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Seychelles

With its white sandy beaches, untouched natural environment and valuable biodiversity, the Seychelles are a dreamlike landscape. You can join nature conservation projects which help to maintain this unique ecosystem in order to protect the treasures of this island paradise.


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Geography

Geography

The 400,000 km² Seychelles archipelago is an island nation made up of around 115 granite and coral islands. These African islands lie around 800 km off the east coast of Kenya, to the north east of Madagascar in the west of the Indian Ocean. Because there are so many of them, the islands are divided into two primary island groups depending on their location. There are around 32 inner islands and a further seven island groups in the outer islands. The Aldabra island group has the world’s largest atoll, making it a popular travel destination.

Geomorphology/Geology

In Seychelles you can find many plutonites, vulcanites and their transitional forms. Besides that there are granites, diorites and gabbos. The Seychelles evolved from drifts of continental plates and not from volcano eruption that is why they mainly consist of granite. More than 200 Million years ago all continents of the earth were joined in a super-continent called Pangaea. Due to tectonic movement Pangaea drifted apart and the African landmass was separated from the Indian landmass. During this process some parts of landmass were left behind in the Indian Ocean. Nowadays these parts are known as Madagascar, Sri Lanka and Seychelles.


Flora & fauna

Flora and fauna

The major part of tropical forests has been destroyed by land-clearance. Today the typical vegetation consists of coconut palms, cinnamon trees and ornamental plants. One plant should be mentioned separately though: the Seychelles coconut. Its fruit can reach a total weight of up to 26 kg (!) and is considered as one of the heaviest fruits in the world. The Seychelles are home to many rare and endemic rare birds like the Chatham rail or vasa parrots. Besides that you can find a unique biodiversity underwater and there species of endemic turtles, which will be the main focus of you project. Big mammals are not naturally occurring here.


Climate

Climate

The Seychelles are located 7 degrees south of equator and thus can be characterized by a tropical, warm climate with high temperatures up to 30°C and air humidity. In Seychelles there are 12 hours of sunlight each day, all over the year. Nevertheless, trade winds from northwestern direction can bring strong monsoon rainfalls to the islands between November and April. From May to October there are trade winds from southeast which cool down the temperatures to 24°C. The best travelling time is between May and September as the rainfalls are relatively low at that time.


Social geography

Social Geography

Population

The main part (up to 90 %) of so called “Seychellois” are descendants of French settlers who came here during the time of colonialism. These settlers and their slaves inhabited the major part of the islands. Nowadays there are further minorities from Europe, China and India.

Language

The official languages in the Seychelles are English, French, Seychellois Creole and Seselwa. Seselwa is a French-based language which has its origin in the time of French colonialism.

Economy

The main economic sector in the Seychelles is tourism, where over 30 % of local people are employed. The reason why there are hardly any other businesses is the fact that there is almost no space for agriculture or animal breeding. However exports of fish play an important role in the economy, especially the export of tuna. By the way: The Seychelles are one of Africa’s richest countries.

Political situation and security

The Seychelles are a presidential republic with an English-French judicial system. The presidential election will be held every five years. Since 2004 James Alix Michel is the president of Seychelles. The country can be considered as very safe according to high security standards.

Religion

82,3 % of the people are Catholic. Other religious minorities are Protestants, Muslims, Anglicans or Hindus.


Tipps

Travel Tipps and Trivia

Time Zone

UTC +04:00

In the Seychelles there is no daylight saving time.

Currency

The currency in the Seychelles is Seychelles rupee. For the current exchange rate please visit www.oanda.com

Units

All units accord to the metric system.

Electricity

In the Seychelles the standard voltage is 230 Volt at a frequency of 50 Hertz. Even though most of your devices should be compatible with most electricity plugs, you should bring an adapter (just in case!).

Transport

  • The bus network on the islands is quite dense and well developed. Going by bus is probably the most convenient (and cheapest) way to explore the area. Besides that there are sightseeing busses with experienced guides on board who give you some interesting background information about the Seychelles.
  • In Mahé, Praslin and partly in La Digue there are taxis, but careful: Many of them do not have any taximeter, that is why you should talk about the price in advance.
  • In Mahé and Praslin there is the possibility to rent a car, but you need an international driving license to do so.
  • The fastest way travelling in between the islands are ferrys and small airplanes. If possible, you should avoid taking the plane, because you will enlarge your ecological footprint, which will affect the nature in a negative way.

Holiday

  • January 1/2: New Year
  • March/April: Easter
  • May 1: Labour Day
  • June 5: Day of Liberation
  • June 15: Corpus Christi
  • June 18: Constitutional Day
  • June 29: Independence Day
  • August 15: Assumption Day
  • November 1: All Saints’ Day
  • December 8: Fest of the Immaculate Conception
  • December 25: Christmas

Dos and Don’ts

  • Collecting seashells and other natural souvenirs is strictly forbidden. Latest at the airport you can get into deep trouble if the police or custom officers should find something.
  • You should respect the habits of the mainly Christian population: Do not enter restaurants or churches wearing flip-flops or swimming trunks or being shirtless.
  • Money should be changed only in banks or official money changing offices, not in the streets at street hawkers’ places – it can be punished!

Highlights Must-see places in the Seychelles

Our top recommendations for you

Highlights

Highlights

North Island

On North Island there are many opportunities to do watersports like waterskiing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking or surfing. Along the coast you will have the chance to do guided tours, cycling trips and excursions into the wild nature.

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