Useful information about Seychelles

There are different islands in Seychelles where you can stay in, around 100 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa and the vast majority are completely uninhabited and the most three inhabited islands, Mahe, Praslin and La Digue are nature reseerves with large areas of land protected.

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Weather

When is the best time to go to go to Seychelles? This depends on your personal preferences and the places you want to visit. Seychelles has a tropical climate: warm and humid with strong maritime influences. The temperature ranges from 24-30°C. The hills on Mahé rise up to 900m and the rainfall increases with altitude. But what really the islands’ climate are trade winds. From May to October the south-east trade winds (Southeast Monsoon) bring a quite dry period. Reaching its peak in July/August, there is little precipitation and temperatures average 27°C. By November (pre-Northwest Monsoon), the winds start to change, bringing light, warmer winds and the start of the main rainy season. During December to March (Northwest Monsoon), Seychelles gets extremely wet, especially in December and January, though the vegetation is lush, the winds generally light and the sun at its warmest. This is also the cyclone season, though only the most remote southern islands are within the cyclone belt. This period is followed by the calmest, warmest month, April (Pre-Southeast Monsoon), as the winds die down and start to change direction. The best weather conditions for diving and snorkeling are April/May and October/December.

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Language

The Seychellois are a very mixed population. Over the decades they have developed their own form of the creole language – the so-called Seychellois Creole or Seselwa. Part of it is based on French but Anglicisms got mixed in. According to the Constitution of Seychelles Creole, English and French are the official languages. The majority of Seychellois are bilingual, because teachers speak English with their students and their books are written in English as well. Many of them also speak French fluently.

What to wear?

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Because of the warm temperatures all year long we recommend you to wear airy clothes and shoes. If you want to go hiking, bring your hiking boots with you. Especially during evening/night it sometimes gets cooler and therefore we recommend you to bring a sweater with you. Don’t forget sun protection!

Money

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You can find many ATMs on Seychelles and we recommend you to change your money in Seychelles. You can find several banks and exchange bureaus on Mahé. 5000 Rupies (310 Euro) are the maximum you can withdraw at a cashpoint. Exchange rate for Euro: 1:15 (march 2019).

Prices

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Seychelles are an expensive destination. The islands do not have their own industry and therefore almost everything has to be imported. Our prices are calculated to be affordable but also to cover our costs and expenses. Regarding the conditions on Seychelles we are located on the lower price levels. Our offers include lump sums as reserves for extra investment, marketing costs, a flat rate for a currency risk (1%) as well as small extra services (pickup-service from the restaurant on request etc.). Furthermore, our prices include all taxes and fees.

Water

The water in Seychelles is drinkable but the quality varies depending on the area. It is recommended to drink bottled water only. During the dry months the water sometimes gets rationed but am lot of the apartments are all equipped with water tanks. Try not to waste water during these periods.

Electricity

The power grid of Seychelles has 230 volt (like Europe). Although you get the plug in the socket (which do have three instead of two holes), we advise you to bring an adapter with you. These can be found for less money online.

Medical Care

Seychelles do have an excellent health care system. The hospital in Victoria has well educated staff and doctors. The clinics in the bigger towns are open weekdays between 08:00 and 16:00 and on Saturdays until 12.00. Private doctors are mainly located in Victoria. The central hospital with a dental and eye clinic is located in Victoria (Mont Fleuri Road), another at Anse Royale. Praslin has two hospitals and La Digue has one. Seychelles is free of tropical diseases such as Ebola or malaria.
In case of emergency, you can contact the hospitals by calling following numbers:
Victoria-Hospital: Tel. 388000;
Mahé – Anse Royale: Tel. 371222;
Praslin Hospital: Tel. 233333;
La Digue Hospital: Tel. 234255.

Poisonous animals?

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Seychelles are free of poisonous snakes, spiders or scorpions. The only dangerous animal on the islands is the 10 cm centipede, which is quite rare. His bites are painful, but can easily be treated in the hospital. The huge palm spiders (up to 8 cm in size) are not dangerous, but very impressive.

Soundscape

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Seychelles offer a unique jungle soundscape. Throughout the day you can hear birdsong and especially in the evening the howling of flying foxes. The dogs (stray beach dogs and guard dogs) can strike up a howl at night. The majority of our guests do not get bothered by the sounds. However, if you are very sensitive, it is recommended to preventively take earplugs with you.

Flora

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50 % of the land area of Seychelles are under conservation. The most famous plant is the legendary Coco-de-Mer palm, which occurs mainly on Praslin. The female fruit is shaped like female pelvis while the male fruit looks like a phallus. The palm tree owes its name due to a misbelief. Furthermore you can spot following trees and plants on Seychelles: Banyan Trees, hibiscus, frangipani trees and so on.

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Almost everywhere fruits and spices such as pineapple, vanilla, cinnamon, citronella, papaya, passion fruit, banana, breadfruit, mango are growing. Seychelles also have mangrove swamps.

Animals in Seychelles

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The environment is a treasured aspect of Seychelles and there are more than 1,000 recorded species of fish around the islands. It is also a paradise for birds. One of Seychelles’ most famous animals is Aldabra, the biggest tortoises in the world.

Underwater

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The underwater world of Seychelles is as lavish as its landscape. Beside magnificent granite formations there are also colorful coral reefs, which are perfect for diving or snorkeling. Underwater you meet parrotfish, barracudas, snappers, morays, clown fish, trumpet fish and so on. If you are lucky, you will discover free-swimming turtles, mantas or reef sharks. Between August and October there is the possibility to spot the most majestic animals underwater, the whaleshark.

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