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Sun, sand, sea, sun and more sun…

It’s easy to believe that the word ‘paradise’ was invented to describe the 155 island archipelago in the Indian Ocean.

 

Culture and history

The Seychelles have no indigenous population and the largest ethnic groups of immigrants are those of African, French, Indian and Chinese descent.

These influences can be seen throughout the local art, cuisine, music, dance and architecture.

Flight time

It takes around ten-and-a-half hours to fly from London to the Seychelles.

Currency

Seychelles Rupee - The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR). ATMs, found at major banks, provide cash in SCR.

Passports and visas

It’s a good idea to carry a copy of your passport with you when you travel. You do not need a visa to visit the Seychelles.

Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports and visas.

Phrases

Throw yourself into your holiday by learning some Creole patois

Good morning – bonzour (‘bozoo’)

Hello – allo

Please – silvouple (‘sevooplay’)

Thank you – mersi

Yes – wi (just pronounce it as the French do)

No – non (pronounced ‘noh’)

Is there someone here who speaks English? – eski i annan en dimounn la ki koz Angle?

Timezone

Seychelles is four hours ahead of GMT.

Electricity

Hurrah! The Seychelles uses the standard British three-pin plugs. Voltage is 220-240 volts AC 50 Hz.

Language

English,French - There are three official languages in the Seychelles: English, French and Seychellois Creole.

Tipping

Offering a tip is not normal in the Seychelles as most bill will carry a 5-10% service charge.

Still, you may wish to use your discretion for exceptional service.

Climate

As you’d hope and expect, the climate in the Seychelles is always warm, with temperatures rarely falling below 24 ºC or exceeding 32 ºC.

The trade winds have the greatest impact on season changes – warmer and wetter airstreams come from the northwest between October and April, while during May to September, cooler and drier weather is ushered in from the southeast.

When it does rain, it’s usually as sudden, heavy bursts. January is the wettest month, with July and August the driest.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.

Population and size

About 91,000 people – the population of, say, Hastings or Barnsley – are spread across the 155 islands of the Seychelles, although 90% live on Mahé, the largest of the islands.

At just 455 square kilometers combined, the Seychelles are about 4/5ths the size of the Isle of Man.

Smoking

Smoking is banned on all public transport and enclosed public places.

The only exception is that guest rooms may be designated smoking or non-smoking.



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