Seychelles / Les Sesel
Located on the Seychelles main island “Mahe”, Victoria is the smallest capital in the world. This charming city is in the heart of 115 islands of which 40 are granite islands and 75 are Atolls. It was the Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama who wrote the first texts referring to the Seychelles.
Located northeast of Madagascar, the three main islands (Mahe-Praslin-La Digue) rest on a huge granite plateau.
Neither volcanic nor coral, this granite plateau is made up of the oldest rocks in the world. Indeed, it is believed to be part of Pangea the single continent.
Further north of the Seychelles is the wonderful Bird Island. A living representation of the richness and uniqueness of the nature and wildlife in the Seychelles, The drop offs that surround it are amongst the most beautiful dives sites in the country.
Since Seychelles became independent in 1976, Seychellois Creole, French and English have been the three official languages.
It is hot most of the year, between 25 and 30 degrees celsius. Remember to bring sunscreen or even better, your Lycra suit. Most sunscreen products are devastating for corals, take care of them 😉
The water temperature is at an average of 27 degrees celsius. If you want to bring your own wetsuit, a 3mm long or short will suffice.
Remember to bring a lightweight jacket, sometimes short rainy showers may fall without warning.
No risk of cyclone, the Seychelles are too close to the equator and therefore in a protected area.
The local currency is the Seychellois Rupee. Its rate varies between 15 and 25 rupees for 1 euro.
- More and more businesses accept card payments, but not all of them. We recommended you check before booking.
- Several ATMs for Mastercard, Visa are available on the main islands.
- Atoll divers accepts Cash (euros, dollars) rupees and Visa / Master card.
The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee, find daily rates here: https://www.cbs.sc/marketinfo/DailyRates.html
If you pay in local currency, the rates displayed by the Seychelles Central Bank on the day of payment will be applied.
Tourist Visa: Most countries do not need to apply for a visa. Tourists will be issued a three-month visa free of charge upon arrival. Remember to have a passport that is valid for at least six months after the planned time of return.
Vaccine: No Vaccine required
Local Time: GMT + 4
Internet: You will have internet in most hotels and guest houses. The internet is expensive and quite slow, most restaurants do not offer it. You can buy a local sim card (100 rupees) and top it up to have internet on your mobile.
Water: Tap water is drinkable in most hotels and guest houses, however it is recommended to purchase mineral water for proper hydration.
Electricity: Seychelles uses 220V, 50Hz AC; The sockets are generally type G.
The sun, present all year round, sets at 6.30 p.m. Sun protection is recommended. We prefer Lycra suits to sunscreen as these damage the coral life.
Seychelles is located 4 degrees latitude south of the equator. They are therefore in an anti-cyclonic zone.
Some tropical rains can still occur. A waterproof bag to keep your things dry is recommended.
The trade winds
In the Seychelles there are no seasons but two trade winds that divide the year.
A northwesterly wind from April to October
A south-easterly wind from November to March
The end of the Trade Winds is the most suitable period for diving, i.e. October-November / March-April
The sea is calm and visibility in the water reaches 40 meters.