Travel Destinations / Seychelles
As one of the most famous holiday destinations in the world, the Seychelles embodies everything that a holiday to a tropical destination should. The Seychelles consists of more than 115 islands; however, not all of these are open to the tourist trade. A Seychelles holiday is about one thing, and one thing only, beaches. The pristine white sandy beaches are lined by the bright turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
Many of the beaches on the Seychelles are wonderfully secluded and there are also a number of these beaches that are regularly included in the “world’s top ten beaches” surveys every year. The climate of the region is as close to perfect as you’re likely to find, with an average year-round temperature of 30 degrees Celsius.
The Seychelles is a premier romantic getaway, because of the isolated beaches, and honeymooners flock to these idyllic stretches of beach every year, making it one of the most popular romantic holiday destinations in the world over the past two decades.
One of the best things of the Seychelles beaches are that there’s a lot more to them than simple white sands and picturesque surrounds. Many of the beaches are designated nature reserves and this provides visitors with ample opportunity to experience the local fauna and flora.
The population of the Seychelles is approximately 80,000 and the majority of the inhabitants of the islands are from African, Chinese, Indian and European decent. The official language of the island is “Creole”, but visitors will be able to speak English and French in most locations around the area. The people are warm and inviting and the hospitality of these islands is world renown, hence their status as a premier beach holiday destination.
For those after some retail therapy, the Seychelles will not disappoint. There aren’t any major shopping malls, as the island’s shopping consists of numerous markets and stalls. From handcrafts, made using raffia, palm leaves and coconuts, the island serves as great inspiration to artists, both local and to those who are visiting. For those who would like to buy one-of-a-kind gifts, the craft markets on Mahe Island is where you will find exactly what it is you’re after. One of the most popular markets in the Seychelles is the Sir Selwyn Clarke Market in Victoria on Saturday mornings. From fresh fish, seasonal fruits and vegetables, the market provides an authentically Seychelles experience and the treats on offer are bound to dazzle even the most seasoned of travelers.
Trading hours are generally between 09:00 and 16:00 from Monday through Friday and on Saturdays shops trade between 08:00 and 12:00. You will not be able to get tax refunds in the Seychelles, but there are numerous duty free shops that you can make use of, upon the presentation of your passport and ticket.
Currency: Seychelles Rupees (SCR) SCR= 100 cents
Notes: 10, 25, 50, 100, and 500.
Coins: 5,10, 25, 1 and 5.
Credit cards: Most major credit cards are accepted throughout the islands, including Visa, Mastercard, and Access. Shops display signs on the door if they accept them.
The only required vaccination needed upon entering the Seychelles is a yellow-fever, so if you have been anywhere where yellow-fever is present, will need to present you yellow fever inoculation certificate upon arrival.
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Best time to visit
Trade winds control the weather in the Seychelles as they bring moist airstreams from the northwest between October and April. Whereas the southeast winds from May to September bring cooler, drier weather, and generally require you to find more sheltered beaches to maximise your Seychelles holiday. The periods in between these two distinct wind season, March to April and October to November, are mostly the most wind-free times on the islands.
January is the wettest month of the year, while July and August are the driest, so planning your holiday around the dry season is highly advised. During peak times the hotel rates are sky high in the Seychelles, so try to avoid December to January, Easter and also July to August.