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Seychelles Info

Seychelles Money

Before you arrive in the Seychelles, it is helpful to understand the local policies when it comes to purchasing goods and services during your stay. While many local establishments are happy to take Euros or U.S. Dollars in payment, there are still many places where it is easier to make your transactions with the local currency.

The Local Currency

The Seychelles Rupee (Rs) is the official currency of the Seychelles. One Rupee = 100 cents. The currency is divided into both paper and coin form. Currency is minted in the following denominations.

Paper Notes: Rs500 – Rs100 – Rs50 – Rs25 – Rs10

Coins: Rs5 – Rs1 – 25 cents – 10 cents – 5 cents – 1 cent

The Exchange Rate

As is the case with all currencies, the exchange rate for the Seychelles Rupee varies from day to day. There is also some variation between the rates charged by banks and other authorized exchange facilities. The latest median exchange rates as of February 22, 2012 are illustrated in the chart shown below.

The History Of The Seychelles

The ambiance of the Seychelles strikes many first-time visitors as more Caribbean Sea than Indian Ocean. That’s because when colonists first began settling there, the islands were unpopulated. Early French colonials were able to imprint their plantation culture without opposition. A hundred and fifty years of British rule did little to dispel the French influence. The Seychelles remained one of the Empire’s most remote backwaters.

With independence in the 1970s came interest in diversifying the island nation’s plantation economy. The completion of the Seychelles International Airport in 1971 opened the Seychelles to a new source of revenue, tourism. Thanks to tourism, the Seychelles today is one of the most prosperous African states with that continent’s highest Human Development Index.

The Economy of the Seychelles

In recent years, the economy of the Seychelles has expanded to include a variety of industries, with tourism becoming a particular focus. However, in the early days of its development, the collection of islands known as the Seychelles thrived on exports. Most of the money in the islands came from selling the goods that were harvested on plantations. These included copra, vanilla and cinnamon. While these still bring in some money for the Seychelles, they are no longer the driving force in the economy.

Food & Drink

The cuisine that is uniquely Seychellois is actually a fusion of flavours from African, French, Chinese, Indian and English cooking. Over the centuries, spices have been combined to create a single flavour. The large selection of tangy, sweet, rich and spicy combinations makes the Seychellois cuisine a tourist attraction in itself. With hundreds of such flavours, Seychellois cuisine and beverages have a unique place in the world of cooking.

The Local Ingredients

Most of Seychellois cooking is based on seafood and chillies. With very little local transport of goods, the ingredients are super fresh and often directly from a garden or fishing boat. There are 10 different varieties of chilli, each with a distinct flavour, and each only suitable for a selection of particular dishes.

The roasted, grilled, fried, curried or raw fish is served with chatini or cooked vegetables including pumpkin, green mangoes or eggplant. The fish is also served with raw fruits and vegetables that may be served with vinaigrette.

Weather & When Best To Go

The weather is one of the many things that makes the Seychelles such a special destination, all year round.

With an average temperature of 27°C, and a range that rarely drops below 24°C or rises above 32°C it is rarely too hot and almost always perfect beach weather.

Of course, like anywhere in the tropics it does rain, but showers tend to be brief, lasting just a couple of hours, and are often localised to one island or even just one area of an island.

During the year the driest months are between May and September, with the wettest weather in November, December and January - but even during these months there will be plenty of sunshine before and after the showers.