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Sun: All year round the sun rises between 6:00 and 6:30 and after an extremely short twilight of about half an hour, sets again between 18:00 and 18:30.


Beaches: All beaches, without exception, are open to the public. There are no beaches that belong exclusively to the hotels.


Bus: each (single) bus ride costs 7 SCR (about 43 cents), no matter where you want to go. If you change buses, you have to pay 7 SCR again on the next bus. > bus schedule


Driving a car: Attention: Left-hand traffic! On Sundays there are often police checks, the MOT is very strict. Most roads are unpaved and narrow and can be dangerous. Dangers on the road: people on the roadside, fallen branches, stray dogs.
Free road maps and info can be obtained, for example, in Victoria on Independence Avenue.


Shopping: On weekdays, the sale of alcohol before 11:30 a.m. is prohibited.
If you are concerned about drinking water from the tap, you should boil it or buy it at the store.


ATM: ATMs are located in Baie Lazare at the gas station (VISA), in Anse Royale (absa and MCB / Mastercard), at the airport (absa, Mastercard), in Grand Anse at the gas station (VISA), in Takamaka at the supermarket (absa) and in Victoria near the Clocktower and a few other places.


Pharmacy: Pharmacies are now everywhere, several in Victoria, Beau Vallon, Anse Royale and in Eden Island. On La Digue directly in La Passe.


Phone / Internet: Already at the airport you can get a SIM card at Airtel or Cable&Wireless. You have to show your passport or driver's license. Internet cafes are in Victoria and Providence (Doubleclick), free WLAN access (Wifi) occurs in places (best to search with an app). 



Hazards: There are no dangerous tropical diseases like malaria in the Seychelles, nor are there any dangerous animals. But a particularly unpleasant animal is the centipede, which is about 5 to 15 cm long. The animals are aggressive, fast and they bite. The sting is very painful (like bee or hornet). The poisonous effect is usually not life-threatening for a robust, healthy and adult human being. If stung, immediately drip vinegar on the sting and there is usually no swelling. If necessary, consult a doctor.

Dengue can occur more frequently during the season. This can only be prevented by using mosquito sprays with a high DEET content (see suitcase list). If dengue is suspected (fever with chills and severe headache, muscle pain and pain in the limbs), a doctor or hospital should be consulted immediately.

Warnings on the beach because of strong currents should be observed!


On the way: Be sure to take a flashlight! After 7 pm it is pitch dark and there is almost no street lighting in many corners of the island. 
Eyes up in the jungle: look down more often (snails, geckos, broken glass) and up (spiders). On the beach look out for sand-colored crabs.


Navigation: For better orientation you can download an offline app, e.g. "Maps.me" (green logo). If you don't want to take your cell phone with you, you can get free maps at various places on Mahé, e.g. at the airport or in Victoria.


Print out this information and take it with you in your hand luggage.

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