About the Seychelles

The Seychelles' 115 granite and coral islands are scattered across the Indian Ocean between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator. Exotic, beautiful and tranquil, they are famous for their world-beating beaches and great diversity ranging from lush forests to the warm azure ocean.

Seychelles is home to no less than two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the legendary Vallée de Mai on Praslin where the wondrously shaped Coco-de-mer nut grows high on ancient palms and the fabled Aldabra, the world's largest raised coral atoll, first seen by early Arab seafarers of the 9th century A.D.

Size: (Approx) land area 455 km²

Population: (Approx) 90,000 people

Capital: Victoria

Languages: Creole, English and French

Religion: Christian, Muslim, Hinduism & Bahai .

Land borders: None

Time4 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



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