The Seychelles Islands

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  • Capital: Victoria
  • Official Languages: French , English , Seychellois Creole
  • Motto: “Finis Coronat Opus” or “The End Crowns The Work”
  • Currency: Seychellois rupee (SCR)

Places To Visit

To Do List

✓ Visit Aldabra Coral Reef

Aldabra is the world’s second largest coral atoll. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to more than 150,000 giant land tortoises and features pristine coral reefs.

✓ Scuba Diving in Beau Vallon Bay

Visit Beau Vallon Bay on the northern coast of Mahé, which offers two shipwrecks and several coral reefs.

✓ Go Hiking

In Morne Blanc, Victoria.This trail is a continuous uphill climb from an already high-altitude starting point in the Morne Seychellois National Park, through mist forests and to the top of the mountain of Morne Blanc, with sweeping views across Mahé’s western seaboard.

Getting There and Around ----✈️


The Seychelles International Airport, located on Mahé, is the only international airport in the islands. Air Seychelles operates inter-island flights between Mahé and Praslin. Ferry services run between Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. An efficient bus service operates throughout Mahé and Praslin, with a more extensive service available on Mahé. Hiring a car is an easy way to see an entire island, and the roads are good throughout Mahé and Praslin.

Cultural Aspects

Identification. The name "Seychelles" derives from the 1756 French expedition that led to the annexation of the islands. The commander of the expedition named the islands Séchelles after the controller of finance, Vicomte Moreau des Séchelles.

Architecture.Traditional architecture had two distinct forms: plantations and town houses. The plantation was focused on a lakou (courtyard with an owner's or manager's house), the kalorife (drying oven for copra), and storage houses. Separate from the courtyard were the workers' houses with thached roofs, and on some plantations also with walls made from coconut leaves.

Food in Daily Life. The staple is curry and rice, which may be eaten two or three times a day. The curry may be based on fish or meat. Coconut milk often is used in the curry. Upper-class Creoles eat meals that consist of both fish and meat. Alcoholism has been prevalent, partly because the plantations used drinks as payments and incentives. Among the working classes drinking tended to be solitary. A typical drink is palm wine, fermented sap tapped from coconut palm fronds.

Basic Economy. In a land-based plantation economy, copra and in some periods cinnamon and vanilla were the main exports. In 1960, about a third of the economically active population worked on plantations, and about 20 percent in the public sector. After the opening of the international airport in 1971, tourism became important.

Gender Issue Seychelles is a matriarchal society. The women tend to be the ones who run businesses and are also very present in the government. They may dress as they please and are generally very free.

Taboos There is a dress code in the evenings. Men have to wear long trousers and women are encouraged to dress up (no shorts and/or beach wear).

Women should not be too friendly and open with the men, as this is often misconstrued for sexual interest.

Holidays

New Years Day
This is very much a family day in the Seychelles. Feasts are eaten at night and people normally indulge in a family get-together with music and dancing.

Holy Week
Easter celebrations are among the most important celebrations held in the Seychelles. Families attend church services together and services are held in remembrance of Jesus’ sacrifices

Liberation Day
Liberation Day is held in remembrance of the initial resolution which led to total independence on 29 June, 1976.

Independence Day
This is a national holiday on all of the islands and is a time for locals to show their national pride and indulge in flag flying and other patriotic pursuits.

Christmas
Like most events held throughout the year in the Seychelles, Christmas is a time for family gatherings and feasting.

Festivals

Creole Festival
For six days every October, the Creole Festival sees the Seychelles demonstrating and celebrating the culture of the islands through music, dance, arts, craft, cuisine and customs. The festival offers visitors a fascinating week full of traditions, colour and energy.

Assumption/La Digue Festival
Christianity is the main religion in the Seychelles and every year, the islands celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Events take place across every island, but the biggest celebrations can be found at the church of La Digue.

Sight Highlights

Island Location

An island nation, Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean, northeast of Madagascarand about 1,600 km (994 mi) east of Kenya. The archipelago consists of more than 116 islands. The granitic islands are considered the oldest and hardest granite in the world.

Seychelles Flag

The flag of the Seychelles was officially adopted on January 8, 1996. The red, white and green are the official colors of the SPUP (Seychelles Peoples United Party). The blue and the yellow are the colors of the country's democratic party.