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SEYCHELLES  TRAVEL-INFORMATION

Lokaltime:

GMT plus 4 hours, MEZ plus 3 hours, MESZ plus 2 hours.

Entry:

Visa until 4 weeks stay (you can prolong) and a passport with at least 6 months validity. Persons above 18 years may be imported 400 cigarettes, 2 litres alcohol and articles up to a value of 3000 SR.

Departure:

Travellers over 12 years must prove with a coupon on departure, that the passenger service charges (US$ 40 in 2003) was paid in a hotel, at banks or at the airport. Turtle tanks and objects from tortoiseshell, corals may not be exported. For the exportation of a Coco de Mer it requires a written approval which you receives among authorized sellers.

Journey:

The international Airport is located in "Point La Rue" on Mahé. The flight transfer after Alphonse and Desroches lasts for about 45 minutes.

Language:

Creole is a mixing language, consisting of the original dialects and the colonial language and remind therefore always strongly of French in the Seychelles. They Seychellois understand, however, also French and English on the tourist islands.

Religion:

90 per cent of the population is already Roman Catholics, nevertheless many Seychellois are still very superstitious and believe in mysticism and sorcery.

Population:

Rounds 80,000 Seychellois up (Creole "Seselwa") lives alltogether on 115 islands, about 90 per cent of this on the two main islands of Mahé and Praslin.

Travel time:

Recommendable is May until October. The most dryly months are June, July and August, the most precipitations fall in December and January. Short showers of rain must always be calculated.

Climate:

Tropically warm climate. During the southeast monsoon of the end of May until September the air is cooler and drier, during the northwest monsoon of October until May the air is warmer and damper.

Clima grafics:

average day temperatures in °C

average night temperatures in °C

average sea temperature in °C

average sunshine hours per day

average days with sunshine and average days with rain or showers

average days with rain

History:

800 AD landed the first Arab seafarers. 1501 a Portuguese seafarer discoveredthe Farquhar archipelago. 1502 Vasco da Gama discovered the Seychelles. 1756 the Irish captain Corneille Nicolas Morphey declared the islands as French possession. 1811 be the Seychelles annexed by the Brits. 1875 become the Seychelles to an exile place. 1903 the Seychelles become a British crown colony. 1934 first money of one's own. 1948 first right to vote. 1970 first one constitution. 1976 the Seychelles attain the independence. 1977 government revolt. 1981 attempted putsch of South African mercenaries fails and in 1993 there was an increase party choice after 16 years again.

Tides:

to the Seychelles Tides Calculator (powered by Seychellen-Web)

Mobile telephon:

Mobile telephone works only on the most Inner Islands.

Internet:

The Internet is very slowly and sometimes for days not available on the islands. It gives 2 Internet café in Victoria and it cost 2 Euros for 15 minutes (stand 2003).

Holidays:

January 1st and 2nd (New Year), Good Friday, May 1st (day of the work), Corpus Christi, June 5th (day of the liberation), June 18th (national holiday), June 29th (independence day), August 15th (Ascension Day), November 1st (All Saints' Day), 8. December (Maria conception) and 25. December (Christmas).

Diving:

Middle view and water temperatures between 26 and 29 degrees centigrade, in some places at times cold depth flows. Great richness in fish and often also big fish up to the Tiger Shark and Sperm Whale.

Snorkels:

Since El Ninjo the corals are here also no longer so beautiful but there is often to see whale sharks between October and April.

Geografical position:

Of 3° 43' up to 10° 8' southern breadth and of 46° 10' up to 56° 20' eastern length in the Indian ocean.

The islands:

Sea area of 1 million km², land area 454 km². The Inner Islands consists of granite rocks and the 905 metres high Morne Seychellois is the highest elevation in the east of Victoria on Mahé, the Outer Islands are low coral islands.

National parks:

The Aldabra atoll, the islands Aride, Cousin and Curieuse are completely under conservation. There are however also other nature reserves, as the Morne Seychellois national park and the Valleé de May on Praslin (absolute smoking ban!), as well as the sea national parks, like the 80 hectares great Baie Ternay at the westernmost end of Mahé (preferential spawning ground of the Karett turtles) and parts of the sea in front of Praslin, as well as the mangrove woods in the Turtle Bay.

Coco de Mer:

The biggest coconut the world, the up to 20 kg heavy "Coco de Mer" grows only on Praslin and Curieuse, but a couple of copies are also in the botanic garden in Victoria. Approximately 3000 pieces are sold to tourists by it (only by a written exportation approval) every year.

Flora:

All islands are covered luxuriantly, the greatest variety of species if mixed already with imported species, too, grows, however, on Mahé. The original "cloud forests" still thrive in the higher areas.

Fauna:

Giant turtles (the best known is Esmeralda on Bird Island and she is 300 kg heavily and between 120 and 150 years old), lizards, salamanders, geckos and a huge number and species of birds, among this also the Great Frigatebird with up to 2 metres of span width.

Food:

Additionally to international kitchen in the hotels you should eat absolutely also local specialities, as bouyon bred (Chinese cabbage soup), lasoup pwason (fish-soup), lasoup tektek (mussel soup), kari pwason (fish curry), kari zourit (Octopus curry), pwason griye (grilled fish), pwason sale (spicy dried fish) and ladob banan (bananas cooked into coconut milk). To this satini is also served. These are Chutneys from native fruits, but you should never eat this Chutney, the satini reken, because this is a Shark Chutney!

MISS SIMONE DE COMARMOND

The Maldivian Tourism Minister wellcomes the Seychelles Tourism Minister Mrs Simone de Comarmond at the Maldivian Night 2003 in Berlin

Joern Bernard and Peter Beek speaks with the Tourist Minister of the Seychelles Mrs Simone de Comarmond about the action 'Protect the Maldives'

Mrs Simone de Comarmond in Berlin at the ITB 2003

The Tourism Minister 2003 of the Seychelles Mrs Simone de Comarmond

Maldivian Night 2003 in Berlin: 1) In 2003 Mr. Hassan Sobir was still the tourism minister of the Maldives and welcomed here the tourism minister of the Seychelles, Mrs Simone de Comarmond. 2) Mrs Simone de Comarmond was very interested in our explanations about environmental protection and our environment action "Protect the Maldives". 3) and 4) Mrs Simone de Comarmond which was still the tourism minister of the Seychelles in 2003.

LINKS FROM AND ABOUT THE SEYCHELLES

visit Travel Seychelles.ch

SEYCHELLEN.ORG

SEYCHELLEN.CH

SEYCHELLES ATLAS

AIR SEYCHELLES

SEYCHELLEN-INFOS

SEYCHELLENFORUM

SEYCHELLES MAGIC

METEO-SEYCHELLES

SEYCHELLEN-BILDER

NATURE SEYCHELLES

SEYCHELLEN - WETTER

VIRTUAL SEYCHELLES

WIKIPEDIA - SEYCHELLEN

WIKIPEDIA SEYCHELLES

GSM WORLD SEYCHELLES

SEYCHELLES BREWERIES

ALPHONSE ISLAND RESORT

HELICOPTER SEYCHELLES

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT

DESROCHES ISLAND RESORT

REISEFÜHRER SEYCHELLEN

COUNTRY STUDY SEYCHELLES

SEYCHELLES NATION ONLINE

AUSWÄRTIGES AMT SEYCHELLEN

REISEMEDIZIN - SEYCHELLEN

MAURITIUS ISLANDER CATAMARAN

YELLOW PAGES SEYCHELLES

SEYFLY - SEYCHELLES FLY FISHING

LA DIGUE - CHATEAU St. CLOUD

MINISTRY OF TOURISM & TRANSPORT

SEYCHELLES ISLAND FOUNDATION

NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL SEYCHELLES

DOWNTOWN COLUMBIA CITY CENTER

SEYCHELLES.COM - AS PURE AS IT GETS

SEYCHELLES MINISTRY FOREIGN AFFAIRS

PRASLIN ISLAND - CALYPHA GUESTHOUSE

NATURE PROTECTION TRUST OF SEYCHELLES

MARINE CONSERVATION SOCIETY SEYCHELLES

ANTI-FINNING KAMPAGNE AUF SHARK-PROTECT.INFO

SEYCHELLEN ERLEBEN   -   SEYCHELLEN URLAUB


Please excuse the bad translation, but I speak only a little English and no translation program isn't perfect
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Last change: May 2006

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