Location: The Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean located in eastern Africa and northeast of Madagascar. The Island nation is known for its beaches, coral reefs, diving, nature reserves and rare wildlife such as giant Aldabra tortoises. The country has maritime Boundaries with Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Tanzania.
Climate: Climate in Seychelles is always warm and is never extremely hot or cold. The temperature rarely drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C. Almost all of Seychelles lie outside cyclone belt. This makes Seychelles a year round destination for sun worshippers and beach lovers.
Larger amount of the total annual rainfall takes place during the months of December to February compared to other months. It is also fairly cloudy at times during those months and therefore less sunshine. Humidity is also higher during this period.
From May to October, it is generally drier and weather is cooler with seas looking livelier.
Cuisine: Seychelles’s cuisine has been influenced by African, British, French, Indian and Chinese cuisines. Fish plays a prominent part in country’s cuisine because of its location in the Indian Ocean. Staple diets include seafood and shellfish dishes. Spices like ginger, lemongrass, coriander and tamarind are used extensively in Seychellois cuisine. Chilies are used in Seychellois cuisines with as many as 10 different varieties of chilies available.
Food items are steamed, grilled, wrapped in banana leaves, baked, salted and smoked. Dishes are often garnished with fresh flowers. Coconut, breadfruit, mangoes and other fruits are common part of staple diets.
Currency: Seychellois Rupee is the currency of Seychelles. Currency code for Rupees is SCR, and the currency symbol is ₨.
$1 = SCR13.75
1SCR = Rs4.85 (Indian Rupee)
Things to Do: Seychelles is all about enjoying beaches and nature. There are beaches everywhere on this archipelago of 115 islands. Some of the beaches are rocky; some are plain while some are secluded. There are beaches which have vegetation on them, while some are barren. Some of the beaches offer opportunities for diving and snorkeling, while on some beaches you can swim. Coral reef is also present n some of the beaches. Some of the beaches are home to giant turtles. There is a national park to be explored in Seychelles as well. You can enjoy the beaches by walking past them. You can hire bicycles or bikes to explore this island country. Hopping from island to island is best done by boats.
Visa: Valid passports are required for entry into Seychelles. The passport MUST be valid for the period of the intended stay until arrival back in holder’s country of origin / residence.
Flights: There are direct flights to Seychelles from Mumbai. Besides this, there are connecting flights via Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Kenya and Addis Ababa.