Seychelles is a 155-island country spanning an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It lies east of mainland Southeast Africa. Nearby island countries and territories include Zanzibar to the west and Comoros, Mayotte, Madagascar, Réunion and Mauritius to the south. Seychelles is famous for some of the best pristine beaches in the world, some framed by age-old granite boulders, others offering powder-soft sands, turquoise waters and sublime opportunities for swimming, snorkeling or pure relaxation. Go island hopping, stay at beautiful resorts; discover national reserves, marine parks, and breathtaking natural wonders above and beneath the waves. It's another world entirely!
Best time to visit: May to October
Seychelles cuisine is a fusion of flavors from African, French, Chinese, Indian and English cooking. It's tangy, sweet, rich and spicy and based on seafood and chilies. Breadfruit and rice are staples. Favorite dishes are tamarind chutney, coconut fish curry and shredded green papaya salad. Try Rousettes - fruit bats, shark chutney, Ladob - a creamy and soft savoury.Drink Palm wine or Calou - an alcoholic beverage made from coconut sap, Coco d'Amour - a tropical coconut liqueur. Local beer includes Ekyu and Seybrew. Tropical fruits are plentiful.
Mahe is the best for shopping. Small specialty shops here offer handicrafts of stained glass, coconut shells, coral, fibres, bamboo, metal and pottery. Buy soap, perfume, tea and vanilla. Buy gems at the famous Kenwyn House. The Sir Selwyn Clarke Market area is home to numerous little gift shops.
Mahe: There are a few buzzing discotheques in Mahe like the up market Club Lovenut in Victoria, Tequila Boom, which also hosts theme nights and La Faya Bar at Bel Ombre in Beau Vallon. Katiolio, near Anse Royale, is the only one on a beach.
Praslin: Visit discos like The Jungle and The Dome. The only casino is the Casino del Iles on the Cote d'Or. Spend an evening at the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino or the Plantation Club. Note that men must wear long trousers. Enjoy a taste of the local camtolet music with dancing at some of the hotels which also offer evening barbecues with music and dancing.
Seychelles visa is not required for citizens of India.
Air Seychelles now flies direct from India and you can have other options as well on Emirates and Air Lanka airlines. Seychelles can be reached via Dubai & Colombo as well.
The Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (STPC) operates a network of 41 routes with 1100 trips daily running according to well-defined schedules that carry the public throughout Mahé and Praslin at a flat rate of SCR 5 per trip. An air-conditioned bus service offers commuters a greater standard of comfort at a slightly higher fare of SCR 10.
Two types of sea ferry operate in Seychelles: The traditional and the modern.
Air Seychelles run regular inter island trips and the cost of ferry and flight is on par. Air travel is preferred because you can get marvelous views.
Throughout Seychelles the voltage is 220 - 240 volts AC 50 Hz. Seychelles uses the British standard square three-pin, 13 amp sharp electric plug. Visitors from countries other than the United Kingdom are advised to bring their own adaptors.
Please resist the urge to collect seashells along the beaches as many are used as habitation by hermit crabs. Collecting shells is prohibited in nature reserves, marine parks and reserves in Seychelles.
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