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Seychelles : When and where to go?
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Seychelles: Climate & Weather
The climate is tropical with air temperatures around 30°C, and water temperatures at 28°C, these conditions make the Seychelles a paradisiacal destination all year round. The rain season starts in October and finishes in March with hot temperatures and a humid atmosphere influenced by the North-West trade wind.
27°C - 81°F
Victoria, updated 01:00 GMT
What to do in Seychelles
The reputation of the Seychelles is very well deserved: The beauty of this archipelago in the Indian Ocean is matchless and the most beautiful postal cards are exceeded by its reality.
Victoria, the capital city, one of the few towns of the archipelago is situated on Mahé Island. You will be able to visit its botanical garden and museums before going by car towards the South to discover Tamataka cove and magnificent beaches such as Beau Vallon or, the more private and less accessible, Soleil cove.
Aldabra Atoll is the biggest island of the Seychelles, formed in fact by four islands encircling a lagoon. It is protected due to the fact it is home to thousands of giant tortoises and birds, visits to this site are regulated.
Discover also the Sainte-Anne national marine park, where you will be able to enjoy diving in ideal conditions and look around ‘l’île Moyenne’ whilst admiring its splendid flora, enjoy a delicious Creole meal at Round Island.
Finally, the big Silhouette Island is different from the others with its high rocky granite relief and its beaches surrounded by protective reefs where you will feel as if you are at the end of the world. Take the opportunity to hike to the summit of ‘Pot à Eau’ and discover its carnivorous plants.
Seychelles : The basics
The Seychelles are served by several airlines: Remember, the most common way to get there is with a package tour.
A visa is not required
The currency in circulation is the Seychellois rupee, but foreigners must pay in euros or dollars for the majority of services, except in the smaller shops or at the markets.
The budget to be planned should be comfortable because everything is expensive: An average hotel double room will cost you approximately €150 and a meal approximately €25.
There are no particular precautions to take concerning health, except to protect yourself from the sun.
To travel around once there, use the ferries between Mahé and Praslin islands. Regular buses are available on Mahé Island. The short distances and the beauty of the landscape lend themselves to walking or hiking or going by bicycle so do not hesitate to enjoy the views this way.
If you wish to take home some presents for your friend and family; Hats, baskets and braided coconut or raffia plaits, coral or shell jewellery, carved wooden objects, spices and batik pareos will all make charming souvenirs of your visit.