Seychelles’ 115 islands fall into two distinct groups, the granitic Inner Islands that cluster around the principal islands of Mahe, Praslin and La Digue, whose verdant peaks climb skywards from virgin forests and immaculate beaches; and the sparkling array of flat coralline Outer Islands that include the world’s largest coral atoll. The ‘Inner Islands’ are the cultural focal point of Seychelles where the majority of the population lives while the ‘Outer Islands’ remain miniature worlds, little touched by man thus offering a unique and incomparable island experience.

About Mahe and Victoria

Mahe is a fertile granite island with verdant forests, soaring peaks and some of the world’s prettiest beaches and villages. Victoria, one of the tiniest capitals of the world, has a charm and character with traditional architecture, a busy market, shops and curiosities.

  • It’s always a good time to come to Seychelles as the islands are blessed with a warm tropical climate all year long.

  • In this tropical haven, there are no extremes of weather, the temperature seldom drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C.

  • In January and February the islands receive their life-giving rains, rejuvenating the rivers and streams and teasing the vibrant foliage into rainbows of colour.

  • Between May and September brings drier, cooler weather, and livelier seas.

  • Superb conditions for swimming, snorkelling and especially diving occur during April/May and October/November when the water temperature sometimes reaches 29ºC and visibility is often over 30 metres.

Holiday ideas

Outside the cyclone belt and offering a year- round sailing season, moderate swells and gentle tides, there is no better way to enjoy Seychelles than by cruising its pristine waters by catamaran, keelboat, bareboat or kayak. Inner Islands with their secure moorings, myriad beaches, golden sands, hidden bays and secret coves and the Outer Islands of virgin territories featuring stunning lagoons are perfect for an island-hopping excursion.


Open the door to a vast world of marine extravagance as diverse and vibrant as it is unique. The Inner Islands, the remains of a submerged mountain range, rest on a shallow plateau that has encouraged prolific growth of marine life while the 'Outer Islands' are largely uninhabited and present the experienced diver with excellent diving spots where few have gone before. All diving is supervised by internationally qualified and insured Dive instructors with a number of courses of instruction available.

Swimming and Snorkelling

Step from uncrowded beaches straight into the warm embrace of the purest turquoise water and live your dream of a perfect tropical island lifestyle in the land of perpetual summer. And in the waters just offshore, you will discover the enchantment of the Seychelles marine parks where a living aquarium awaits you in the form of colourful schooling reef fish, octopus, lobster and turtle.

Water sports

For thrills of the ocean, enjoy a selection of water sports like water-skiing, parachute rides, jet-skis, banana rides and so much more. The waves and wind offer great windsurfing opportunities for the novice and expert alike. Kite surfing is also popular.


The stuff of fisherman’s tales- Seychelles makes for an unforgettable big-game fishing experience for both the seasoned and novice fisherman alike! You do not have to venture far from Seychelles’ shores to break fishing records in the archipelago. It has become the epicenter of salt-water fly-fishing and blue-water fly-fishing is also becoming increasingly popular so come cast your fly lines!

Mind, Body and Soul

Whether nestling in dreamy, mountain-side pavilions overlooking the ocean or occupying stylish niches within the luxurious cocoons of 5-star resorts, Seychelles’ spas offer natural elegance and refinement in pristine surrounds promising the ultimate voyage of personal transformation.

From the signature treatments of dedicated spas offering relaxing massages with exotic herbal oils, scrubs, detox baths and invigorating wet-treatments to a full range of beauty and grooming services, Seychelles’ spas hold the key to a complete renewal of mind, body and soul.

Walks and Trails

Seychelles is a pristine sanctuary for diverse species of flora and fauna to be discovered by organized walks and trails though the lush countryside.

Nowhere else on earth will you find unique endemic specimens such as the fabulous Coco-de-mer, the largest seed in the world, the jellyfish tree, with only eight surviving examples, the Seychelles’ paradise flycatcher and Seychelles warbler.

Seychelles is also home to two U.N.E.S.C.O World Heritage Sites: Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll and Praslin’s Vallée de Mai, once believed to be the original site of the Garden of Eden.

From the smallest frog to the heaviest land tortoise and the only flightless bird of the Indian Ocean, Seychelles nurtures an amazing array of endemic species within surrounds of exceptional natural beauty.


Time difference:

Seychelles is 4 hours ahead of GMT, 3 hours ahead of British summer time and 2 hours ahead of European summer time.

Time Zone: SCR (UTC+4h)


The local currency is Seychelles Rupee (Sr) made up of 100 cents. Notes come in denominations of Sr10, Sr25, Sr, 50, Sr, 100 and Sr. 500 and coins from Sr. 5 downwards. Seychelles accepts all major currencies.

All banks process travelers cheques and foreign exchange transactions. Passports are required for visitor’s transactions and nominal commissions may be charged. Banking hours are generally Monday-Friday 0800 hrs-1400 hrs and Saturdays 0800hrs-1100hrs.

ATM facilities are available at all major banks and at the airport. Please note that these provide cash in local currency.

Exchanging foreign currency into Seychelles Rupees must be done at banks, with authorized money dealers such as bureau de change or with other licensed operators. It is advisable not to exchange with people in the street.

MasterCard/Access and Visa Cards are widely accepted. Americal Express and Diners Club to a lesser extent.


There is no visa requirement to enter Seychelles. Documents requires for immigration clearance are:

  • A valid passport
  • Return or onward ticket
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Sufficient funds for the duration of stay

Presentation of the above documents will grant a Visitor’s Permit issued upon arrival. This permit is valid for a maximum period of one month, extended stay available upon application to the Department of Immigration.

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