Seychelles, to be discovered by sailboat, catamaran or Yacht. As well in apartment or in villa on islands. -

 Seychelles

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Latitude 4° 40' 0" S - Longitude 55° 28' 0" E

A necklace of pearls in a forgotten sea...

 

The Seychelles consist of 115 small islands scattered across a wide area of the Indian Ocean between Madagascar and the equator, It represents an archipelago of timeless beauty, tranquility and harmony offering a great diversity between azure oean, legendary Vallée de Mai (with the famous Coco de mer nut), granitic islands and coral atolls including our second UNESCO world heritage site: Aldabra

Inner Islands also named the granitic island:

The main islands are based on solid granite foundations and are mountainous, the highest mountain, on Mahé, reaches 905 metres above the sea level.

Mahé, the largest island, is 29 km long and mostly about 3 to 6 km wide. With a population of around 75,000. About half of the population lives in or around the capital:  Victoria.

The only town in the Seychelles.

Praslin, 25 miles east of Mahé, it's the second-largest island, is 11 km long and 4 km wide, with a population of about 8,000 people, it's in the heart of this small island that you will found our first UNESCO world heritage: VALLEE DE MAI, the reserve has the vestiges of a natural palm forest preserved in almost its original state. Famous Coco de mer, from a palm tree once believed to grow in the depths of the sea, it's the largest seed in the plant kingdom! It is the last habitat of the famous Kato nwar (black parrot), the brifht green praslin gecko, the wolf snake (non poisonous), the tiger chameleon & frivolous frogs... Don't miss Anse Lazio one of the most beautifull beach!

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La Digue: the fourth largest islands (the thirds one is Silhouette) with 5km long and 3 km wide! Enjoy Anse Source d'Argent one of the most popular beaches to be found on all the islands, with white sands offset by towering granite boulders that have been worn by time and weather. The sea here is sheltered by a reef, providing calm and shallow waters that make a perfect playground for little ones and a good snorkling place.

Fourty-two of the islands are made up of different types of granite; brown on Mahé, pink on Praslin and La Digue. The rocks of Sihouette have a unique syenite formation (granite without quartz). To the north of the central granite group are two coralline islands, Denis and Bird.
Geologically, the existence of the granite islands has been explained by the theory of Continental Drift. In the Primary Era, 150 million years ago, it is thought that South America, Africa, India and Australia were a single super continent, known as Gondwanaland. By 100 million years ago all the continental masses of Gondwanaland, including Madagascar, had separated and geologists estimate that the inner islands of Seychelles were formed as Madagascar and India broke loose from one another.

For more details on the inner islands and possible accommodation: Seychelles tourism board

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Outer Islands or coralline islands

Most islands outside the inner islands group are coralline and spread towards the south and south west. These 74 outer islands are coral, flat, sandy and planted with coconut trees. They are less visited than the granitic islands due to their relative remoteness and they offer untouched habitats for many species of wildlife.

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They fall in four distinct groups: the Amirantes group, the Southern Coral group, the Farquhar group and the Aldabra group.
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Customs Rules Import regulations

Free import (tobacco and alcoholic beverages only for persons aged 18 years of age and older) by passengers, provided for personal or household use:

- 200 cigarettes or 250 grams of tobacco;

- 2 litres of alcoholic beverages; - 2 litres of wine;

- 200ml perfume or eau de toilette;

- sporting equipment worth SCR 500.-;

- jewellery and articles of precious metal worth SCR 500.-;

- other personal items worth SCR 3,000.-.

Applicable to visitors only, the following goods shall also be exempted from tax but the payment of a deposit in SCR may be required, which will be refunded in SCR upon re-export, provided within 6 months of the arrival date: video camera and other camera equipment, musical instruments, sport equipment, portable electronic or electric equipment and other leisure equipment.

RESTRICTED: tea, seeds, plants, meat and meat products, flowers, fruits and vegetables.

PROHIBITED: dangerous drugs, narcotics, firearms, spear-fishing equipment, swords, clothing of camouflage design, pornographic literature, films dvds and any other goods prohibited under any law.

Additional Information on regulations::

A Plant Import Permit issued by Seychelles prior to travel and a Phytosanitary Certificate issued by the national plant protection organization of country of origin are required for all plants and plant products. All fruit, vegetables, plants, cuttings, bulbs, seeds or other unprocessed plant products must be declared at customs and presented for quarantine inspection. Imports of plants and plant products are subject to import controls under the Seychelles Plant Protection Act. Fore more information, contact the National Plant Protection Office (NPPO).

The import of all meat and meat products is subject to the import regulations of the Seychelles Veterinary Services.

Export regulations:

Restricted: coco-de-mer (unprocessed), shells, live and processed fish and live tortoises. Processed coco-de-mer requires an export permit obtained from the Dept. of Environment. All exports require an export permit. Application forms can be obtained from: Policy and Strategy Division, Ministry of Finance, Liberty House, PO Box 313, Victoria, Seychelles.

Exports are exempt from Trades Tax and only require a documentation charge of SCR 25.- per document. Pets:: All animals entering Seychelles require a permit to import issued by the Veterinary Services. Applications should be made to: Director General, Animal Health Division, MENR (Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources), P.O. Box 166, Victoria, Mahe, Seychelles. The importer must supply the following information: - name and address of the exporter; and - intended travel details; and - breed, sex, age of animal. No birds, except the African Grey Parrot (on condition that it has been a family pet for one year) are eligible for import. By law all imported animals must undergo post arrival quarantine, for a period of: 14 days for cats and dogs originating from countries or territories certified as being rabies free; 30 days for animals originating from countries or territories in which canine rabies is well controlled, provided the animal is accompanied by a Rabies Neutralization Antibody Titre Test with result of at least 0.5 IU/inl. 180 days for animals originating from rabies affected countries. Baggage Clearance regulations:: Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in the Seychelles Isl. (including passengers taking domestic flights to other Islands such as Praslin, La Digue, Desroches, Bird etc). Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of the Seychelles Isl., provided the onward flight is within 4 hours. Airport Embarkation Tax No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

Currency rules Currency Import regulations: Local currency (Seychelles Rupee-SCR) and foreign currencies: no restrictions. However, amounts above USD 10,000.- (or equivalent) must be declared upon arrival.

(source IATA)

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