SEYCHELLES

POPULATION

91 000 inhabitants.

CLIMATE

Tropical climate all year around. Temperature seldom drops below 75°F (24°C) or rises above 92°F (33°C). As one may expect in such a lush tropical environment, short lived tropical showers may occur at any time.
Northwest trade winds-October to March the sea is generally calm with warm tropical weather. Southeast trade winds-May to September- the weather is generally drier and cooler, with choppy seas, particularly on south-eastern coasts.

RELIGIONS

Catholicism, anglicanism, protestantism, hindouism…

HEALTH & SAFETY

There is no yellow fever in Seychelles and as a precaution, a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age who come from or who have passed through a partly or wholly infected area within the preceding 6 days. There is no risk of contracting malaria in Seychelles given that the anopheles mosquito does not exist in Seychelles. It is advisable to drink bottle water. Health clinics exist on the islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and there are dispensaries on each of the islands offering accommodation. There are also private health and dental clinics on Mahé, Praslin and only one private health clinic on La Digue. Hotels have the contact of these private practitioners.
Safety : Violent crime in Seychelles is rare. Nevertheless, it is advisable to observe certain basic precautions :
• Do not leave valuables unguarded (including on yachts or in car boots).
• Deposit valuables in the room or hotel safe.
• Avoid swimming alone at isolated beaches.

TRANSPORTATION

Different kinds of transport are available. On the two main islands, visitors can take the bus, taxis and rent a car. In La Digue, two different ways to discover the island by bicycle or oxcart. Island-hopping is made possible through a regular network of air and sea transport primarily operating out of the principal island, Mahé. Air Seychelles operates a shuttle service between Mahé and Praslin (an average of 20 return flights every day). Air Seychelles also operates other inter-island flights, usually on the request of hotels. Also part of the air network is Zil Air, a helicopter charter company which is specialising in island transfers, excursions and chartered scenic flights throughout Seychelles. The Islands Development Company (IDC) specialises in charter flights mostly to the Outer Islands of Seychelles. Two types of sea ferry operate in Seychelles : the traditional and the modern.

NOT TO BE MISSED

Mahé : Walk the town Victoria, National History Museum, Kenwyn House, National Culture Centre, Botanical Garden, Morne Seychellois National Park, Val des près Village, the Vye Marmit Restaurant, the Gran Kaz, the Craft Village, the Creole institute, Ecomuseum (historical landmark), La Marine (manufactures handmade model boats), Le jardin du roi (Spice Garden and restaurant), Mission Lodge (viewing point), Tea Tavern, Beau Vallon Beach, Art galleries, Heritage Garden, Roche Caiman, Creole Restaurants, Walks and trails, Snorkeling.
Praslin:Vallée de Mai, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anse Lazio beach, Praslin Ocean Farm, Giant clams farm, Walks and trails, Islands.
Excursions : Cousin Bird Sanctuary, Curieuse Nature Reserve, Aride Bird Reserve, La Digue.
La Digue : Oxcart ride, Colonial House, Nid d’Aigle trail, L’Union Estate, Historical Cemetry, Copra factory, Giant Tortoises, Vanilla plantation, Islands Excursions : Grande et Petite soeur, Coco and Marianne Islands, Anse Source d’Argent Beach, Grand Anse…

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