When planning holidays, it is always difficult to think of everything. If the thought of organising the big summer holiday makes you want to retreat under the duvet, don’t worry; holidays,be it with kids, solo or with your beloved can be relaxing, adventurous and fun. Here’s a handy guide to help you for your holidays in the Seychelles.
This archipelago of 115 islands, hangs on the Indian Ocean, East of Africa. 41 of its island can be considered as mid-oceanic granitic islands which are among the oldest on earth. The remaining 74 outer islands are atolls and coral ones. The granitic islands of Seychelles are grouped around the main island of Mahé, which houses the international airport and the capital, Victoria. The island of Mahé has two sister islands; Praslin and La Digue. On these islands you will find a wide range of hotels and villas for tourists.
Nature on the Seychelles is still intact because the islands have been inhabited for only 250 years. The islands remained miniature worlds flourishing in isolation, knowing neither the tensions nor the stress of a tumultuous world. Each island reveals its original beauty in turn; peaks covered with lush forests and beautiful granite rocks bordering the unparalleled beaches, considered among the finest in the world.
Map of Seychelles
The 115 islands of the Seychelles are dispersed across the Indian Ocean enjoys an exceptional climate, with an average temperature of 29 ° throughout the year.This archipelago is ideal for island getaway.
The Main Islands
Mahe is the largest island of the archipelago (28km long and 8 km wide) and boasts some 65 beaches of incredible charm. If you want to learn about the history of Seychelles,Maheis the island to visit. You will have the opportunity to discover its museums and come across traces of his multi-ethnic past.
The island of Praslin is the second largest of the archipelago (10 km long and 3.7 km wide) and is known for hosting the Vallée de Mai, UNESCO Natural Heritage Reserve where you will come a unique fauna and flora home to many endemic species of the island, including the Coco de Mer and Black Parrot.
The island of La Digue remains the wildest colonized island of the archipelago.It is the 4th largest island and the third in terms of population. It is an island where time seems to stand still. You can travel around the island only on foot, by bike or via oxcarts. La Digueis a unique island, home to one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Source d’Argent.
When to go to the Seychelles?
To maximize chances of good weather, opt for the period of seasonal change: October / November and April / May. The tropical climate ensures temperatures around 30 ° C and waters at 28 ° C, making the Seychelles an ideal beach destination.
Rent a car or not in the Seychelles?
No doubt, renting a car on Mahe is the thing to do! Unless you’re planning to remain in your hotel room during the whole stay, renting a car is the best way to visit this beautiful island and discover its treasures and hidden gems.
Jump from one island to the other to make the most out of your trip to the Seychelles. There are several ways to move from one island to another during your vacation. The inter-island flights are available on Mahé and Praslin Islands. Flights to Bird and Denis Island are on a daily basis, while the islands of Cousine and Fregate are usually served by helicopter. Most inter-island flights are done by small aircraft about 20 seats.
La Digue is accessible by daily ferries from Praslin, while Cerf and St. Anne are accessible by ferry from Mahe. But another choice would be to make a mini-cruise on a yacht and visit the islands of your choice. Your cruise can start with a tour around the nearby islands of Mahéwhile making a stop at one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Lazio followed by a visit to the beautiful Cousin Island, before dropping anchor at Coco Island to enjoy the vibrant marine life while snorkeling.
Where to stay in the Seychelles?
Staying at the hotel remains the most common type of accommodation. Most of them are located in beautiful settings and have direct access to the beach. Some islands boast only one hotel, usually located in a heavenly environment. This is the case of Bird Island, Desroches, Denis Island, Silhouette, Frigate and Alphonse…
If you want to enjoy a quiet holiday, renting a villa is the best option. You can be pampered while taking full advantage of heavenly landscapes and a luxurious treatment in a single framework.
Seychellois’ cuisine is a delight. Its main ingredients are usually fish accompanied by plenty of vegetables, fruits and exotic spices. It is a must to taste it during your holidays in the Seychelles. Most hotels offer regular Creole buffets- Do not hesitate to taste the dishes, which are often very delicious.
Diving in the Seychelles
Seychelles remains ideal for diving all throughout the year. Its waters are ideally located outside the cyclone belt, and necessary equipment is available on loan in its many diving centers which also offer specialized courses. Divers must carry a certificate in case of medical problem.
Small Practical Info
In the Seychelles you will come across 220-240 volts 50 Hz electrical supply. The Seychelles uses the standard three-pin rectangular UK plug of 13 amps. Visitors from countries other than the United Kingdom must bring adapters. They are sometimes available at the hotel reception.
Seychelles has three official languages: English, French and Creole.
There are no visa requirements to enter Seychelles. However, the following documents must be submitted to the immigration at the Seychelles International Airport:
1) A valid passport
2) A return ticket
3) Proof of accommodation and contacts
4) Sufficient funds for the duration of your stay
The presentation of these documents allow the issuance of a permit 30 days for visitors issued by the immigration department of the Seychelles and is valid throughout one month from the day of arrival but may be extended to three months from the date of issue. It is renewable for periods not exceeding three months over a maximum period of twelve months provided that the person still meets the criteria of a visitor.
The permit is granted for free for the first three months, but the extension will cost 1000 rupees per 3-month period.
Currency and Exchange
The official currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR 1 = approx. 0.18 Euro). Mastercards and Visa are accepted everywhere.
Shopping in the Seychelles
Shops are open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 17:00 and on Saturdays from 8:00 to 12:00. Some are open on Sundays. Yet, many kiosks and small shops remain open all day and till late in the evening.
Enjoy your stay in this beautiful piece of paradise on earth!