People and culture
The cosmopolitan Seychellois are a colourful and harmonious blend of different races, with stem from African, European and Asian roots all of whom have brought something of their own customs and way of life to the islands. The result is a Creole culture enriched from the melting pot of many continents.
There are three official languages – English, French and Creole. Creole is spoken by everyone and is an adaptation of 17thcentury French with additional words and expressions coming from African languages and from Madagascar. It has been elevated to national language status, earning the same respect as English and French. Today Creole is a written as well as a spoken language, which has resulted in an outburst of creativity in plays, poetry and prose.
Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion, but there are also Anglican and Protestant churches together with smaller Muslim, Hindu and Bahaï.
The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR). Euro, USD (also as traveller cheques), credit cards (Visa and Mastercard) are widely accepted. ATM facilities are available at major banks and also at the airports.
220-240 volts AC 50 Hz. Seychelles use the British standard square three-pin 13 amp plug.
No particular vaccination is required except against yellow fever if you’ve been travelling in infected areas before arriving in Seychelles.
With a valid passport for the time of the holiday, a return flight ticket, and a booking in a licensed accommodation, a one-month tourist visa is delivered upon arrival. For longer stays, this visa is renewable with the immigration department.
Seychelles time is 4 hours ahead of GMT, 3 hours ahead of British Summer Time and 2 hours ahead of European Summer Time.
The islands enjoy a pleasant equatorial climate (hot and humid) all year round. The temperature seldom drops below 24 degrees or rises above 33 degrees centigrade.
December to February, the sea is generally rough, it is the rain season, and the highest rate of humidity.
June to September, the weather is generally drier and cooler, with choppy seas, particularly on south-eastern coast.
March to May and October to November are the calmest (nearly no wind) and hottest periods.