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The diversity of the Seychelles landscape rushes up to greet you the moment your aircraft begins its descent and promises a long list of things to do.
Seychelles is famous for having some of the best beaches in the world, pristine and uncrowded. Some are framed by age-old granite boulders. Others offer powder-soft sands, turquoise waters and sublime opportunities for swimming, snorkeling or pure relaxation.
There are great opportunities for island-hopping between the 16 islands that currently offer accommodation. These range from sumptuous 5-star resorts to rustic island lodges and cozy beachside bungalows. On your way, you will discover such gems as the legendary Vallée de Mai, home to the legendary Coco-de-Mer.
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You will also find proud national monuments, beautiful Creole houses, artists' studios, national reserves and marine parks, as well as breathtaking natural wonders above and beneath the waves. Various excursions will introduce you to the pleasures of glass-bottom boating, or enjoying a choice of water sports.

There's also golf, horse-riding and guided nature tours where to enjoy some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on earth. Not forgetting the mellow Seychelles nightlife where you can take in a casino, some local bars and fine restaurants offering unforgettable Creole and international cuisine.

240 volts AC, 50Hz. British three-pin plugs are in use.

Radio
The AM services (national medium wave) and Paradise FM (the music station) are both operated by the Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation. Radio France Internationale and the BBC World Service are also accessible.

Telephone – Landline
IDD is operative in Seychelles and the country code is 248.
24-hour services for telephone, fax and telegrams are provided by SEYTELS at
SEYTELS/Cable and Wireless Ltd. are located at Francis Rachel Street, Victoria and at Mahe. Phone Cards can also be purchased.

Telephone – Mobile
A few international mobile phone companies do offer roaming facilities in Seychelles

Internet
Internet cafes are found all over Mahe. In addition, the bigger hotels in Seychelles have facilities which enable their guests to operate temporary internet accounts.

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Safety and security
There is a low threat from terrorism. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be in public areas, including those frequented by expatriates and foreign travellers.
Crime
There have been incidents of the hijacking of vessels by Somali pirates in the exclusive economic zone waters of the Seychelles.  See the Sea Travel section of this Travel Advice.
Petty crime occurs in and around tourist facilities, but remains low. However, thefts and assaults have recently increased. Ensure personal belongings are secure at all times. Valuables and travel documents should be kept in secure hotel facilities. Avoid deserted beaches and solo trips to the beach, other than at major hotels. Also, avoid poorly lit areas after dark and do not travel alone. Care should be taken when hiking in remote areas.
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Visitors on maritime excursions should leave identification, travel documents, and an itinerary with the hotel reception desk to assist the coast guard and police in the event of a problem. It is also recommended that a cellular phone be carried. Many islands are isolated, and travel by ship, including emergency travel, may be difficult in stormy weather. Strong currents make swimming dangerous at some locations.

Crime levels in Seychelles are low but you should take sensible precautions. Do not leave valuables in cars. Take care in isolated areas and also in more popular places such as Beau Vallon and the back streets of Victoria, especially after dark. Beaches, parked cars and accommodation are favourite targets for thieves.

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Take particular care if alone.
Make sure your accommodation is well secured, especially after dark.  Safeguard valuables and cash. Deposit them in the hotel’s main safe, where practical.  Keep copies of important documents, including passports, separate.
Drug taking and smuggling are serious offences.  Punishments can be severe.
Topless sunbathing is tolerated on many but not all beaches.  Nudism is not acceptable.
Homosexuality is illegal in the Seychelles
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The Seychelles Rupee Money
Seychelles Rupee Money
On 1 November 2008, the Government of Seychelles removed foreign currency restrictions that required non-residents to pay for accommodation and other services in hard currency, as part of its economic reform programme.  Non-residents can now pay for goods and services in either Seychelles Rupees or hard currency (Sterling, US Dollars, Euros etc.).
The Seychelles Rupee is the official currency, and Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Diners Club Credit Cards are widely accepted throughout Seychelles. Travellers Cheques are also accepted in most hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and shops.
The following banks have branches in the Seychelles: Barclays, Bank of Baroda, Banque Française, Habib Bank, Nuovo Banq, and they will exchange both travellers cheques and foreign currency.

MAKE SURE YOU RETAIN YOUR CURRENCY EXCHANGE RECEIPTS, IN ORDER TO FACILITATE RE-EXCHANGE ON DEPARTURE, AS IT IS ILLEGAL TO EXPORT MORE THAN 2000 RUPEES

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Best time to visit
As the Seychelles islands are blessed with a year-long warm, tropical climate, it’s always a good time to visit, although different times of year may be better suited to your particular interests.

Two opposing trade winds generally govern the weather pattern: the north-westerly trades blow from October to March when wind speeds average from 8 to 12 knots; and the brisker south-easterly trades blow from May to September with winds of between 10 to 20 knots, bringing the cooler and windier conditions ideal for sailing.

The periods of calm between the trades produce fairly warm and wind-free conditions throughout April and also in October. Conditions for swimming, snorkelling and especially diving are superb during April/May and October/November when the water temperature sometimes reaches 29ºC and visibility is often 30 metres plus.

The ‘SUBIOS Underwater Festival’, showcases Seychelles’ extraordinary underwater world through a series of film shows, talks and competitions, while the 'Festival Kreol' (a week-long celebration of Creole heritage and traditions) is held in October of each year.

The Seychelles Sailing Cup, an international sailing event, is held in January and the International Fishing Competition in November. Further local fishing competitions are held throughout the year.

The table below summarises the best times to visit Seychelles for different types of activities.

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