Local traditions and culture in Seychelles

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    tiny fish-markets along the roads

    by globetrott Written May 3, 2015

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    Fish is sold all over the Seychelles islands and that way you will find a small "fishmarket" in almost every village of the islands. It is always interesting to see these colorful fishes, that are mostly on display somewhere, where cars can make a stop easily along the road.
    Mostly there is no refrigeration at all, just a bottle of water that they pour over the fishes from time to time.

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    Achiote / Bixa orellana - the "lipstick-tree"

    by globetrott Written May 3, 2015

    The fruits of this local tree named Achiote / Bixa orellana (= Annattostrauch in german) have an extra bright red color and it was used in order to produce lipsticks. You will see such a tree in the "Jardin du Roi" and the guide will also open a fruit for you and show you the flesh, red as blood. Try that with your fingers and it will take a long time before the last bit of color will be disappearing from your hands !
    The fruits of this tree will be used as well as a spice, in the paharmacy and in order to add some red color to dishes like rice and in some places on earth women will also use it in order to color their hair into red.

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    Nutmeg / Muskatnuss

    by globetrott Written May 3, 2015

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    Nutmeg is a spice that are using without knowing much about it ! In Jardin du Roi you will be shown what the fruit looks like that finally will be exported under the name Nutmeg / Muskatnuss. All parts of the fruit (that is normally as large as a small lemon) are used for different purposes :The fruit-flesh is fed to the animals, the red peels of the stone are known as the spice "Maze" that is used for the production of Sausages like the Bavarian Weisswurst and finally the stone is the precious nutmeg, that used to be a rare and expensive spice in the medieval times.

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    a bird "fishing" in the fishhall

    by globetrott Updated Apr 16, 2015

    Did you ever see a white heron or similar bird walking around in a fish-market waiting for its chance to grab something to eat ? This is something special like I saw it only in Victoria so far: It was a lot of fun to watch this bird "fishing" directely in the fish-hall of the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Markethall. This bird really felt at home between all of the many merchants who did regard him obviously as a part of the fishmarket. You might see these birds in the fishhall in many photos made by tourists, also of other VT-members, so it really seems to be a quite common "local custom"

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    some giant spiders are harmless

    by globetrott Written Apr 15, 2015

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    When you see them for your first time you might get a bit of a shock, BUT these giant spiders are not really poisenous or dangerous for mankind, but of course how ould you know when you walk in Jardin du Roi and all of a sudden there is such a spider in a giant net under one of the trees and you did not see it right away.
    You will find these spiders also close to the beach, where-ever they may build their net between the branches of a tree.

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    Buying Corals

    by globetrott Written Apr 15, 2015

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    Be careful, when buying shells and corals in the Seychelles. In most cases it is not forbidden to take them out of the Seychelles, BUT taking them into your homecountry might be a severe problem when they catch you with corals or rare sea-shells.
    Taking home a"Coco-de-mer" is another thing ! In order to take them out of the Seychelles you need a "certificate" like the one that sticks on the coc-d-mer in my photos and hopefully this will also be accepted by your local customs-control at home, because this so-called certificate looks quite cheap, almost like "selfmade". In any case the weight of 20 kg per coco-de-mer is the next problem when you fly home !

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    Victoria on Mahé island is an easily walkable city

    by globetrott Updated Apr 15, 2015

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    This information is mainly ment for passengers of cruiseships : To book an organized citytour of the town of Victoria does not really make a lot of sense and it is also a waste of money,because you really can do it on your own and an easy walk of 2-3 hours in total will show you everything without hassle and stress.
    The tour of the island, including Jardin du Roi is worth it in my opinion to take the organized tour for ca. 40 euros, because the entrance-fee for jardin du roi is 10 euros already and it is always best to have a guide there as well.
    Most of the local tourguides spoke excellent english and a single one even spoke german, unfortunately she was guiding in another bus. Taxidrivers, that you might hire for the whole day like in other cities are not available except for local transportation, so it might be the best to book the tours through your cruiseship.

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    Coco d'Amour

    by globetrott Written Apr 14, 2015

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    Coco d'Amour is a special liquor made in the Seychelles and it is made of ordinary coco-nuts and NOT by Coco-de-mer - nuts, as you might asume when you look at the special bottle in which the liquor is sold: The bottle looks like the famous coco-de-mer, a giant nut that is growing only in the Sychelles.
    You will be able to buy it in most boutiques and souvenirshops on the Seychelles and I also saw it in Anse Valbert in the local souvenirshop.

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    Gonna have to slow it down

    by skippinrocks Written May 14, 2010

    Seychelles seems to be a lot like the Carribean. No one is in a hurry except the tourists. When you go to a restaurant, you will notice this most. It can easily take 2 hours to eat sometimes. The servers take forever to take your order, may not place it right away, and when it's ready, they may or may not bring it right over. You will probably need a refill long before you get one and you will have to ask for them to bring your bill. When you get your bill, you will see a 10% tax and 10% service charge which I believe is used for social services. My recommendation is to try not to take this personally. It's this way for everyone. What I have discovered is if I go to the same restaurant frequently I find the friendliest and most helpful server and make sure I tip her very well. The 10% service charge on your bill doesn't go to the servers, so they only get tips left for exceptional service. If you leave a tip with the bill, typically they will put it in a jar and divide it between everyone there. BUT, if you hand a specific server a tip, they get to keep it and they will remember you. For me, it's worth paying a little extra in tips to get good service and keep the glass full. But that's just me.
    This goes for driving too. They will drive very slow, stop in the middle of the road for no apparent reason, pass on a blind curve and expect you to move over, and walk right out into the street. So just remind yourself to chill and that this is their country and this is how they do it here, you just may save yourself some heartburn.

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    Sey Brew

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 4, 2008

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    Well not quiet a cultural tip - but in some countries a beer is part of culture isn't it. Since the first bottle rolled off the production line of Seychelles Breweries Ltd in June 1972, SeyBrew Lager has been the favourite beer of Seychelles. SeyBrew is brewed with the finest malt and hops imported from Europe, Australia and South Africa. And after a hot day it is the best drink on the islands to squench your thirst!!

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    Blatant nudity is offensive in Seychelles

    by dickiebird Written Dec 12, 2006

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    It is quite acceptable to go topless on the beaches of Seychelles, however, discretion should be maintained. The Seychellois people are not comfortable with nudity, and are offended by people who prance around the beach wearing just a thong.

    I have seen nudists sunbathing just next to Al Mare restuarant in full view of the road, this is not acceptable. There are enough secluded beaches to go to if you feel the need to completely strip off.

    Beau Vallon, a very popular beach amongst local families, is a typical example. When one sunbathes topless, remember to put on your bikini top if you feel like a stroll along the waterfront. I know of locals who have stopped going to the beach because of the nudity of tourists.

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    Cinnamon

    by grets Written Jan 29, 2005

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    On a trip around the island we came across this lady sitting by the side of the road stripping bark off the cinnamon tree. Only the bark is used and it is a very sought after spice which is one of the main exports of the Seychelles.

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    Bread fruit

    by Saagar Written May 10, 2004

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    Not a custom, really, but a food item....
    Breadfruits are abundant, and they make very good deep-fried chips out of them in addition to other stuff.
    Try breadfruit chips instead of potatoes, or as a snack with your Seybrew.

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    Whatever you do, do try to...

    by wadekorzan Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Whatever you do, do try to meet the locals. There are about 73,000 people living in the Seychelles, and they really are so warm. The people are a mixture of European, African, Indian, Arab, and Chinese...so they are going to welcome you with open arms from wherever you might come. The picture is of Leo and I with a very sweet woman we met named Florette. We will never forget her. We rode the public bus with her across the island from Bel Ombre to Victoria, the capital on the island of Mahe. She walked with us, showed us a few things, and when we suggested getting together another day for a tea, she said 'No way, how about a beer!??'

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    Beach Wedding

    by kyoub Written Jul 18, 2004

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    When we was on Pointe Source D'Argent, I saw a special spot. It had been decorated for a beach wedding. The bride and groom were gone but I had to have a picture.
    Isn't the background beautiful?

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