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HOLIDAY TO THE
One hundred and fifteen coral and
granite islands rising up out of the Indian Ocean – this is the Seychelles! An Indian Ocean holiday dream come true - calm azure waters, deserted beaches, tropical paradise and
turquoise lagoons. This string of islands offers sparkling white sandy beaches
and coral reefs bustling with sea life. The flora and fauna are unique, the
mountains are covered in lush vegetation, and the landscape offers a stunning
and multi-faceted panorama.
HISTORY OF THE SEYCHELLES
The first European to pass
through the Seychelles was Portuguese Admiral Vasco da Gama in 1502, followed
by the English in 1609. A transit point for trade between Africa and Asia, the
islands were used by pirates until 1756, when the French took control, laying
down their "Stone of Possession" (visible today at the museum in
Mahé) and naming the islands after Jean Moreau de Séchelles. Britain and France
fought over the islands from the late 18th to early 19th century, with Britain
finally gaining control in 1814. Achieving independence from Britain in 1976,
the Seychelles today is a true success story of people who claim origins from
all over the world and live together with an unusual and inspiring degree of
harmony in diversity.
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE SEYCHELLES
Seychelles’ 115 islands fall
under two distinct groups; the outstandingly beautiful granitic islands, the
world’s only oceanic islands of granitic rock, and coral islands fringed by
white sandy beaches and encircled by coral reefs teaming with fish.
The three most popular islands in
the Seychelles archipelago are Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue. Home to 98% of the
Seychelles' population, these three are clustered in the archipelago’s
northeast area known as the Inner Island group. Mahé and Praslin are
Seychelles' largest islands (nearby Silhouette Island is larger than La Digue,
but less populated), and all three are granitic (versus coral). The Inner
Islands also include other popular islands to visit on your Seychelles holiday, such as Denis, Bird,
Silhouette, and North.
Seychelles’ enviable climate is always warm and without
extremes. In this tropical haven, the temperature seldom drops below 24°C or
rises above 32°C making Seychelles a year-round island holiday destination for sun worshippers
and beach lovers. During the north-west trade winds that occur between October and March, the sea is generally calm and the weather warm and humid, in
January and February the islands receive their life-giving rains, rejuvenating the
rivers and streams. From May to September the weather is cooler and drier with
livelier seas - particularly on the south-eastern coasts.
TIME DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEYCHELLES AND SOUTH AFRICA
The Seychelles is 2 hours ahead of South Africa.
CURRENCY IN THE SEYCHELLES
The currency in use is the Seychelles rupee (Rs). Although
tourist prices are often quoted in Euros, you can also pay in Rupees and often
also in US Dollars. ATMs (which accept foreign cards) are available at the
airports, in Victoria, and scattered around the larger towns on all three main
islands. Almost all hotels, restaurants, shops, and even small curio stalls
take major credit cards, with a preference for Visa and MasterCard
DO IN THE SEYCHELLES
For visitors who can tear
themselves away from their resort, the Seychelles offers a wide variety of
things to see and do; from the prehistoric rainforest of Praslin’s National
Park to the 70 beaches of Mahé and endless water sports. You could take an
excursion to Mahe’s capital, Victoria, to admire its colonial mansions and meet
the giant tortoises at the botanical gardens. You can also visit tiny islands
such as beautiful La Digue, perhaps joining local fishermen in their boat for a
day’s angling in the abundant waters.
You will find proud national
monuments, beautiful Creole houses, artists' studios, national reserves and
marine parks, as well as breath-taking natural wonders above and beneath the
waves. There are guided nature tours to enjoy some of the rarest species of
flora and fauna on earth. Not forgetting the mellow Seychelles nightlife where
you can take in a casino, some local bars and fine restaurants offering
unforgettable Creole and international cuisine.
The first port of call for most
visitors to the Seychelles is Mahe. This is the largest island of the
Seychelles and the largest granitic island – 27 km long and 8 km wide. Forming
the backbone of the island is a spectacular mountain range that includes Morne
Seychellois, the island’s highest peak. Around the peak is one of the island’s
beautiful national parks, offering good hiking and stunning scenery. More than
60 idyllic beaches fringed with swaying palm trees can be found along the
shoreline, offering a host of activities including diving and fishing. There
are several interesting sights to see, particularly in friendly Victoria.
Praslin is the second largest
island of the Seychelles, 44 km north east of Mahe and can be reached by plane
or ferry. This island is a popular tourist destination with several hotels and
resorts, as well as the famous beaches of Anse Lazio and Anse Georgette. The
beautiful Vallee de Mai is known for the unique Coco de Mer.
La Digue, Seychelles
La Digue is a small island accessible by ferry from Praslin.
Here cars are shunned in favour of bicycles and ox-carts. A timeless oasis,
hidden away in the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean, La Digue is the Seychelles
of yesteryear. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches, La Digue also boasts
the friendliest people and most tranquil, serene and relaxed atmosphere.
Seychellois - the common name used for the population of
Seychelles - speak both English and Creole.
Throughout Seychelles the voltage is 220-240 volts AC 50 Hz.
Seychelles uses the British standard square three-pin, 13 amp sharp electric
plug. International visitors are advised to bring their own adaptors.
DIVING IN THE SEYCHELLES
Seychelles offers diverse and impressive diving
opportunities. The Inner Islands rest on a shallow plateau with prolific marine
life and excellent PADI diving facilities are available with access to a
multitude of dive sites. The Outer Islands to the south of the archipelago are
all coralline or sand cays and mainly uninhabited, presenting the experienced
diver with excellent opportunities to explore where few have gone before. If
you are a certified diver, travel with proof of certification and discover this
miracle of nature.
WHAT TO WEAR IN THE SEYCHELLES
As the Seychelles are warm throughout the year it is
recommended that you pack light comfortable relaxed clothing. Most resorts are
quite casual, so light clothing should be adequate at most times - you may also
want to take a thin rain jacket in the event of the occasional rain shower.
Don’t forget your beach wear plus sun screen and sun glasses.
WHAT TO PACK FOR YOUR SEYCHELLES HOLIDAY
- As a guide, the maximum weight for checked
luggage is 20kg in economy class and 30kg in business class
- Your hand-luggage should not weigh more than 6kg
and needs to be small and compact
- Take along your best beach and casual wear,
perfect for the day
- As the Seychelles are warm throughout the year
it is recommended that you pack light comfortable relaxed clothing. Most
resorts are quite casual, so light clothing should be adequate at most times
- Sunglasses and suntan lotion are a must
- Don’t forget any medication that you might need,
and be sure to pack it in your hand luggage
- Chargers for all your devices (it’s a good idea
to take along a few movies on a tablet or something similar as the English TV
channels in your hotel may be limited)
- Sturdy walking shoes if you are planning on
taking a guided walk or exploring nature trails
- Mosquito repellent
- A sun hat, flip flops and a beach bag
SEYCHELLES TRAVEL TIPS
- Pack a change of clothing in your hand luggage
in case of baggage delays (and a spare cozzie so at least you can have a swim
when you get to your resort)
- Clothing creases less if rolled in a sausage
shape when packed – so roll, don’t fold
- No sharp objects are permitted in your hand
luggage (yes, tweezers are sharp!)
- Travel insurance is a must. If you can’t afford
it, you can’t afford to travel!
- Travelling with kids – please check that you
have all the relevant documents including unabridged Birth Certificates.
- Put electronics, medication, toothbrushes and
jewellery in your carry-on bag
- It’s often a good idea to let your bank or
credit card company know that you’re going overseas
- Be patient, be flexible, be spontaneous and have
the best time ever!
- Return flights to Mahe on Air Seychelles
- Return resort transfers
- 7 nights accommodation in a Standard Room
- Breakfast daily
- All taxes; levies and surcharges (estimate)
Packages are subject to availability at the time of the reservation.
Passport & visa costs (if applicable), travel insurance & items of a personal nature are also not included.
Prices are subject to change without prior notice due to airfare increases and currency fluctuations.
Rebooking and cancellations fees apply.
All prices are per person sharing unless otherwise specified.
Standard terms and conditions apply.
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