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Eco Travel Guide to Seychelles : Southern Africa

 
Seychelles Travel Guide
Travel Writer: EcoTravel Africa  
 

Seychelles is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa. The principal island of Mahe has a population of about 50,000. The two other islands with significant permanent populations are Praslin and La Digue. The Seychelles archipelago of more than a hundred islands stretches for hundreds of miles. Seychelles has much more than beautiful beaches and great diving. Hiking on the many trails through the jungles, to the mountain tops and to secluded beaches will seem like you are the very first visitor, is one of the great pleasures of the islands.

 
 
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Even the most vivid imagination can barely touch the living beauty of these islands, discovered only two centuries ago. You can snorkel and scuba dive, hold hands under an ebony sky lit by a tropical moon, or simply wallow in your achievements.

It boasts exotic flora and fauna that can be found nowhere else on earth - 2000 species of tropical plants, palm trees, filaos and even the famous ‘Coco de Mer’ palm.

Mahe is the largest of the Seychelles islands and is home to the capital, Victoria, and the international airport, the commercial ports, fishing boats, and the largest percentage of population. Mahe has most of the hotels including two casinos.

Deep sea fishing and sailing are also extremely popular. Many world record fish have been caught in the Seychelles. The islands are densely populated by land and sea birds, some of them very rare, are found only on specific islands. Day and overnight trips to other islands such as Cerf, Silhouette, North, Bird, Denis, Cousin, Cousine, Félicité and Frégate are quite popular.

The Seychelles has it all, harmoniously blended, offering luxurious or rustic accommodation and tantalizing, tempting, tropical delights expertly prepared to please the most delicate of palates. It’s all yours and waiting to be explored.

Divers and snorkellers will find an unrivalled underwater paradise, fishing is unbeatable - the Seychelles holds world records for fly-fishing and game fishing - and you have a choice of pristine and private islands to visit.

Seychelles holidays are the ideal choice for nature lovers. Thanks to far-sighted environmental policies, the islands' unique flora and fauna have been perfectly preserved.

Language
Seychelles is a multi-racial nation and the national languages of the country are English, French and Creole.

Climate
The Seychelles is a tropical marine; it is humid; cooler season is during the southeast monsoon (late May to September); warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May)

Currency
The Seychelles rupee is the official currency. The exchange is approximately SR5 to one US dollar. American express, Diners club and visa cards are the major credit cards which are accepted for car hiring , hotel and restaurant expenses.

Electricity voltage
240 volts AC

Visa requirements
No visa is needed to come to Seychelles. All you need is a valid passport, a return ticket and a hotel reservation. Upon arrival you will be issued with a visa.

Vaccination
There is no malaria or other tropical diseases in Seychelles therefore no vaccination is required. Seychelles require a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate from travellers arriving from areas or from countries with infected areas.

Time
Four hours ahead of Greenwich meridian time (GMT)

 

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