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Seychelles Info

Seychelles Holidays

You need an escape. Somewhere peaceful, natural and stunningly beautiful. Palm trees, turquoise seas, a gentle Indian Ocean breeze, and weather that is just the right side of warm.

The Seychelles is a destination like no other. Those picture perfect hidden beaches you dreamed of really exist, and you can find them here. Unspoilt in the truest sense - tourism has barely disturbed these sleepy islands, and the luxury resorts here have taken care to blend into their surroundings rather than stick out like an ostentatious over water bungalow.

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Seychelles Music & Dance

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The Roots of Seychellois Music

The music of the Seychelles reveals a cross-section of the nation’s history. It is a blend of African slave music with the dance styles of the European enslavers freely mixed with pop, blues and even country influences. It is a festive, hopeful, optimistic, angry music that has often been frowned upon and suppressed by the more respectable elements of society, but it has always triumphed and continues to reach an ever-wider audience of enthusiastic fans. Since the 1970s, it has been the basis for pop-oriented styles that have spread to the hip dance clubs of Europe, and artists from the Seychelles who were once only known locally have now become figures of international fame.

Seychelles Visa Requirements

Short Stay Visitors

People from most of the countries in the world do not need a visa to enjoy a holiday in the Seychelles. There are some documents that each visitor is required to show to the immigration officials at the Seychelles International Airport in order to get immigration clearance and enter this beautiful country. People travelling in a tour package will be informed of the required documents by their tour company. Some packaged tours will arrange the requirements in advance of the travel time.

The documents that are required are:

Seychelles Religion + Culture

The rich culture of the Seychelles is a melting pot of the many different types of people who settled the islands, each of whom have left their mark. From the 17th century pirates and corsairs who used the Seychelles as a sanctuary to the French settlers and their dependents who established the archipelago's spice and coconut plantations, from the Tamil and Chinese merchants who set up the region's first small businesses to the British colonials who transformed the Seychelles economically, each wave of new residents contributed something unique to the remarkable blend of language, music, arts and religion that characterizes the Seychelles.

The Fishing Industry

Tourism and fishing are the two most important industries for the economy of Seychelles. In 2009, tourism was surpassed by industrial fishing as the highest foreign exchange earner. Tuna fishing is the highest earner. Licencing fees are also growing that are paid by foreign companies that trawl in Seychelles’ territorial water.

Seychelles is a Small Island Development State (SIDS) and does not have land resources. It is also vulnerable to climate changes. It depends on tourism and fishing, both of which need to be protected. Because Seychelles has to import about 90 per cent of what it consumes, it has a trade deficit and foreign currency deficit.

Seychelles Fishing Authority (SFA)

Fisheries are under the Seychelles Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources and Transport. The Seychelles Fishing Authority is the executive body that is responsible for fisheries. The Fishing Boat Owner’s Association (FBOA) is the other important stakeholder in fisheries.

Seychelles Language

The Seychelles Islands have three official languages: English, French and Creole. Of the three, Creole is by far the most popular, spoken by 95 percent of the Seychellois or 70,000 people. Eighteen million other readers and writers around the world also use the language upon occasion.

Since 1976 when the Seychelles achieved independence, the government of the Seychelles has worked to promote Seychellois Creole. The language has its own grammar and its own script. In 1981, the government established the Lenstiti Kreol, an institution charged with standardizing the spelling and the grammar of Seychellois Creole. Every year at the Kreol Festival, the institute hosts a get together for writers and linguists, inviting them for input into developing the language formally. Although English remains the official language for business and the government, Seychellois Creole is the language of most everyday conversation.

Seychelles Politics + Government

The Republic of Seychelles, a country consisting of well over a hundred islands on the western edge of the Indian Ocean, has always been a vital link in the commerce between Asia and Africa. France took control in 1756, naming the island chain after Jean Moreau de Séchelles, the Minister of Finance under Louis XV. The British and the French competed for control of the Seychelles from 1794 to 1810. Negotiations continued for a few years until 1814 when France finally ceded of possession of the colony of Mauritius along with the Seychelles islands to the British.

Seychelles Wildlife, Flora + Fauna

The Seychelles are a series of islands to the northeast of Madagascar. These beautiful tropical islands are home to abundant natural resources, including diverse examples of plants and animals, some of which are found exclusively on these islands.

Early Observations and Human Encroachment

These large, humid islands went unnoticed by humanity until the late 1700s, at which point the first explorers to its shores made a catalog of all the different types of flora and fauna found there. These observations form the basis of much of our understanding about the types of wildlife that existed on these islands before people began to settle there.

As is unfortunately the case in far too many situations, some of the unique wildlife found in the Seychelles disappeared because of human encroachment. The primary causes were one of two factors: hunting and deforestation. Some species were specifically killed for food and sport to the point of dying out, while others lost their habitat when residents began to clear-cut trees in order to build homes for themselves.

The Geography Of The Seychelles

Most people have heard of the tiny island nation of Seychelles but would be hard pressed to locate it on a map. Officially, the archipelago is situated between 4 degrees S and 10 degrees S and 46 degrees E and 54 degrees E in the Indian Ocean. Victoria, the capital of the main island of Mahe, lies approximately 1600 kilometer or 994 miles east of Mombasa, Kenya. Victoria is about 920 kilometers or about 570 miles northeast of Madagascar.

Isolation

While somewhat geographically isolated from the rest of the world, the Seychelles does receive quite a few tourists and visitors from Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. It is a favorite place for honeymooners and young couples to visit. The extremely long travel times limit American tourism to only the most adventurous of souls. From London’s Heathrow Airport to Victoria, it is a 9-10 hour flight. That is approximately the same flying time as a trip from London to Las Vegas.

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