As well as advising on the most suitable resort for you our Seychelles
destination specialists can share invaluable tips and advice to make the most of your holiday.
WEATHER IN THE SEYCHELLES
The islands enjoy a pleasant tropical climate year-round, and as they are situated outside the cyclone belt there are no extremes of weather. The temperature seldom drops below 24ºC or rises above 33ºC. Globally changing climatic conditions make it difficult to predict exact weather patterns. From October to March the islands are affected by the northwest trade winds. This is when the sea is generally calm with warm tropical water. From May to September the southeast tradewinds bring drier and cooler cooler weather, with choppy seas, particularly on the south-eastern coast. The wettest months are December and January.
MAP OF THE SEYCHELLES
WHAT TO PACK FOR THE SEYCHELLES
Take care not to over pack, as you will need far less clothing for your holiday in the Seychelles than you anticipate. Bring comfortable, casual and semi-casual clothes. Conservative casual wear is generally acceptable everywhere, but overly revealing clothes should be avoided to prevent causing offence, particularly in towns and villages.
We recommend you bring good quality sunglasses, UV protected, preferably polarised. If you wear contact lenses, bring along a pair of glasses as a back-up. A lightweight jersey or jacket is advised in the event of rain showers. Camera equipment should be brought along with spare batteries, chargers, film, flash cards and memory sticks. It is worth bringing a good "throw away" underwater camera for snorkelling. Please note that dry cleaning facilities are not available in Seychelles.
MEDICATIONS & VACCINATIONS FOR THE SEYCHELLES
The Seychelles is free of tropical diseases such as malaria, bilharzia, typhoid and dysentery. No vaccinations are necessary unless you are travelling from a Yellow Fever infected area, in which case you will be required to produce a vaccination certificate. However, you should in all cases seek medical advice before travelling to the Seychelles, either by visiting a local travel clinic or your doctor. It may for example be recommended you get a booster shot for Tetanus.
Dengue Fever is also present in the Seychelles, for which there is no vaccine. This viral illness is mosquito-borne and predominantly spread by mosquitoes which bite during the day and are more common in urban areas. At all times take measures to avoid mosquito bites in the Seychelles, both by using a high quality insect repellent, as well as covering bare skin with clothing when mosquitoes are out. For further travel health information you can visit the NHS's website Fit for Travel
or that of the Center for Disease Control & Prevention.
TIPPING IN THE SEYCHELLES
Tipping in the Seychelles is recommended if you are satisfied with the service you have received. Should you feel it due then a one-off gratuity offering of €50 (in the local currency equivalent) for general staff is advised. If you wish to tip individual hotel employees who assist you, €7 for the porter and €5 for the cleaning staff is reasonable. In restaurants a service charge of between 5-10% is often added to the bill, in which case you will not be expected to leave an additional tip.
The power supply in the Seychelles is 240 volts and the electrical sockets use the standard British 3-pin plug. At North Island the 110 volt adaptors are also available. Visitors from countries other
than the United Kingdom and North America should ensure they have the requisite adaptors and/or transformers for their appliances. In most cases your hotel will be able to provide you with these.
MOBILE / INTERNET CONNECTIVITY
The communication services in Seychelles are modern and efficient and you should have no problems using your mobile phone. Do check with your network provider ahead of your trip however to see if there is a roaming agreement you can enter to mitigate uneccessarily high call and data costs.
Most hotels offer WiFi facilities in the Seychelles and there are three Internet Service Providers: Atlas, Intelvision and Kokonet.
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