Seychelles

The Republic of Seychelles is an archipelago nation comprised of 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean about 900 miles east of mainland Africa (Kenya), northeast of the island of Madagascar. Other nearby island countries and territories include Zanzibar to the west, Mauritius and Réunion to the south, Comoros and Mayotte to the southwest, and the Maldives to the northeast.

A comparatively young nation known for its legendary beauty, The Seychelles has the smallest population of any African state. Seychelles’ 115 islands fall under two distinct groups. The tall granite, Inner Islands cluster mainly within the relatively shallow Seychelles’ plateau, while the low-lying coralline cays, atolls and reef islands of the Outer Islands lie mainly beyond the plateau. These Outer Islands are divided into five groups: the Amirantes group, the Southern Coral Group, Alphonse Group, Farquhar Group and finally the Aldabra Group. There are 43 Inner Islands in all – 41 granitic and two coralline and a total of 72 coralline Outer Islands.

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The otherworldly, granitic islands of the Seychelles archipelago cluster around the main island of Mahé, home to the international airport and the capital, Victoria, and its satellites Praslin and
La Digue. Together, these Inner Islands form the cultural and economic hub of the nation and contain the majority of Seychelles’ tourism facilities as well as its most stunning beaches.
Seychelles is a living museum of natural history and a sanctuary for some of the rarest species of flora & fauna on earth. With almost 50 percent of its limited landmass set aside as national parks and reserves, Seychelles prides itself on its record for far sighted conservation policies that have resulted in an enviable degree of protection for the environment and the varied ecosystems it supports. From the smallest frog to the heaviest land tortoise and the only flightless bird of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles nurtures an amazing array of endemic species within surrounds of exceptional natural beauty.

Travel Information

Electricity

Current is 220/240 volts at 50 cycles per second. A three-point round-pin adapter plug should be brought for your electrical appliances – such adapters…

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Banking

Currency

The unit of currency is the Seychelles rupee (Rs), which is divided into 100 cents (¢). Bank notes come in denominations…

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Climate

Lying 4°-11° south of the Equator, in the western Indian Ocean, Seychelles has a tropical climate: warm and humid with strong maritime influences. The…

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Transport

With relatively short travelling times between the islands and/or places of interest, different modes of transportation and with a regular network of air…

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Dress

Light clothing suitable for Seychelles’ warm tropical climate is recommended and visitors should prepare themselves for the relatively hot, humid atmosphere….

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Regions

Praslin Island

Second largest of the Seychelles’ islands, Praslin spans almost 40 square kilometres of lush tropical jungle fringed by sandy beaches and tranquil turquoise seas. Used as a hideout by pirates during the 18th century, it is today an enticing resort destination offering a range of accommodation, activities and entertainment venues….

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