When I think of what heaven would look like, I think of the Seychelles. I mean, look at that picture above! It just doesn’t look real. But it is and that’s what makes me salivate every time I think of these beautiful islands located off the east coast of Africa. Unfortunately, isolation and a pristine environment come with a price, and a trip to the Seychelles will cost you mega amounts of money. This is not a budget destination whatsoever. Seychelles is a country that caters to honeymooners, celebrities, and high-end tourists. There are few ways to save money on the island (thank you Airbnb!) but, for the most part, you’re going to find this a place hard on your wallet. That being said, paradise is worth the price!
Top 5 Things to See and Do in Seychelles
1. Relax on the beach
2. Explore Vallee de Mai
3. Climb Morne Blanc
4. Visit Aldabra Atoll
Other Things to See and Do
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1. Get sporty
There is plenty to do in terms of recreational activities. Golf, squash, badminton, tennis, biking, and hiking are all great ways to spend the day if you are tired of the beach. It is pretty cheap to rent a bike for a day and ride around the islands. There are also plenty of centers where you can rent sports equipment as well.
2. Nature Seychelles
Just over a mile southwest of Praslin, on Cousin Island, lies this great little reserve. There is a bird population here that exceeds 300,000 on an island that is less than a mile in diameter. It’s awesome to walk through the thick forest here and check out all the different species. Admission is 500 SCR per person.
3. Hike Nid d’ Aiglo
The highest point on La Digue, this hike is a great way to spend a day. The views of La Digue and of the neighboring islands are so magnificent, it is almost surreal. Remember to pack plenty of snacks and water.
4. Visit L’Union Estate
Back when coconut farming was the main industry on La Digue, this was the center of production. Just south of La Passe, this estate is now run as a sort of informal ‘theme park.’ There are some interesting demonstrations to see and you can explore the Old Plantation House, the colonial-era graveyard, and the boatyard. There’s even a pen housing giant tortoises. Admission is 100 SCR per person.
5. Search for the Veuve Bird
La Digue is home to a wildlife reserve which was set up to protect the Veuve, AKA the black paradise flycatcher. There are under 20 pairs of birds in the reserve, but you can arrange guided tours which are supposed to guarantee a bird sighting.
6. Check out the Natural History Museum
If the weather is less than perfect (unlikely), you may want to get a break from the beaches and do something more educational. The Natural History Museum in Victoria is very small, but worth a stop if you’d like to learn a thing or to about the island wildlife. Entry is 15 SCR for foreign adults, and 2 SCR for students and children.
7. Wander the Botanical Gardens
Also in Victoria, the Botanical Gardens give you a deeper look at local flora and fauna, with the infamous coco de mer palms as one of the highlights. You may also see some animals, such as fruit bats or giant tortoises. Admission is 100 SCR per person.
8. Cycle the island
This is a great way to see the sights and explore La Digue, and it’s also the most economical way to get around. Rentals cost around 140 SCR per day.
9. Go diving
There are plenty of incredible sites to dive in the Seychelles. The visibility is great, and there is plenty of wildlife to see. A single-tank dive will cost around 800 SCR, while and Open Water certification course will cost close to 6,000 SCR.
10. See whale sharks
Seychelles is one of the best places in the world to see these magnificent creatures, so dont pass up the opportunity if you are there between October-November.
Food – You can eat relatively cheaply here if you steer away from hotel restaurants. For a basic meal, expect to pay around 175 SCR. A nicer meal with table service will cost around 400 SCR. Fast food will cost around 120 SCR while a beer is usually around 45 SCR. If you are planning to cook your own meals, expect to spend at least 1,000 SCR per week on groceries. Most food has to be imported but you can find basic food stuffs like chicken, vegetables, fruits, and rice pretty cheaply.
Transportation – Bikes, the best way to get around the islands, cost between 140-420 SCR for a day rental. Car rentals are available for around 1,000 SCR per day but they are only available on the main islands of Mahé and Praslin. High-speed catamaran rides between Mahé and Praslin run around 900 SCR per person. A ferry schooner between Mahé and Praslin or La Digue will be about 265 SCR (but it takes 3x as long). Between Praslin and La Digue, a ferry schooner runs around 370 SCR. There are also small boat rides from Mahé to La Digue available.
Activities – Activities tend to cost 700 SCR or more depending on what you want to do. Diving, for example, will be around 800 SCR for a single-tank dive. Expect to pay top dollar for most activities here!
Suggested daily budget
2000-400 SCR / $150-300 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in an Airbnb, eating out at the cheaper restaurants, limiting your drinking, dive activities,, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation.)
Money Saving Tips
There isn’t really any great way to save money here. If you have come here as a package, everything will be included and that will be the best way to reduce costs. Sadly, while Airbnb does help, destinations like this aren’t really meant for budget travelers.
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