Seychelles is an African country that boasts of the highest nominal per capita GDP in the continent.
One of only a few countries in Africa with high human development index.
It is also widely known as the only country in Africa which is classed as a high income economy by world bank.
Officially the Republic of Seychelles (French: République des Seychelles; Creole: La Repiblik Sesel), is an archipelago country in the Indian Ocean.
The capital of the 115-island country, Victoria, lies 1,500 kilometres (932 mi) east of mainland East Africa.
HISTORIC FACTS ABOUT THE ISLAND
The Seychelles were uninhabited throughout most of recorded history. Some scholars assume that Austronesian seafarers and later Maldivian and Arab traders were the first to visit the uninhabited Seychelles.
A transit point for trade between Africa and Asia, the islands were said to be occasionally used by pirates until the French began to take control starting in 1756 when a Stone of Possession was laid on Mahé by Captain Nicholas Morphey.
The islands were named after Jean Moreau de Séchelles, Louis XV’s Minister of Finance.
The British frigate “Orpheus” commanded by Captain Henry Newcome arrived at Mahé on 16 May 1794.
Terms of capitulation were drawn up and the next day Seychelles was surrendered to Britain.
Jean Baptiste Quéau de Quincy, the French administrator of Seychelles during the years of war with the United Kingdom, declined to resist when armed enemy warships arrived.
Instead, he successfully negotiated the status of capitulation to Britain which gave the settlers a privileged position of neutrality.
Independence was granted in 1976 as a republic within the Commonwealth. In the 1970s Seychelles was “the place to be seen, a playground for film stars and the international jet set”.
POPULAR LOCAL LANGUAGES SPOKEN
French and English are official languages along with Seychellois Creole, which is primarily based upon French.
However, nowadays the language is often laced with English words and phrases.
Including second-language speakers, Seychellois is the most-spoken official language in the Seychelles, followed by French and English. 87% of the population speaks Seychelles Creole, 51% speaks French, and 38% speaks English.
Most business and official meetings are conducted in English and nearly all official websites are in English.
National Assembly business is conducted in Creole, but laws are passed and published in English.
THE ECONOMY OF THE ISLAND
Since independence in 1976, per capita output has expanded to roughly seven times the old near-subsistence level.
Growth has been led by the tourist sector, which employs about 30% of the labour force, compared to agriculture which today employs about 3% of the labour force.
Despite the growth of tourism, farming and fishing continue to employ some people, as do industries that process coconuts and vanilla.
As of 2013, the main export products are processed fish (60%) and non-fillet frozen fish (22%).
The prime agricultural products currently produced in Seychelles include sweet potatoes, vanilla, coconuts and cinnamon.
These products provide much of the economic support of the locals. Frozen and canned fish, copra, cinnamon and vanilla are the main export commodities.
CUISINES OF SEYCHELLES
Staple foods include fish, seafood and shellfish dishes, often accompanied with rice.
Fish dishes are cooked in several ways, such as steamed, grilled, wrapped in banana leaves, baked, salted and smoked.
Curry dishes with rice are also a significant aspect of the country’s cuisine.
Additional food staples include coconut, breadfruit, mangoes and kordonnyen fish. Dishes are often garnished with fresh flowers.
Chicken dishes, such as chicken curry and coconut milk.
Fresh tropical fruits
THE BEAUTIFUL ISLANDS OF THE COUNTRY
There aren’t many places on Earth where hawks-bill turtles feel so unthreatened that they come ashore in broad daylight to lay their eggs.
The Seychelles is one place where they do.
With some exceptions, development and conservation sit together well in this archipelago of 115 islands.
One coastline on the mainland, Mahé, aside, buildings cede to vegetation. Awareness of the need to preserve island ecology is increasing.
Indigenous animal species that have been adversely affected by human development patterns are being reintroduced.
WHY NIGERIANS SHOULD VACATION IN SEYCHELLES
with all the beauty the island nation of Seychelles encompasses, there’s no reason why it wouldn’t compete with the likes of Dubai in terms of leisure trips for Nigerians.
Truth be told, this beautiful nation is a lot more welcoming to Nigerians than any other major tourist destination, considering the strong bilateral relation between them.
If you’re an avid lover of seafood, this is your best bet for great quality that suites your bank balance.
You don’t have to break the bank or put up your ancestral inheritance up for loan to spend an unforgettable time in Seychelles.
If you’re like me and don’t like to be confined to a spot for too long, then it will please you to know that the flight duration from Lagos International Airport to Seychelles is 7 Hours 53 Minutes.
A Seychelles visa is issued at no cost to Nigerians for the first month of stay on the island.
Any tourist who wishes to extend his/her stay will have to pay the sum of ₦134,155 (Sr. 5,000) for successive periods up to three months at a time.
Three months extensions can be obtained within a 12-month period. A visitor’s permit renewal must be done at least one week before it expires.
REQUIREMENTS FOR VISA FOR EXTENDED STAY
A passport valid on your arrival date in Seychelles and on the departure date.
Your passport must have at least two blank pages.
A copy of a valid return or onward ticket. If you do not have a valid ticket, you will need to purchase one when you arrive in Seychelles.
Proof of confirmed accommodation and contact details of where you can be reached during your stay in Seychelles.
Enough money for the duration of your stay in Seychelles. You will need a minimum amount of ₦54,150 ($150) per day.
No criminal record.
WHERE TO APPLY FOR VISA
All Seychelles visas (visitor’s permits) are issued to tourists on arrival at the country’s point of entry.
You will need to present the above documents along with your Seychelles visa application form at the airport.
If approved, you will be issued a Seychelles visa (visitor’s permit) by the Seychelles Department of Immigration.
FLIGHT COST AND DURATION FROM NIGERIA TO SEYCHELLES
The total estimated duration from Nigeria to Seychelles is about 7 Hours 53 Minutes.
The average round trip flight cost from Murtala Muhammad International airport, Lagos to Seychelles is about ₦162, 000.
Travelers from Abuja will have to cough out about ₦234, 000 for the same trip.
That shouldn’t be a cause for worry though as you could take a cheap flight from Abuja to Lagos, then Lagos to Seychelles.
Only if the cost difference bothers you.
N.B: All travelers are required to have booked their accommodation before arriving in Seychelles.
AFFORDABLE HOTELS IN MAHE
These are the 10 most affordable hotels in Seychelles with quality service offerings.
Ocean view guest house
cost: ₦36, 062
cost : ₦33, 095
Le Relax hotel and restaurants Mahe
cost : ₦35, 641
Chez Batista Villas
cost : ₦26, 831
cost: ₦36, 169
Le Chateau Blue
cost: ₦24, 194
The songbird villa
These are really great hotels that fits a budget traveler, also ensuring that you get a quality and cozy rooms you can enjoy your stay.
Mountain top chalet
cost : ₦27,046
LA Maison Hibiscus
cost : ₦27, 647
TOP FUN THINGS TO DO IN SEYCHELLES
With islands claimed to be amongst the most beautiful in the universe, there are certainly a lot of great stuff to do in Seychelles. watch the video below to have a glimpse.
OFFICIAL CURRENCY IN SEYCHELLES
The Seychellois Rupee is the currency of Seychelles. Culling from the latest currency exchange rate,
1 Seychelles Rupee =
26.356 Nigerian Naira
Enjoy your stay.