Area: 455 sq km (approx. 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC)
People: The Seychellois are extremely hospitable people and, for the most part, they live simple island lives. Nearly 90% of this mixed nation dwells on the main island, Mahé, with the remaining few scattered across the smaller islands.
Time: GMT + 4. Four hours ahead of London. Nine hours ahead of New York (EST). Daylight savings time is not observed.
Language: Creole, English and French are spoken widely. Any of these will suffice at the major hotels, attractions, shops, banks, etc. Some members of the travel industry speak German and Italian. Translation services when in the country are available.
Religions: Roman Catholic (82.3%), Anglican, Seventh Day Adventist, other Christian, Hindu, Muslim, other non-Christian.
Currency: The Seychelles Rupee (SCR)
Electricity: Throughout Seychelles the voltage is 220-240 volts AC 50 Hz. Seychelles uses the British standard square three-pin, 13 amp sharp electric plug.
Tipping: Most charges (restaurant, hotel, taxis, porters, etc) already include a 5% to 10% service charge or "tip." Additional tipping is not expected but some people round up to the next convenient amount, especially when paying by cash.
Arrival & Customs
How to get there: Arrival by plane at Seychelles International Airport. (Domestic & International Flights) Distance from Mahé Airport to the base is 5 km. The transfer takes approximately 5 minutes by car. Taxis - The one way trip from the airport to the base costs from 100 SCR to 125 SCR (approximately 15€ - 20€). Max 4 pax with luggage. No reservation is necessary. Taxis are always available at the Airport.
Customs & Immigration: Irrespective of the nationality of the visitor and his or her family members, there are no visa requirements to enter Seychelles. However, the following documents must be shown in order to obtain immigration clearance at the Seychelles International Airport: A passport valid on the date of entry to and exit from Seychelles, return or onward ticket, proof of accommodation including contact details and sufficient funds for the duration of the stay.
Provisions & Beverages
A fantastic range of Food and Drinks packages which can be pre-ordered and will be on your boat when you arrive.
Supermarkets are located in Victoria, five minutes by car from the Moorings office. Supermarkets are generally open daily except Sunday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. You can pay cash in Seychelles Rupees (SCR)
From May to October, almost constant winds blow south-easterly with clear skies. The winds drop in November and gives way to north-westerly’s bringing heavy rains clouds. Heaviest rainfall is in January and can reach 370mm/4.5 in. The south-easterly wind pattern returns in April. In between these two periods there are two shorts periods of flat calms or light winds. April and May are the sunniest months; however, the cloudiest months still manage a daily average of 5.30 hours of sun. These slight climate changes barely affect the temperature which remains at a steady 28°- 30°C (82°-86°F) and the level of humidity which is close to 80% year around. In the Seychelles, weather is constantly changing. Neither rain nor sun ever becomes set for long periods.
Credit Cards accepted: American Express, Eurocard/MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted.
Currency: The Local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR).
Important: Visitors are required to use only foreign currency when making payments to hotels and guesthouses and when paying for other hospitality-related expenses such as hiring cars or boats, the services of tour operators or travel agents, patronage of the casino, and domestic transfers within the Seychelles. Small purchases in restaurants outside hotels, shopping and taxi fares are payable in local currency. Foreign currency may only be exchanged at banks, authorised money dealers, at the Airport, or with a Hotel cashier. You have to ask for a receipt.
It is illegal to change money on the black market in Seychelles.
Apart from the Moorings Marina in Eden Island, there is one other option in the Bay Saint Anne, Praslin. Some buoys are available from Robert (contact 77 02 67) around 100Sr per day per buoy.The port of La Digue welcomes only 3 or 4 yachts at a time.You have to contact the harbour master before arrival. For the other islands you must anchor in a safe cove for the night.
Boarding / Departure
Charters start at 10.00 am or 4.00 pm (with evening start). Sailing instructions will be given beforehand at the welcome office. Chart & Boat briefings will start at 9.00 am for the 10.00 am start time and 2.00 pm for Evening Starts. Disembarkation at 10:00 am is the mandatory time when the boat must be returned and ready for debriefing and checks.
Please note: Everyone must pay a US$40 departure tax when leaving the country.