Citytours of Victoria - do them on your own !
This information is mainly ment for passengers of cruiseships : To book an organized citytour of the village 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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the giant spiders
These giant spiders are not really poisenous or dangerous for mankind, but of course you might get a shock 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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Corals & some shells are forbidden to import
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 country you need a "certificate" like the one that sticks on the coc-d-mer in my photos and hopefully this will also accepted by your local customs-control, 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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Protect the beautiful nature !
Coral has hardly a bit recovered from El nino, and it’s so beautiful underwater…so leave it there for others to see !
The same for shells, don’t collect them on the beach. It is forbidden anyway…Except for the ones you buy in shops. Shores of the Seychelles are protected by the Government, which does a lot to keep the island clean and pure. So help to keep this place the paradise that it is and don't ruin the landscape :-)
The sun sets early !
In the tropics, the sun goes down very quickly. It starts around 6 pm and by 6.30 it’s already dark… So, be careful when you start a walk, be sure to estimate the time you will need to return, because once it’s dark, it’s dark, believe me ! And it can be dangerous when you walk into the jungle, or on rocks that may be slippery because of the rain. You’d better see where you set your feet !
Wear shoes or fins when you snorkel !
There are a lot of see urchins in the Indian Ocean and it can be very painful if you set your feet on it while wading ! Besides, when you snorkel you can set your feet on rocks, and that can be veeeeeery painful too ! It happened to me when we were snorkeling around Moyenne Island, in the Sainte Anne Marine Park. It was quite deep already and I didn’t think there could be rocks on that place, so I didn’t put my shoes on. But then I hurt my feet, so I had to stop snorkeling and go back to the boat. I think the best is to wear fins, it’s more efficient against the current. But if you choose to wear plastic sandals, buy good ones that cling well to you feet…otherwise you may loose them ! My left one is still somewhere near Anse Soleil :-)
Drive carefully !
Roads are quite narrow and locals drive fast ! There is no hard shoulder on the side of the road, so it can be dangerous, especially at night when you take the road of Sans Soucis, very steep at certain places...the island is quite mountainous ! So be careful if you follow a bus. And remember, in the Seychelles, you drive on the left side of the road ;-)
The undercurrents in the Seychelles are sometimes very strong. So beware of this when you go for a swim ! Anse Intendance on Mahé, for example, is a beautiful wild beach with huge waves, but really dangerous to swim. Even on quieter beaches, you can feel that currents are quite strong, so don’t venture where it is adviced not to swim...for your own safety !
Slippery and Jagged Rocks
Many of the beaches have jagged and slippery rocks both in and out of the water. Your best bet is to wear water shoes and be careful when entering the water. We saw many a person during our trip walking out of the water with bloody legs and feet due to carelessness.
It's a Bugs Life
There are plenty of bugs here; the kind that flies as well as the kind that crawls. If you don't have a fondness for these creatures wear insect repellent and spray your beach towel as well. We encountered a variety of creatures during our trip:ants, spiders, mosquitoes, sand fleas and roaches. We viewed some Harry Potter sized arachnids hanging onto some power wires during a walk to Beau Vallon....they were massive.
Mahe is only four miles from the equator and the sun is very strong. Eventhough my wife and I lathered on the sunblock, wore hats and avoided the noon day sun we still got a bit pink during our vacation.
The Seychelles have implemented foreign exchange restrictions. All foreigners visiting the islands have to pay for services, such as restaurants, hotels and activities with foreign currency, local Seychelles Rupees are not accepted. Therefore it is advisable not to carry large amounts of local currency, since these may only be accepted in a few shops on the islands and cannot be changed into foreign currency. The main foreign currency on the islands is the Euro.
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