Transparent turquoise waters,
a plethora of fish, magnificent beaches, an exuberant fauna, a luxuriant flora,
a fascinating culture and an original and hospitable population combine to make
the wealth and splendour of the Seychelles.
This precious heritage
has been jealously and carefully conserved by the government. Protection of the
environment is invariably the guide line for all development plans. The granite
islands nearby stretch up to 60 miles from Mahé. Navigation is easy, while
keeping an eye to the coral reefs. Tides are modest, with a range of some 1.8m.
Moorings are plentiful, often deserted, and distances are under 30 miles.
Amirantes, Farquhar and
Aldabra are further away. These coral islands are spread as far as 120 to 70 miles
from Mahé. Navigation is more arduous, while the rarer channels and moorings
are covered by special regulations, and the presence of a skipper/guide is compulsory.
The tropical climate of
the Seychelles is as friendly as the inhabitants. The constant temperature of
the air wavers between 25 to 30°C, that of the water between 24 and 29°C.
is outside the hurricane zone, navigation is possible all year round. The south-east trade winds
blow from mid-May to mid-October. At the beginning and end of the season, they
blow at an average of 15 knots, strengthening to 20 to 25 knots during August.
From December to mid-March,
the north-east monsoon calms the winds which drop to an average of 5 to 10 knots.
The sea is wonderful but rain is more frequent, especially from December to February.The low seasons will delight
those who love quiet cruises and deep sea diving. With mild and variable winds,
the climate remains pleasant and warm, punctuated by a few showers to refresh
The southern trade wind
blows from mid-May to mid-October (the Indian winter). At the beginning & end
of the season is blows at about 15 knots, in August it can be 20-25 knots, at
which time the swell is comparable to Caribbean conditions.
The northwest monsoons
set in from December to mid-March, when the wind is more gentle at 10-15 knots
and seas are generally calm. Rain is frequent then, in short bursts, particularly
from December to mid-February, but long sunny periods separate the showers - again,
rather like the Caribbean. This is the Indian summer.
Off-seasons are ideal for
calm cruises and diving. Winds have far less strength and are variable. The weather
is invariably sunny and hot, with scattered showers to clear the air. In a nutshell,
it's little short of paradise.
- General information
- Principal Island
- Mahé. Capital Victoria,
- Valid passport. A visa
is issued at the airport & you must have a return or onward ticket.
- No vaccinations are required
for those arriving from Europe. For other origins contact the nearest Seychelles
Tourist Board (in the Seychelles this is at Independence House, PO Box 92, Victoria,
Mahé, Seychelles. Tel (248) 225 313. Fax (248) 224 035)
- Mahé, 15 minutes
from Victoria. Served by Air Seychelles, Air France, British Airways, Condor &
- Official language
- Creole, English and French.
- Seychelles Rupee, for up to date exchange rates see coinmill.com.
- A 7% sales tax is levied on all goods & services.
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