One of my favorite trips of 2018 has been to Seychelles and there are many reasons for it. Firstly, I traveled solo here on a budget. Secondly, there were so many amazing places to visit in Seychelles which looked magical and charming. And I stayed here for 15 days before heading off to another paradise, Mauritius island.
So, all in all, it was an epic trip and it is definitely going to stay close to my heart. I learned so much here and made so many amazing friends on the way. So, if you are also planning for an epic trip this year then Seychelles is definitely a good choice. And it doesn’t matter if you visit this island alone, with friends, or with your significant other.
There are a lot of interesting things to do and explore here which is likely to keep you occupied.
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An archipelago of 115 islands, Seychelles is located in the Indian Ocean, near the East Africa continent. One of the most gorgeous island nations, this place is home to several rare and unique flora and fauna including the Aldabra Giant Tortoises, Coco De Mer, and so on.
The capital city of Seychelles, Victoria, lies on the Mahe Island which is one of the main islands here and is the biggest, both in terms of population and area. Out of the 115 islands, only a few are open to tourists and a few have been turned to resorts. But there are still some which are completely uninhabited and can only be reached via a cruise.
With its sandy white beaches, clear blue ocean, and beautiful coral reefs, Seychelles is a beautiful country. This is why, every year, thousands of people flock to this tiny country to celebrate their honeymoon or romantic vacation. There are just so many marvelous places to visit in Seychelles that you would never get bored here.
How to Reach Seychelles
Air: There is only one major airport in Seychelles to which you get frequent flights from all over the world. This is the Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) on Mahe island and you have several flights throughout the day going/coming here.
There is another major airport on the Praslin island known as the Praslin Island Airport. But International visitors can enter the country only through the airport on Mahe Island.
You will find several airplane carriers like British Airways, Air Seychelles, Etihad Airlines, etc. to this island nation from numerous cities of Asia, Europe, and the Middle East continent.
A return trip flight from India (Mumbai) will cost you about 20k – 25k INR. It is likely to take anywhere between 5 hours to 10 hours, depending on the duration and the frequency of the layovers. You could also stumble upon a great flight deal like I did and be able to visit both Mauritius and Seychelles in just 49k INR from India.
Sea: Although flights are the most common way of reaching Seychelles, there is another way to reach this beautiful country. You can take a cruise from USA, Africa, Malaysia, etc. which passes through Seychelles. These cruises last anywhere between a month or 6 months but they can be really expensive.
So, if you are looking for a more budget-friendly mode of transportation then flight is the best option for you.
Best Time to Visit Seychelles
Although one can visit Seychelles throughout the year, there are different seasons here for different activities. And here is a breakdown of what you can expect in different seasons in Seychelles.
The best time to visit Seychelles is in the transition months, i.e., April, May, October, and November. During these months, the climate is pleasanter and is ideal for scuba diving, sunbathing, and so on. And you will also have more places to visit in Seychelles due to the comfortable weather.
Summer is undoubtedly the best time to visit Seychelles for people who don’t mind little rainfall. The summer season lasts from December to March in Seychelles and is also the busiest time to visit here. So, if you want to experience clear skies or less crowded beaches then it would be advisable to skip the summer time.
Also, you won’t have a lot of places to visit in Seychelles at this time due to the rainfall so try to avoid it.
December and January are the wettest months in Seychelles and should be avoided if you want to enjoy the beach. But if you don’t mind the rain then these months could also provide you with great hotel and flight deals.
If you want to avoid the humidity then winter season is the best time to visit Seychelles. The period of May to October is drier and offers good water sports conditions. This is also a popular honeymoon time so you will see a lot of couples here during these months.
So, book your flights and accommodations in advance as July and August are the peak months for traveling here.
Visa and Customs Information
The best thing about planning a trip to Seychelles is that you don’t have to worry about the Visa here. Why might that be? Well, because this is a Visa-free country for most nationalities and the entry is really simple and quick. And you can get a tourist permit to stay up for 30 days here for free. You can further increase the duration to 3 months for free.
However, you would require the following documents if you want to enter this country:
- Official Passport which is valid till your Departure from the Country
- A Return/Onward Tickets
- Proof of Accommodation for Initial Days (Including Contact Details)
- Adequate Funds for the Duration of your Stay
Once you present this to the customs officer, you are likely to be cleared in 5-10 minutes. And then you can stay in this gorgeous country for 30 days. Also, please note that you can stay here for longer than 3 months but that will cost you some money for getting the permit.
Accepted Currencies and ATM Availability
There are just two currencies which are used in Seychelles: Seychellois Rupees and Euros. But if you are planning to withdraw cash from ATMs, know that you will only get Seychellois Rupee notes.
Seychellois Rupees is the main currency of this country and is used all around the islands. It will be beneficial for you in shopping, taking buses, purchasing food, and so on. As for the Euros, it is only used for purchasing ferry tickets, accommodation, activities, and so on.
So, make sure that you carry enough Euros in the form of bank notes, traveler’s cheque, and so on.
There are several ATMs available here, mainly Barclays and Seychelles Commercial Bank from where you can withdraw some cash. All these ATMs can be found throughout the three major islands: Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue. Also, both the ATMs accept VISA cards so you can choose to not carry cash when traveling to Seychelles from India. Essentially, there are only two available network operators here: Airtel and Cable & Wireless.
Mobile Network Operators in Seychelles
Essentially, there are only two available network operators here: Airtel and Cable & Wireless. So, you have a couple of options when looking for a feasible mobile plan in this country.
One of the most convenient and easiest options for Airtel users will be to turn on International Roaming on their number. There are a few available packages which allow you to use your sim in Seychelles to make calls and use Data pack as well.
However, this will usually be a costly affair and can easily cost you 1500-2000 INR for a 7 days trip.
Purchase a Local Sim
The other option would be to get a local sim of Airtel or Cable & Wireless and then use it for the duration of your stay. You will find 1 booth for each of these network operators at the Airport itself. You can also get the sim from Victoria city which is the capital of Seychelles.
While choosing a mobile network for yourself, you have to consider the cost and the network connection. Although Airtel gives really good speed and good connection, the recharges are costly for it. Also, you won’t find many shops offering a recharge for Airtel on La Digue and Praslin.
So, it will be a good idea to get a Cable & Wireless sim which will be cheap and easy-to-recharge.
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How to Explore the Islands
Depending on your budget, there are several modes of transportations available on the islands.
One of the cheapest and best travel mode option for solo travelers is the local buses which connect all the spots on the Mahe and Praslin island. These buses start early in the morning, at around 6 a.m. and ply on throughout the day until 6.30 p.m. on Praslin and 7.30 p.m. on Mahe.
There are just two bus routes on the Praslin island as it is considerably smaller than the Mahe island so it is easy to manage your day. Here is the bus timetable for the Praslin island to help you plan your trip.
For the Mahe island, you have several bus routes about which you can learn more on their website. All you need to do is search for your start and end point and look at the route number and platform number to get the bus from Victoria Bus Stand.
Cost: The best part about SPTC buses is that they charge 7 Seychellois Rupees for every bus journey, regardless of the distance covered. So, you could get down at the first stop or the last stop, you would pay only 7 Seychellois Rupees for it.
Bus Stops: It is easy to find a bus stop here as usually there is a proper seating and shed to indicate the area in some places. Also, BUS STOP is boldly written on the road so you can look for this sign to find the nearby bus stop. And you will find a bus stop at every 2-3 km.
How to Get Down At Your Stop: A unique thing about the SPTC buses is that they don’t stop at all the bus stops unless someone is waiting for a bus there. So, if you want to get down you will have to let the bus driver know. And they have an easy and smooth system of doing this.
There is a buzzer/button next to every seat which can be pressed to let the driver know that he needs to stop at the coming bus stop. If you don’t do this then you will easily miss your stop and will have to either walk back or take another bus back to your desired destination.
Cabs and Taxis
As Seychelles is a popular tourist spot, you will find a lot of cabs and taxis here to take you around the islands. You can find them on the roads or you can book get the number or a cab operator to arrange for radio taxis.
Usually, you would find frequent cabs and taxis near the Jetty area, Airport, Victoria Bus Stand, and popular tourist destinations.
However, if you are on a budget trip then hiring a cab/taxi might not be a good idea as they charge you 10 times more the amount of the bus. For example, a taxi from Victoria bus stand to the Airport will cost you about 80-90 Seychellois Rupees while the same journey can be completed in just 7 Seychellois Rupees using a bus.
One of the most popular and convenient ways of exploring Seychelles islands is by getting a self-drive car and then driving around to explore the islands. There are a couple of self-drive rentals in Mahe, near Beau Vallon and Airport side while there are only 1-2 rental companies on Praslin island.
Also, make sure you have an International Driving License in order to avail these self-drive rentals.
While Mahe and Praslin have several options to explore the island, buses being the cheapest and most convenient, La Digue doesn’t have many transport options available here. You will find a few cans here but these are really expensive and obsolete as the island is barely 5 km in length.
This is why cycling is quite popular in La Digue and is one of the best ways to explore this gorgeous island. The roads are smooth and easy to track so it can usually turn out to be a lot of fun as well. There are several cycle rental shops throughout the island, offering you cycles for a price of 100-150 Seychellois Rupees depending on where you rent it.
A popular mode of transport on the La Digue island, Golf carts are usually used by hotels and resorts for carrying their passengers to different destinations. But you can always hire a golf cart for a day to explore the island while being relaxed and protected from the sun.
But golf carts can be expensive too and they might easily charge you 100 Seychellois Rupees for an hour so choose carefully.
Personally, I loved walking on these islands a lot. This doesn’t mean that I walked the entire island but yes, I did walk till several viewpoints and hiked on several trails to observe amazing coastline view.
And it is quite easy to walk around La Digue to enjoy the beach and ocean views.
How to Travel Between the Islands
Well, we talked about how to explore an island, but what about when you wish to go for island hopping? Well, there are a couple of ways to do that as well.
One of the most convenient and cheapest ways to travel from Mahe to Praslin and La Digue island is by taking the local ferries. There are basically two Ferry companies: Cat Cocos Ferry and Inter Island Ferry in Seychelles that are responsible for carrying the passengers.
Cat Cocos Ferry in Seychelles has connected Mahe and Praslin Island since 2006 and has several departures in a day. You can book your tickets online at the Ferry website 48 hours before the departure.
Once you make the payment, you will get an e-ticket which you need to present at the Jetty office to get your Boarding Pass. It takes about 1 hour to reach from Mahe to the Praslin Island and costs about 50 Euros for a one-sided ferry.
The Inter Island Ferry in Seychelles transfers the passengers between Praslin and La Digue Island and costs about 14 Euros one side. It takes around 15 minutes to reach and sometimes, they might also wait for you if you are 2-3 minutes late.
You also have a choice to book a direct ferry ticket from Mahe to La Digue but that doesn’t mean there is a direct ferry for this route. You will still be taken to Praslin where you will have a layover of 15-20 minutes before you head to the La Digue Island. So, it would be actually better to stay a couple of days at Praslin before you move on.
Can you choose your seat?
Well, usually, you have an upper deck and lower deck seats but there is nothing fixed. You can opt to stay at the upper deck if you feel sea sickness or if you would like to observe the ocean.
Do they have food on the deck?
Yes, they have some snacks, sandwiches, drinks, etc. which can be bought using Seychellois Rupees/Euros. But most of these eating and drinking items are costly so it is better to get your own snacks.
What happens if you book the wrong dates?
Also, don’t worry if you have accidentally booked tickets for the wrong dates, you can change your schedule once before your departure. Just make sure that you change it before 48 hours of your departure.
Apart from the local ferries, you also have a private helicopter and chartered planes which help in island hopping. These helicopters and plane ride usually take 15-30 minutes for the transfer but end up costing a bomb. So, if you don’t want half of your trip budget to go on traveling, avoid this mode of transport.
You can check out the Helicopter Services for different tours and experiences here.
The third option for island hopping is to take the day trips to nearby islands which usually last for half a day or full day. These boat trips usually cost somewhere about 45 – 60 Euros and including your lunch and snacks as well. With these tours, you can travel to islands like Curieuse, Cousin Island, St. Pierre, and so on.
Best Places to Visit in Seychelles
There are several amazing places to visit in Seychelles and I have tried to list down as many as I visited or I was aware of. That being said, there are many places apart from the below-mentioned places as well which you can only discover while exploring the islands.
I. Mahe Island
Here is a list of places and beaches to check out on the Mahe island.
1. Nord Est Beach
A collection of small beaches on the North East side of Mahe Island makes for the Nord Est Beach. This is where you would find the most locals hanging around and swimming in the ocean. There are a lot of trees here to provide shade in the sun as well and makes for a perfect beach to relax and unwind a little.
2. Sunset Beach
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One of my most favorite places to visit in Seychelles has to be the Sunset Beach on Mahe Island. A small beach, next to the Sunset Hotel, this is the best place to watch a sunset on Mahe. Surrounded by cliffs and palm trees, you can relax on the sunbed here and watch the sun go down in all its glory.
3. Port Launay
One of the best places to visit in Seychelles, Port Launay is a quiet beach and is a part of the Launay Marine National Park. Since this is where the Constance Ephelia resort places, it sees fewer tourists and is perfect for a relaxed time. There is also a tire swing here on which you can sit for a while and enjoy the clear blue ocean around you.
4. La Misere Viewpoint
If you want to see the entire Victoria city lit up at night then La Misere Viewpoint is the perfect place. Come here at night and see the gorgeously lit up city. During the daytime, you get to watch the beautiful Eden Island from this point.
5. Tea Trail
On the way to Port Launay, there is a tea factory and a tea trail next to it which is another great place to visit. From here, you can enjoy the mountain views and learn more about the local plants which are found on Mahe Island.
6. Morne Blanc Viewpoint
One of the best places to visit in Seychelles, Morne Blanc Viewpoint is a popular hiking trail on Mahe. The trail goes through a dense forest and offers a real jungle vibe but it is not dangerous at all. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the viewpoint and from there, you can see the entire west coast of Mahe island.
7. Mission Lodge
A popular heritage site on Mahe, Mission Lodge is the best places to visit in Seychelles for an awesome coast view. This place is currently in ruins now but holds an important role in the slave trade history of Seychelles. So, you can learn a lot here. But apart from that, you can also watch the national park and other viewpoints from the Mission Lodge.
8. Galle Beach Face
The local party places on Mahe, Galle Beach Face is where the local teenagers hang out in the evening. Here, you will find all the cars parked together with loud music blaring from there while locals mingle among each other. If you want to make some local friends then this is one of the top places to visit in Seychelles.
9. Victoria City
The capital city of Seychelles, Victoria is definitely one of the top places to visit in Seychelles. The entire town is small and charming and has a few attractions like the Clocktower, Market Place, Jetty, etc. to explore.
You can walk from the Victoria Bus Stand and cover the entire area in a couple of hours to get more acquainted with this beautiful city.
10. Beau Vallon
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One of the most touristy places to visit in Seychelles, Beau Vallon is long and lined with many resorts and souvenir shops. This place is always crowded so if you are looking for a quiet time then this won’t be the place. But it is great for sunsets and has a few Scuba Diving centers for people who are interested.
11. Anse Forbans
A popular beach on the Southeast coast of Mahe Island, Anse Forbans is perfect for enjoying a BBQ party. A lot of locals come here during the weekend to enjoy some quality family time. And since the water is relatively shallow and calm, it is perfect for playing and swimming as well.
II. Cousin Island
Cousin Island is the best island in Seychelles for nature lovers and is an internationally-owned reserve. Here, you will find almost-extinct birds like Seychelles Warbler and is currently home to many endemic plants and animals. This is also an important nesting site for hawksbill turtles so you can see their eggs lying around here.
Since this is a protected island, it is only accessible during weekends and can be accessed via Praslin island. Also, you can also visit here using a guided tour so plan carefully if you wish to visit this island in Seychelles.
III. St Pierre Island
One of the most gorgeous places to visit in Seychelles, St Pierre Island is just 2 miles away from Praslin. And it looks like a large granite rock surrounded by crystal clear water and coconut trees. This is an uninhabited island so you won’t find any cafes or restaurants here but it is perfect for snorkeling or scuba diving.
IV. Praslin Island
Although not as gorgeous as the La Digue Island or versatile as the Mahe Island, Praslin Island has its own gorgeous beaches for you to explore. And here are a few top places to visit on this island.
1. Grand Anse
A secluded beach near the Grand Anse Village, Grand Anse beach is best for fishing. But it is not good for swimming as the waves are quite strong here. You will also find a lot of locals who make delicious local dishes here and allow you to taste them for a nominal cost.
So, if you want to enjoy a local village feel then Grand Anse in Praslin is the perfect place to head to.
2. Anse Lazio
One of the most famous beaches to visit in Seychelles, Anse Lazio can be reached via taxis or rentals. You won’t find a direct bus to this place and the last bus stop is around 1.5-2 km away from the beach. So, you will have to walk to the beach if you are traveling by buses.
This is another great place to chill at and has beautiful scenery which makes it perfect for sunbathing and picnic.
3. Anse Georgette
One of my most favorite places to visit in Seychelles, Anse Georgette is literally a dream come true. Surrounded by greenery and tall cliffs, this white sandy beach is definitely one of the top beaches in Seychelles. As the entry to this beach is through the Constance Lemuria hotel, it is quite well-maintained.
However, you cannot hope to visit here without a prior appointment which needs to be made a day in advance. But trust me, the whole affair is worth it because when you relax on that pristine beach and play in the azure-colored water, it feels like you are in paradise.
4. Vallee De Mai Reserve
A UNESCO Heritage Site on Praslin Island, Vallee De Mai Reserve is home to the local flora and fauna and is a great place for exploration. You can easily spend 2-3 hours here and will also get a guided tour of the endemic plants and animals found here.
However, it is slightly costly and the entry itself will cost you around 350 Seychellois Rupees.
5. Fond Ferdinand
One of the best offbeat places to visit in Seychelles, Ford Ferdinand is the best alternative to Vallee De Mai. It costs just 125 Seychellois Rupees for entry and includes a detailed tour of the local flora and fauna. They will also give you a brief history of the place and the process of Coco De Mer.
And they will take you to a high vantage point from where you get an absolutely gorgeous view of the island coast.
6. Cote D’Or Beach
A popular beach on the Praslin Island, Cote D’Or Beach is best for chilling and relaxing. And is also lined with several souvenir shops and scuba diving centers. You can enjoy a nice lunch on the beach or swim in clear blue water. From here, you can also some gorgeous islands in the distance and can take a boat tour to visit those places for snorkeling as well.
A bio-reserve close to the Praslin Island, Curieuse Island is the home to endemic flora and fauna. Here, you will find the red black parrots, Aldabra tortoises, and so on. It is also known to house red and blue cliffs on the coast which make for a perfect BBQ spot.
You can get a day boat tour to this island from Praslin for 45-50 Euros including BBQ lunch as well.
VI. Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur
One of the least-touched places to visit in Seychelles, Grande Soeur and Petite Soeur are sister islands. And most tourists come here for a day tour to enjoy pristine beaches and gorgeous scenery here. This place is also perfect for snorkeling and its interiors offer a jungle-like feel, making it your personal Jurassic island.
Petite Soeur, on the other hand, is slightly difficult to reach due to the rocky coastline. But if you manage to reach here, then make sure to go on the walking trails here.
VII. La Digue Island
La Digue is undoubtedly one of the best islands to visit in Seychelles and is known for its beauty all over the world. Here are a few top places to visit in Seychelles which you can find on La Digue island.
1. Anse Severe
One of the most beautiful beaches in Seychelles, Anse Severe can be reached after passing the local cemetery. And it has many trees on the beach which offer good shade during the daytime. This place is not as crowded as other beaches in La Digue but is still quite a popular spot to visit.
You also have a few resorts just across the beach where most people live to enjoy the beach views.
2. Anse Reunion
One of the top places to visit in Seychelles for watching sunsets, Anse Reunion beach is found on La Digue island. This beach starts from the left of the Jetty area and stretches till the L’Union Estate. So, you can easily find a spot to chill and watch an epic sunset here.
3. Grand Anse
Another popular beach on La Digue island, Grand Anse is known for its strong waves. With its pristine sandy beaches and beautiful scenery, it is a popular tourist spot. And you can find a lot of families sitting here, enjoying a nice picnic.
Since the water is deep here, this is not one of the best places to visit in Seychelles for swimming.
4. Anse Cocos
One of the most offbeat places to visit in Seychelles, Anse Cocos cannot be easily reached which is why not many people come here. However, that doesn’t mean you should skip this place. There is a hiking trail to reach this place from Grand Anse. And the trail goes through overgrown vegetation which can be slightly confusing.
But once you reach this quiet and secluded beach, you feel the hike completely worth it.
5. Petite Anse
Petite Anse is another one of the offbeat places to visit in Seychelles where you can enjoy some peace and solitude. This beach is just next to the Grand Anse beach but requires a short 10 minutes hike. If you hike further then you reach the Anse Cocos beach.
Petite Anse is another beautiful location on La Digue island which you cannot miss on. Separated from the Grand Anse by a huge cliff, this place is perfect for nature lovers.
6. Veuve Reserve
This is yet another one of the best places to visit in Seychelles for people interested in the local for local flora and fauna. Although this is not as gigantic as the Vallee De Mai or Fond Ferdinand in Praslin, Veuve Reserve is the best place to watch Flycatcher birds in their natural vicinity.
You can come for a walk here early morning and spend a couple of hours here, all free of cost.
7. Anse Fourmis
The last beach on the La Digue road after which you have to hike Anse Cocos beach, Anse Fourmis is the perfect place to chill and relax. This place is farther away from the main area so you won’t find a lot of locals or tourists here. But most importantly, this beach is known for its bent palm tree which has been a backdrop for several Instagram photographs.
For people looking for an entire beach to themselves, Anse Fourmis is the best place to visit in Seychelles.
8. Jetty Area
While the jetty area in La Digue is pretty happening as you have several cafes and restaurants here, the actual fun starts around 500 m away from it. There is a small road which leads you to the ocean but no, it is not a beach. It is simply a barren land where most of the locals come in the evening to play and watch the gorgeous sky here.
So, if you are looking for some peace and quiet then this is the best place to head to in La Digue.
9. L’Union Estate
One of the most prominent places to visit in Seychelles, L’Union Estate is a natural heritage site. Here, you can explore the original plantation house, traditional mills, vanilla & coconut plantations, etc. and learn about the history of La Digue.
At the entry, you have to pay a fee of 125 Seychellois Rupees for full-day access to this place. Apart from the plantations, you can also interact with the giant Aldabra tortoises here in the Tortoise farm. And this is where the world’s most famous beach, Anse Source D’Argent also exists. So, don’t miss out on exploring the L’Union Estate Farm.
10. Anse Source D’Argent
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One of the best beaches in Seychelles, Anse Source D’Argent is really popular on La Digue. Every day, thousands of tourists take a day trip to La Digue to relax on this beach or take gorgeous photographs of themselves. Due to the unique boulder structures found 0n this beach, it makes for a good photography spot.
As a result, a lot of couples often marry on this beach or head to this place to celebrate their honeymoon.
VII. Ile Cocos
One of the best places in Seychelles for snorkeling, Ile Cocos Marine Park is located just 7 km away from the La Digue Island. There are many taxi boats and day trips which can be utilized to visit this pristine island and swim in the crystal clear water here.
Here, you can observe a variety of underwater animals like whale sharks, puffer fish, parrot fish, reef sharks, and so on.
Situated at a distance of just 6 km from Mahe Island, you can reach this island in just 30 minutes and spend a day here, exploring its secrets. Home to private graves and ancient tombs, there is a lot to explore and uncover on the Moyenne island.
And the best part is that now that it has been turned into a National Park, you can also watch tortoises roaming freely on this island.
Things to Do in Seychelles on a Budget
There are a lot of activities to do and places to visit in Seychelles which don’t cost a penny. So, if you are looking to enjoy the life at one of the most gorgeous islands, then here are a few things to do here.
1. Explore the Islands on a Bus or Cycle
One of the best things to do in Seychelles on a budget is to explore the entire island using bus services or a cycle. In Mahe, you can simply get the bus ticket for the last stop and enjoy the entire island view. You can repeat this for several routes and you would have covered the entire island without spending a fortune.
The same can be done for Praslin island as well. And for the La Digue island, you can simply rent a cycle and explore the island at your own pace.
2. Go for Island Hopping
Another exciting thing to do in Seychelles is to go on island hopping. Sure, this won’t be inexpensive but you cannot miss out on exploring a few of these amazing islands.
Make sure that you spend a couple of days on Mahe and La Digue island to get the true feel of lifestyle in Seychelles.
3. Enjoy Scuba Diving/Snorkeling in the Crystal Clear Water
Known for its azure-colored sparkling clean water, Seychelles is a paradise for scuba divers. So, if you have your own snorkeling/scuba diving gear then you can head to one of the spots here and observe the fascinating underwater life.
For people who don’t know how to dive or snorkel, there are a few Scuba Diving centers here where you can go underwater or take a full-blown course to learn scuba diving. Usually, snorkeling will cost about 20-25 Euros here and Scuba Diving will cost 80-100 Euros, depending on the Scuba Diving center.
4. Enjoy the Local Creole Cuisine
You absolutely have to try the local creole cuisine here which comprises of a curry made with local herbs and rice. There is both vegetarian and non-vegetarian curry available and since seafood is quite famous here, octopus curry is the most popular dish here.
5. Play a Game at the Local Casino
For anyone who has never tried a game at a casino before, Seychelles is the place. There is free entry here and you can buy tokens for 50 – 100 Seychellois Rupees as well. And you have a plethora of games to choose from.
And while I don’t encourage you to gamble all your money away, taking a few lucky shots could actually turn out to be a lot of fun.
6. Spend a Night at the Beach Under the Moon
One of the best things to do in Seychelles on a budget is to take advantage of the beach and your environment. Lay down on the beach and watch the moon light up the sky and the ocean.
And just listen to the soothing waves sound as they crash against the shore. However, be careful of the crabs which will start scrambling around you when it gets dark.
7. Watch Gorgeous Sunsets From the Beaches
I am not kidding or exaggerating when I say that Seychelles offers the most beautiful sunsets to the tourists. All you have to do is head to a beach which will give you a clear view of the sunset and just let the magic unfold.
Trust me, there is nothing as exhilarating as watching the sky turn a different shade of color in just a few seconds while you are on one of the most beautiful beaches ever.
8. Try the Local Takamaka Rum
If you love trying new things and don’t mind occasional alcohol drinks then you can try the local rum here. There are two flavors available: Coconut and Chocolate which you would get from any local grocery shop.
9. Relax and Sunbathe on the Beautiful Beaches
Yes, one of the best things that you can do in Seychelles without spending a penny is to lay down on the gorgeous beaches and sunbathe for a while. And there is no scarcity of beaches so you will definitely find a clean and quiet beach to enjoy your day.
10. Cycle Around the Island at Night
One of the best things that I did while staying on La Digue is to cycle at night, around 10 p.m. when all the roads were empty and quiet. I cycled beside the beaches and watched the moon’s reflection on the ocean and it felt so peaceful and amazing.
11. Make New Friends and Party With Them
Now, a lot of you might think that only couples or families visit Seychelles but that is actually untrue. I met so many solo travelers here and befriended them for an epic time. In fact, I hung out with a few of them at night and we had an epic night of fun.
So, don’t be scared to make friends. The locals and the tourists, both will surprise you and will show you a side of Seychelles that you never dreamt of.
12. Go For Hike on the Numerous Trails
For adventure enthusiasts, there are several hiking trails here as well which are free and exciting. And the views from these trails is literally to-die-for. There are several hiking trails on Mahe and a couple of them on Praslin and La Digue as well.
And there are a few trails which take you to offbeat and empty beaches where you can lay down for the rest of the day. So, don’t forget to pack your hiking boots when packing for Seychelles.
13. Take Photographs at the Beautiful Locations
If you open your Instagram account and search for Seychelles, you will be bombarded with the most magical photographs ever. And these exotic locations do exist here so make sure you have your camera ready to take the most amazing shots ever.
14. Learn More About the Local Flora and Fauna
Seychelles does have unique flora and fauna which attracts thousands of tourists every year. The Aldabra Giant Tortoises are the most popular among these which are said to be found only in two locations in the world. So, you can observe these tortoises and feed them also and marvel at their beauty.
Apart from the tortoises, there are several exotic birds and insects found here like the Seychelles Flycatcher, Blue Pigeon, Magpie Robin, and so on. There is also the special fruit, Coco De Mer, which is only found in Seychelles and is illegal to export. In fact, this endangered coconut species is illegal for consumption as well and has unique anatomy which makes it fascinating to learn more about it.
15. Enjoy the Nightlife in Seychelles
Finally, make sure that you don’t miss out on the nightlife in Seychelles. There aren’t a lot of clubs or bars here but there are a couple of places where you can dance and enjoy yourself during the weekend. And there are 1-2 open bars as well where you can enjoy the nightlife in Seychelles.
So, don’t forget to grab this opportunity and meet new people in these bars and clubs.
Food in Seychelles
In Seychelles, you will mostly find Creole cuisine or some sort of small combo meals. In Creole cuisine, you will get both Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian rice boxes. This box will include 1 curry, 1 dhal, and rice for you to mix and eat.
In combo meals, you will come across Burger with fries, Sausage with fries, Chicken with fries, and so on. Apart from this, several places also serve sandwiches, fried rice, fish, etc. so you can get that too here. For Vegetarian, Seychelles is a good place because you have a lot of vegetarian food options available here.
Restaurants and Hotels
There are several restaurants and hotels in Seychelles which will serve you a delicious and filling meal. However, most of these places will be expensive and will easily charge 300 Seychellois Rupees per meal per person. So, if you want to avoid paying an exorbitant amount of money on food then avoid these food establishments.
Casinoes and Bars
You will also get food at the casinos and bars which you visit here. But most of these establishments will serve only snacks at a hefty price which won’t be satisfactory in curbing your hunger.
Takeaway Vans and Shops
One of the best and the most convenient places for getting budget-friendly food are the takeaways that you find here. There are several takeaway shops and vans throughout the islands from where you can purchase a filling combo meal for just 30 – 50 Seychellois Rupees.
Here, you will find both Creole dishes and Chicken with fries combo meals which we had previously talked about.
Note: For all the non-vegetarians, Octopus curry is a must try Creole dish in Seychelles.
There are also several snack shops throughout the island where you can purchase rolls, bread, baked goods, etc. These snack shops are great if you are traveling and don’t have enough time to stop for a proper lunch during the day. And you can get a taste of the local Seychelles food as well.
Don’t worry, these snack shops are usually cheap and often sell items for 5 – 25 Seychellois Rupees.
Self-Cook Your Food
Finally, the best way to save some extra bucks on food is by preparing your own food. You can carry an electric pan or a cooker with you and prepare your own curry and rice wherever you stay. In self-catering apartments, you have the luxury to use all the utensils available here so you just need to buy some groceries or ready-to-make food packets and you are all set.
Where to Stay in Seychelles
One of the most important things that you need to figure out is that where to stay in Seychelles. This is the major budget concern for most budget or solo travelers. And unfortunately, Seychelles has mostly expensive hotels and resorts as stay options so it can be difficult to choose one for yourself.
However, with a little planning and research, you can manage to find affordable accommodation for yourself. Here are a few options to check out for your trip here.
Yes, it is possible to do Couchsurfing here and stay for free for a couple of days. Now, it is not as easy to find a host as in other countries but you can still find people on Mahe or Praslin who will host you for some time.
There are also some people who will host you on resort islands as well so that shouldn’t be a big issue as well. Just download the app and find the host for your dates and you are all set for your trip.
Guesthouses and Self-Catering Apartments
If you don’t find hosts for your stay then the next best option is to book a room in a guesthouse or a self-catering apartment. A self-catering apartment will also give you free access to the kitchen and the water which can allow you to save a lot.
You can prepare your own food in the kitchen and save a lot on your trip. The grocery and ingredients are affordable here so you will end up saving about 10-15k in food by getting such apartments. You will find most of these self-catering apartments and guesthouses for 30-40 Euros including breakfast and water as well.
You can search for these places on Airbnb or Booking.com.
Although there aren’t many hostels available in Seychelles, you will find a couple of hostels on the major islands. These hostels are perfect for backpackers as they charge just 30-35 Euros for a night for a bed. But yes, you won’t be able to prepare your own food so you might have to figure that out separately.
Hotels and Resorts
Finally, there are some hotels and resorts also here where you can stay at. In fact, there are a few resort islands as well where you can stay. However, do note that most of these places start at 50 Euros and can go as high as 150-200 Euros per night.
So, for budget travelers, it would be advisable to stay away from hotels and resorts.