The Seychelles is four hours ahead of GMT and does not observe daylight saving time. So in our summer, they are only three hours ahead.
The national currency in the Seychelles is the Seychelles rupee, which divides in 100 cents. Euros are widely used across the country, and many hotels and other services such as car hire or excursions will be charged in foreign currency such as Euros or US dollars. Credit cards are widely accepted as a form of payment. You will likely only need rupees in certain smaller restaurants or shops, and these can be withdrawn from ATMs on Mahé, Praslin or La Digue. Most hotels will take Visa, MasterCard or American Express cards.
Electricity and Plugs
220 volts. Plugs are the British three-pin, so you shouldn’t need an adaptor.
Banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 08:30 to 14:00 or 15:00 and on Saturdays from 08:30 to 11:30. Post offices open Monday to Friday from 08:00 to 16:00 and from 08:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays. Generally, shops are open from 08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday, and from 08:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays. Museum opening hours are usually from 09:00 to 17:00.
The main daily newspaper is Seychelles Nation, which is controlled by the government. The main radio station, Paradise FM, is run by SBC (Seychelles Broadcasting Corporation) and plays non-stop music. BBC World Service is also available. SBC also broadcasts on TV in English, French and Creole. International channels such as BBC World Service and CNN are available on satellite.
In Victoria, post offices are usually open from 08:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday, and from 08:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays. It should take about four days for post to arrive in Europe from the Seychelles.
To call the Seychelles from the UK, dial 00 248 followed by the number you want to dial. To call the UK from the Seychelles, dial 00 44 followed by the number you want to dial, without the first zero.
Internet and Mobile Coverage
Most hotels should have WiFi, usually free of charge. In some places, WiFi may be restricted to public areas and may come at a cost. Connections may sometimes be quite slow. Mobile coverage is generally very good.