The Seychelles Independent Traveler

With dazzling blue seas and impressive beaches, it’s hardly surprising the Seychelles rank among the world’s most wonderful island getaways.

To visit Seychelles doesn’t need to be a budget-buster. With little pre-planning and some island information, you are perfectly fine to experience these beautiful islands in an exciting way.

These are some of the questions I have listed below which will help you to find Seychelles in an easy and efficient manner:

When should I go?

Especially during the summer from May to September when the weather is normally settled and dry, and between December and January are the busiest periods in Seychelles. In that time the prices hike upwards. The island receives most of its annual rainfall in winter from October to April, but the best thing is that throughout the year the climate rarely drops below 24 degrees. You will still have a good fair chance to visit Seychelles.

Unsurprisingly, during low season there is a chance of snagging a deal. To attract off-season guests, some luxury resorts sometimes offer discounted deals packages.

How do I get there?

There are many airlines which will take you to the island. Some of the flights are pricey, especially the direct one. All flights now have to route through Doha or Abu Dhabi.

Etihad and Emirates are the main carriers. There are some smaller carriers available to visit Seychelles like Ethiopian Airways.

Sometimes you can find cheaper deals via online comparison sites like Skyscanner is the best place to start your search. During rainy season airfares are usually low.

For reaching your hotel in Seychelles from the airport you can hire an affordable taxi service which can available easily online.

What budget should I expect?

It always depends upon what you want to do – but you are able to squeeze €80–100 a day on a budget for meals and accommodation.

You have to pay for organized snorkeling trips. If you bring your own gear you can snorkel for nothing on publically own beaches.

Plenty of trips on Mahe are organized for free to access and well-maintained. To explore more about Seychelles you can hire a local guide. Some of the taxi services are also well established. The drivers are local in nature. You can expect their advice anytime to make your Seychelles tour better.

Which islands can I visit?

There are a total of 115 islands in Seychelles but three of them are affordable and easy to get. Mahe is one of them which is home of the international airport and Seychelles capital Victoria. It is the largest island. Snorkeling, sunbathing, swimming and scuba diving are the main attractions of the Seychelles Island.

Praslin is the second largest island, lies approximately 50km northeast. It is the home of Unesco World Heritage Site and Vallee de Mai - the nature reserve.

Tiny but classic Seychelles escape La Digue is 12 km east from Mahe. It is a place where you can find the most amazing beaches, like Petite Anse and Anse Source d’Argent.

To reach more islands, where things get starting expensive. You can access several islands on day trips. There are plenty of tour transfer services available which can take you anywhere around the island.

How do I get around?

To travel from one point to another point the reliable way is to hire a taxi. Whether you are on the coast or in any hotel or resort the taxi services is beat to afford.

Cheap eats and a good night's sleep:

Island is becoming more affordable for independent travelers because of the growing number of homestays and B&Bs. Staying with locals is also the best way to have a feel and cheap method of the island.

If you are traveling in a group or as a family self-catering villas are a great way of cutting the cost. Discounted rates are offered if you stay longer in one place rather than hopping between hotels.

Resort restaurants are expensive, but you will find cheap beachside cafes and stalls for local delicacies. Markets in Victoria are good for cheap eats, and you can also buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and fish to cook for yourself.

Do I need to speak the local language?

The locals rely heavily on tourist’s economy, so the peoples are friendly, polite and welcoming. English and French are widely spoken but lingua franca is Seselwa, a mixed-up Creole language having elements of French, English, Indian and other dialects.

These things help you to plan your holiday tour to Seychelles easy and affordable way. Mark it on your list and plan your next trip to Seychelles.

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