What To Expect
Because the Seychelles are islands, fish is once again a prime staple of the cuisine. Your vacation stay can also be expensive because again, being islands, most everything is imported. You can use either the Euro or American dollar for purchases: both are accepted. The general population is relatively poor because of the import prices and being dependent for the most part on the fickleness of the tourism industry. Perhaps this disparity between poorer islanders and “richer” tourists drives the petty crime and burglary as this destination is more prevalent to crime than the Maldives.
May is a good time to visit, the same as the Maldives, as well as April, October and November – all months that benefit from cooling trade winds. Whereas the beautiful white sand beaches, snorkeling and diving are the draws for both countries, the Seychelles has many more activities for the active visitor. Its topography is vastly different from the Maldives being quite hilly, some would say mountainous. You can visit Morne Seychelles National Park, explore museums, take tours, hike and bike to name a few things to do. You might be lucky and see one its rare animals, the giant Aldabra tortoise.
The Seychelles is a Roman Catholic country as approximately 75% of the population practise this religion. Therefore, you are not as restricted in your public activities and dress as in the Maldives. Drinking alcohol is actually an important part of the male culture and you can often find home brews too.
Wanting to get married in the Seychelles while you are there? It’s fairly hassle-free but you need to apply eleven days prior, show a passport and birth certificate. A destination wedding therefore is always a great choice, and the Seychelles is a definite romantic honeymoon option too for the more active couple.