FIRST TIME TRAVELLER INFORMATION
Located in the Indian Ocean Islands Seychelles is renowned for its tailor-made romantic getaways, adventure opportunities and breath-taking natural beauty.
This exceptionally picturesque archipelago is comprised of 115 coral and granite islands. Tourists can look forward to relaxing on stunning beaches with crystal-clear waters, visiting the lively capital city of Victoria, exploring the colourful coral underwater wonderlands and the surrounding islands. Other major highlights to experience is the wildlife such as giant Aldabra tortoises and nesting sea turtles, indigenous plant life and a host of tropical birds. Seychelles is also home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve and Aldabra Atoll.
Herewith is a sample itinerary of what to experience and do in Seychelles!
The unit of currency is the Seychelles Rupee (Rs).
Euros are the best currency to carry. Prices for most tourist services, including accommodation, excursions, diving, car hire and transport are quoted in euros and can be paid in Euros either in cash or by credit card. In restaurants, prices are quoted in Rupees but you can also pay in euros.
You can use this link to convert your local currency to the Seychelle Rupee – EXCHANGE CONVERTER
TRAVEL, TRANSPORT AND GETTING AROUND
With relatively short travelling times between the islands and/or places of interest, different modes of transportation and with a regular network of air and sea transportation operating out of the main island Mahé, moving around in Seychelles is easy and hassle-free.
Bicycles are a good transportation in La Digue and in Praslin and can be rented out. One advantage to hiring a bicycle is the up close and personal experience with the forests, hidden restaurants, artist’s galleries and miles of pristine white sand beaches. Mahe is not recommended for bicycles as it has an incline terrain and bike rentals are not easy to find. Most people rent cars in Mahe. Car rental is the best way for visitors to have the freedom they want while visiting the Seychelles. Mahe and Preslin have fairly good roads. Driving is on the left-hand side. Drivers must be over 23 years and have been driving for at least one year. Companies will accept a national license, but it is good to bring an international license if possible.
The bus service in Mahe is extensive and reliable. For visitors who have the time, the bus is the best way to see Mahe. Praslin also has a reliable bus service that travels from Anse Boudin through Anse Volbert to Mont Plaisir, the Vallee de Mai, Baie Ste Anne, Grand Anse and to the airport. They go in both directions hourly except between Mont Plaisir and Baie St. Anne where they go every half hour. Tourists can also sail around the inner islands where there are easy sailing distances, safe moorings and spectacular natural beauty. These islands were made for sail boats with scenic bays and romantic coves as well as Anse Lazio one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Sailing the outer islands is true adventure on the open ocean to tropical paradises where few have ever been. There are sailing operators in Mahe and Praslin for day charters with crews or bare boats for a genuine taste of freedom.
FOOD, DRINK & CUISINE ADVICE
The influences of Seychelles cuisine come far and wide, including Africa, Asia, France and India.
Tipping is not obligatory in Seychelles. For exceptional service, an additional tip is always welcome. Hotels and restaurants tend to include a tip of 5-10%, but luxury hotels and high-end restaurants may charge 10-15%. Tap water is chlorinated and safe to drink. But if you are concerned, bottled water is widely available. Milk is pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are generally considered safe to eat.
CLIMATE & WEATHER
Lying 4°-11° south of the Equator in the western Indian Ocean, Seychelles has a tropical climate: Warm and humid with strong maritime influences. The temperature is consistently 24-32°C, there is no distinct dry season and there is some humidity at all times.
From May to October the south-east trade winds (Southeast Monsoon) bring a relatively dry period. Reaching its peak in July/August, there is little precipitation and temperatures average 27°C, though seas can be a little uneven. By November (pre-Northwest Monsoon) the winds start to change bringing light warmer winds and the start of the main rainy season. During December to March (Northwest Monsoon) Seychelles gets extremely wet especially in December and January, though the vegetation is lush, the winds generally light and the sun at its warmest. This is also the cyclone season, though only the most remote southern islands are within the cyclone belt. This period is followed by the calmest, warmest month April (Pre-Southeast Monsoon) as the winds die down and start to change direction.
CLOTHING & DRESS RECOMMENDATIONS
Light clothing is suitable for Seychelles’ as with warm tropical climate this will prepare you for the relatively hot and humid atmosphere. Make sure to bring hats, sunglasses and adequate UV protection – SPF30+ is advisable. It is important to remember that even on an overcast day the tropical sun is still strong and able to cause unpleasant sunburn. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended if you intend to take guided walk and trail excursions. Casual eveningwear is necessary for dining out and for gaining entrance to most hotels and resorts. A camera is an absolute must to capture all your experiences!