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Helpful hints

- Coconut palms

Coconut palms are nice to look at, but they can be dangerous if you get hit by a falling coconut! Therefore, never lie directly under coconut trees or park your car.

- Warning signs on the beach

From June to September the currents on some beaches are particularly strong. Therefore, you should avoid certain beaches for swimming at this time. When the red flag has been raised, you should not go into the water at all.

- Never swim naked or "topless

Nudism is forbidden in the Seychelles. "Topless" is now tolerated on many beaches, but is actually also prohibited.

- Never underestimate the power of the sun

Even if the sun is not shining: it is always there! When it's cloudy, it's easy to forget that. Therefore, always apply sunscreen during the day and take a hat or umbrella with you if necessary. People with particularly sensitive skin should wear long shirts and long pants.

- Do not underestimate the heat

The heat and the climate weaken the body if you are not used to them. Those with a weak heart, problems with circulation and/or blood pressure should take it easy. Especially at lunchtime, it is better not to go on long hikes in the blazing sun.

- Have water with you and drink it!

You should always have water with you. But you should also not forget to drink! Due to the high humidity, thirst is not as great as it should be.

- Do not underestimate chili

The chili of the Seychelles is one of the hottest in the world. And even if the Seychellois eat this chili in front of your eyes as if it were peppers: be careful!

- Unsealed drinks

Better not accept unsealed drinks from strangers. Be careful with home-made liquors ("Pti Pomme" or "Kalou").

- Do not leave food scraps lying around

Ants, cockroaches, mice and rats enjoy food scraps of all kinds. Humans, however, are less likely to enjoy these animals in the house/hotel, so it is better not to leave food scraps lying around. This also applies to all drinks except water.

- Do not smell the food

It is considered very rude in the Seychelles if you are invited to dinner and smell the food before eating it. This behavior is viewed negatively and a Seychellois will assume that you do not like the food or that you meant to imply that the food was inedible.

- Take mosquito repellent with you and apply it

Mosquitoes particularly like tourists (depending on blood type), so always remember to take and apply mosquito repellent.

- Riding the bus

Give hand signals when standing at the bus stop so the driver knows you are really waiting for a bus. Especially if you are standing there alone, most bus drivers just keep going.

In the far left seats on the bus, watch out for bushes (open windows!).

If you are traveling with large suitcases, the bus driver will only take you in exceptional cases. Meanwhile, a bus card is required, which can be charged. One ride costs 10 SCR, the bus card also costs 10 SCR and is not personalized. You can pass it on or use it for fellow passengers.

- Observe left-hand traffic

Even as a pedestrian you should pay attention to the left-hand traffic! The "right-left-right" in Germany is on the Sevchelles: "left-right-left".

- Centipede

This animal is poisonous and one of the few on the islands that can be dangerous. The sting is painful similar to that of a hornet. If you see this animal in or near your accommodation, you should kill it immediately for safety reasons.

- Barefoot yes, but ...

Leptospires enter the environment through the urine of infected mammals (rats, dogs, mice, hedgehogs). Humans can become infected with the pathogen through small skin injuries or via the mucous membrane. The disease is called leptospirosis and can lead to death in severe cases. So take good care when walking barefoot on lawns.

- Avoid lawn mower man

For the most part, a long-handled hand mower is used to mow lawns, for example, on the side of the road. Here you can be hit and injured by flying grasses or stones. The lawn mower men sometimes do not register their surroundings (loudly) and continue to work when you walk right past them.

So: watch out and make yourself noticed if necessary!


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