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Introduction

The Indian Ocean islands of the Seychelles are associated with pristine white sandy beaches, warm water and a difficult to match tropical island paradise.
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What to See


Victoria
The Clock Tower in Victoria
The capital of the Seychelles and major port for the island, Victoria is a busy little town with a bustling population, lively market, large port and international airport.

Victoria Market
Victoria Market
The bustling market in Victoria. Great for fresh fish, vegetables, fruit and other souvenirs.

Anse Royale
A hub on Mahé, Anse Royale is a popular beach amongst locals on weekends and has some commercial activity, including a local hospital in the area. You can shop a bit for beach clothing, fish, medication or just go to enjoy the large beach.

Beau Vallon
A popular toursit area, Beau Vallon beach is great for sunbathing and swimming. There's a bit of a vibe here too with a pedestrian walkway along the beachfront and some bars and restaurants dotting the coast. Just up the road, the beach with the reef provides some excellent snorkelling opportunities for those venturing over the edge of the reef breakers.

Police Bay
A wild yet beautiful southern tip of Mahé island. Lush forest meets strong ocean currents. Picturesque and quiet.

Praslin
One of the more popular tourist destination islands of the Seychelles. Visit the Vallée de Mai in the Praslin National Park.

Therese IslandBeautiful Therese Island
A beautiful uninhabited island blessed with stunning white sand beaches off the West Coast of Mahé. Access the island by boat and snorkel the reefs.


What to Do


Drive
The Seychelles only have 2 islands where driving is possible, Praslin and Mahé. The road network is small. See the island, drive to the various beaches and towns. It's worth doing.

Enjoy the Beach
Beautiful Beaches
The islands have many nice beaches suitable for sun-bathin, swimming, watersports and snorkeling.

Scuba Dive and Snorkel
The diving and snorkelling on the various islands is excellent with great reefs and abundant marine life.

Golf
Golfing on holiday in the Secyhelles is possible at the golf course in Anse aux Pins on Mahé Island.


What to Eat


Beer
Seybrew is the local beer. Good. Not cheap though. There are many other beers available.

Rum
Takamaka rum, named after the beautiful and wild Takamaka Bay, with the distillery on Mahé island. Distillery tours are available at the distillery located on Mahé island - www.laplaine.sc/distillery

Fish and Seafood
The seafood is excellent. Tuna is abundant, fresh and delicious on the barbecue.

Curry
Curry is a very popular dish on the island, particularly in Creole culinary culture. Fish is particularly popular given it's wide availability and affordability on the islands.

Coconut
Abundant all over the island. Crack the nut and drink the water before eating the flesh.

Fruit
The fresh tropical fruits are available at kiosks along the roads and at markets. Mango, papaya, banana, pineapple and grapefruit are all widely available.


Where to Sleep


Hotels and Resorts
There are plenty of resorts and hotels on the island ranging from the average to the sublimely classy. Many of the main hotel sites will have listings for you in Seychelles. Find Hotels.

Self-Catering
It's often cheaper to stay in self-catering accommodation than to stay at a resort, especially when food and drinks are taken into account.


How to Move


Aiport
There are several airports serving the islands of the Seychelles. The biggest being the airport on Mahé, just south of the capital Victoria. It's a small functional airport with a bit of duty-free shopping available for you after going through security. You can find more information on the airport at http://victoria-seychelles.airport-authority.com/.

Bus
There is a decent bus system on the island running regular services at an affordable price.

Car
Driving is done on the left side of the road. Driving around is quite slow going and can be a hairy experience with narrow roads. It is the best way to see the island of Mahé. Beware of buses on the roads.

Ferry
Ferries between the island run regularly. See here for more info - www.seychelles.travel/en/things_to_do/ferries.php .

Taxi
Taxis are available on the island at a good charge.


Locals


Language
Most locals speak Creole, English or French. English, French and Creole are the official languages.

Time Zone
GMT +4

Currency
Seychelles Rupee divided into 100 cents. On major Resorts and elsewhere, Euros and US Dollars are widely accepted but you may not get a good exchange rate.






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