Seychelles Safety & Travel Tips - Is Seychelles Safe?


Safety is one of the most important aspects that one must pay attention to. An untoward and unfortunate incident can not only damper the fun of the trip, but make one regret not being cautious for the rest of their life. Although Seychelles has alluring beaches that have mesmerising views, how safe is it?

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Is Seychelles Safe?

General Safety Tips

Although crimes aren't common, they still occur, and thus, you must at the very least remain as alert as you would in your home countries. You must keep up some necessary amount of sensible vigilance at the minimum.

  • As a general rule, don't flaunt too much money or expensive items since it may attract unwanted attention.

  • Keep valuable items such as passports, jewellery and extra cash in your hotel room's safe to make sure they aren't lost or stolen.

  • Avoid travelling to desolate areas especially in the nights and evenings to be safe.

  • Ensure that your accommodation is well lit and has security.

  • It is a good idea to keep a mobile phone with local roaming facilities handy in case of emergencies

  • You should take general precautions that you'd take during dark in your own country and avoid doing anything particularly adventurous
    Avoid unmarked trails, if hiking.

Health and Wellbeing

What fun is a trip if you or your loved ones aren't feeling well and up to their mark? A key component to having fun on a trip is to stay well for the duration of the journey to make the most of it. These are some general factors to keep in mind to stay healthy during your trip to Seychelles.
 
  • Seychelles lies close to the equator, as a result of which, during the daytime, the sun is pretty harsh. However, one doesn't feel its impact due to the winds, and it can often be too late by the time one realises that they have a sunburn or other related conditions. Thus, it is essential to carry hats, caps, protective goggles and most importantly sunscreen to avoid falling sick. Stay hydrated and don't remain in the sun for too long.

  • It is suggested not to drink tap or other water and stick to known sources or filtered water. The best idea would be to buy bottled water for consumption, eliminating all possibilities of contracting a waterborne disease.

  • Since Seychelles is full of greenery and natural reserves and hills, apart from beautiful beaches, it is also home to a large number of insects and bugs. The mountains and jungles are a breeding grounds for a lot of insects and creepy crawlies. There can be a large number of mosquito swarms around stagnant standing water. To avoid getting bit by these insects and other symptoms as a consequence, it is a good idea to pack a good mosquito and insect repellent and apply it before stepping out.

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Beach Safety

 
  • Not all beaches have lifeguards or safety notices so don't assume a beach is safe to swim.

  • The currents can get quite strong, and it can often be too late before they get apparent. Not all beaches have high currents at the same time. The same beach itself need not have it at the same time every day.

  • The corals, sea urchins and other sea animals can have extremely sharp protrusions leading to cuts and gushes. Hence, be careful that they wear proper clothing and attire.

  • Although the scuba diving and snorkelling trips are safe, there can be cases of drowning. Hence, don't let your guard down just because you are in the presence of trained professionals.

  • Try to avoid swimming alone or at night. Children should always be supervised by adults.

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Travel Tips

Road Travel

The Mahe island is a mountainous island with narrow roads that have blind turns and hairpin curves. It is also the case sometimes that the streets aren't in the best of the conditions and there are no barriers. Thus, you must maintain caution while driving. In addition to this, there can be heavy downpours reducing the visibility and make conditions worse.

Drunk driving is also a problem, and the driver should watch out for strange behaviour or symptoms displayed by other drivers and be vary.

Sea Travel

The threat of pirates and armed robbers in the Gulf of Aden and Indian ocean remains. Boats and passengers can and may be taken hostage. You must be very careful while travelling on the sea to also ensure that you don't navigate too far off and sail into waters belonging to another state.

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Local Laws & Customs

  • Drugs, their consumption and their transportation are all serious offences that can lead to heavy penalisation and punishment. Stay away from anything related and maintain caution.

  • Nude and topless bathing for women is uncommon and isn't permitted on some beaches.

  • Before taking home a souvenir from a marine excursion, such as a piece of coral or shells, make sure it is legally okay to do so, both in Seychelles and in your home country, or the next destination.

  • If you have purchased a coco de mer seed, you should make sure it has a green tag to take it outside Seychelles legally.
If these tips and regular alertness is kept in mind, a trip to Seychelles should be perfectly fine if not better. Go ahead and make the most of your trip to Seychelles. Happy travelling!

This post was published by Abhijit Sreepada

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