Traveling for your holidays is maybe the most awaited time of the year! The Seychelles islands are waiting for what will be, hopefully, one of your many trips! But, before leaving here are some useful infos about the seychelles and some tips to help get you better organized.
The Seychelles archipelago consists of a set of 115 islands scattered like pearls all over the Indian Ocean. The 115 islands of the archipelago are spread over more than 1,200 miles and most of them are uninhabited.
Of the 115 islands, there are 74 islands which are composed of atolls and coral islands, known as the outer islands. There are 41 Inner islands which are composed of huge granite rocks which are among the oldest in the world. Although the islands are close enough to each other, each island has a distincitve quality.
The most populated islands is Mahé with 78,000 inhabitants, which represents over 90% of the population of the Seychelles, Praslin found further north inhabit 6,500 people, while La Digue has barely 2,000 people.
The entire Seychelles archipelago fortunately lies outside the cyclone belt and thanks to their ideal position; the islands enjoy a tropical climate. The climate is hot and humid. Temperatures remain pleasant throughout the year with an average of 30 ° C.
With such a climate, the Seychelles have a very rich balanced fauna and flora. More than 40% of the territory of the country is classified as natural reserve and the Seychellois take very good care when it comes to preservation.
Summer in Seychelles is between October to March. Time during which temperatures can rise up to 35 ° C and rarely fall below 24 ° C. If you love aquatic recreational activities, including scuba diving, surfing or fishing, this is the perfect time to visit the Seychelles. It can get very hot during the summer in the Seychelles, remember to bring something to protect yourself against the sun’s rays.
With an average of 28 ° C, winter is barely distinguishable. Winter is between April and September. During this period of time, the water is great for swimming and most activities are available. If you plan to visit Seychelles for your honeymoon, this is the perfect time, as almost beaches are deserted.
You are going to realize very soon that the Seychellois are extremely warm and welcoming people. Seychelles is the smallest African countries in terms of size, yet it has a surprisingly rich culture.
Mainly of African descent, the Seychellois are mainly Catholic, but we also find Hindus, Muslims and some chinese. Reflecting its balanced land, Seychellois people live in harmony despite their different origins.
The official languages of Seychelles are English and French, while the “Seselwa Creole” is the native language. Road signs are mostly in English, but the names of the villages and beaches are in French. Although Seychellois understand and speak French well enough, here are a few phrases or expressions commonly used:
Komman sava? : How are you?
Byen mersi: Well thank you!
Ki mannyer ou Apele? : What is your name?
Oli laplaz: Where’s the beach?
Ed mwa: Help me!
Pass enn bonne sware: Have a good evening!
Ki ou pe fer?: What are you doing?
Konbyen la?: How much?
Lotel: The hotel
Monn perdi!: I’m lost!
Bistop: Bus stop
Kote ki anan in bon restauran? : Where can I find a good restaurant?
Laboutik: The Shop
Moving through Seychelles
Several options are available for the traveler to move throughout Seychelles. Mahé is the only international airport in the Seychelles and on arrival you can have recourse to one of the many taxis on site or public transport. Bus services are the main kind of public transport in the Seychelles. You can also deal for your displacement from the airport to your hotel when you book.
The best solution if you’re spending a bit of time on Mahé and Praslin is to rent a car for your holiday. Cheaper, fast and free, you can enjoy your holiday at your own pace. The price of gasoline is very affordable in the Seychelles!
There are several car rental operator who offer their services but it is recommended to use EchoCars who offer great service. You can even book online and the car will be delivered upon arrival at the airport.
A single license is required to rent a car in Seychelles. Driving is on the left and the roads are in good condition. However you should be cautious while driving on coastal roads as it count a lot of pretty dangerous turns. The best advice is to avoid parking under the coconut trees!
Moving from one island to the other
The port of Mahé, several times a day shuttle boats connects the islands of the Seychelles. To join Praslin, you can also make the trip by helicopter or by boat via Praslin. Prices remain quite affordable and the trip really worth the cost!
Find a Hotel
With the most beautiful beaches in the world, we saw the arrival of exotic waterfront hotels and villas . There are several hotels on each of the main islands of the Seychelles. Above all, learn about the different islands and depending on the activities you want to practice, you can choose the island and the hotel.
Feel free to check sites like TripAdvisor or Vinivi for information on hotels and hotel prix. ExclusivelySeychelles is another provider who offers hotels and villas online at great prices. If you can, book in advance, bids are generally more interesting.
- The Seychelles Rupee is the currency of the country. (One euro is worth about 15 rupees Seychelles)
- A passport valid ticket is required and a return or onward travel.
- All documentation of hotel booking or accommodation.
- MAESTRO and VISA cards are accepted by most tourism providers.
- Compared to the metropolis, Seychelles has a lead of 3hrs in winter and 2hrs in winter.
- The water is drinkable and no vaccine is needed on the island.
- Pets are allowed for visits of less than six months.
- Do not forget the camera!