22 DOs and DON’Ts in the Seychelles – a guide für holidaymakers

Du travelling to the Seychelles and were there before? All the better, then you're already one of the connoisseurs. Nevertheless, this post is directed to everyone, even to you, and not only to holidaymakers for the first Time to the Seychelles travel.

This post is really important to me, because over the last few years, I've experienced a lot here and contact to the Locals. Some operate a accommodation, while others offer tours, or have to do in a different way with the tourism. All, however, have something in common, because when I put them to the topic of this essay question, everyone has something to say. I know the Locals are not always a role model, but that's another story.

This post is supposed to be a food for thought – 22-Dos and Don’ts for the Seychelles, a travel etiquette, a guide for exemplary behavior – not a Must but a May.

A guide to the Seychelles

22 DOs and DON'ts – what you know as a tourist in the Seychelles, and ought to be aware of

#1 | Be friendly and respectful

The Seychellois are very friendly, open and helpful people. You should – like any other people – always respectfully treat. Each of us should treat others as he would like to be treated. And just because you're on vacation, doesn't mean that you can behave completely wrong.

#2 | Let nowhere trash

The cigarette butts in the Sand flip, the crown corks thrown into the sea or the coconut with a straw and lie on the beach leave? This is convenient, but it is very easy. Who gives a garbage, should it order in accordance with the dispose of. On the beaches there are usually trash cans and if no one is in the vicinity, then one is quite sure on the way back.

#3 | Detach, no palm leaves to build you a shadow place

Unfortunately, getting this issue to the Locals. At the Petite Anse on La Digue (in part, also on Grand Anse, and probably at other beaches) build leaves shade huts made of palm. Those who are including, is usually cashed quite fast (about 150 rupees, no matter how long). So a palm leaf dries up but at some point, turns brown, and then fairly quickly replaced by a new one – it should look finally, it is also photogenic.

Pro shade, you need at least 5 palm leaves. On the beaches, where there is anyway little palm trees, you see, unfortunately, already the first consequences: mangled and dead coconut palms. These are the trees that turn every beach into a post-card motive. Did you know that a palm tree per year, only get 10 to 15 new leaves?

This shade made from palm leaves are illegal and the police are trying above all to La Digue against them. Unfortunately only with moderate success. Often it will be rebuilt the next day but easily. So the running now. After all, it is a simple method to get money fast. Meanwhile, we also see from time to time vacationers, the separation of the copy or a few palm leaves for a photo shoot, for example, for Instagram – the answer is a clear No-Go!

#4 | do not Touch any marine life

A Selfie with a sea turtle may seem tempting, but it is an absolute No-Go. You should hold the animals never, to the surface of the water to pull or raise from the water. Unfortunately, there are still a few local boat vendors, who think they would do vacationers exactly a Favor. If you watch, you simply friendly to it. The more you do, the sooner you get a consciousness. In the worst case, you can boot provider at the time of the environmental authority (Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, Greenline: +248 2722111 for acute emergencies or by E-Mail info@env.gov.sc)

#5 | 'm not Taking any shells and coral

Many readers ask me on the spot or via message to this topic. A few shells will certainly turned a blind eye, in the case of corals, this is already a bit borderline. Corals are protected species and export can get you in trouble.

In the case of the entrainment of protected species of animals, plants or derived objects is not only the seizure, but also the imposition of a monetary penalty, including corals, mussel and snail shells are falling. German Customs

For each species of Flora taken as Souvenirs must be submitted to a certificate and an official export permit at the time of Check-In at the international airport. Seychelles Tourism Board

But not the only reason why you should leave it be, but mainly because it engages considerably in the nature. Broken pieces of Coral, which, for example, were assigned by careless snorkelers, life often. According to various organisations, these broken parts can grow again (see next point). The housing shells, in turn, are home to the hermit crabs (hermit crabs), the regular beaches a new housing search, if the old one is too small. What happens if each of the 350 000 tourists annually takes a few shells to take home? Exactly. Therefore, I am of the opinion that clams should stay in the Seychelles, and coral anyway.

By the way: In no case should you mussels, even if they still look so nice in the shops to buy. These are usually fished live out of the sea, in order to sell them in the gift shop.

Hermit crabs regularly search for a new housing if the old one is too small.

#6 | Be careful when snorkeling

The reefs had to go through various land reclamation measures, the El Niño (1998), the Tsunami (2004), a variety of Coral bleaching (the last in 2016) but also illegal fishing, ship anchor, climatic changes and the careless tourists in the last few years of suffering. There are some organizations that are very successful reef rescue projects operate, such as Wise Ocean, an NGO, which has its headquarters at the Four Seasons Resort on Mahé island at Petite Anse has. There you can even sponsor as a tourist a coral. By flippers assigned, or simply broken pieces of Coral to be planted on a metal rod. There they grow until they can be exposed to on the reef.

Coral are very sensitive. Even if you ruins many of the Bodies, with the dead Coral to see there are still a lot of Points with live coral. Therefore, snorkeling is extremely careful. Unfortunately, one always sees vacationers, the fins with swimming or water shoes to walk on the reef, the snorkeling is simply put, and this coral cancel. Let you snorkel just know what to do, you need to spend hardly any power and control you only if you are on an open, sandy area.

#7 | Waive straws

What do we need plastic straws? In order to use them for a few minutes and to dispose of then. Let's also assume that each holiday has to use his vacation a day a straw. The power in the case of a 14-day trip, 14 straws, and with over 350 000 visitors per year the Seychelles are almost 5 million (!) Straws per year. Plastic trash that is really pointless. If you are not on a straw waive, to want to bring you a stainless steel or a recyclable Material. In the handbag, and you're doing your contribution in terms of sustainability.

  • Alternative 1: stainless steel-straw-Set (with cleaning brush)
  • Alternative 1: Baumbus-straws (100% organic and natural)
  • Sustainable Seychelles – How you as a tourist sustainably can be {10 TIPS}
These stainless steel straws are even supplied with bag and brushes.

#8 | don't Go in a Bikini or just in swim trunks without a T-Shirt in the supermarket

Again and again I see holidaymakers go in a Bikini or in shorts and without a T-Shirt in the super markets. You are approached by the security people at the entrance each Time and pointed out, ask for something to drag about. Mostly, people are very upset, sometimes even angry, what I don't understand. In Germany, it is also not in a Bikini shopping, right?

#9 | Avoid FFK

In Germany, the Baden is at the top without a Problem. In the Seychelles the knowledge, it is actually prohibited, but only the least. So you'll never have a Local Topless on the beach lying. It is even frowned upon. In the case of tourists it is tolerated somewhat, but only with a weird Look. If you are not looked at by the Locals and the kids funny or a laugh to you want to be, then let it stay.

#10 | don't Buy Souvenirs “made in China”, but support the Locals and their local products

On the Seychelles there are incredibly many local artists offering Souvenirs and a lot of self-made products. In super markets and also in many gift shops, much of it is imported and unfortunately, sometimes, is simply just glued “Seychelles” on or sewn. When buying Souvenirs you should pay attention, therefore, to the origin or in the shops of local artists to buy, such as :

  • SENPA – Esplanade Craft Kiosks (Francis, Rachel Rd, Mahé)
  • The Jardin du Roi (Anse Royale, Mahé)
  • Camion Hall (Victoria, Mahe)
  • Duty Free (International Airport, Mahé)
  • Sir Selwyn Clarke Market (Mahé)
  • L’Union Estate Anse Source d'argent (La Digue)
  • Artisanal Kiosks (La Digue, to the left of the pier coming)

How about, alternatively, with natural products, like extra virgin coconut oil, curry powder, Vanilletee or nutmeg. Also some brands produce products on the Islands, such as:

  • Coco Seychelles (bags, T-Shirts, etc.)
  • Yi-King (Natural Beauty Products, 100% Organic)
  • Kreolfleurage perfumes (perfumes with natural and local ingredients, such as lemon grass, cinnamon, etc.)

#11 | don't make deals with local Guides

You travel to the Seychelles? Congratulations. Because you belong to the part of the population that can afford it. Because even if there are now affordable accommodations and flights, the Seychelles is still one of the most exclusive destinations of the world. And that is a good thing. Will then tries in every corner to save money. Unfortunately, it always hits the last one in the chain. In this case, there are the Guides and Boat-party, which is trying vigorously to. It is justifications like “The trip was so expensive and I have no more money” or “I deserve to be in Germany, not much, or “I have to feed a family of 5 to come then”.

But let's be honest, who can travel to the Seychelles and no Guide bars, it should just not book. There is, finally, also lots of free things to do. Some even want to pay half. That would be 20 Euro for a 6-hour guided Tour of the fruit platter would be in a Restaurant half the money. In the case of an Airline, or a Hotel, nobody come to ask the idea for a discount. Therefore, I think: to Accept the completely reasonable prices of the local Guides, and supports you better with booking a Tour.

#12 | Take the empty packaging back home with you

As a tourist, it brings an incredible number of packages on the Islands, including sun cream, shower gel, hair shampoo, toothpaste, après Lotion and much more. There are, unfortunately, on the Seychelles, no sophisticated Recycling. The majority of lands in the interior of the Islands to a landfill and rots there in front of him. These landfills are now being reached to their limits. So why not just each brought the packaging back with them to Germany and there to dispose of?

There are also ways to reduce packaging. Instead of a shower gel you could also simply shower soap to take with you. The “shower hunk”, for example, is a solid Shampoo and shower gel in one – the ideal companion for your trip. It is supplied in a small metal tin that can be re-used, and consists of pure natural ingredients. 100% organic. Thus, two packages for the trip would ever save. There are also many other providers, so I use currently also Soaps from “Lush” and local coconut Soaps. The latter are in various souvenir shops available.

#13 | never Go Hiking alone

You're traveling alone or your Partner don't feel like Hiking on? Then you shouldn't go alone, but better to have a local Guide book. Again and again people are reported missing in action, sometimes even families with small children. Usually they are found with the help of Search and rescue operations, often completely dehydrated – these cases are also never made public. Unfortunately, however, there are also very sad cases in which the Disappeared never to be found again, as until 2018 to La Digue, or even 2017, on Praslin. Even if the Islands are quite small, you can easily lose the orientation. The forests are very dense, partly there are deep crevices. Also the rocks are very slippery.

The tourist office has brought out a Hiking guide, and 15 walks presented, which you can do on your own. The are, for example, Morne Blanc, Dans Gallas, Anse Major, Copolia Trail (all Mahe), Anse takamaka and Anse/Anse Georgette (Praslin), Vallée de Mai (Praslin) and Nid d'aigle (La Digue).

#14 | Note the warning signs on beaches

Unfortunately, people drown in the Seychelles again and again. On La Digue, it happens almost every year, mostly in the time of the Southeast monsoon (may to October), when the waves and currents are particularly strong. On La Digue, this applies in particular to the Grand Anse, Petite Anse and Anse Coco (except for the rock-framed pool at the end of the Bay), and on Mahé, all of the Southeast beaches. To the corresponding beaches are warning signs that should be heeded. Who still goes into the sea, makes the at your own risk and goes in danger of life. Anyone who is unsure, should ask upon arrival at the property.

#15 | Pass on your stuff to

Although the Seychelles have in relation to other destinations, relatively low crime rate, it is advisable to consider some things. So you should not have large sums of money, valuables or important documents (e.g. passport) with you. These things are also not in the backpack on the beach or in the car. In the accommodation, there are safes where you include all the can. The same goes for at night, when you have the window completely to want.

#16 | number of no assets for coconuts

Can you imagine, that a traveller has recently paid 500 rupees for a fresh coconut? These are 30 euros. Unfortunately, there are still Local, the unsuspecting vacationers off the table. For a fresh coconut, you should pay about 50 rupees, so 3 euros.

#17 | Seychelles drone fly

Drones are for some of the tourists and Locals, in the meantime, a thorn in the eye. I've watched in the last couple of months, such as stones and Sand were thrown after them. That happens but of course, not without reason, because, unfortunately, they often fly much too close to people. The Seychelles Civil Aviation Authority (SCAA) has established some rules and you can find them here.

In the Following, I have summarized it a bit and officially, the following applies:

  1. You are allowed without approval by the SCAA is not in the radius of 15 km from airports and 5 km from Helicopter landing sites to fly (with this scheme to be allowed to fly on the majority of Mahé and completely on Praslin and La Digue, is not without an official permit drone, see the following figure).
  2. You're not allowed on private property (within a radius of 150 m).
  3. Never closer than 50 m from people can fly (which you should take into account especially on the beaches not necessarily)
  4. Never at night.
  5. You may not, without the sight of flying.

This is just an excerpt. Who wants to fly a drone, you must register in advance by phone or by E-Mail at SCAA. Otherwise he is in breach of the official guidelines.