Seychelles Travel Overview
At a glance
Official language: English
Continent: East Africa
Island dreams in the Indian Ocean
The Seychelles are a huge group of islands north of Madagascar that are ideal for diving and swimming.
According to Countryaah, the Seychelles are a group of islands in the Indian Ocean roughly at the height of southern Africa. They are located northeast of Madagascar.
History of Seychelles
The Seychelles were once so well hidden that pirates preferred it to bury their booty. Today they can no longer find pirate treasure on the islands, the treasure they will find there today is their largely untouched nature.
The Seychelles are an archipelago of around 115 islands. Mahé is the largest island of them, it is 24 km long. The capital of Mahé is called Victoria. The second largest of the inner Seychelles is Praslin, about 14 km in length, the third largest is La Digue.
Far to the south is the Aldabra Atoll, which is roughly the size of Mahe but consists of 4 islands, the largest of which is larger than Praslin. On all the inner Seychelles islands there are beautifully shaped granite rocks that blend wonderfully into the landscape. Crystal clear water with pleasant temperatures of approx. 28 ° all year round invites you to swim and snorkel.
Official language: English
Rupee (100 cents)
ISO 4217 code
SCR / 690
Geo coordinates: S -4 ° -40 ‘-46.5 “E 55 ° 29’ 31.1”
Highest mountain: Morne Seychelois (905 m)
Total area: 455 km²
Mainland: 455 km²
Coastline: 491 km
Dependency: Great Britain until 1976
UN member since: 1976
Other political affiliation: Commonwealth
Form of government: Presidential Republic
Export goods: Tuna, cobra, cinnamon
Economic growth: -1 %
GDP share of agriculture: 3.5%
GDP share of industry: 31.6%
GDP share of services: 64.9%
Inflation rate: 2.2%
National debt: 144.7%
Export: $ 344,000,000
Import: $ 542,000,000
Electricity consumption: 248 million KWh
Cultivation area: 15.16%
Fishing: 41,000 t
Residents in cities: 53,500
Average age: 28.1 years
0-14 years: 25.9%
15-64 years: 68%
> 65 years: 6.1%
Population growth: 0.43%
Birth rate: 16.03 / 1,000 residents
Death rate: 6.29 / 1,000 residents
Migration: -5.4 / 1,000 residents
Ratio men / women: 0.93
Fertility: 1.74 children / woman
Infant mortality: 15.14 ‰
Life expectancy men: 66.69 years
Life expectancy women: 77.63 years
Country codes and abbreviations
ISO 3166 Alpha 2: SC
ISO 3166 Alpha 3: SYC
ISO 3166 numeric: 690
Top Level Domain: sc
IOC country code: SEY
UN / LOCODE: SC
Merchant fleet (ships over 1,000 GRT): 5
Number of doctors: 115
Daily food intake: 2,480 kcal / resident
Last sovereign since: 1976
Main religious group: Christians
Prison inmates: 100
Defense Spending: $ 16,100,000
Arriving by plane
The national airline is called Air Seychelles (HM) (Internet: www.airseychelles.de) and flies from Rome, Milan and Paris to Mahé. Air Seychelles has a code-share agreement with Alitalia (AZ) from Rome and Milan and with Air France (AF) from Paris. Condor (DE) flies from Frankfurt a. M. directly to the Seychelles. Feeder flights from German cities with Alitalia or Air France.
The Seychelles are also served by British Airways (BA), Emirates (EK) and Kenya Airways (KQ).
No fees are charged directly at the airport.
Arrival by ship
Cruise ships dock in Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, but there are no scheduled services.
ON THE GO
Traveling by plane
Air Seychelles (HM) offers a good network with charter and scheduled flights from Mahé to the islands of Praslin, Denis, Bird, Frégate and Desroches.
Helicopter Seychelles (Internet: www.helicopterseychelles.com) offers a shuttle service between the islands.
On the way by car / bus
The larger islands like Mahé, Praslin and La Digue have paved roads, the other islands have sand tracks. Gas stations are open between 5.30 a.m. and 11 p.m. in Victoria and between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the rest of the country.
Bus: On Mahé there are regular buses between Victoria and the rural areas. Operating hours are from 5.30 a.m. to 10 p.m. The buses are usually overcrowded during rush hour between 6.30 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There are regular buses on Praslin. The last bus leaves Mont Plaisir at 6:20 p.m. on weekdays and 6:00 p.m. on weekends. Some minibuses serve as airport shuttles and for excursions. The fares are cheap.
Taxi:There are around 300 taxis on Mahé and Praslin, and a few on La Digue. The fares are set by the government. Fares on Praslin are around 25% more expensive than on Mahé. Between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m., a surcharge will be charged on both islands. Before leaving, ask the driver to turn on the taximeter. Taxis can be flagged up on the street and ordered by phone. Taxis are also available at the airport, major hotels, and taxi ranks in Victoria on Albert Street and Independence Avenue. Sightseeing tours in a taxi can be carried out at an individually agreed price. Rental car:There are over 550 rental cars on Mahé, but availability is limited on Praslin. Advance reservation is recommended. You should read the rental and insurance conditions very carefully. The minimum age is 21 years, petrol is more expensive than in Europe. Bicycles can also be rented on La Digue. Documents: EU or international driver’s license. Traffic regulations: left-hand traffic. Speed limits: within built-up areas: 40 km / h, outside built-up areas: 65 km / h, on the Providence motorway on Mahé: 80 km / h, on Praslin everywhere 40 km / h.
Out and about by ship
Traditional, private top-sail schooner ferries run regularly between the islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. The Cat Cocos Ferry is a fast and modern catamaran that only takes an hour to connect the islands of Mahé and Praslin.