SEYCHELLES TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off East Africa. It's home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to capital Victoria.

 

With a fabulous variety of marine, plant and insect species, this little archipelago of islands called Seychelles is prettily scattered over the Indian Ocean and justifiably earns the tourist-brochure epithet of ‘paradise on earth’. Tourist infrastructure is very well developed by African standards, the opportunities for outdoor activities, both on land and in the sea are innumerable and the people are friendly and welcoming.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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Seychelles has begun to ease its travel restrictions, having reopened its borders to commercial flights from certain areas from August 1. The Department of Health has specified separate entry requirements for visitors and for returning residents or work permit holders. A full list of entry guidelines and application forms can be found on Department of Health website.The Department of Health in Seychelles has published a list of originating countries considered low to medium risk. Travelers originating in countries that are considered high risk will not be permitted entry until further notice. Travelers intending to travel to the Seychelles should check Seychelles government updates, and contact their airline to confirm they will be allowed to enter. Non-residents must have a hotel reservation confirmation.A completed application for entry into Seychelles must be submitted to the Public Health Commissioner before boarding. The form can be obtained at http://tourism.gov.sc .Travelers must have a medical certificate with a negative COVID-19 test result issued at most 72 hours before arrival and are subject to medical screening.Nationals and residents of Seychelles are subject to quarantine for 14 days.

 

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  • Capital: Victoria
  • Currency: Seychelles rupee (SCR)
  • Area: 455 km2
  • Population: 96 762 (2018)
  • Language: English (official), French (official), Creole (official)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic 86.6%, Anglican 6.7%, other Christian 2.5%, other 4.1%
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 5 June, Liberation Day
  • 18 June, National Day
  • 26 June, Independence Day
  • 15 August, Assumption
  • 1 November, All Saints’ Day
  • 8 December, Immaculate Conception

Also, Good Friday, Easter Saturday, and Corpus Christi.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

The climate of the Seychelles archipelago is strongly influenced by the ocean, especially through changes in monsoonal winds, ocean currents and sea surface temperature patterns, hence a tropical maritime climate. The temperature varies between 25°C and 26°C in July and August, and between 27°C and 28°C in March and April. The temperature varies between 25°C and 26°C in July and August, and between 27°C and 28°C in March and April. Near sea-level, the maximum temperature is about 4°C higher than at higher altitude, reaching an average of 31°C at mid-day in April. The topography of the Seychelles strongly influences rainfall patterns. The rainfall varies according to the height above sea level, and ranges from 76.2 mm in July to 404.8 mm in January. The mean annual rainfall total for Mahe is 2369.4 mm over the coastal areas but it is expected to exceed that amount over most of the hilly interiors.

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Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Seychelles is from May to September. The wet monsoon season leaves paths muddy and slippery.

BEACH:

Seychelles is packed with plenty of stunning beaches and it's always beach season! You might want to avoid the peak tourist months of June to August or the rainiest month of January.

WIND:

Seychelles has fairly good wind for wind and kitesurfing from May to September with the most consistent winds found from July to September. The most popular spots for kitesurfing are Anse aux Pins on Mahe and Anse Source d'argent on La Digue.

For more details on kite surfing in Seychelles expand this section!

SURFING:

You can enjoy pretty good laid back surf in the Seychelles from April to October. Most waves are fairly small, but you'll get the odd bigger swell from time to time.

 
 

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