Seychelles

With amazing beaches and wonderful weather all-year-round Seychelles is the perfect place where to relax after a stressful year.
Did you have an incredibly stressful year and are you craving a relaxing vacation? Are you looking for a country with crystal blue water, endless beaches and an incredible coral reef to explore? Do you want to find a great destination abroad for your next holiday but you don’t want to spend hours trying to figure out how to apply for the right visa? You’re in luck! Seychelles are just the perfect place for you! With hundreds of islands to choose from, enjoyable weather all year round and the possibility to travel without a visa, Seychelles are just the perfect place where to enjoy a well-deserved relaxing vacation.

Mahe Seychelles
Scenic aerial view of Mahe coastline, Seychelles

Seychelles is an archipelago island situated in the Indian Ocean about 1,256 miles east of Kenya. It consists of 115 islands of which the most famous, Mahé Island, is only 157.3 km². The capital, Victoria, is located on the northeastern side of Mahé Island and it’s close to the biggest airport in the country, Seychelles International Airport. 

Geographically speaking, Seychelles can be divided into two main groups of islands: the Mahé group, with forty mountainous granitic islands, and a second group consisting of flat coralline islands. The former group is characterised by a hilly centre and a narrow coastal strip. The latter group is composed of mainly flat islands surrounded by coral reefs. These islands are mainly waterless and for this reason, they have very few residents and most of the people living in the country are concentrated in the Mahé island group.

In Seychelles, you will also find two UNESCO World Heritage sites! The Vallée de Mai where Coco de Mer palm tree, an extremely rare species of palm, grows naturally, and Aldabra, the world’s second-largest coral atoll. 

Perfect tropical paradise beach of Seychelles island with palm trees and hammock

The climate of Seychelles is tropical oceanic and it never gets too hot or too cold here. Temperatures are often between 24 °C and 30 °C with only minor variations throughout the year. Even during the early morning, temperatures tend to be above 20 °C, making Seychelles the perfect location for people who enjoy warm weather. Humidity is always high all over the country, and precipitation is frequent from November to March while the dry season lasts from April to October. Being so close to the equator, Seychelles has approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness all year round. 

chatini requin
Chatini requin

The best way to start your day in Seychelles is with a carotte banana. This is a typical snack that can be eaten either for breakfast or during the afternoon, accompanied by a cup of tea.

It consists of bananas covered in honey and vanilla and enclosed in banana leaves. Doesn’t it sound delicious? Chatini requin is another delicacy of the country. It’s usually served on the side of the main dish and it consists of shark meat boiled and mashed with onions, a mix of species, lime juice and bilimbi fruit. It’s usually topped with chives and served cold. If you’re looking for a light, vegetarian lunch, then make sure to order a salade de palmiste. The main ingredient of this fresh salad is hearts of palm mixed with green mangoes, coconuts, avocados, green tomatoes, coriander, red bell pepper and mint. This salad is served with a dressing of lime and ginger. The perfect meal to enjoy during a hot day at the beach!

Creoles Seychelles
Two Seychellois dancers welcome cruise ship passengers to the lovely island of Seychelles.

Most likely, you will spend most of your time enjoying the beautiful tropical beaches so make sure to pack accordingly. Bring several swimming suits with you along with flip flops, hats and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. Don’t forget your sunscreen as here it will be needed! Most hotels don’t require any formal dress code and you’ll be more than ok with a dress or a pair of jeans and a shirt. The weather in Seychelles is frequently warm, so bring with you loose-fitting clothes made of natural materials such as linen and cotton. If you want to try one of the many hiking routes on the islands, make sure to also pack a pair of comfortable shoes. 

Seychelles Currency
Seychelles rupee (Rs)

The official currency of Seychelles is the Seychelles rupee (Rs), however, most places accept euros as well. £1 = 0.057 Rs. ATMs accept all major international cards and can be found at the airport and at the major banks in the capital; however, fees are frequently applied. Major credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard, are widely accepted by hotels and restaurants. Life in Seychelles is quite expensive in comparison to other African countries. Here are a few examples to give you an idea of the prices: a double room in a guest house will cost you around £50 to £80, a dinner out will be around £20 and the prices to rent a car for a day will be around £35. Depending on the duration, a daily excursion will cost you around £45 to 85 and the price for a ferry ride will be around £50. Tipping is not a usual practice in Seychelle as well as bargaining, with the only exception being the local market where price negotiation is the norm. 

There are three official languages in Seychelles. Seychellois Creole, a French-based language, was adopted as the official language of Seychelles when the country gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1975. Even though nowadays Seychellois Creole is the main language spoken in the country, English is still recognized as one of the three official languages and it’s widely spoken and understood. It’s still used nowadays in politics and in Seychelles’ corporate world. The third official language of Seychelles is French. It was introduced in the country during the French occupation in the 18th and early 19th century and it’s still spoken nowadays. 

 Carnaval International de Victoria in Seychelles
Creole procession at the Carnaval International de Victoria in Seychelles

Seychelles’ society is female-dominant and women play a fundamental role in business and family matters. Unlike many other African countries, here, there is no clear division of labour between women and men. On average, Creoles, the indigenous Seychelles population, are very friendly and welcoming with tourists and reject all forms of violence and aggression. If you’re invited to a Creole home, make sure to bring a little present to the family as this is the norm here. About 80 percent of the population of Seychelles is Christian even though most of the people also believe in spirits and magic, mixing their Christian faith with their pagan belief. The main source of income for the people living in Seychelles is tourism followed by the finishing industry. Creoles are musical people and love singing and dancing. They usually wear masks and use local instruments such as bonm, makalapo and tam tam during their celebrations. 

Seychelles Visa Application
Visa application form and flag of Seychelles

Going to Seychelles is extremely easy for UK citizens! In fact, you don’t have to apply for a visa before your departure. The only document that you will need is your passport. Before your trip make sure to check whether your passport will be valid for the entire period of your stay at Seychelles to have a smooth trip.

Adapter for English type G socket isolated on white background

Seychelles uses the associated plug type G. This plug is characterized by three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. The country operates on a standard voltage of 240 V and a frequency of 50 Hz. 

Why travel to Seychelles?

Location and Geography
Mahe Seychelles
Scenic aerial view of Mahe coastline, Seychelles

Seychelles is an archipelago island situated in the Indian Ocean about 1,256 miles east of Kenya. It consists of 115 islands of which the most famous, Mahé Island, is only 157.3 km². The capital, Victoria, is located on the northeastern side of Mahé Island and it’s close to the biggest airport in the country, Seychelles International Airport. 

Geographically speaking, Seychelles can be divided into two main groups of islands: the Mahé group, with forty mountainous granitic islands, and a second group consisting of flat coralline islands. The former group is characterised by a hilly centre and a narrow coastal strip. The latter group is composed of mainly flat islands surrounded by coral reefs. These islands are mainly waterless and for this reason, they have very few residents and most of the people living in the country are concentrated in the Mahé island group.

In Seychelles, you will also find two UNESCO World Heritage sites! The Vallée de Mai where Coco de Mer palm tree, an extremely rare species of palm, grows naturally, and Aldabra, the world’s second-largest coral atoll. 

Climate and weather
Perfect tropical paradise beach of Seychelles island with palm trees and hammock

The climate of Seychelles is tropical oceanic and it never gets too hot or too cold here. Temperatures are often between 24 °C and 30 °C with only minor variations throughout the year. Even during the early morning, temperatures tend to be above 20 °C, making Seychelles the perfect location for people who enjoy warm weather. Humidity is always high all over the country, and precipitation is frequent from November to March while the dry season lasts from April to October. Being so close to the equator, Seychelles has approximately 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness all year round. 

Cuisine
chatini requin
Chatini requin

The best way to start your day in Seychelles is with a carotte banana. This is a typical snack that can be eaten either for breakfast or during the afternoon, accompanied by a cup of tea.

It consists of bananas covered in honey and vanilla and enclosed in banana leaves. Doesn’t it sound delicious? Chatini requin is another delicacy of the country. It’s usually served on the side of the main dish and it consists of shark meat boiled and mashed with onions, a mix of species, lime juice and bilimbi fruit. It’s usually topped with chives and served cold. If you’re looking for a light, vegetarian lunch, then make sure to order a salade de palmiste. The main ingredient of this fresh salad is hearts of palm mixed with green mangoes, coconuts, avocados, green tomatoes, coriander, red bell pepper and mint. This salad is served with a dressing of lime and ginger. The perfect meal to enjoy during a hot day at the beach!

Clothing and dress
Creoles Seychelles
Two Seychellois dancers welcome cruise ship passengers to the lovely island of Seychelles.

Most likely, you will spend most of your time enjoying the beautiful tropical beaches so make sure to pack accordingly. Bring several swimming suits with you along with flip flops, hats and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun. Don’t forget your sunscreen as here it will be needed! Most hotels don’t require any formal dress code and you’ll be more than ok with a dress or a pair of jeans and a shirt. The weather in Seychelles is frequently warm, so bring with you loose-fitting clothes made of natural materials such as linen and cotton. If you want to try one of the many hiking routes on the islands, make sure to also pack a pair of comfortable shoes. 

Currency
Seychelles Currency
Seychelles rupee (Rs)

The official currency of Seychelles is the Seychelles rupee (Rs), however, most places accept euros as well. £1 = 0.057 Rs. ATMs accept all major international cards and can be found at the airport and at the major banks in the capital; however, fees are frequently applied. Major credit cards, including Visa and MasterCard, are widely accepted by hotels and restaurants. Life in Seychelles is quite expensive in comparison to other African countries. Here are a few examples to give you an idea of the prices: a double room in a guest house will cost you around £50 to £80, a dinner out will be around £20 and the prices to rent a car for a day will be around £35. Depending on the duration, a daily excursion will cost you around £45 to 85 and the price for a ferry ride will be around £50. Tipping is not a usual practice in Seychelle as well as bargaining, with the only exception being the local market where price negotiation is the norm. 

Language

There are three official languages in Seychelles. Seychellois Creole, a French-based language, was adopted as the official language of Seychelles when the country gained its independence from the United Kingdom in 1975. Even though nowadays Seychellois Creole is the main language spoken in the country, English is still recognized as one of the three official languages and it’s widely spoken and understood. It’s still used nowadays in politics and in Seychelles’ corporate world. The third official language of Seychelles is French. It was introduced in the country during the French occupation in the 18th and early 19th century and it’s still spoken nowadays. 

Culture
 Carnaval International de Victoria in Seychelles
Creole procession at the Carnaval International de Victoria in Seychelles

Seychelles’ society is female-dominant and women play a fundamental role in business and family matters. Unlike many other African countries, here, there is no clear division of labour between women and men. On average, Creoles, the indigenous Seychelles population, are very friendly and welcoming with tourists and reject all forms of violence and aggression. If you’re invited to a Creole home, make sure to bring a little present to the family as this is the norm here. About 80 percent of the population of Seychelles is Christian even though most of the people also believe in spirits and magic, mixing their Christian faith with their pagan belief. The main source of income for the people living in Seychelles is tourism followed by the finishing industry. Creoles are musical people and love singing and dancing. They usually wear masks and use local instruments such as bonm, makalapo and tam tam during their celebrations. 

Passport & Visa
Seychelles Visa Application
Visa application form and flag of Seychelles

Going to Seychelles is extremely easy for UK citizens! In fact, you don’t have to apply for a visa before your departure. The only document that you will need is your passport. Before your trip make sure to check whether your passport will be valid for the entire period of your stay at Seychelles to have a smooth trip.

Electricity & Plug
Adapter for English type G socket isolated on white background

Seychelles uses the associated plug type G. This plug is characterized by three rectangular pins in a triangular pattern. The country operates on a standard voltage of 240 V and a frequency of 50 Hz. 

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