The people and the sea

The people of the Seychelles have been defined to be : French enough for their beauty, English enough for their reservedness , and African enough for their wild charm.... The islands were uninhabited and they were colonized by the French in 1742 and after ninety two years, by the English until they became a Republic in 1976. Most of the population which counts 70,000 inhabitants is concentrated on the granitic islands, 90% live on the main island which is Mahé, with the capital , Victoria. The local language is Creole but most of the people speak English and French; with the development of tourism many speak also Italian and German. The people is very warm and joyful and for this reason music and dancing form part of their daily life; there are three styles of music and dancing, the "sega" and the "moutia", both of African and Malagasy origin and the "kamtole" of European origin; the rhythm is quite contagious and when you are on the islands don't miss the opportunity to try them.

The Seychelles' economy depends mostly on tourism followed by fishing; both activities gather their source of richness from the sea. If J. Cousteau decided to shoot his film "The world of silence" in these waters there was a reason; there are two hundred species of fish which live in the protected reefs and the and the barrier reef is made up of two thousand five hundred types of coral - a real colourful submerged garden. The waters that surround the island of Mahé is ideal to see the wonderful world of fish and corals. Even if the Seychelles is only 4° south of the equator, the climate, surprisingly enough, is never too hot nor too humid; there is always a cool and nice breeze in the air; the temperature is never above 30° during the hottest months and never under 24° during the coolest ones; there are only two seasons - the N-W monsoon from November to April which is hotter and more humid and the S-E one which blows from May to September and brings a more cooler climate.