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Things To Do in Seychelles

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Water sports: The warm waters of the Indian Ocean make Seychelles the perfect place for water enthusiasts. Explore aboard a yacht, motorboat, catamaran or sailboat. Windsurfing is also very popular and the best time for this activity is usually around May and October, at the beginning and end of the trade winds.

Diving, snorkelling and fishing are also popular and can be done almost anywhere in the Seychelles. Baie Ternay is great and easily accessible by glass-bottom boat tour from Beau Vallon beach – leave yourself an empty day and walk the beach for a ‘last minute’ booking – great deals can be exchanged. Snorkelling (provided you have your own equipment – some hotels lend masks, snorkels and fins to guests) is FREE and there are many great spots. Often seen are a variety of tropical fish, sea turtles, eagle rays and more!

Land sports: A variety of recreational sports are available in Seychelles: tennis, golf, badminton, horse riding, cycling, and hiking are some. Bicycle hire and walking tours are great ways to see the sights. As the distances are relatively short and the scenery is beautiful, walking is probably the best way to see the smaller islands (La Digue, Praslin), while walking along the main road can be quite intimidating as the roads are narrow and the local cars/buses drive quite fast. Bicycles are discouraged on Mahe and there are no rental shops in sight. Birdwatching is also popular and the islands are home to many of the world’s most valuable and rare species. The best place for this is Cousin Island, which, although only 1 km in diameter, is home to more than 300,000 birds, but Mahe is also home to many unique species that can be seen in peace.

There are plenty of markets, art galleries and boutiques in the Seychelles, as well as a number of colonial Creole style plantation houses, 6 museums on the main island of Mahé, Botanic Gardens, and a number of national monuments. Downtown Victoria’s markets offer 100% authentic, locally produced agricultural products and spices.

How To Travel To Seychelles

With plane The Seychelles International Airport (SEZ), located in the vicinity of Victoria, is the only international airport gateway to the Seychelles. Air Seychelles is the country's flag carrier and flies to Cape Town, Abu Dhabi, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Paris, as well as Dar Es Salaam, Johannesburg, Mauritius and Antananarivo...

How To Travel Around Seychelles

With plane Air Seychelles operates several daily flights between Mahe and Praslin. Over two dozen flights vary in frequency from 15 minute to 2 hour intervals, depending on the time of day. Air Seychelles also flies once a day or several times a week between Mahe and Bird, Denis, Fregate, Desroches...

Weather & Climate in Seychelles

The Seychelles are warm and humid, with an average annual temperature of 29°C (84°F) and an average sea temperature that rarely drops below 27°C (81°F). However, the heat is usually tempered by refreshing sea breezes, especially on the beaches. The cooler season in Seychelles is during the southeast monsoon...

Visa & Passport Requirements for Seychelles

Regardless of the nationality of the visitor and their family members, there is NO visa requirement to enter Seychelles. However, the following documents must be presented for immigration clearance at the Seychelles International Airport: A valid passport valid on the date of entry into and departure from Seychelles.Return or onward...

Destinations in Seychelles

The 115 islands of the Seychelles belong to two distinct groups. The inner islands, high and granitic, are mainly located on the relatively flat Seychelles plateau, 4° south of the equator and about 1800 km from the east coast of Africa, while the outer islands, low and coral-bearing, are...

Accommodation & Hotels in Seychelles

Seychelles is not tolerant of backpackers who turn up at the airport without booked accommodation. In such a situation, you will probably be taken to a counter where you will have to book and pay for accommodation for the duration of your trip before being allowed through immigration. Visitors...

Things To See in Seychelles

Visit the beaches. Most of the beaches appear to be untouched by people and they are refreshingly uncrowded. The clear blue skies and rarely seen tranquility make this a great place to visit. Hiking up the coastline from Beau Vallon to Anse Major is approximately an hour and a...

Beaches in Seychelles

L'anse aux Poules Bleues - Mahe island A quiet and shady beach next to Anse à la mouche that disappears with the tide; Anse aux poules bleues is well worth a visit. Parking is available under the tall takamaka trees and the water is shallow and perfect for families or...

Food & Drinks in Seychelles

Food in Seychelles Seychellois cuisine has been strongly influenced by the rich cultures of the islands. Creole cuisine, varied seafood dishes, coconuts and curries are most popular. The country's staple, fish, is prepared in a variety of ways. Red snapper in particular is very tasty and well known among visitors. There...

Money & Shopping in Seychelles

The currency of the islands is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR). ATMs usually have the best exchange rates; but airports and banks also conveniently exchange money. Trading in foreign exchange, which was illegal for a long time, was legalised in November 2008 and the currency was freely traded. This also wiped...

Culture in Seychelles

Seychellois society is essentially matriarchal. Mothers tend to be dominant in the household, controlling most of the expenses and looking after the children's interests. Unmarried mothers are the social norm and the law requires fathers to support their children. Men are important because of their earning potential, but their...

History Of Seychelles

The Seychelles has been uninhabited for most of its recorded history. Some scholars speculate that Austrian sailors, and later Maldivian and Arab traders, may have been the first to visit the uninhabited Seychelles. The first recorded sighting by a European was that of Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama, who...

Stay Safe & Healthy in Seychelles

Stay safe Try to avoid dark paths and be careful not to leave your bag unattended. Swimming alone on secluded beaches is not advisable. If you are on a boat, you should avoid taking valuables with you, or if you have no choice, be familiar with finding a nice hiding...

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