Documents, vaccinations and visas
It is quite indispensable to be in possession of a valid passport. But you neither need a visa nor any kind of vaccination.
Language – The official language is Creole, but almost all the inhabitants speak fluent French and English.
Dress – Sporting and informal dress is undoubtedly the most appropriate for a holiday in the islands, but in the evenings men will do well to wear long trousers in some of the hotels. And don’t forget your sunglasses, an electric torch, protective suntan creams, a cloth hat and, if you are a snorkelling fan, mask, fins and respirator mouthpiece.
Religion – The population of the Seychelles is for the most part Christian: Catholic, Anglican and Protestant. There are also Chinese and Indian minorities, who practice their traditional religions.
Political system – The Seychelles are an independent republic within the British Commonwealth.
Time zone – During the winter the time difference between the Seychelles and Italy amounts to three hours (i.e. noon in Italy corresponds to 3 p.m. in Mahé), but this is reduced to two hours during the period when summertime (daylight saving) is in force in Italy.
Transport – Car hire – The best way of visiting the island of Praslin is to hire a car. All you need is an official driving licence of your own country. There is a speed limit of 45 km/h in inhabited centres and you have to drive on the left.
Public transport – A scheduled bus service is available on Praslin between 5.30 a.m. and 7.00 p.m. (Attention: reduced service on Sundays!).
Regular ferry and catamaran services operate between the islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.
Currency – The banks publish the exchange rate fluctuations each day and you can also change your at the principal hotels and at Exchange Agents Offices.
Credit cards (American Express, Visa, Diners, Mastercard) and traveller’s cheques are accepted in practically all the hotels and restaurants.
Banks – The banks are open from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. from Monday to Friday. Special counters at the airport open on the occasion of the arrival and departure of international flights.
Security – We would suggest that you keep cash, passports and other valuable objects in the safe in stalled in the house. Carry only such cash as is strictly necessary when you go to the beach or on trips.
Voltage – The electricity supply throughout the Seychelles is 240 V, single phase. All the equipment installed at Villa Paille En Queue is designed for this voltage and have United Kingdom plugs. There are plentiful adaptors for European plugs but feel free to bring your own for comfort.
Telephones – The dialling code for the Seychelles is +248. Before you leave, find out in your own country (though you can also do this in the Seychelles) what dialling code you have to use when calling home. Card-operated public telephones are available in the Seychelles. Also, we advise to buy a SIM card from local operators.
Shopping – There are many local corner shops around the islands which operate normal hours. Feel free to request particular items from the shopkeepers who will source or reserve your requests for collection at a convenient time.