There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Seychelles each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1-2: New Year's Day (national)
New Year's Eve is an occasion for families to gather around large meals for two days. People of Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles, live to the rhythm of creole music. In the capital city Victoria, locals and tourists all gather on the Place de la République.March or April: Easter Monday (national)
Easter is one of the most important events in Seychelles, celebrated by the 67,000 Christians living there (about 76% of the population). Since 2017, Easter Monday has become a national holiday, replacing Liberation Day on June 5.May 1: Labour Day (national) June 5: Liberation Day (local)
Until 2016, Liberation Day was a holiday in Seychelles. It commemorated the June 5, 1977 coup by France-Albert René against the government of the time and its president James Mancham. This day is still the occasion for various celebrations.June 18: Constitution Day (national)
Constitution Day celebrates the reconciliation between those who lost power during the June 5, 1977 coup and those who took it, namely France-Albert René and his socialist supporters. Creation of the 1993 Constitution following public referendum is also being celebrated. A ceremony takes place in Victoria's Linité stadium. Various shows and a large firework display are also organised in the capital.June 29: National Day (local)
Locals commemorate their independence from the United Kingdom in 1976. The archipelago became an independent state, part of the Commonwealth. Various parades and celebrations take place in Victoria, on Mahé Island.November 1: All Saints' Eve (national)
In Seychelles, All Saints Day is pretty festive. Families gather to clean up and decorate tombstones before asking for their ancestors' blessing.December 8: Immaculate Conception (national)
Processions of priests, religious and layman people take on the streets of Victoria. They are followed by a mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.December 25: Christmas Day (national)
|Month||Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Average Rains (MM)||Best Time to Travel|
|January||25/77||30/86||396/15.5||Not the best period to go|
|February||25/77||31/89||187/7.3||Not the best period to go|
|March||25/77||31/89||167/6.5||Not the best period to go|
|April||25/77||32/90||181/7.1||Good period to go|
|May||26/79||31/89||152/6.0||Good period to go|
|June||25/77||29/84||142/5.6||Good period to go|
|July||24/75||28/82||105/4.1||Not the best period to go|
|August||24/75||29/84||114/4.5||Not the best period to go|
|September||25/77||29/84||154/6.1||Good period to go|
|October||25/77||30/86||139/5.4||Good period to go|
|November||25/77||30/86||204/8.0||Good period to go|
|December||25/77||30/86||269/10.6||Not the best period to go|
The Seychelles International Airport is located on the island of Mahé, 8 kilometres (5 miles) south of Victoria.
The three main islands (Mahé, Praslin and La Digue) being quite close to each other, it is relatively easy to move around. From helicopters to ferries and bikes, transportation modes are varied all across the archipelago.
Because traffic is fluid, renting a car at the airport or hotel may be the most simple and comfortable way of getting around Mahé and Praslin islands. Speed is limited to 40 km/h within city limits and 65 km/h outside. Please note that driving is on the left (with steering wheel on the right) and distances are in kilometres (not in miles).
Taxis are only available on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. A 20-minute trip costs around SCR 600. Make sure the taxi is equipped with a fixed meter. If not, you have to agree on a price with the driver beforehand.
To reach Praslin and La Digue from Mahé by sea, you can use one of two fast ferry boats. Several shuttles are operated each day and the trip offers magnificent view points of the archipelago and Indian Ocean. A trip from Mahé to Praslin costs around SCR 800, and from Praslin to La Digue about SCR 250.
Helicopters will easily take you from island to island, offering splendid views of the Seychelles along the way. Visit Zil Air's website (www.zilair.com) for information on destinations and pricing.
The least expensive way of getting around the Seychelles is to use public buses (expect SCR 5 to 10). They are operated every 30 minutes to one hour, on Mahé and Praslin exclusively. As there are no fixed bus stops, you have to wave at the bus driver if you want to get on board. Schedules can be consulted on the Compagnie de Transport Public des Seychelles' website (www.sptc.sc).
Riding a bike is a popular way of exploring the islands. On La Digue and Praslin, you can rent a bike on daily or weekly bases, making the activity a very interesting alternative to other modes of transportation.
Upon your arrival in Seychelles, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.Seychelles Tourism Board (STB)
The Seychelles Tourism Board (STB) is a government agency with six branches (tourism information offices) in the archipelago: 3 in Mahé (Victoria, Bel Ombre and at the airport), 2 in Praslin (at the airport and at the Saint-Anne Bay jetty) and 1 in La Digue.
Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
The currency used in the Seychelles islands is the Seychellois Rupee (SCR).
JPY1 = ₨0.13
₨1 = JPY7.69
The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.
See your doctor before you travel. It is recommended that you obtain insurance covering health care expenses as well as medical evacuation or repatriation before you leave home. Mahé, Praslin and La Digue count several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.Vaccinations
No vaccine is mandatory to stay in the Seychelles. However, it is recommended you protect yourself against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis A and B, typhoid and rabies (depending on the duration of your stay).
For more information, contact your Air France International Vaccination Centre:
There are no food safety risks in Seychelles.Water
Tap water is safe to drink but filled with chlorine. It is recommended to drink from sealed bottles.
Whatever their nationality, travellers must hold a passport valid after their stay, show a return ticket (or stopover ticket to another country) and show proof of sufficient funds to cover daily expenses during their stay. Short-term visas may be delivered by the police at the airport, up to three months. Beyond that, a residence permit is necessary.
For more information, please visit the Seychelles immigration service website: www.mfa.gov.sc/
To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Seychelles, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.
Here are a few basic Creole phrases that will make your stay in Seychelles a little easier:
Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonzour
Good evening: Bonswar
No, thank you: Non, mersi
Thank you very much: Mersi bokou
I don't understand: Mo pa konpran
Could you repeat ?: Repete silvouple
What time is it ?: Kel er i ete ?
Sorry: Eskiz mon
Excuse me: silvouple
Train station: Stasyon
I'm (…): Mon…
I'm looking for (…): Mon pe rode
How much is (…)?: Konbyen sa ?
Do you have (…)?: Eski ou annan… ?
Where can I find (…)?: Kote mon kapab gannyen… ?
Where can I buy (…)?: Kote mon aste… ?
I'd like (…): Mon le…
In Seychelles islands, there is no tipping rule. It is however customary to leave a 5-10% tip when you are satisfied with service.