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Seychelles Travel Guide

Seychelles is one of the world’s smallest countries, but comprises of the most incredible islands, with jaw dropping scenery.

We had the privilege of travelling to the Seychelles a few times and once having done a yacht cruise for the duration of the stay on the moorings. This was an absolute highlight with crew members catching tuna and preparing the most delicious fresh Sashimi for us which I have ever tasted while “cruising” between the beautiful islands.

The islands are a nature and marine lover’s dream, and on many of the quieter islands you will swim with sea turtles and small (luckily) black tip reef sharks. Even the main island of Mahe has an area called Eden Island where you can sit in the restaurant and watch the tropical fish swim past as you are enjoying your lunch.

Of the roughly 200 plant species found in Seychelles, some 80 are unique to the islands, including screw pines, several varieties of jellyfish trees, latanier palms, the bois rouge, the bois de fer, Wright’s gardenia, and the most famous, the coco de mer. The coco de mer—which is found on only two islands—produces a fruit that is one of the largest and heaviest known and is valued by a number of Asian cultures for believed aphrodisiac, medicinal, mystic, and other properties. The original French colonists on the previously uninhabited islands, along with their black slaves, were joined in the 19th century by deportees from France. Asians from China, India, and Malaya arrived later in smaller numbers. Widespread intermarriage has resulted in a population of mixed descent.

The climate is tropical oceanic, with little temperature variation during the year. Daily temperatures rise to the low 30s C in the afternoon and fall to the low 20s C at night. Precipitation levels vary greatly from island to island; on Mahé, annual precipitation ranges from 90 inches (2,300 mm) at sea level to 140 inches (3,560 mm) on the mountain slopes. Humidity is persistently high, but the trade winds do provide some relief.

Whether you walk in the Vallee de Mai on Praslin, or visit La Digue’s exquisite beaches (voted one of the most beautiful beaches in the world), do a boat trip to St Pierre, or visit one of the local markets in the capital Victoria (One of the smallest Capitals in the world), on enjoy a hike on the main island of Mahe before hitting its world-famous beaches, The Seychelles will make sure you have an amazing time.



 

10 Things you need to Know about the Seychelles:

  1. 1. The Seychelles was once a pirate hideout, in particular Anse Forbans (Pirate’s Cove) on Mahé and Côte d’Or on Praslin. It is believed that famous pirate Olivier Levasseur hid a treasure worth more than $160,000 that remains unfound.
  2. 2. Bird Island is home to the heaviest land tortoise living in the wild, Esmeralda, who tips the scales at 670 pounds.
  3. 3. Moyenne Island in Saint Anne Marine National Park is believed to be haunted by a spirit that stands guard over buried treasure.
  4. 4. The coco de mer, native to the islands, produces the largest seed in the world. The distinctly shaped nut can weigh up to 33 pounds.
  5. 5. Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, is the smallest in the world and can be easily explored on foot in less than a day.
  6. 6. James Bond author Ian Fleming visited the Seychelles in 1958 looking for adventure and inspiration for his then-latest collection of stories, For Your Eyes Only.
  7. I would recommend taking out insurance: (https://www.hollardti.com/Agent/LogOn/671864a9-11d3-43e9-bf45-35bb7bff4577)
  8. 8. The Seychelles has some of the rarest endemic birds, including the bare-legged Scops owl, which is so rare that it was once thought to have become extinct before being rediscovered in 1959.
  9. 9. For Seychelles the associated plug type is G, which is the plug that has three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. Seychelles operates on a 240V supply voltage and 50Hz.
  10. 10. Passengers 18 years or older are allowed 200 cigarettes, 2l wine, 200ml of perfume and SR 5000 of other goods. The local currency is Seychelles Rupee.

Items you must pack:

  1. Hat & sunglasses
  2. Bikini/swimsuit and sarong
  3. Sunscreen (it's expensive there)
  4. Short's & flip flops

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With our first-hand experience we will give you the best advice to have a fabulous time in Seychelles!

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