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Seychelles is the epitome of paradise: white sandy beaches, palm trees and incredibly clear turquoise waters. Since you already chose your destination, we will not try to convince you to come to the Seychelles, you already are. Instead, we will provide you with some insights and important tips to plan the perfect holidays in the Seychelles.
You are right to think about the Seychelles archipelago as some paradisiacal islands in the middle of nowhere, with coasts of white sand and crystal clear water, full of marine life, shade of palm trees, and with unique landscapes in the world. Yes, the Seychelles are famous for their giant granite rocks, which can only be seen here. In addition, the islands are also famous for being the place of origin of the giant Aldabra Turtles.
The total area is only 455km², and has just over 90 thousand inhabitants. The inhabitants are all descendants of immigrants, since there was no local or native population, so most of the current inhabitants are descendants of French, Africans in general, Indians and even Chinese.
The main or best known islands are Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, although other less famous are Silhouette, Curieuse, Felicité, St. Anne, North, Cerf (all granite), and the famous Aldabra Atoll composed of 46 islands and protected by host the famous and impressive turtles of Aldabra.
This article should help to get a general overview. For example, topics such as entry and exit, visa, travel time, time difference, food, weather, beaches, transport network, ferries, accommodation, travel planning and much more. Ready? Let’s go:
To enter the Seychelles, you need a valid passport that is valid for at least the time of your stay, as well as the following documents: return or onward flight ticket, accommodation (including contact details) and sufficient funds for your stay (approx $ 150 per day). A visa is not needed.
A residence permit will automatically be granted to you upon arrival if you fulfill the above conditions. This can be extended in steps of three months to a maximum of one year. The cost per extension amounts to about 350 euros. The renewal fee is also due if you only want to extend a few days. Checks on sufficient funds are occasional at entry. Funds can be carried in cash or in the form of credit cards.
The best travel time for the Seychelles
The Seychelles can be visited at any time of the year, really! Due to the high humidity it is guaranteed to be hotter. The weather in the Seychelles is determined either by the southeast monsoon (June to September) or the northwest monsoon (December to March). It is also good to know that there is no cyclone in the Seychelles.
The climate in Seychelles is tropical; the temperature never exceeds 32 degrees or falls below 24 degrees. Seychelles is characterized by the currents that sometimes lagoons dangerous (the most affected beaches have a sign warning the danger). But there are times of the year where the sea is calmer and you can enjoy more, such as the months of April / May and October / November where there is less wind and the water has temperatures of 29 degrees.
During the southeast monsoon, the weather is a bit drier, but you should expect occasional showers. Especially on Mahé, with its wooded mountains, often hang clouds, so it can rain again and again. It does not necessarily meet bright sunshine and blue skies. The weather is very changeable and the island is often surrounded by clouds.
Depending on the season, either the southeastern or northwestern beaches are affected by stronger waves and currents. On some beaches there is a bathing prohibition, which must be followed.
The currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR). On-site you can either pay cash and in many facilities such as restaurants and hotels with your credit card. On the three main islands Mahé, Praslin and La Digue there are numerous banks and ATMs where you can change money. Euros can be exchanged in all banks or money changers. For the exchange of money, a passport will be required, bring it. Generally, we recommend paying with the local currency. Many use their own exchange rate and this will usually be non-advantageous for you.
Cost of living
The prices for food are about what you would pay in Europe or are slightly above. Restaurant visits are always more expensive than eating at your hotel. For a “normal” restaurant you pay for the main course and drink, you should count between 30 € to 40 € person. On Praslin and La Digue there are some takeaway food stalls where you get for about 5 € / person a delicious and copious lunch.
Planning trips and excursions
When planning your trip to Seychelles, there are several options. Either you can organize everything on your own or get the help of a specialized tour operator. Even a mixture of these two variants is possible, so many book the accommodation through an organizer and the flights themselves. In general, the decision also depends on how much you want to deal with in advance with travel planning.