Size: (Approx) land area 455 km²
Population: (Approx) 90,000 people
Languages: Creole, English and French
Religion: Christian, Muslim, Hinduism & Bahai .
Land borders: None
Time: 4 hours ahead of GMT, 3 hours
ahead of British summer time. Visitors may enjoy
almost 12 hours of daylight throughout the year.
Climate: The temperature rarely drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C. Most of Seychelles lies outside the cyclone belt so provides a year-round destination for beach lovers.
Nov - Mar - the north west trade winds bring generally calmer sea conditions and warm and humid weather. The wettest months are December to February.
May - Oct - brings drier, cooler weather, and livelier seas - particularly on south-eastern coasts.
Getting around: As well as flight from the UK (direct and indirect), the Seychelles can be accessed from Kenya, and South Africa via the international aiport on Mahe. There are plenty of connections from Mahe to other islands including:
Praslin - a 15 minute flight from Mahe or 45 minutes by catamaran
La Digue - 70 minute by catamaran from Mahe or 15 minutes from Praslin
Island cruising- experience a number of islands by day trip or on a live-aboard island cruise 'Garden of Eden'
Money: Seychelles Rupee. ATM machines can be found on Mahe, Praslin and La Dige.
Tipping: Restaurants, hotel, taxis
etc usually already include a 5% to 10% service charge so tipping
is not obligatory. However, for exceptional
service, a tip is always appreciated.
Formalities: British passport holders do not need a visa to enter the Seychelles.
Travel advice: The Foreign and Commonwealth Office produce up-to-date information on countries around the world. This can be checked on www.fco.gov.uk.