Seychelles, another world!
The 115 Islands that form the Seychelles Archipelago shelter numerous tropical wonders. Paradise on earth, another world, luxurious break, treasured holidays… Praises can quickly shower as we start to narrate the Seychelles. Beaches cannot get more pristine, crystal clear lagoons, lush flora filling in the islands and the amazing fact that more than 50% of this country is classified as World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
These islands found their first inhabitants just 250 years ago as people arrived in small numbers from different origins harmoniously forming today’s 89,173 multicultural population of the Seychelles. There is so much to discover in this archipelago where even time appears to lounge. It took us just one evening on the beach witnessing the granitic rocks, the sand and the sea take the colours of the sun to understand that we were in one of the most tranquil and beautiful places of this earth.
How would you imagine climate in paradise? This is basically it! Tropical sun all year round, cumulus clouds, lukewarm bays, and zephyrs are the attributes of a climate which for ages treasured the numerous animal and plants species living in the Seychelles. The islands of the archipelago are grouped according to their location. The northern group of islands hangs just below the equator while the more distant ones likes the Aldabra group lye just off the northeast coast of Madagascar. Temperatures can slightly vary according to the location of the island group, but generally speaking, the archipelago enjoys sunny conditions all year round.
Summer in the Seychelles archipelago is from November to April. During this period, temperatures reach their peaks. These humid weather conditions also carry some rainfall especially in December & January.
In winter (May-October), the temperature rarely drops below 26°C for the main islands of the Seychelles. Beaches are still sun-drenched and tradewinds can make their presence felt during this period.
When to visit Seychelles
With an average lagoon temperature wobbling between 27 to 28°C and year-round sunshine, the Seychelles is an amazing destination to visit whenever you feel like. In fact, it is during December and January that the Seychelles collects most of its rainfall and visitors.
Seychelles is one of the places on earth where you can rent a boat and sail to a private island/beach. We suggest interseasonal dates.
The Seychelles archipelago is located out of the cyclonic zone of the Indian Ocean. For perfect family holidays, we suggest the peak seasons as all activities can be enjoyed.
Population: 89,173 (2013)
Total area: 459 km2
Language: English, French & Seselwa
Currency: Seychellois Rupee
Time zone: UTC+04:00
Tourist info: 4671300
Praslin Hospital: 4232333
Airline data: 4391000
Meteorological Services: 4384078
Coast Guards: 4224411
Fire brigade: 4289952
Directories: 181 / 4600600
SAMU Ambulances: 151
Mean summer temperature: 30 °C
Mean winter temperature: 26 °C
Warmest months: January – February
Out of the cyclonic period
01-JAN: NEW YEAR
25-MAR: GOOD FRIDAY
27-MAR: EASTER DAY
01-MAY: LABOUR DAY
05-JUN: LIBERATION DAY
18-JUN: CONSTITUTION DAY
29-JUN: NATIONAL DAY
01-NOV: ALL SAINTS EVE
08-DEC: IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
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Visa: No visa required.
Passport: valid passport /ID card required.
Health: no vaccine needed
Flight Time (UK): 11 hours
Time Zone: GMT +4
Time difference: winter +3 summer +2
Coordinates: 4.6796° S, 55.4920° E
Country code: +248
Currency: Seychellois rupee
Credit card: largely accepted
Coastline: 491 km
Highest peak: 905m Morne Seychellois
Roads: all roads in Seychelles are free of use
Driving: is to the left, driver’s seat at the right of vehicle
Road Toll: None
Mobile operators: Airtel, C&W Ltd
Mobile coverage: International roaming (add. Costs)
Tipping: not compulsory
Tax Tourist Refund: 15% refunded – Terms here
Electrical: Voltage 220/240 – outlets of Type G
Water: tap water is safe to drink
Bus services: Mahé & Praslin
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