With one paradise island after another, the Seychelles is the closest you can get to a holiday on a pristine tropical island. Here you can enjoy some of the world’s best, most beautiful and most romantic beaches in peace and quiet. For the active traveler, there are also unique opportunities for diving and water sports. Visit insidewatch.net for Africa environment.
On this page you will find practical information and facts about the Seychelles.
PRACTICAL INFO ABOUT TRAVELING IN THE SEYCHELLES
Climate and best travel time The
Seychelles has over 2,500 hours of sunshine per year and an average temperature of 29 degrees.
From May to September, the southeast passage blows. This is a relatively dry period with cool sea breezes and lower humidity than normal.
From November to February, the northwest passage blows and causes tropical rainfall, especially in December and January. The passage does not blow all the time so the humidity and heat are therefore slightly higher during this period. From April to October it is warm with small breezes and calm seas.
There may be some rain and wind during December – January and there may be some waves June – September. At certain times of the year, there is a lot of seagrass on the beaches, especially on Praslin.
Our recommendations on when it is best to travel to the Seychelles are based on how the climate has been during the previous year. The weather in the Seychelles can be very variable and unpredictable and therefore our recommendations should only be seen as an indication.
The Seychelles currency is called the Seychelles rupee Many prices are quoted in euros and can also be paid in cash in euros in most places, but in small, less touristy places you are expected to pay in rupees. There are plenty of opportunities to withdraw money from the many ATMs in the larger cities. International credit cards are becoming more and more widespread and are accepted in most hotels, shops and guest houses.
As a Swedish citizen, you can stay visa-free in the Seychelles for up to 90 days. However, your passport must be valid for at least six months in addition to the trip. You must be able to show a return ticket, as well as proof of sufficient financial resources to cover your stay and proof of accommodation.
If you are short of time but want to see more of the most important islands, you can fly domestic with Air Seychelles. Otherwise, there are regular and efficient ferries between the three largest islands. To all other islands the boats must be chartered.
On the islands of La Digue and Praslin, two-wheelers are a good, easy and cheap way to explore the islands. Mahé is a bit too hilly and steep for a bike ride to be the first choice for most people, so there it can be easier to rent a car.
You can rent a car at Mahé but the roads are narrow and there is left-hand traffic.. The condition of the roads can vary from quite good to completely impassable.
Taxis do not use taximeters, so be sure to get a fixed price before you hop in.
Both Mahé and Praslin have relatively efficient bus lines which means you do not need a rental car to explore the islands.
Tips are not expected in the Seychelles but are gratefully received. The better restaurants and hotels sometimes charge 10-15% in service fees.
We recommend that you familiarize yourself with how much is normally given in tips and to whom before you embark on your journey. Find information on tips in Lonely Planet’s guidebooks.
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH, FRENCH AND CREOLE
CURRENCY: SEYCHELLES RUPEE
RELIGION: HERE ARE MOST CATHOLICS. IN ADDITION, CHRISTIANITY, HINDUISM AND ISLAM ARE PRACTICED.
The Seychelles is really the symbol of paradise – no filter is needed here because the water is really SO blue and the beaches are really SO white. Both above and below the water surface you will be able to enjoy the fantastic archipelago.
The Seychelles consists of 115 coral and granite islands in the Indian Ocean. As about half of these remote islands consist of nature reserves and national parks, the country has managed to preserve its unique nature and culture. In addition, there are restrictions on the number of visitors to the country, which enhances the experience of an isolated paradise. It is great to visit more than one island when traveling to the Seychelles. Visit, for example, the islands of Mahé, La Digue or Praslin, where lush mountain landscapes, national parks as well as romantic beaches and hotels are located by the sea.