Seychelles Travel Information
Money & Spending
The unit of currency in the Seychelles is the Rupee although Euros and US Dollars are widely used. Credit cards are generally accepted at hotels and resorts while prices for car hire, diving, park fees and any other extras are usually quoted in Euros (or less frequently in US Dollars). In fact the only time you’ll ever really need Seychelles Rupees is for purchases at local markets or restaurants.
The question of when to go to the Seychelles often comes down to the seasonal trade winds that wash seaweed up onto some of the islands’ beaches. From May to October some beaches on the southern coasts of Mahé and Praslin Island are affected, and while a seaweed-free stretch of sand is never far away (and hotels will even drive you there in their complimentary shuttle), if you’re seeking those postcard-perfect views on your Seychelles holiday then we’d advise chatting to one of our Africa Safari Experts to find out where to go and which months to avoid.
Diving is excellent all year round but if you dream of crystal-clear conditions – and visibility up to a staggering 30 metres! – then the best time to visit the Seychelles is in the months of April to May and October to November.
Set against the soothing blue of the Indian Ocean and with only granite boulders or the occasional cluster of palm trees breaking the long runs of powder-soft beaches, the islands of the Seychelles Archipelago are hard to beat as a beach holiday destination. And it’s not just the postcard-perfect beaches that sit among the world’s finest; with a scattering of award-winning resorts and super-stylish villas, a Seychelles holiday affords you the chance to live out your tropical island fantasy in pure, world-class luxury.
Home to some of the world’s most beautiful and exclusive beaches, the Seychelles private islands offer everything you could possibly wish for from a tropical island holiday: miles of squeaky soft sand; warm, clear water filled with colourful marine life; gloriously luxurious accommodation; and – best of all – hardly anyone else around. If you’ve ever wondered what it feels like to have your own tropical island paradise, a Seychelles private island holiday is your chance to find out.
A mountainous interior with densely forested slopes forms a beautiful backdrop to the island’s best known features: its beaches. Beau Vallon, on the west coast just opposite Victoria, is the longest and most popular beach on the island. Its clear, current-free water is ideal for swimming, water skiing, wind surfing and parasailing.
Less than half the size of neighbouring Praslin Island, laid-back little La Digue is without doubt one of the most beautiful islands in the Seychelles Archipelago. Lacking an airstrip, La Digue has thus retained a slightly off-the-beaten-track feel with less tourist development than you’ll find on Mahé or Praslin, and its residents have preserved much of the traditional Seychellois way of life.
There are very few cars on La Digue – the island is small enough to do without them. You can take a tour on one of the ox taxis but by far the best way to get around is to hire a bicycle: paths are flat, distances are relatively short and if you need a break, you can stop at a roadside stall for a delicious local fruit smoothie.
Second in size to Mahe, Praslin Island in the Seychelles is an appealing mix of soft sand beaches, emerald green hills and a number of sheltered valleys that includes Vallee de Mai – a World Heritage Site and home to an extraordinary primeval palm forest.
Life on Praslin Island moves at a pace that falls somewhere between the relative bustle of Mahe and the sleepiness of next-door La Digue Island. The main tourism centre is Anse Volbert (also known as Côte d’Or) where a collection of hotels, restaurants, shops and bars gives this safe swimming beach a lively atmosphere – at least by Seychelles standards!
A tour of the Seychelles brings together indulgent accommodation, idyllic beaches and a variety of island experiences. And with so many beautiful sandy shores to choose from, we’d highly recommend a bit of island hopping.
A classic Seychelles beach holiday will no doubt spend time on either Mahé or Praslin – the two largest islands in the archipelago.
Facilities include world-class spas and ocean-edge dining; activities take in superb snorkelling and diving plus water sports, island hikes and sailing trips.
Seychelles Tours & Safaris
15 Days Honeymoon Cape Town, Kruger & Seychelles
Vibrant Cape Town, a Big 5 safari in a private Kruger reserve….
15 days Kenya’s Samburu, Mara & Seychelles’ Private Island
Destinations visited: Seychelles, North, Masai Mara, Kenya ….
12 days Family Kruger & Seychelles’ Mahe Island
Destinations visited: Kruger, Seychelles, Mahe Island, South Africa From a thrilling Big 5