Seychelles – officially the Republic of Seychelles, is spanned an island nation is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, approximately 1,500 kilometers (932 miles) east of the African continent, in the northeast of the island of Madagascar.
Other nearby island countries include Zanzibar and territories in the west, Mauritius and Réunion to the south, Comoros and Mayotte to the southwest. Seychelles, with an estimated population of 86 525, has the smallest population of any African state. It also has the highest index for human development in Africa.
Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles, one of the most beautiful places on earth. The postcard beach, it’s there.
The three main islands are:
-Mahe, where the capital city of Victoria
The arrival in the Seychelles is at the airport of Mahe. It is located 15 km from Victoria. The bus routes provide easy access to other parts of the island. The car rental companies are all gathered in the lobby of the airport.
For connections between the islands.
For connections within the larger islands. In March 2005, a bus ticket three Seychelles rupees (0.45 euros) costs and is valid throughout the trip, make a stop or the entire row. On the island of Mahe bus routes are Victoria Terminus, the smallest capital in the world.
It is the dream of exploring the Seychelles on a cruising sailboat with a group of friends. For small grants, you can also go hiking with discovering seabed snorkel (snorkeling).
One can also inter-Iceland-boat. It’s cheaper than flying.
The advantage of traveling by car is to take advantage of the different views easily. You can Rentals around € 33 a day on the Internet with free shipping and insurance.
A good place that offers the car in Mahe and Praslin:
Car rental rentacar Seychelles (currently on Mahé and Praslin).
There are no rentals on other islands.
The Seychelles cuisine is inspired by the British kitchen. The staple food is fish curry: fish sauce with rice. There are also chicken curry and grilled fish.
Flora and fauna
The environmental legislation is very strict, and undergo any tourism project needs an environmental assessment and a lengthy consultation process with the public and environmentalists. The Seychelles is a global leader in sustainable tourism. The end result is what sustainable development is a natural environment intact and stable, which attracts financially strong visitors (150,000 in 2007) instead of mass tourism in the short term. Since 1993, a law guaranteeing the right of citizens to a clean environment and at the same time required to protect this environment. The country holds a record for the largest share of acreage under protection, or nearly 50% of the total natural land of the Seychelles.
Like many other fragile ecosystems island, saw Seychelles biodiversity loss in the early history of mankind, including the disappearance of most of the giant tortoises from the granitic islands, felling of coastal forest and mid-level, and extinction of species like the fox flanked white eye , parakeet, the Seychelles, the Seychelles Black Terrapin and the saltwater crocodile. However, the extinctions were far less than on the islands like Mauritius or Hawaii, in part to a shorter period of human occupation (since 1770). Today, the Seychelles for their success in the protection of flora and fauna is known. The rare Seychelles Black Parrot, the national bird of the country is now protected.
The granitic islands of Seychelles are home to about 75 endemic plant species, with 25 or so other species in the Aldabra group. Particularly well known is the Coco de Mer, a palm that grows only on the islands of Praslin and nosy neighbors. Sometimes referred to as the double “coconut resembles the buttocks of a woman” mother love “because of the shape of its fruit, the bark is removed, a present,” produced the coco de mer seed pods of the world’s heaviest. The jellyfish tree is to be found in a few places today. This strange and ancient plant has all the efforts to promote he resisted. Other unique plant species include the Wright Rothmannia Annae Gardenia found only on Aride Iceland Special Reserve.
The freshwater crabs of the genus is endemic to the Seychelles Seychellum granite, and 26 other species of crab and five species of hermit crabs live on the islands.
The Aldabra giant tortoise now meets most of the Seychelles. The population of Aldabra, the largest in the world. These unique reptiles can be found in captive herds. It was reported that the granitic islands of Seychelles supported various types of Seychelles giant tortoises, the status of different populations is currently unclear.
There are many varieties of orchids unique to the islands. Seychelles is home to some of the largest seabird colonies in the world. Life in the sea around the islands, particularly coral islands most remote, can be spectacular. More than 1,000 fish species have been recorded. As the use of rifles and dynamite for fishing through the efforts of local conservationists in the 1960s, was banned wild animals is not afraid of divers and snorkelers. Coral bleaching in 1998 has unfortunately damaged most reefs, but some reefs show healthy recovery (Silhouette Iceland, for example).
Although oil companies have explored the waters around the islands, no oil or gas was found. In 2005 an agreement with US-based Petro Quest was signed, the rights to explore approximately 30,000 km2 of islands around Constant, Topaz, Farquhar and Coëtivy 2014. Seychelles imported oil from the Gulf in the form of refined petroleum derivatives amounting to about 5,700 barrels per day (910 m3 / d). In recent years, oil from Kuwait and Bahrain has been imported. Seychelles imports three times more oil than what is necessary for internal use, because to call it again exporting surplus oil in the form of a bunker on ships and aircraft on Mahe. There is no refinery capacity in the islands. Imports of oil and gas, distribution and re-exports are the responsibility of the Seychelles Petroleum (Sepec), while oil production is the responsibility of the Seychelles National Oil Company (SNOC).
The most important natural resources of the Seychelles are fish, copra, cinnamon, coconut, salt and iron.
The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee. The tourists have to pay an amount in foreign currency (hotels, excursions, some restaurants). The currency you visited Seychelles rupees. If you want to convert your currency into rupees, it’s important to the bank, which made the going exchange with the receipt. Most institutions receive tourists take credit cards. Do you prefer this payment method to avoid that too many rupees in his pocket. The duty-free area of the airport does not take rupees.
Great souvenir is the coconut buttocks. This is a coconut reminiscent of the buttocks. Warning: You can delete an export certificate to Customs with a coconut buttocks.