Useful information : When to go, Getting around...
When to go
The Seychelles are subject to monsoons, which result in two main seasons. However, the influence of the ocean ensures a relatively constant climate with pleasant temperatures and high humidity levels.
From April to September, during the southern winter, the weather is cooler and drier due to the south-easterly trade winds. This is the best season for sailing, wind surfing and diving. July-August are the driest months but also the busiest, even if one cannot talk about mass tourism in the Seychelles. Prices do however rocket at this time! April is the ideal month for bird watchers.
Afterwards the southern summer takes over from October to March, bringing in its wake humid, stifling heat and torrential rainfall, particularly in January. The flora is at its most beautiful at this time and anglers are in seventh heaven!
Formalities and useful addresses
British passport holders do not need a visa and are simply required to have a passport valid for the duration of their stay.
US passport holders must have a valid passport, proof of sufficient funds and a return ticket. An extendable one-month visa will be issued on arrival.
High Commission of the Republic of Seychelles – 132 Buckingham Palace Rd - London SW1W 9SA - [TEL] (0207) 730 2046 - www.seychelleshc.org
Seychelles Tourism Board – www.seychelles.travel
British High Commission – Francis Rachel Street, Mahé - 3rd Floor, Oliaji Trade Centre - Victoria - [TEL] (248) 428 3666 - www.gov.uk/government/world/organisations/high-commission-victoria
U.S. Consular Agency – Francis Rachel Street, Mahé – Suite 23, 2nd Floor, Oliaji Trade Centre - Victoria - [TEL] (248) 422 5256 - http://seychelles.usvpp.gov/
Tourist office in Mahe – Seychelles International Airport, Point Larue and Independence House, Victoria - [TEL] (248) 461 0800 and (248) 437 3136.
Tourist Information Office - Praslin – Praslin Jetty, Baie Ste-Anne and Iles des Palmes Airport, Grand Anse [TEL] (248) 423 3346 and (248) 423 2669
Tourist Information Office - La Digue – La Passe - Baie Ste-Anne - [TEL] (248) 423 4393.
Money and budget
Banks are open Mon-Fri 8.30am-2.30pm, and Sat 8.30-11.30am.
The vast majority of hotels, restaurants and gift shops take Visa cards, and occasionnally MasterCard, American Express and Diner's Club. Some establishments charge a 5% fee if you pay with a credit card. ATMs abound.
1 double room in a simple hotel in Mahe: SR 1 145/1 430 (£70/80).
1 meal at a simple restaurant in Mahe or La Digue: SR 115/215 (£6.5/12).
1 meal in a good restaurant in Mahe: SR 430 (£25).
1 scuba-diving session: SR 890/1 340 (£50/75).
1 fresh fruit juice: SR50/80 (£2.5/4).
1 bottle of mineral water: SR 10/15 (£0.6/0.9).
1 long coffee: SR 30/60 (£1.5/3).
Health and safety
Current is 240 V with British-style 3-pin plugs. US travellers will need an adaptor.
January 1 and 2
March or April– Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Sunday
June 5 – Liberation Day
June 10 – Corpus Christi
June 18 – Constitution Day
June 29 – Independence Day
August 15 – Assumption of Virgin Mary
November 1 – All Saint's Day
December 8 – Immaculate Conception
December 25– Christmas
Nearly 75% of all accommodation on the island is in Mahe. Praslin also has many hotels. In La Digue, B&Bs and inns are more common. In any case, double check your reservations.
Post offices are open 8am-3 or 4pm Mon-Fri. The central post office in Victoria is open 8-11.45am on Saturdays.
Ox cart – An amusing way for tourists to do a leisurely tour of the island (only available in La Digue). Careful though, the prices tend to be a bit steep.
Praslin and especially La Digue (entirely pedestrian) are ideal for bicycling.