After sharing some of the most beautiful places in Seychelles, places that really impressed me during my stay there, I think it’s time for a more informative post about the archipelago. That being said, will find out from today’s post important facts about transport, accommodation and which activities are a must there.
Flights: First, Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean, east from Africa. The international airport is on Mahe island (also the largest island in the archipelago). Several airlines operate flights to this Paradise from all over the world. If you are travelling from Europe, you have many options such as Air France, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, Condor, Etihad, Air Seychelles.
Accommodation: Seychelles is pretty expensive when it comes to hotels and five star resorts, so they are not an option for a limited budget or for a real traveler who plans to make many vacations during the year. But, the good news is that you feel very safe on the islands, the people are friendly and the region is quite developed so you can easily book a nice villa with an ocean view and a big terrace for not more than 100 euros per night. The villas have big rooms, decorated beautifully in a traditional creole style which include only wood furniture, lovely decorations, many flowers and of course a a big terrace located on the beach – perfect for romantic breakfasts and dinners under the starry tropical sky. We stayed at Captain’s Villa on Mahe – more details HERE – the owners are very nice and helpful, he rooms are big and very very clean; they can prepare each morning a delicious homemade breakfast together with a fruit platter; I must mention that the papaya was picked from their own tree; the beach Anse Forbans was 10 metres away, we just have to cross the street and there it was and there are many restaurants near the villa such as Double Tree by Hilton where you had a 20% discount from the villa, Kafe Kreol and Surfers Beach Restaurant.
While on Praslin, we booked a beautiful villa near the airport with a big terrace on the beach just a few steps away from the Indian Ocean and with an incredible sunset view – Seashell Beach Villa – more details HERE. Cindy, the owner was the most wonderful host we have ever meet, very careful with all the details. She even made us dinner (grilled job fish – a local dish) two nights in a row, without any additional costs.
Transport between the islands: I personally recommend taking the plane, operated by Air Seychelles daily from Mahe to Praslin. The flight takes only 15 minutes and offers a great view from above. The tickets are approx 100 euros per person. The other option is taking the ferry at the same cost but the trip takes about an hour and it’s a little bit bumpy and you may feel sick during the trip.
Transport on the islands: Both Mahe and Praslin are well connected by local buses and taxis but the easiest and most comfortable way is to rent a car on each island and explore every inch when you like. You can rent directly from the airport and this is the best option because you can negotiate and also pay in cash meaning that you will get a good price (30-35 euros per day). Be careful though because in the Seychelles they drive on the left side of the road.
Currency: Seychelles rupees. You can find exchange points in the airport or the local banks. 1 euro is approx 16 rupees. I was very happy to see that their bills where very colorful and the images were mostly endemic birds or insects and reptiles. They were quite cute.
Visa: You need a valid passport to enter the country but don’t worry about the visa because you don’t need one if stay for maximum 90 days. While on board, the crew members will give you the papers you need to sign and when you arrive on Mahe, they will allow you to enter the country. It’s very important to have the return ticket to your home country and you will also be asked details about the hotel or villa you’ll stay in.
Weather: One of the many things that makes the Seychelles such a special destination is that is summer time all year round. The average temperature is 27°C and almost always perfect beach weather. Of course, like anywhere in the tropics it does rain, but showers tend to be brief. During the year the driest months are between May and September, with the wettest weather in November, December and January – but even during these months there will be plenty of sunshine before and after the showers.
Diseases: Despite being a tropical country, Seychelles is very safe. We had no problems during our two-week stay and had no insect repellent. Of course it is possible to get yellow fever or dengue fever, but it’s very rare so you don’t have to be afraid. If you want to stay on the safe side, you should probably drink bottled water (although we also drank tap water on Mahe and nothing happened).
Food&drink: All coconut everything! We ate local fruit every day: bananas, papaya, star fruit, orange, coconut, passion fruit, pineapple because they very delicious. Their local specialties are curry (chicken, goat, shrimp, octopus and vegetarian), special fish such as job fish, red snapper and parrot fish. All the deserts were based on coconut. We loved the coco nougat with coconut icecream! It’s definitely a must try! They have many types of drinks, but the true creole spirit lays in the Takamaka ruhm and coconut juice therefore the stars of each bar were Mojito and Pina Colada.
Beaches: Most of them are public so you don’t have to pay to visit them but there are a few (Anse Petite on Mahe, Anse Georgette on Praslin) which are inside some luxury resorts and you need to make a reservation before going there. Also, you have to take a blanket or a towel when you go to the beach because they don’t have sunbeds. Topless is forbidden in the Seychelles.
- Show some love to the giant turtles everywhere – they are very cute and hungry all the time so if you bring some grass they will be incredibly happy.
- See crabs building tunnels in the sand – they are so funny but also very afraid of humans so if you want to take some photos you must use the zoom, otherwise they will get scared and jump right into the tunnel.
- Snorkeling&Scuba diving – there is a whole different world under water, full of wonderful creatures. If you love water sports you should definitely try it.
- Surf – there are some places with perfect waves and specialists willing to teach you some surf lessons. If you like some adrenaline, you can give it a try.
- Day trip to La Digue – this island is pretty much Heaven on Earth so during your vacation in the Seychelles a day trip here is a must. Go see Anse Source d’Argent – the most photographed beach in the world and relax walking through the vanilla plantation in the L’Union Estate.
You can check out my post on blog related to the great experience we had during our day trip to La Digue.
- Wake up early in the morning (around 5:30 o’clock) and witness that perfect sunrise light. Once the sun hits the horizon line you will feel the energy to make anything happen.
- Don’t forget about the pink sunset – that tropical postcard image with the dark palmtrees and the light pink sky in the background.
- After a romantic dinner by the beach, order a Pina Colada and just look at the sky. I have never imagined such starry nights even existed until going in the Seychelles. The view is incredible. The dark sky is simply decorated with millions of shining stars making the whole island experience even more memorable.
- Drink coconut water on the beach! Being so close to the Ecuator, the sun shines during the day and it can cause serious burns and dehydration, so consuming many liquids during the day is essential and the best option is to drink the coconut water directly from the coconut (which was previously picked from one of the many palms on the island). It has many nutrients and a special flavor, perfect for a sunny tropical day.
- Hike. Seychelles has many beautiful surprises, but you have to walk and discover them even up in the mountains, especially if you love nice views.
I think I could write about my honeymoon over and over again because it really was the most wonderful experience so far and our first journey in a tropical area. We are very happy for the choice we made regarding this location and we can’t wait for our next one. We are not fully decided where to go next year, but we have in mind some destinations: Zanzibar, Sri Lanka and Cuba. Have you ever visited these places? Maybe you can help us pick our next exotic trip so if you have some tips related to the three islands mentioned above, feel free to comment in the section below and let us know all the do’s and don’ts.
If you are interested in more infos about the beautiful Seychelles archipelago, don’t forget to check out my previous posts, links below:
Honeymoon vibes – link HERE
Top 5 most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles – link HERE
Exploring Mahe island – link HERE
Wanderlusting in Praslin – link HERE
Island days, island ways – link HERE
Easy guide to planning your honeymoon – link HERE