Capital VictoriaAirport One to two hours on the boat from Mahe, or about 20 minutes by helicopter.Size455 square kilometresCurrency Seychellois Rupee (£1 = 20 Rs)Population 73,000TemperatureThe Seychelles fall outside the cyclone zone. The seasons divide into May to October, when the south-east trade winds blow and November to April when the winds are from the north-west which can bring rain, particularly in January. January is the wettest month, July and August are the driest months. The temperature is pretty constant throughout the year, ranging between 24 and 31 degrees Centigrade and humidity is around 80 percent.
The famous coco de mer found in the Vallee de Mai on Praslin. Paintings by numerous local artists including Michael Adams and Christine Harter to be viewed and purchased. Local handicrafts include batik, pottery, clothes and boxes made from local wood. The amazing beaches of the islands including Anse Lazio on Praslin and Anse Source d`Argent on La Digue. Cousin Island off Praslin is home to several endangered species of birds and the black noddies. Walks on the islands. Toddy made from coconut palm. Local beers are called Seybrew and EKU. Creole dishes include a great range of fish from kingfish to grouper, carri coco (a meat or fish curry with coconut cream) and tec-tec soup.
Driving is on the left. Mini mokes are usually the form of transport in the Seychelles and probably only necessary on Mahe and Praslin. On Praslin and La Digue cycles make a great form of transport.
How you get there
Air Seychelles flies from London Heathrow to Mahé. The flight time is about 10 hours. The flights do not operate daily Emirates flies from London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow via Dubai. The flight time is about 13 hours in total. The prices we offer you allow for a stopover in Dubai, making the Seychelles and Dubai an excellent two-centre holiday option. Once you reach Mahé we have included the most appropriate type of transfer to your hotel, either by boat or plane. Details can be found under the individual hotel descriptions.
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