About the Seychelles

An island nation, Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascar and about 1,600 km (994 miles) east of Kenya. The majority of the islands are uninhabited, with many dedicated as nature reserves. Seychelles comprises 115 islands occupying a land area of 455 km². It represents an archipelago of legendary beauty that extends from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and which lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa. The granitic islands of the Seychelles archipelago cluster around the main island of Mahé, home to the international airport and the capital, Victoria, and its neighbouring islands of Praslin and La Digue.

Currency – Seychellois rupee. Most of their prices are in Euros owing to the large European population.

Population – 94,677 (2016) World Bank

Seychelles is one of the safest places to visit and the people and warm, friendly and helpful.

Airtel Sim cards can be bought at various outlets and local stores around the three main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and at the International Airport on arrival.

Seychelles is a member of the African Union, the Southern African Development Community, the

Commonwealth of Nations, and the United Nations. After the proclamation of independence from the United Kingdom in 1976, Seychelles has developed from a largely agricultural society to a market-based diversified economy, with agriculture being supplanted by rapidly rising service and public sectors as well as tourism.

Visas – No visa is required to enter the Seychelles, but you must be able to give the address of your accommodation and show that you have a minimum of US$150 on arrival at the airport

People and Culture – Through harmonious socioeconomic policies and developments over the years, today Seychelles is described as a fusion of peoples and cultures. Numerous Seychellois are considered multiracial: blending from African, Asian and European descent to create a modern creole culture. Evidence of this harmonious blend is also revealed in Seychellois food, incorporating various aspects of French, Chinese, Indian and African cuisine.

Nature – It’s home to numerous beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves, as well as rare animals such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, a hub for visiting the other islands, is home to capital Victoria. It also has the mountain rainforests of Morne Seychellois National Park and beaches, including Beau Vallon and

Climate – The climate is equable although quite humid, as the islands are small classified by Köppen-Geiger system as tropical rainforest. The temperature varies little throughout the year. During the coolest months, July and August, the average low is about 24 °C (75 °F). The southeast trade winds blow regularly from May to November, and this is the most pleasant time of the year.

Music – The music of Seychelles is diverse, a reflection of the fusion of cultures through its history. The folk music of the islands incorporates multiple influences in a syncretic fashion, including African rhythms, aesthetic and instrumentation—such as the zez and the bom (known in Brazil as berimbau), European contredanse, polka and mazurka, French folk and pop, sega from Mauritius and Réunion, taarab, soukous and other pan-African genres, and Polynesian, Indian and Arcadian music. A form of percussion music called contombley is popular, as is Moutya, a fusion of native folk rhythms with Kenyan benga. Kontredans (based on European contredanse) is popular, especially in District and School competitions during the annual Festival Kreol (International Creole Festival). Moutya playing and dancing can often be seen at beach bazaars.

Languages – French and English are official languages along with Seychellois Creole, which is primarily based upon French. However, nowadays the language is often laced with English words and phrases