and beauty are everywhere and the perfection of the hotels and service surely add another dimension to this very special destination.

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Smoothed by wind and water, the dun brown granite cliffs of the Seychelles are a stark contrast to the flawless white beaches. 
They are the special feature of the tropical archipelagoes.  The offshore reefs are a diver’s paradise, rich with exotic fish and colorful coral.  But the unique tropical fauna and flora of the island are also very inviting.  For a perfect vacation, don’t worry, at all of our luxurious resorts no wish is left unfulfilled.

Geography

The Seychelles comprise of 115 relatively large and smaller islands and atolls including the Amirantes, the islands Desroches and Farquhar as well as the Aldabra atoll which lies about 1,000 kms from Mahé. The islands are situated beneath the equator, north east of Madagascar, in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Only the bigger islands are inhabited, such as Mahé (the largest island hosts about 90 % of the population), Praslin and La Digue.

The Seychelles covers and area of about 454 km2 and they are divided into 23 districts. The Population counts about 81,000 inhabitants. Situated in Mahé, Victoria (also called Port Victoria) is the largest town and the capital of the country with about 60,000 inhabitants.

Languages

The official language is Creole but English and French are also heavily spoken.

Time difference

In winter, GMT + 4 = 9 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.
In summer, GMT + 3 = 8 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

Electricity

Standard electricity is 220 / 240 volts. 3-pin UK plugs are used. World travel adapters are recommended.

Currency

The monetary unit is the Seychelles Rupie (SR). 1 Seychelles rupie = 100 cents.

Climate

The Seychelles have a tropical climate (air temperature throughout the year varies between 24 and 30°C) and a high humidity level (around 75 %). The best season to stay in the Seychelles goes from May/June to October, i.e during the Southeast monsoon ; air temperature is then around 27°C. During the Northwest monsoon (April to November), the temperature is 30°C and air humidity is higher, with strong and regular rainfalls. November, December and January are very rainy but there are also strong and short showers throughout the year in the Seychelles.

Visitors will put in their luggage light and easily washable summer clothes, a rainjacket and a pair of good walking shoes for excursions. Sunglasses are also necessary. It is recommended to wear plastic shoes when swimming to protect from coral. Exclusive and hotel restaurants expect men to wear longer pants for dinner.

Mahé

The main island hosts mountains which rise to a height of 905 meters above sea level. The island flora is thus rich and luxuriant. Mahé boasts wide and white sandy beaches bordered with coconut palms; in the mountains, a big National Park hosts rare species of orchids, tropical hardwood and medicinal plants. Still beautiful, ancient colonial houses and buildings stand on the coasts where people are strongly attached to their typically Creole way of life.

Victoria

The Seychelles capital city is small and simple. Its nightlife is mostly based on cultural events. The international conference center regularly hosts exclusive concerts and exhibitions.

Praslin

A 15-minute flight from Mahé, Praslin is considered to be the “palm tree island” of the archipelago. The Valley de Mai was classified as a nature reserve by the UNESCO ; there grows the palm tree “Coco de-Mar” bearing huge and strangely shaped coconuts.

La Digue

A 20-minute helicopter flight from Mahé, this island features beautiful beaches as well as a magnificent coconut palm forest. In the big plantation house, visitors can discover the everyday life and the working methods in a plantation.

Aldabra Atoll

The ring-shaped coral island hosts an impressive array of endangered animal species, like for instance the white-throated rail, the last flightless bird in the Indian Ocean. Here lives also the largest population of giant land tortoises. Aldabra is a UNESCO world heritage site ruled by the Seychelles Island Foundation, created in 1979.

Bank Holidays

1 January, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 5 June (Liberation Day), Corpus Christi, 18 June (National Holiday), 29 June (Independence Day), 15 August (Assumption Day), 1 November, 8 and 25 December.

Opening Hours

Banks in Victoria / Mahé : Monday to Friday : 8.30 a.m. - 3.30 p.m., Saturday : 8.30 a.m.  – 11.30 a.m. (Outside the capital city, banks opening hours are generally shorter than those mentioned).
Post office in Victoria : Monday to Friday : 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 and then 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m and Saturday : 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Public services : Monday to Friday : 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Shops : Monday to Friday : 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m..
Many shops are open on Saturday mornings and some on Sundays. In smaller villages, shops are generally open until 9:00 p.m.

Telephones / Post offices

International calls from the Seychelles are very expensive. Around 100 of the 170 phone booths take phone cards and using phone booths is cheaper than telephoning from the hotels. Phone cards are sold in post offices and shops. To obtain an international line, dial a single “0” followed by the country and city codes and the telephone number.

Health advice

There is  no compulsory vaccination for visitors coming from Europe and North America but vaccinations against Hepatitis A and, for individual travellers, typhus are strongly recommended.

The Seychelles are malaria free.