Seychelles

Seychelles
November 4, 2014 Miriam Chiazor

Welcome to Seychelles

You will be forgiven for believing you have somehow found yourself in paradise, after just a few days in Seychelles.

The truth is Seychelles is a sort of paradise. An idyllic archipelago of 115 islands set in the warm Indian Ocean. With only a few of the islands inhabited, 90% of the population live in Mahé, the biggest of the islands.

With some of the best beaches in the world, along with a host of spectacular coral reefs, Seychelles is a top tourist destination for watersports such as snorkelling and scuba diving; while the island’s idyllic and romantic setting is a great attraction for lovers and honeymooners.

Seychelles is also home to some endemic plant species like the Coco de Mer; animals like the Aldabra giant tortoise and the rare black parrot.

Quick facts

  • Official name
    The Republic of Seychelles
  • Location
    Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands located in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar. It is bordered by Zanzibar to the west, Mauritius, Rodrigues, Agaléga and Réunion to the south, and Comoros and Mayotte to the southwest.
  • Government
    Republic
  • Dialing code
    +248
  • Climate weather
    Tropical marine
  • Population
    91,650 on 455 km²
  • Official language
    Seychellois Creole, English, French
  • Other major languages
    Seselwa
  • Currency
    Seychellois Rupee (SCR)
  • Foreign currencies accepted
    GBP (£), USD ($)
  • Entry requirements
    No visa required; Yellow Fever certificate is only required for travelers coming from (or in transit through) a country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission. (For more information, visit - www.seychelles.travel).
  • Health tips
    During the rainy season in particular visitors should take precautions against mosquito bites due to the risk of dengue fever and the chikungunya virus spread by bites.
  • Security advice
    Safety is not generally an issue in the Seychelles; violent crime is unlikely and most visits are trouble-free

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