The Republic of the Seychelles is a democracy comprised of more than
100 islands northeast of Madagascar and 1,000 miles (1,500 km) off the
east coast of Africa. The islands were first settled in the 1200s
from the Maldives.
The French dominated in the 1700s and the British took control of the
islands in the 1800s. Today the Seychelles are an independent nation
in the British Commonwealth and a member of the African Union.
Languages spoken include French, English and Seychellois Creole.
Most of the population of 100,000 is located in the inner islands
surrounding the capital of Victoria and the Greater Victoria region.
The international airport in Victoria opened in 1971.
Most of the islands are granite, however there are several coral islands
in the archipelago. One of the distinctive species in the islands is
the Aldabra or Seychelles Giant Tortoise.
Temperatures in the Seychelles are remarkably consistent throughout the
year. Highs average 30 C (88 F) while lows average 25 C (77 F)
regardless of the month of the year. The rainy season is December -
February. June and July are the driest months, however there is
really no bad time of year for visiting the Seychelles. The
cyclones from India do not reach the islands and winds are usually
There are no Visa requirements for the Seychelles. A passport and
proof of arrangements to leave the country after your visit are sufficient
to document entry upon arrival. Arrival is by air at the Seychelles
International Airport on Mahe or an occasional cruise ship in the port of
Victoria, also on Mahe.
The currency of the Seychelles is the Seychellois rupee.
Things to see and do in the Seychelles:
The inner islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue are the main
attractions for tourism in the Seychelles.
For access between the islands, try:
Cat Cocos -
service between Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.
Mahe is the largest island in the Seychelles. It is the
location of the International Airport and the capital city of Victoria.
Visit one of the pristine, uncrowded beaches. Hang out with
the locals in Beau Vallon Beach in the north of Mahe and watch
the sunset over Silhouette Island. The beach and excellent snorkeling at Anse
Major is accessible only by foot, in the
northwest of Mahe too. Anse Royale Beach in the southeast is popular
for its clear blue waters.
La Digue is the
least developed of the three inner islands. There are very few
vehicles on La
Digue, because it's small enough to walk everywhere.
Anse Source d'Argent - a common picture postcard for the Seychelles
and often rated the most beautiful beach in the world.
Union Estate Park - includes a colonial style plantation home
converted to a museum, the huge granite boulders called Union
Boulders, giant tortoises and a
horse paddock. The park covers about 1/3 of the island.
Nid Aigle - viewpoint overlooking the island.
Visit the Veuve Reserve to see the rare Paradise Flycatchers.
Take an ox cart tour of the island or bicycle around it.
More great beaches - Anse Coco Beach, Spiagge di Anse Marron, Grand Anse.
Snorkeling trips to Ile de Cocos, Felicite Island, Sister Island and