Seychelles has been on the map for decades as home to some of the best beaches in the World. As a result, it has become a trendy destination to go in the middle of the Indian Ocean, with ultra luxury hotels across the islands. While expenses are high on these islands and most hotels do cater to high end and luxury clientele, there are still ways to visit this beautiful country while sticking to a budget.
Islands of Seychelles
Three Islands make up Seychelles, Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. Mahe, the main island, is home to Victoria, the Worlds smallest Capital, Seychelles International Airport, and several well known beaches. Praslin is the second largest island, is home to a large rainforest and stunning beaches. La Digue is known for its beaches, and may claim to have the best in all of Seychelles at Anse Source d’Argent
Getting to Praslin: Praslin has an airport, but it is not as big as Mahe International. You also can get to Praslin from Mahe by Ferry with Cat Cocos, where they have 3 daily ferry times.
Getting to La Digue: La Digue does not have an airport as it is a small island. You can get to La Digue from Praslin or Mahe, both by Ferry with Cat Cocos. There are two daily ferry times on Weekends and Mondays, and Tuesday through Thursday has only 1 daily ferry ride.
There is no Visa required for entry to Seychelles. You need proof of Yellow Fever vaccination to enter the country as well as proof of a departure ticket.
The native language of Seychelles is Kreole, however most also speak French and English.
The Seychellois Rupee is the National currency, yet most things, including accommodation, restaurants, and activities are priced in Euros which are widely accepted. At the time of writing, €1 is 14.9 Rupees, and $1 is 13.2 Rupees.
Seychelles is very expensive. While it is possible to come to Seychelles on a budget, it still comes with a cost. The island mostly is accommodating to high end tourism. Many low end hotels and guesthouses have self catering private kitchens which can help lower costs if you are willing to cook rather than eat out. Rental cars start from €35/day. Street food starts from €4- €5, for curries or grilled fish. Beer is €1.50 and wine starts from €10 a bottle from the supermarket. Restaurants can get expensive with dishes starting from €8.
Accommodation is plentiful on all of the islands, and can range from studio rooms rented out for budget prices, mid-range beachside hotels, to ultra luxury villas and 5-star resorts that bring the likes of Prince William and Beyonce. The cheapest you can find rooms for double occupancy is €45 on Mahe island, yet it is slightly cheaper on Praslin and La Digue, with rooms starting from €35. Most budget rooms however are priced between €60 – €90 per night.
There are many car rental companies in Mahe, Seychelles, including several older cars which are rented out privately by owner. If you do not need a car your entire stay, wait to rent a car for cheaper prices. Look for different cars, all which advertise and have contact numbers, yet most without email. Renting a small basic car (Hyundai i10) in manual will range from €35 to €50 depending on the season. The bigger agencies are supposed to only rent cars less than 3 years old, so find one who will rent an older car and ask for a discount. Rent from Sylvest Car Hire in Beau Vallon ([email protected], +248 251 7751) or from Classic Car Hire Seychelles at the Airport.
Visited in September 2016.