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Seemingly beyond accessible, this dreamy island nation situated in the Indian Ocean has an exotic and far-far-away quality that is on many a bucket list! If you are lucky enough to be planning a visit to the Seychelles either as a stop on a cruise ship, or flying into Mahe you will be overwhelmed by its unique beauty. If you have a week or more to explore and relax we suggest visiting the main island of Mahe, as well as taking the short ferry journey to Praslin Island and possibly onto La Digue Island. There are plenty of luxury resorts and hideaways, so a visit to a private island is also not out of the question for that once-in-a-lifetime dream holiday.

• Victoria
• Praslin
• La Digue
• North Island
• Cousine

All year round is suitable for a visit to the islands. However, depending upon your reasons for visiting be it diving, fishing, birdwatching or simply a beach holiday there are certain months that may be better than others. Talk to your World Journeys specialist who can tailor make your visit to suit.

Having a husband who’s a true blue boatie, the Seychelles Islands suited him down to the ground. Getting out onto the big blue, experiencing comparable big game fishing to our own and of course, a bit of relaxing at a Spa for me – this destination really stacked up as a ‘holiday’. We allowed a week for R&R in the Seychelles after a safari in Africa and chose to spend two nights in Mahe, on the main island of Victoria and the rest on the island of Praslin (pronounced prar-lin). On arrival we were greeted in ‘island style’ with coconut cocktails and a flower necklace before being zipped away in a BMW transfer to our first hotel. Two luxurious nights at the Banyan Tree Resort where we spent days beach-combing, time for a Spa, some snorkeling and romantic evenings. I would recommend if you have more time that you allow at least four nights at the Banyan Tree, and if budget permits, book a Beachfront Pool Spa Villa…utterly decadent! A very quick hop on the Cat Cocos ferry across to the island of Praslin (similar distance as the ferry to Waiheke Island from Auckland) and we were spoiled once again at L’Archipel Hotel. Overlooking beautiful Anse Gouvernement (a horseshoe shaped turquoise bay) the hotel is set in luxurious tropical grounds. From this base, you can take trips to other smaller islands, fishing excursions, deep sea diving, snorkeling and much more – or less, that you like. Dinner by the pool by candlelight was stunning, but even more stunning was the set up they had for dinners on the beach! If you have a very special occasion to celebrate or simply want to go to a destination you haven’t even thought of before then you will not be disappointed. It may not be “en route” to anywhere, but it is worth the effort.
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Currency Seychelles Rupee. US Dollars and Euros are also widely accepted.

Language English, French and Creole

Weather As the Seychelles islands are blessed with a warm, tropical climate year-round, it’s always a good time to visit, although different times of year may be better suited to your particular interests. In this tropical haven the temperature seldom drops below 24°C or rises above 32C. All but the remotest southern islands lie comfortably outside the cyclone belt making Seychelles’ a year round destination for sun worshippers and beach lovers. Two opposing trade winds generally govern the weather pattern: the north-westerly trades blow from October to March when wind speeds average from 8 to 12 knots; and the brisker south-easterly trades blow from May to September with winds of between 10 to 20 knots, bringing the cooler and windier conditions ideal for sailing. The periods of calm between the trades produce fairly warm and wind-free conditions throughout April and also in October. Conditions for swimming, snorkelling and especially diving are superb during April/May and October/November when the water temperature sometimes reaches 29C and visibility is often 30 metres plus. Depending on your interests, World Journeys can assist in recommending the best time to travel.

Social customs & quirks The ‘Seychellois’ are a colourful blend of peoples of different races, cultures and religions. At different times in its history, people of African, European and Asian origin have come to Seychelles, bringing with them their distinct traditions and customs and contributing to the way of life and to the vibrant Seychellois culture. One can see these influences at work throughout the domains of local art, cuisine, music, dance and architecture. The architectural design of some of the grand old houses with their steep roofs are representative of a style adapted for comfortable living in the tropics that displays influences from Seychelles’ French and British colonial heritage. Modern architecture attempts to assimilate traditional styles with practical features designed to capture the island breezes. Local artists continue to exhibit diverse styles that echo the multi-ethnic backdrop of the islands and bear testament to the various influences which have come to bear. Creole music and dance have their roots in African, Malagasy and European cultures with rhythms traditionally accompanied by simple drums and string instruments which, today, include such recent imports as the violin and guitar. The traditional moutya is an erotic dance derived from the days of slavery and still features today, together with the sega with its colourful lyrics; the kanmtole, reminiscent of a country reel, and the Kontredanse, an import from the French court.

Festivals & events Among the many festivals and events held in the Seychelles, there cultural fete’s held throughout the year, Carnaval in March, Seychelles Regatta in May, the Southeast Sailfish Tournament in August, and the Creole Festival in the last week of October.

Health* There are no compulsory health requirements for a visit to the Seychelles, unless visiting from a Yellow Fever endemic zone within 6 days. Please contact your General Practitioner for advice regarding the recommended vaccination programme for travellers.

Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.

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