Seychelles

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Our lodges in Seychelles

North Island

North Island

North Island
Fregate Private Island

Fregate Private Island

Fregate
Alphonse Island Lodge

Alphonse Island Lodge

Alphonse Island
Maia Luxury Resort & Spa

Maia Luxury Resort & Spa

Anse Louis
Constance Lemuria

Constance Lemuria

Praslin
Four Seasons

Four Seasons

Petite Anse

Why we recommend Seychelles

  • A collection of 115 islands with pristine white sand beaches and crystal clear waters
  • Explore a myriad of different eco systems, some of which remain untamed
  • The home to some of the best deep sea diving and snorkelling in the world
Map of Seychelles
About Seychelles

The Seychelles is a breath-taking cluster of 115 tropical islands in the heart of the Indian Ocean off the East coast of Africa. The archipelago is alive with colourful sea life, enchanting rainforests and picturesque beaches, ideal for the perfect getaway. Whether you are looking for a family holiday, couples retreat or honeymoon, the Seychelles is a place you need to visit in your lifetime. Throughout most of recorded history the Seychelles was uninhabited and still has a very small population today. The state is committed to sustainable living and preserving nature, making it a sanctuary of raw nature and personal wellness.

The islands are divided into two categories: 45 Islands that form the mountainous granitic ‘Inner Islands’ (namely Mahé, La Digue and Praslin) and 71 ‘Outer Islands’ that are an array of small, flat scattered islands of which many remain untouched by man. The granite islands boast the most beautiful bays and classically Seychelles beach scenes, with diverse landscapes of tropical rain forests, mountains, waterfalls, and jungles.

This is a peaceful place of leisure; therefore typical activities include guided trail walks, swimming, sun bathing, snorkelling, fishing, diving, sailing/cruising, rock climbing, golf (Praslin), spa and wellness treatments, visiting marine parks, cycling the rainforests, and visiting the variety of restaurants. With that said, the main island (Mahé) has a bustling port and nightlife if that is of interest.

Cuisine predominantly includes seafood, coconut curry, spiced rice and tropical fruits like papaya and golden apple. A typical dining experience could include grilled fish/calamari with crushed ginger, chilli, and garlic in a coconut-based sauce. As the Seychelles has such a diverse history, its cuisine incorporates a variety of Chinese, Indian, English and French techniques.

This diverse heritage filters into their multi-ethnic culture however a few things from the Seychelles days of slavery has remained such as the traditional ‘moutya’ erotic dance combined with the ‘sega’ lyrics. The local language is Creole, however English and French are also recognised as official languages.

The Seychelles is known as the world leader in sustainable tourism, therefore their wildlife remains extremely well preserved. The Aldabra giant tortoises are allowed free to roam the granitic islands, and are loved by locals and tourists. They have a diverse range of birds, including their national bird the black parrot and some of the world’s largest seabird colonies. From the sea, there are over 1000 bright and colourful species of fish that have been recorded. Indigenous to the Seychelles is the jellyfish tree and many orchid varieties.

The climate is typical to most tropical destinations. Year round it is quite humid and the temperature does not have great disparity. The hottest period is between December and April, however the heat rarely exceeds 31°C. During this time there are bursts of rainfall, which tend to go as quickly as they come. The cooler months are July and August with an average low of 24°C.

Transportation to Seychelles is often easiest via Air Seychelles or Emirates, flying into Mahe or Praslin Airport. There are other airlines that fly directly into Seychelles while some fly via Abu Dhabi and Dubai. If you wish to travel between the islands you can either jump on a domestic flight, fast catamaran ferry or chartered helicopter. Getting around the small islands is easy. The most often used mode of transportation is by hired bicycle and ox wagon. For the bigger islands such as Mahe and Praslin, you may hire a car/motorbike, hop on a bus or take a taxi.

Snapshot of Seychelles

Capital city: Victoria
Flight time: 13hrs from UK
Language: French, English, Seselwa
Population: 93,000
Religions: Chrisitanity, Islam, Hindu
Sun hours / day: 8
Max. temperature: 30
Min. temperature: 30

Seasons in Seychelles

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Where to go

La Digue

La Digue is often characterised as the more laid-back, luscious and tranquil of islands in the Seychelles. It is highly recognized for its beaches, in particular, Anse Sourse dArgent and Grand Anse. It is very easy to get around this island on bicycles and is a great place to wonder. The few places to stay include La Repaire Boutique Hotel, various apartments, B&Bs and guesthouses.

Mahe

Being the main island in the Seychelles (and where their capital Victoria is located), it is one of the busier islands with a lively port, shops, neighbouring Eden Island, botanical gardens, museums, La Plaine St. Andre distillery and over 65 beaches to explore. Accommodation on this island can vary from the luxurious Four Seasons Resort to quaint guesthouses.

Outer Islands

The Outer Islands are situated beyond the Seychelles Plateau and are scattered over hundreds of kilometres southwest of the main Mahe Group. These less visited islands are pristine miniature worlds and offer untouched habitats for many species of wildlife.

Praslin Island

This is the second largest island in the ‘Inner Island’ circle and is a popular attraction for many reasons. It is the home to the Constance Lemuria Resort 18-hole golf course and the famous ‘coco de mer’, also known as the ‘love nut’. Praslin has some of the Seychelles most spectacular beaches, and in particular the Anse Lazio referred to as “a beach not to be missed” and Vallee de Mai. Places to stay are more limited in Praslin as the two main resorts include the Chateau de Feuilles and the Raffles Seychelles Resort, and other hotels, chalets and suits. Unique activities on the island include the Pirate Treasure Trail and the Praslin Heritage Route.

Practical info

Currency

The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR).

All banks process traveller’s cheques and foreign exchange transactions. Passports are required for visitors’ transactions and nominal commissions may be charged. ATM facilities exist at major banks on Mah, Praslin and La Digue and at the airport on Mah and Praslin. Please note that these provide cash in local currency.

Credit cards are widely accepted throughout Seychelles. When acquiring rupees by credit card, it is advisable to exchange only what is needed on a daily basis.
Subject to availability at the different banks, visitors wishing to exchange Seychelles Rupees for foreign currency may shop around at banks and bureaux de change in order to gain the best rate

Travelling with Children

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Passports and Visas

Irrespective of the nationality of the visitor and his or her family members, there are no visa requirements to enter Seychelles. However, the following documents must be shown in order to obtain immigration clearance at the Seychelles International Airport:

1) A passport valid on the date of entry to and exit from Seychelles
2) Return or onward ticket
3) Proof of accommodation; including contact details
4) Sufficient funds for the duration of the stay

The visitor's permit is issued free of charge for the first three months after which there is a fee of SCR5,000 for extension covering each period of three months or any part thereof.

Vaccinations

It is recommended that you consult with your General Practitioner or Practice Nurse 6-8 weeks in advance of travel. Make sure routine vaccinations are up to date including, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), chicken pox (varicella), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), influenza and Polio vaccinations.
Courses or boosters usually advised: Hepatitis A.
Other vaccines to consider: Hepatitis B; Tetanus; Typhoid.
Yellow fever vaccination certificate required for travellers over 1 year of age arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for all travellers having transited through the airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.

Insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, including medical cover. We also highly recommend trip cancellation cover.
You are 100% financially protected through our membership of the Travel Trust Association.

Weather

J F M A M J J A S O N D
A 28 29 29 30 29 28 27 27 28 28 29 28
B 24 25 25 25 25 25 24 24 24 24 24 24
C 386 267 234 183 170 102 84 69 130 155 231 340

A = Maximum average temperature (C)
B = Minimum average temperature (C)
C = Average rainfall (mm)

As the Seychelles islands are blessed with a year-long warm, tropical climate, it’s always a good time to visit, although different times of year may be better suited to your particular interests.

Two opposing trade winds generally govern the weather pattern: the north-westerly trades blow from October to March when wind speeds average from 8 to 12 knots; and the brisker south-easterly trades blow from May to September with winds of between 10 to 20 knots, bringing the cooler and windier conditions ideal for sailing.
The periods of calm between the trades produce fairly warm and wind-free conditions throughout April and also in October. Conditions for swimming, snorkelling and especially diving are superb during April/May and October/November when the water temperature sometimes reaches 29C and visibility is often 30 metres plus.

Weather

Seychelles JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
min. temperature ( ℃ ) 24 25 25 25 25 25 24 24 24 24 24 24
Max. temperature ( ℃ ) 28 29 29 30 29 28 27 27 28 28 29 28
Rainfall ( mm ) 255 255 234 183 170 102 84 69 130 155 231 255

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