The Seychelles , Granitic Paradise
Seychelles Travel Blog› entry 14 of 17 › view all entries
October 20th, 2008 – by: chaosprism
When I flew into the seychelles I had certain expectations, I'd already been warned about the currency situation and the must to take euros and a credit card into the country. Although I did try and use the atm's there to get SOME local currency it's not worth getting much at all, nearly everything worth doing needs foreign currency. There is very few restaurants or activities that take local currency at all, and back then last year the goverment takes the foreign currency that you give the vendors then after taking the lion share gives local currency back to the vendors. Locals are not allowed to hold onto foreign currency.
Having said that though it's a beautiful place it really is, and the people are naturally friendly. It IS a very expensive place to go and stay though this is forced more by government overvaluing their currency and I had a hard time finding cheap accomodation, though it is there.
In addition to the main island of mahe , I visited la digue and prasline doing day trips to some more smaller islands outwards from there. The most attractive places are the ones further out, it's worth paying more to visit them. As is the pattern in most places I go I did a lot of walking to see out of the way places and it was worth the trouble.
The day trips to the islands beyond the main ones were the highlights, with beach bbq's of succulent marinated local fish featuring very prominently, as much as I could eat.
The supermarkets were nearly devoid of nearly any variety in this semi-communist state, even though I could use local currency there so I only shopped there on one day. Most locals dont live the quality of life that their place deserves, mass fishing rights are given away nearly for free to foreign fishing bandits. The bounty being kept from the people that live on the islands themselves. The government officials living in palacial manshions in the hills above the city with their foreign currency. But that is how it was, who can say what a year has done.
I was charged outrageous prices to make international phone calls (some short ones to get some money transfered to my credit card) from one of the places I stayed so make sure you find out HOW much before you decide to use their phone.
The seychelles is an amazingly beautiful place, and I hope it gets to stay that way, tourism supports and upholds this structure at the same time imprisons. May time change this for the better, for all. I flew out back to mauritius for my final chapter of my holiday thinking what incredible potential this place has.
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