The Seychelles are regarded as one the prime destinations for tropical islands but have more to offer than just sun and beaches. The islands offer unspoilt forests and national parks which provide a home for tropical flora, rare bird species, turtles and giant tortoises in addition to spectacular natural scenery. Surrounding the islands are coral reefs and tropical waters containing a huge variety of marine life amking the Seychelles an ideal destination for diving and snorkelling. Explore in depth highlights of Seychelles.

Travel Information for Seychelles
Time zone:GMT +4 (Seychelles standard time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Creole Other languages:    English
Currency: Seychelles rupees (SCR)

1 = SR15.83, $1 = SR14.19, £1 = SR18.87

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.scInternational Dialling Code:    248

For help planning your trip to Seychelles including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Seychelles trip planning page.

Further information on Seychelles

Discover more about Seychelles - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of seychelles

Total area: 455 sq km (0 sq km under water)

Coastline: 491 km (Indian Ocean)

Neighbours (border lengths): No land borders

Climate: Tropical marine climate with high humidity. Cooler season during southeast monsoon (late May to September), warmer season during northwest monsoon (March to May).

Highest mountain: Morne Seychellois (905m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Seychelles from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldPartly Free -
Democracy IndexNo Data -
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 114/179
Press FreedomNoticeable problems 94/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsLow corruption 43/174
Overall Ranking:    97/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Seychelles     Status: Independent Country

Population: 91,650 (rank: 184/196)     Density: 201.4 people/sq km (rank: 44/196)

Ethnic groups: mixed French, African, Indian, Chinese, and Arab

Religions: Roman Catholic 82.3%, Anglican 6.4%, Seventh Day Adventist 1.1%, other Christian 3.4%, Hindu 2.1%, Muslim 1.1%, other non-Christian 1.5%, unspecified 1.5%, none 0.6% (2002 census)

GDP (PPP): $2.4 billion       GDP per capita: $25,900 (rank: 41/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.