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Better than the postcards!

Normally, the postcards picture a place prettier than it is. However, with the Seychelles this is not possible. There isn't much to complain about in the Seychelles, as long as you adjust to the fact that the price level is high (for me as that at home), and that there are some peculiar immigration and currency regulations that you have to observe.
I have been there twice, first time in December 1996, and now in February. Give me the money: I am ready to go again!
This time I had company, The Lady, and we had studied our options well by means of internet beforehand. Based on this we could choose hotel, itinerary and negotiate with our local (Oslo) travel agent for improved options. Travel cost (airfare+local travel) and hotel cost (B&B) came to about equal amounts for 15 days. This time as my past experience; it is hard for any tropical destination to beat La Digue island. We also went to Praslin (day trip) and Mahe.

If you are looking for calm, quiet and beauty...

... the Seychelles should be your place. This is not a tropical party place, but a fairly simple place where sophistication is in nature, and perhaps indoors; your hotel if you go upmarket.
Politics has been though here, too, but nevertheless people here enjoy a life standard way beyond that of the African mainland. There is an air of sophistication around people, too, something that comes out of pride, education and self-confidence and the knowledge that a better place to live (hadn't it been for the low income) is hard to beat. While the history of slavery rumbles in the past, the social sophistication here looks beyond race and looks and origin for leads. While you will hear that there is not general contentment, these factors nevetheless contribute strongly - for me, anyway -to make the Seychelles such a pleasure to visit.

When to go?

Anytime!
Even the rainy season can be fine, and it won't rain every day, all the time. Just be a little prepared. Get your bearings and expectations right.
The equatorial monsoon climate keeps the trade winds going. So you will have wind for most of the part, but in this still equatorial parts (3 degrees south or so) never any cyclones or heavy storms to worry about.
The trade winds shift twice a year, and around those times, the sea will be at the calmest (end of September into October, and April). Outside those times you should check the aspect of your hotel and the advertised hotel beach - it may be impossible to swim due to crashing waves! Finding a hotel on the calm side could be useful..
But waves can be fun, too if you are in control and the bottom is not rocky.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fantastic nature and climate, excellent food, the Seychellois enjoy a good life quality.
  • Cons:Expensive, difficult to avoid fairly high-cost accomodation. Not a singles' place or a big-party place.
  • In a nutshell:People and nature - diversity and beauty
  • Last visit to Seychelles: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated Feb 21, 2005
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  • johngayton's Profile Photo
    Nov 3, 2013 at 5:20 PM

    Nice page and edibly-great restaurant tips :-)

  • Kitty82's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    Looks amazing - cant wait to travel here one day :-)

  • taigaa001's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    I haven't realized until recently Seycelles as an African islands. Nevertheless. It seems to be very nice. Thanks for your nice work.

  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Dec 6, 2009 at 2:48 AM

    Thanx for your splendid page, Olav! I see it is a great place for relaxation.....

  • Mar 31, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    great tip Thanks !!!!Michele

  • Geisha_Girl's Profile Photo
    Jun 19, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Olav, this is an absolutely gorgeous page on the Seychelles. Comprehensive and extremely helpful! It looks like a combination of all the beautiful tropical isles I've visited---Exotic romanticism all in one island. Thanks! (Helps with the planning!)

  • brewjohnson's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2007 at 4:17 PM

    Fantastic pages, my friend. Great information and photos!

  • Mar 18, 2007 at 1:03 PM

    Mr. saagar thanks for at least saying things right. . have you been to seychelles laterly. It's seem things are worst. planning a souvenir shop on internet your advise please and a monthly magazine in which news, activities etc.. ideas.Thanks Den

  • nora_south_africa's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2006 at 1:45 AM

    Hi thanx for all this info, a really wonderful and useful page.. hope I get there one day..............nora

  • xuessium's Profile Photo
    Aug 2, 2006 at 5:55 AM

    From your floral shots: 5th flower - The Periwinkle, 7th flower - The Yellow Allamanda & the last flower - The Peacock Flower

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