The Seychelles is an island cluster located in the Indian Ocean just off East Africa. There are over 100 islands making up the archipelago of which the vast majority still remain uninhabited. Here’s a quick guide to this pristine holiday destination.
FAST FIVE FACTS:
Population: approximately 92 000
Time Zone: GMT +4
Local Currency: Seychelles Rupee (SCR)
WHEN TO GO
Known for its year round tropical climate, you can be sure to have warm weather any time of the year. Depending on your travel activities, you’ll want to plan your arrival accordingly. April – May are usually the best months for snorkeling and diving while May – September is best for sailing. October – November is also a great time since water temperatures can reach a warm 29 degrees Celsius.
WHAT TO EAT
The Seychelles is best known for its beach side creole cuisine. Many restaurants open up directly onto the beach, so you’ll be able to dig your toes into soft white sands while sipping a cocktail. Seafood is a must when visiting, whether it be grilled in garlic butter or cooked into a curry or stew. Be sure to try the red snapper, king fish and parrot fish.
TOP THINGS TO SEE & DO
Even though it is one of the most relaxing island destinations around, there are a ton of things to see and do in the Seychelles.
There are 115 islands within this archipelago. A common activity is to rent a yacht and sail out to nearby islands for a day of diving and exploring.
Mahe is the largest island in the Seychelles. Here you’ll find golf courses, horses and glass bottom boats that sail around the various marine national parks.
Praslin is the second largest island located 44 km northeast of Mahé. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Vallee de Mai to see the famed Coco de Mer Palms.
Located east of Praslin and forming the third largest island, La Digue is know to have some of the world’s best beaches. Anse Source d’ Argent is known as the most photographed beach in the world. Here you will find giant granite boulders rising from the sands.
The Capital city of Victoria was named in honor of the British Queen and is most popular for shopping. Wandering through the markets, you’ll find almost everything from spices to clothes.
WHERE TO STAY:
The larger granitic islands of the Seychelles (Mahe, Praslin and La Digue) are the more developed and form better spots for setting as your base when in the Seychelles. Mahe is also home to the international airport.
EASY PHRASES TO REMEMBER:
The official languages of Seychelles are Seychellois Creole (Seselwa), English and French.
Hello – bonjour
Goodbye – au revoir
Thank you – merci
Please – s’il vous plait
Do you speak English? – parlez-vous anglais?
I don’t understand – je ne comprends pas