About Seychelles

The Seychelles archipelago is recognised as one of the world’s most unspoilt natural havens, where rare species of bird and animal life thrive, undisturbed by modern threats to this delicate ecosystem.

The contrast in scenery is remarkable as it varies between the lush green vegetation of granitic islands, the barren landscape of the coralline islands, and the azure calm of the clear and exquisite ocean. 

Beachcomber Seychelles Sainte Anne Resort & Spa rises majestically out of the sandy beach and attracts every kind of visitor, from the seafaring who want to take to the ocean in yachts and catamarans, to avid adventurers who want to explore the far flung islands and beaches of the Seychelles where few have ventured before. Seychelles is wild, untainted beauty and Beachcomber gives you the unmatched elegance in which to enjoy it.

The Islands

Seychelles consists of 115 granitic and coralline islands spread across more than a million square kilometres of the Indian Ocean. The remoteness of the archipelago has ensured the preservation of many species of flora and fauna not found anywhere else on earth. Only 21 of the islands are inhabited.

Geographical Location

The latitude of the islands varies between 4 degrees and 10 degrees south of the equator. Some islands are closer to the coast of Africa than they are to the main island of Mahé. Mahé is 1 600 kilometres east of Mombasa in Kenya. The islands are divided into two categories, the 'inner islands' which are near to Mahé, and the 'outer islands' which are the most distant.

Population

The population of Seychelles totals a mere 92 000 people, many of whom are descended from slaves brought by settlers from Africa to work the land. After slavery was abolished, many of these Creole Seychellois were liberated in Seychelles, and today make up the bulk of the population. Education up to the age of 16 is free and technical skills are taught locally. The dominant religion is Roman Catholic.

Language

There are three national languages - Creole, English and French - although many Seychellois speak other European languages such as Italian and German.

Climate

Seychelles enjoys a pleasant tropical climate year round. The islands lie outside the cyclone belt and there are no extremes of weather. The temperature seldom drops below 24 degrees or rises above 33 degrees. During the north-east trade winds which blow from October to March, the sea conditions are calm and the weather is humid. When the south-east trade winds blow from May to September, the weather is cooler and the sea is rougher, particularly on the south-eastern coasts.

Visa and Health Requirements

Should the passenger have travelled recently outside of South Africa it is best to check with the local travel clinic as to whether any inoculations are required prior to visiting Seychelles. South African passport holders do not require visas.

Price guarantee

Once full payment has been received by Beachcomber Tours, the price of the package is guaranteed.

Currency

The local currency is the Seychelles rupee and the rate of exchange to the South African rand is subject to currency fluctuation. It is important for visitors to note that all costs in hotels can be settled in Seychelles rupees or in foreign currency, either in cash or by credit card. This applies to meals or drinks at any hotel and not only in the hotel of residence.

Time

Seychelles is two hours ahead of South African time.

Shopping Hours

Victoria and other villages Monday to Friday 09h00 to 17h00
  Saturday 09h00 to 13h00
  Sunday 09h00 to 12h00
Market Shopping Hours    
  Monday to Friday 05h00 to 18h00
  Saturday 05h00 to 13h00

Banking Hours

Victoria and branches on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue Monday to Friday 08h30 to 14h00
Saturday 08h30 to 11h00

Tips

A service charge is included in hotel and restaurant bills. Tipping is not compulsory and is therefore left to the discretion of the guest to show appreciation for good service.

Insurance

It is essential that travel insurance is purchased prior to departure in case of accident or illness. Your travel agent will recommend the best insurance for your requirements, taking into account that medical services in the Seychelles are adequate for general medical complaints, but critical conditions will require international medical attention.