always wear shoes, also on the beach
How to behave on La Digue:
Written on a signpost you will find some important infos about how to get in contact with the turtles, what they like and what they dont like and what might even be a danger for these turtles in La Digue, that are between 30 and 90 years old.
And very important on the whole island of La Digue: dont walk barefoot in the parks or in the streets. On the beach and in the water it might make sense as well, even though you will mostly find pure sand there. But take a look at my last 2 Pictures: I also saw these 2 crabs on the beach and almost stepped on them...Related to:
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I saw such a giant spider in many places of the Seychelles ! The spider in my photos was taken out of its net by one of our tourguide in order to take a closer look at it !
They are 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 spider's net between the branches of a tree.Related to:
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Think twice when buying Corals etc.
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 coco-de-mer in my photos and hopefully this will also be accepted by the local customs-control in your homecountry, because this so-called certificate looks quite cheap in my opinion, almost like "selfmade". In any case the weight of 20 kg per coco-de-mer is the next problem when you fly home !Related to:
- Diving and Snorkeling
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Weather and surf forecast for the Seychelles
Wondering about the weather, wind direction, surf etc?
Check this and you may perhaps not get disappointed for what it's like at La Passe, La Digue today and the next few days...
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Customs and arriving at the aiport
Most tourists that come to Seychelles are either couples looking for a romantic getaway (really popular honeymoon location) or families enjoying the beach. So if you are single, you will be questioned rather heavily on why you chose to go there. Having said that, everyone should have all documents (RETURN flight tickets, proof of accommodation, receipts for anything purchased from your departure point) ready for inspection - immigration is really strict on their rules.
1. Seychelles is not cheap. If you are planning on packing your trip with as many activities and want to try out all the local cuisine, chances are, you will be spending more than you initially thought you would. While the beaches are (mostly) free, everything else is not, and tourists actually pay a much higher rate than the locals do. Once you get to the airport, change as much money as safely possible. If you insist on using your cards, you'll be hit with some rather steep exchange rates from your bank.
2. If you are going to use your card sporadically to withdraw at ATMs, be warned that not all cards will work. Barclays is the main bank in Seychelles. If you are Australian, my CBA card wasn't accepted at any of the 3 I used!
Animal crualty is all over the world.
Reffering to danger or warning abuse in the Seychelles. That person who wrote about animal crualty in the Seychelles is full of ***. Let me tell that person that I've seen worst animal
crualty overseas. Where animal dump in a frigit temperautre and find their own ways to find food. I had lots on my door step, my hearth was broken to see animal in frigit temperature starving to death or trying to keep them warm , so my daughter and I always have to feed them. Animals where their nails does't get cut and can hardly walk because their nails are to long. Lots of people overseas tortured animal. Seychelles is a paradise, maybe the person who wrote about animal crualty was trying to stay in the Seychelles and then he was not accepted to live in the country then he went ahead to gossip about animals crualty. I see animals in the Seychelles are free like a bird in the sky, because they have their freedom to live like an animal. Animals surpose to be free!
Spiders, waves, nasty things
My girlfriend is from the seychelles and she is SUPER scared of spiders! just coming in the front door when we get home each night is a drama incase there is a spider there. But when we are in seychelles she is fine! has no problems with the spiders there. the big yellow ones never bother her, as they keep out of the way as others have said. I did manage to find a BIG spider one night in her sisters pool filter, it looked just like the hunsmans we have here in Australia that I use to play with as a kid, but unlike them, this thing was AGRO! I went to pick it up and chuck of over there retaining wall and it just wanted to fight me! It wouldnt even run away when i tried to scare it away from the pool. I normaly dont like killing anything but i wasnt to worried when they killed this one.
Nothing has ever bothered me there. we normally stay 6 weeks at a time when visiting and i happily run around bare foot everywhere we go and go snorkeling almost everyday, swim almost everywhere, there are a couple of big wave spots for surfers only, stay out of the water here! people have died putting an end to what should have been a great trip. its no fun to swim in those waves anyway, there are plenty of good spots for swimming. They are not really any worse that a lot of the surf beaches here in Australia, but we have a lot of turos get into trouble in them too, fortunately we have surf lifesavers at a lot of beaches. Seychelles has none at these ones. leave the waves for people that want and know surf well)
The only problem i have ever had in Seychelles was jumping on a broken bottle in the cliffs on Cerf island, it wasn't to bad. It needed a couple of stitches but we didn't get back to the main island and a Dr in time to get that done. So i just super glued it together witch sealed it up along with some band aids to hold it together and I managed to continue diving and snorkeling the rest of the trip :)
But i will be, and do recommend some sandals you don't mind taking into the water, and ill defiantly be taking a rashy(long sleeve swimming top) to protect from the sun at times from now on!
There are many political issues, but as a turo you will not be effected by them. other than the fact the island is loosing a lot of REALLY REALLY nice spots that really make the island what it is and the place so appealing to tourists to more resorts, The government is handing over prime locations (some stolen from locals that owned the land) to development in an effort to get more turo $$$
Buying Coco de Mer
If you are buying Coco de Mer as a souvenir,make sure it has a green tag.It serves as permit to be exported legally and always ask for a receipt.Coco de Mer costs from 2,000 SCR (200 Euros) and above depending on the size and quality.
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.Related to:
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If you do not like spiders. It might not be the best place to visit.
Everywhere in the bushes, trees those palm spiders will build their nets. If you hike arround you will not be able to miss them.
However they are acctually harmless.Related to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
Protected and Forbidden to Export
Coco-de-mer or "sea-coco"
a beautiful seed not to be exported from it's habitat
nor smuggled out of Seychelles.
Brandon Head's book The Food of the Gods, A Popular Account of Cocoa
publisxhed in 1903, republished as an e-book by Gutenberg.org
includes the "Sea-Coco", because of the name, sex emporiums have climbed onboard too
The Coco-de-Mer palm produces the largest seed in the world and is endemic to only two of the 115 Seychelle Islands. The plants have separate sexes and thus there are male trees and female trees.
NB: designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1983
&L[http://www.sif.sc/index.php?langue=eng&rub=34]Vallée de Mai of 19.5ha on Praslin Island has a palm forest is dominated by the endemic Coco de Mer (Koko-d-Mer Lodoicea maldivica).Related to:
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In August, watch out for falling bread-fruits!
While we were driving around, we noticed that many cars has a bumps on their hoods. We were asking ourselves why when we assisted to an incredible thing: a large bread fruit fall down from a bread-fruit tree directly on a car!
So, take care when driving under bread-fruit trees when they are ripe (we were there in August, so I presume that is the month they get ripe)!
Do not touch anything in the sea!
The Seychelles are truly blessed islands since there are no mortally dangerous animals!
Anyway, there are certain shells called Geographicus that expell poisenous darts and they can really make very unpleasent your holiday!
Underwater is reccomended NEVER to touch anything!
And do not forget that you should NOT WALK upon the coral barrier!
Roads and animals
Especially for people that are not used to drive on left side must be careful how to drive. I had problems at beginning because I was not common to change gears with left hand and also problems with indicators. But more dangerous is that roads are usually just cut off on both sides (sometimes only a few sometimes even for 2 meters), so if you drive too much on left side, you can easily fall off the road.
This happened also to me just about 20 minutes later when I got car at airport. I was driving too much on left side and just for a while I looked at map and suddenly fell down off the road so left wheels were about half meter down and right wheels were still on road. Thanks god people there are very kind and nice. After a few minutes (seconds) when I was looking around what to do about 7 men come around without I am asking them anything and lift my car on put it on road again!!! I was very lucky that car wasn't damage so in next days I was much more careful during driving.
About animals I didn't have any bad experience. You can see some small white cancers on beaches that are hidding in some holes that were made by them. You can also see some red cancers but they don't look danger at all. They run away and hide as soon as you move a little. I didn't see any snakes and any other smaller insects despite I was walking in woods and around. I saw only a few spiders on La Digue (like the one on pic) when I was walking to the beach.Related to:
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