Best time to go: March – May and September – November
Best for: Island Relaxation
This isolated island paradise offers fine beaches, turquoise seas and hot weather. As a result of its extraordinary geographical history, the Seychelles is also rich in rare plants which flourish nowhere else in the world. No less than 81 species are unique survivors from the luxuriant tropical forests that covered the islands until mankind`s arrival just two centuries ago. The Seychelles is also a major attraction for birdwatchers.
The diving is particularly good: there are sea cliffs, tunnels and caves – and, of course, multitudes of fish of many different species. Visibility is best from September to May. The resort hotels offer waterskiing, sailing, snorkelling and other watersports as conditions are ideal.
Take to the water in the St Anne National Marine Park, a favourite for snorkelling, which encompasses six islands off the coast of Mahé.
The clear water of the Seychelles makes conditions perfect for underwater photography. The coastal waters are a haven for 101 species of coral and over 920 species of fish.
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Capital: Victoria (SEZ)
Currency: Seychelles Rupee (SCR)
Language: Creole, English and French
Dialling code from SA: + 248
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +4 hours (2 hours ahead of South Africa)
Side of the Road: left
Plugs: 240 volts AC, 50Hz. British-style three-pin plugs are in use.
Drinking Water: Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink, but bottled water is available and may be preferable. Outside of the main towns, water may be contaminated.
Health: There are equipped medical facilities; however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended. Visitors who require chronic medication are advised to bring sufficient medication for their trip with the accompanying prescription.
Customs: Swimwear should be reserved for the beach / poolside. Normal social courtesies should be observed.
Local Offences / Laws: Homosexuality is illegal. Collecting of seashells is prohibited. Camouflage clothing is prohibited.
Travel Tips / Warnings: Walking barefoot should be avoided due to risk of contracting leptospirosis.
Duty Free: The following items may be imported into the Seychelles by travellers aged 18 years or older without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco
• 2L of spirits and 2L of wine
• 200ml of perfume or eau de toilette
• Other items not exceeding Rs3,000
Prohibited Imports: Prohibited goods (unless prior authorisation has been granted) include non-prescribed drugs, firearms (including air pistols, air rifles and spear-fishing guns), plants and plant products, animals and animal products, radioactive substances and apparatus, dangerous drugs, biological specimens, fireworks and explosives, and medicines and poisons. Pornography is completely prohibited.
Prohibited Exports: Endangered species