If you view pirates as the type characterized by Johnny Depp and friends in "Pirates of the Caribbean", you'll get a reality check in Seychelles.
Somali pirates rove the waters here, primarily in the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean. Attacks have taken place about 1,000 nautical miles off the Somali coast and mostly target tankers and dry bulkers, from which pirates make tens of millions of dollars.
However, attacks have also occurred nearer to the southern islands by the African east coast and have included private yachts. Yachts and other pleasure boats, therefore, are limited to 12 nautical miles offshore in the Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea.
Some of the recent pirate attacks have included seizure of a German cargo ship and its crew in January 2011. Crew members of the vessel, who hid from the pirates, said a distress signal went unanswered for two-and-a-half days.
Another thwarted attack occurred in March 2011, when a fishing vessel only 260 nautical miles off the northwest coast of the islands reported a whaler and a skiff advancing with automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenades. The whaler scared off the pirates, who were later caught and arrested.
In 2016, NATO announced the end of Operation Ocean Shield, a counter-piracy initiative. The program ended due to the lack of any successful attack since May 2012. Two unsuccessful attacks were registered in 2014. However, if you stay out of the high seas, you're unlikely to befall serious crime while on your trip to the Seychelles.
While crimes against tourists in general on the islands are nominal, the country's small population should be taken into account when considering this statistic. Concerned men and women can take certain precautions to be on the safe side, such as traveling in groups and not walking alone in isolated areas at night.
As with many tourist destinations, there is petty crime like pickpocketing and theft in Seychelles. If your hotel room doesn't have a safe, reception will store valuables in its vault for you. Keep passports and other documents with you.
Lock hotel room doors and windows whether you're there or not, and don't leave belongings on the beach or in cars. Be careful in isolated parts of Beau Vallon and alleyways and remote roads in Victoria at night.
You may see pirated goods for sale, but do not buy them, as you could face penalties both in Seychelles and your home country. You might see political rallies and street protests in Seychelles, and you should stay away from them to avoid trouble. Also, homosexuality is against the law in the Seychelles, so this is not the ideal place for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.
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