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No matter where in the world you prefer to sail and you keep going back to, you would no doubt be sad if it was suddenly overflowing with plastic waste or if the corals were dead due to bleaching.
Here are 4 simple things you can do to help preserve your favourite destination and to keep it in its best condition.
Usually not a requirement. Hepatitis A (liver inflammation / jaundice) and tetanus could be relevant. Malaria and yellow fever do not currently occur. If you have been in areas with yellow fever, a vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required upon arrival.
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Since virtually everything has to be shipped in, the price level is higher than in DK. No food (meat and fruit) may be brought in - it is confiscated to keep the island free of disease. Typically, you will lie too far in the Seychelles - supplies are not always sufficient all around. Provisions always for a few days.
An "Entry Fee" is paid to moor at or go ashore on certain islands in National Park Waters. Anchor buoys in these protected areas must be used. The corals are in a special class, and all waste is collected in the plastic bags provided. In changing wind conditions, there may be some surf when you have to land with the dinghy. So take a solid, resealable plastic bag / bag for the photo equipment and possibly change clothes.
There will be certain areas, bays and islands that cannot or must not be sailed. This information is given during the briefing for the individual sailing areas, and is also described in the manual on board. Only the "Inner Islands" may be sailed without a hired skipper.
The power supply in the hotels is 13 amp. with an English 3-pin plug. Remember an adapter plug.
You can walk fairly close to the coast - but be aware of the corals. The sea urchins are big, black and beautiful - but have some ugly spikes. Should the accident happen, vinegar or lemon juice will neutralize the sting. Many coral reefs with their amazing animal and fish life have been destroyed by sailors with a trailing anchor chain! Use buoys where possible.
Take into account the 1-2 meter tide difference and the resulting current. There can be 1.5-4 knots of current - especially in narrow passages - pay special attention to the children while swimming, and hang out a line with a fender for safety.
In some places there are buoys = "Day Time Moorings", which may only be used during the day when anchoring/diving in protected coral areas. Buoys are laid out NW of Mahé, NE of Praslin and at certain islands.
Must be used on the boat and not on the beach. Remember charcoal.
Fishing with a harpoon (speargun) is not allowed.
No visa requirements for Scandinavians. Passport must be valid for at least 6 months after departure from the Seychelles. Check at www.um.dk
Many restaurants serve a buffet of Creole dishes with everything from chicken curry to baked parrot fish - exciting and good. Typically, you are welcome to eat at the restaurants in the hotels. Many are located directly on the beach behind the palm trees.
You can buy batik prints, woodcarvers, handicrafts and exotic spices. Beach shells and corals are sold, but are prohibited from being imported into Denmark.
Where you anchor for swimming and snorkeling are picturesque and unspoiled. The water is crystal clear with a brightly colored fish universe surrounded by frigatebirds and sea turtles.
The climate is tropical with 25-35 °C all year round. The islands lie outside the Cyclone belt. Warmest in March/April and coolest in July/August. Occasionally short-lived heavy downpours - especially at night. Suitable for sailing all year round with wind speeds of 2-5 m/s.
From May to September, the SE monsoon blows a little stronger, 5-10 m/s with swells on this side of the islands.
From December-February the slightly wetter NW monsoon.
A tour of Mahé along the coast, up over the mountains, visiting a Plantation House, a tea plantation, model boat building or local art gallery / workshop is a nice experience before the plane goes home. In Victoria on Mahé there are several buildings worth seeing, e.g. a Hindu temple as well as several beautifully preserved colonial buildings that are now used as administration, library and museum. Also visit Victoria's brightly colored market with fish, vegetables, spices and handicrafts or the "Botanical Gardens", a beautiful experience with a colossal growth of old trees and flowering plants of so-called endemic species - that is, they do not grow anywhere else in the world. In addition, a rich birdlife and bats. On Praslin, the “Vallée de Mai” national park is an experience. Take a taxi from the port town of Baie St. Anne, where you can lie for a while in the pool, and wander around for a few hours in this old primeval forest/jungle with, among other things, 30 kg Coco de Mère nuts. Remember, you drive on the left in the Seychelles.
Money, valuables, passports etc. should be carried on you when you travel around or disembark from the boat. Unlock the boat - also when it is too swaying, and you take the dinghy ashore. However, it must be said that the Seychellois are a friendly and peaceful people, and crime is rare in such a small island community.
Approx. 115 islands of volcanic or coralline origin. On an 8-10 day sailing trip you will, among other things, come to tropically lush mountain islands, such as Praslin and La Digue with sculptural rounded granite colossi lying like whales on the pearly white beach. They form part of "The Inner Islands". Rent a bicycle or oxcart for sightseeing. The more distant outer islands "The Outer Islands" are built up as coral atolls surrounded by lagoons and protective coral reefs. The sailing area is limited to the "Inner Islands".
The rainforest On the island of Praslin you should stroll through the "Vallée de Mai", which is a 250 million. year-old rainforest - a whole Jurassic Park with large, heavy coconuts, as well as an animal and plant life that can only be found in this one place in the world.
The Creoles The inhabitants are hospitable, friendly and welcoming with a relaxed lifestyle. The local music and dance are stimulating and create a wonderful atmosphere for everyone. The main language is Creole French, but English is also often spoken.
Nature The population cares for their nature. They absolutely do not want mass tourism. Large areas are protected in National Parks, so the beaches and corals are protected from abuse and pollution. On certain islands, a landing fee is paid for access to paradise.
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