History: This cluster of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off the coast of eastern Africa was a British colony from 1812 to 1976, when they gained independence.
Costs: this is a pricey destination, even if you do crash at a guest house rather than in a luxury hotel. These are mainly to be found on Praslin island. Changing hard currency into rupees on the black gets a favourable rate but most establishments require payment in dollars or euros.
Cuisine: dishes are a fine, subtle fusion of Indian, African, Chinese, Arab and European, while the Seychelles speciality is bat curry.
Electricity: 240v, 3 flat pin British style plugs.
Languages: English and French.
Religion: 98% Christian.
Visas: not required; an onward plane ticket and sometimes reserved accommodation gets the average traveller a one month visitor’s permit.