Planning a trip to the Seychelles? Here are 10 tips that may come in handy:
#1 Getting There
Located in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles are served by their national carrier and only a few other airlines. It may take an extra hop or two, but you get there.
#2 Visa on Arrival – and it’s FREE
Finally a country has the sense to offer visa on arrival, and not charge any fee. I still can’t figure why countries charge high amounts for visas – the money saved is likely to be spent in the country anyway and would encourage more travellers.
The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee, and pegged at about 13 Rupees to a US dollar. The exchange rate is more or less no matter where you change money. However, US Dollars and Euros widely accepted everywhere.
#4 Getting Around
Taxis can be a little expensive, but you can rent cars starting at about 40 Euros a day. You also have the options to rent motorcycles, bicycles, boats and even an ox cart. There are limited public buses on main islands like Mahe.
There is an option for all budgets – especially those looking at mid to luxury segments. Pick up a self-catering apartment or villa starting at a hundred Euros usually.
#6 Plan Activities
There are a wide range of activities that you can book with local operators, even at the last minute. Prices are quite similar, and most offer a high quality of service.
#7 Pack for Summers
Temperatures range from 30-32 C (86-90 F) all year round, so pack accordingly. It can be quite humid – you may want to shower more than once a day. Do carry sun protection, hats, shades etc. at all times.
#8 Buy local SIM for data and calls
Pick one when you land to stay connected through your stay.
#9 Don’t Worry About Safety
Crime and thefts are almost unknown in Seychelles – you will rarely see any cops around. You will always feel safe there.
#10 Enjoy the Food
Seychelles are a delight for foodies – there is something for everyone. And usually with views of the seas and mountains while you eat.