Situated four degrees south of the Equator, the Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands resting in the Indian Ocean near the eastern coast of Africa. The islands boasts sunny weather for most of the year with seasonal rainfall during early December. Temperatures vary from 22 – 30 degrees giving plenty of sunshine for beach activities and exploring of natural trails or diving experiences to see the vast array of flora and fauna.
The Seychelles’ capital is Victoria, which is located on the main island of Mahe – where you will also find the iconic clock tower reminiscent of our colonial past. Victoria is the smallest capital in the world yet has a charm that will entice anyone regardless of age. Wander through the old market streets to discover the colourful vendors selling tropical fruits and vegetables, or admire the spread of fresh fish caught everyday by the local fishermen. You can even savour a local dish from the Zoli Roz restaurant upstairs for a true Kreol experience. If relaxation is your fix, you will be spoilt for choice. Choose among several beaches like Beau Vallon, Anse Royale, Anse Lazio on Praslin and Source D’argent on La Digue to soak up the sun and swim in the pristine waters filled with gorgeous marine life. There are excursions trips on the islands organized for you by travel agents or take a scenic view of the islands from Helicopter Seychelles – the choice is yours.
After a full day of sight-seeing, you can enjoy a beautiful sunset and a delicious authentic meal created for you by masterful chefs wherever you decide to stay. Famous favourites are grilled snapper, fish curry and saffron rice and for the sweet toothed why not try the coconut nougat. Entertainment can be dancing to the moutya by the bonfire under the stars or sega music performed by local musicians.
Other leisure interests are historical sights and museums, island hopping and fishing depending on your taste.
However, while on holiday bear in mind that you still need to be safe. Wear plenty of sunscreen lotion to protect yourself from sunburn and wear a hat if not used to hot weather. Drink plenty of water to keep hydrated and use mosquito repellents to avoid getting bitten.
Shops open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays and 9am to 12pm on Saturdays. All shops and businesses are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Offices are opened from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday only. Private businesses vary in opening times.
Local languages are English, French and Creole but you can get interpreters from travel agents.
Seychellois are very friendly people so even when you are not sure ask at the information desk of your hotel or tourist information office in town close to the clock tower.
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(Photos taken by Idris Jamil Afif |