About Seychelles

Said by locals, to be a thousand miles from anywhere.

A wonderful description of these tiny islands, just over one hundred of them and spread across 455 square kilometres of the Indian Ocean, as they are indeed a thousand miles from the African mainland, with the Indian sub-continent twice the distance in the other direction. So they are ideally positioned for doing nothing except relaxing in the sun or playing on or in the sea from some of the most unspoiled, pristine beaches in the world. They are also a nature lover’s dream come true – with dolphins, giant and ancient turtles, giant fruit bats (one of the noisiest eaters on the planet) and birds, many of which you can see nowhere else in the world – including the last flightless bird in the Indian Ocean, the white-throated rail, a younger version of the dodo.


  • Explore one of the world’s smallest capitals
  • Sail around the islands
  • Ride an oxcart on La Digue
  • Search for the Coco de Mer nut
  • Do absolutely nothing


  • Dolphins, Giant and ancient Turtles, Rare birds only connected to the Seychelles


  • Dry – May to October, with July and August being the hottest.
  • Green – November (when it starts light) to March. Heaviest between December and January.

In The Know

    • Capital – Victoria
    • Currency – Seychellois Rupee
    • Point of Entry – Mahe
    • Airlines – Air Seychelles via A bu Dhabi, Kenya Airways via Nairobi
    • Flying Time – 14 hours 20 minutes
    • Time Zone – GMT +4
    • Visa not required
    • Medical Requirements – None

Insider Tips

  • Bring a bottle of duty free with you – most spirits are imported and are very expensive
  • Take the helicopter from Mahe to La Digue Island – it doesn’t cost much more than the plane & ferry combination 
  • Smokers, don’t forget your cigarettes – a packet on North Island costs USD26.00!
  • The best value flights over Christmas tend to get booked up 11½ months in advance so try to book in January

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