Seychelles with Wilderness Safaris

Travel Advice for Seychelles

Seychelles is a politically stable and also has other real advantages, such as the absence of venomous creatures, tropical disease (there is no malaria), cyclones, crime and poverty; all combine to make Seychelles a most desirable tourist destination.

Full name: Republic of Seychelles
Capital: Victoria
Population: 81 000
Geographic coordinates:  4 35 S, 55 40 E
Area: 455 sq. km

Time: 4 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time

Climate and Seasonality

The islands enjoy a pleasant tropical climate year-round and, as they are situated outside the cyclone belt, there are no extremes of weather. The temperature seldom drops below 24 degrees or rises above 33 degree Celsius. From October to March the islands are affected by the north-west trade winds. This is when the sea is generally calm with warm tropical water. From May to September, the weather is generally drier and cooler, with choppy seas, particularly on the south-eastern coast, which is when the south-east trade winds occur. The wettest months are December and January.

What to pack

  • Sunblock, sun hat and good quality sunglasses
  • Bathing costume
  • Dive card (if applicable)
  • Light clothes
  • Light rain jacket
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Health and Safety

The Seychelles is free of tropical diseases such as malaria, bilharzia, typhoid and dysentery. No vaccinations are necessary.

Passports and Visa

Visitors to Africa must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond your intended departure date, together with onward travel documents, proof of accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Please also ensure that you have sufficient blank visa pages (not endorsement pages) in your passport, with at least 2 consecutive/side by side blank pages. Our recommendation is 3 pages (or even 4 if you are travelling through more than one country on your journey).

Please speak to your Africa specialist to ensure that you have any appropriate travel documentation before departing to Seychelles.

Banks and Foreign Exchange

The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR), made up of 100 cents. Travellers' cheques and foreign currencies can be changed at banks or hotels. Visitors are required to use only local currency when making payments in hotels and guest houses or when paying for other hospitality-related services such as hiring of cars and boats and the services of tour operators or travel agents, patronage of casinos and domestic transfers within Seychelles.

MasterCard, Visa and America Express are widely accepted throughout Seychelles and on North Island.

Languages

Seychelles has three official languages: Creole, English and French.

Recommended Reading

We recommend the following books specific to the Seychelles region:

  • Wildlife of the Seychelles - John Bowler
  • Seychelles - Peter Vine
  • The Birds of Seychelles and the Outlying Islands - M Penny
  • A Fragile Eden: Portraits of the Endemic Flowering Plants of the Granitic Seychelles - Rosemary Wise