Seychelles travel guide - where to stay in Seychelles, best time to visit Seychelles, and top tips for island hopping
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Where to Stay in Seychelles, Best Time to Visit, Top Things to Do

Looking to plan the perfect holiday to Seychelles? I’ve got where to stay in Seychelles, the top things to do, the best time to visit and lots more.

The Seychelles is a country that is probably on everybody’s bucket list, and for very good reason. However, contrary to what you might think, it is not just for honeymooners or celebrities. These idyllic islands cater for anyone who loves to travel and visit exotic locations, its just a matter of knowing where to stay in Seychelles to suit your holiday style.

Whether you are travelling with your partner, friend or family, want five star luxury resorts or self catering apartments – the Seychelles has all in abundance. However, nightlife is low key, so if partying the night away is your thing, then perhaps the Seychelles resorts are not for you!

best time to visit the Seychelles

Regular contributor and fellow travel addict Christine Callinan went island hopping in the Seychelles last year with her family and visited three islands. Christine kindly agreed to share her top tips on how to plan a holiday to Seychelles, the best Seychelles islands to chose, as well as some super accommodation finds. 

Christine Callinan expert tips on island hopping in the Seychelles

While the Seychelles is an idyllic destination for couples, family holidays in Seychelles are wonderful for children with a sense of adventure and who love to swim, snorkel and visit wildlife. Christine stayed in some fabulous self catering family friendly apartments, many right on the beach, but there are also four and five star family hotels in Seychelles if you prefer a more traditional holiday resort set up.  


About Seychelles

The Seychelles is made up of 115 islands, situated just south of the equator in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It is the smallest country in Africa and has an eclectic mix of French, British, African and Asian influences.The Seychelles is paradise on earth, if ever there was one.

The Seychelles diverse weather patterns mean that the islands have lush green vegetation. This combined with pristine white sand beaches and incredible coral reefs, are what gives the Seychelles such a unique island experience. 

As The Seychelles is located at the equator, night and day are equal with roughly 12 hours of daylight from 6.30am to 6.30pm. It is a sunset lovers paradise, as time never changes.


The best time to visit Seychelles

The Seychelles has a tropical climate, the average temperature is between 24-30 degrees celsius all year round, including night time. There are two seasons: Summer (December to March) and Winter (June to August). Summer is the rainy season and winter is the dry season.

Best time to visit Seychelles for beaches

If you want the best time to go to Seychelles, then you need to consider the trade winds too. If the winds are blowing, the seas can be choppy, this results in poor visibility underwater. Between May and September the south-east trade winds blow, which is more like a refreshing breeze, but the sea will be choppy.


From December to February the north-west trade winds blow. Between these two trade wind seasons the sea remains calm all the time. This means the best time to go to the Seychelles is March, April, October and November. August weather in the Seychelles is usually dry, and is ideal for sailing or surfing, however, you may be unlucky with poor visibility for snorkelling and scuba diving. 


Is the Seychelles expensive?

The Seychelles is sold as a luxury destination but we were pleasantly surprised to find the accommodation was as diverse as the landscape.

Seychelles Carana Beach Hotel

Like most people, I was under the impression that it was extremely expensive, but on deeper digging I found most reviews and articles about the prices are written by people coming from countries with a very low cost of living. It may surprise you to learn that it is possible to visit the Seychelles on a budget.


Dining out in Seychelles is expensive, as everything is imported. A main course will set you back roughly €30 in a local restaurant, more in a hotel restaurant, but from a take away (they are everywhere), it will cost you €5.00 and the food is just as good, if not better. Think lots of fish and rice, or fish and chips, but in typical creole style, where the fish is freshly caught that morning.


However, alcohol is very expensive. One of my top tips for visiting Seychelles is to bring your full quota of duty free with you, and you will find that mixers in the supermarket are cheaper than at home. You will find that many hotels offer happy hours, and ‘buy a burger and get a beer free’ is typical of some of the offers you may find in local bars and restaurants.


The Seychelles has some excellent self catering accommodation with all the comforts of home. Small supermarkets are dotted around the islands with a huge array of goods on offer, including freshly baked breads every morning. Bed and breakfasts are plentiful too and many offer a half board arrangement. 


Island hopping in the Seychelles

Last summer I had the privilege to travel to three islands in the Seychelles: Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. Many would say these are the best islands in Seychelles, but this is mainly due to the fact that are the most populated islands and the easiest to travel to. 

hotel with private beach in Seychelles

Mahe is the main Island where international flights land and boasts the smallest capital in the world, Victoria.

Seychelles island hopping is mostly done by the local ferry service, but you can fly from Mahe to Praslin with Air Seychelles. We booked return tickets with Cat Coco ferries to take us from Mahe to Praslin and La Digue island.


We chose the ferry as it was more economical. Flights from Mahe to Praslin are on small propeller powered aircraft, so although it is a lot quicker ( circa 20 minutes from island to island ) it may be bumpy. 

Top Tip: The best value way to book flights within the Seychelles islands is on a return basis. One way fares were almost as expensive as return on the Air Seychelles website.


Seychelles ferries offer three categories, Main, Upper and Business. We travelled in June, and knew the seas would be choppy, so we chose Upper which has seats outside in the fresh air.

The boats are expertly organised and stewards watch out for anyone who is likely to be ill. They have a full supply of bags on hand, and thankfully we have good sea legs and didn’t need them.

TOP TIP: If you are prone to seasickness, take your precautions well before stepping on board.



Mahe, the largest island in the archipelago was our first port of call. We spent our first two nights and our last three nights there, and travelled the length and breath of the island.

We pre booked a taxi to be waiting for us on arrival in Mahe (€40), and took the 20 minute drive to Beau Vallon on the north of the island. This is the most commercial beach resort, but also the most family friendly, with miles of soft white sand beach and aquamarine sea.

The water here is calm as the bay is shaded from the trade winds, making it very pleasant to swim and snorkel. Most of the large hotels here supply beach chairs, but all beaches are public.


We stayed in the Savoy Hotel, which boasts the largest swimming pool in the Seychelles, but with the sea on your doorstep the pool is just a bonus – see more on where to stay in Seychelles below.

Savoy Seychelles

When we returned to Mahe at the end of our Seychelles holiday we hired a car. The Hyundai i10 automatic seems to be a firm favourite of the rental companies, and for €50 per day including insurance, we were fully covered to drive at our leisure.   

Top Tip: Check the price of car rental in Seychelles with your accommodation host. Not only should they choose a recommended supplier, but they can have it delivered to your accommodation when you arrive.


Having already stayed and explored Beau Vallon we now wanted to see the rest of the island and all it has to offer. Once again we let the tradewinds dictate the best area to stay in, but the island is so small it is possible to travel from one side to the other in 15 minutes, so choppy seas are never really a problem.


We stayed in the Le Nautique beachfront self catering apartments, located in Anse Royale. Our two bedroom apartment was impeccable, although rather waterfront than beachfront, as you must go down a number of steps to access the water – see more on where to stay in Seychelles below.

family apartments Seychelles

We visited Anse Intendance with its huge waves and stunning white sands. Also a firm favourite was Anse Soleil located on the south west coast near Baie Lazare. This is where we found the best snorkelling in Seychelles.

Some days are clearer than others in June and July, but we got lucky and saw an array of multi coloured fish. The beach is quite difficult to reach, it is located at the bottom of a steep hill but bear with it and keep driving, the view and the beach are worth it.

Snorkelling in Seychelles

A drive further north brings you to Port Launay where the Constance Ephelia Hotel is located. This beach is surrounded on all sides by lush green vegetation and is simply stunning – although there are are so many stunning beaches in Seychelles it is very hard to pick a favourite. 


The Seychelles what to see other than beaches? Surprisingly there are many things! A tour of the Takamaka Rum Distillery where they offer rum tasting is a popular choice, as is a visit to the Botanic gardens to visit more Giant Tortoises and lots of stunning flora and fauna. 


One of my top things to do in Mahe, is to visit the capital Victoria. You can’t miss Little Big Ben, the iconic clock tower right in the middle of the main road, and the newly erected ‘I Heart Seychelles’ sign opposite it. 

Hindu Temple Victoria, Male, Seychelles

Tempio Hindu temple is also located in the heart of Victoria and is well worth a visit and a photo. The Tea Factory is another top spot for photographs. 

The Sir Selwyn Clarke Market which sells all kinds of fruit, vegetables and fish is also worth a visit, but make sure you go upstairs where you will find clothing too. 

Top Tip: Visit Victoria early in the morning as the town gets very congested for parking and it can be quite difficult to find a spot in the afternoons. 

TOP Tip: Before leaving the airport of Seychelles, change some money into local currency and get a local sim card so you can use your phone data as you please.

The north of the Island of Mahe is also excellent for water sports, especially snorkelling around Sunset Beach in the Glacis area, but be mindful of the time of year and the trade winds.  

See lots more things to do in Mahe here:



We took the ferry from Mahe to Praslin, and our accommodation host had a car waiting for us when we arrived, at the same cost as Mahe, €50 per day. 


A car is essential if you want to see all the Island, as buses, although inexpensive, are infrequent and unreliable. Driving is on the left hand side of the road, which suited us, and most cars are automatic, even the tiny ones we rented.

However, the roads are not for the faint hearted! There are large ditches on both sides of the roads, so night time driving can be a bit daunting and not really recommended. 


In Praslin we stayed in the north west of the island in a beach chalet called Villa Mare Plage. We chose this accommodation as has four private cottages right on their own private beach. They also supply passes into Anse Georgette, which is one of the best beaches in Seychelles.

beach bungalows for family holidays in Seychelles

Somehow the government allowed a hotel to be built (The Constance Lumiere), and a golf course, which block direct access to Anse Georgette. You can only enter with prior permission or with a pass. To get to the beach you have a strenous 20 minute hike through the golf course but the treat at the end is so worth it!

Anse Georgette beach, Praslin
Photo by Ron Barabash, Unsplash

Anse Georgette and Anse Lazio beach are two of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles, never overcrowded and stunning for sunsets. Both are cove beaches sheltered by large granite boulders and palm trees. The sea temperature never drops less than 24C making it the most wonderful place to swim and snorkel.


One of the top things to do in Praslin is a visit to the UNESCO world heritage site of Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve where the largest seed in the world grows, Coco de Mer palms. The forest is also home to the native black parrott. The climb to the top of the forest is exhilarating and the views at the top, looking out over the canopy of palm trees are stunning.


The east coast or the Cote D’Or is one of the top places to visit in Seychelles. The sands in Cote D’Or are pearl white and go on for miles. Here you will find lots of accommodation, hotels and restaurants.

giant tortoise seychelles

Another extremely popular day trip is a visit to Curieuse Island which is home to the giant tortoise. You will see them roaming around in their natural habitat, it is one of the top things to do in Seychelles. 

There are many alternative day trips from Praslin most including snorkelling and BBQ – see more here.


La Digue

A quick 20 minute ferry trip from Praslin brings you to the magical island of La Digue. This was a firm favourite with us, due to its laid back atmosphere and stunning scenery.

The main mode of transport on La Digue is the bicycle. There are a few taxis to bring you from the port to your accommodation but they are the exception rather than the rule. 

Digwa Beach Chalet, La Digue

Our host organised for three bikes to be waiting for us at our Beach Chalet. We stayed in the brand new Digwa Beach Chalets. These consisted of two bedroom self catering fully equipped chalets located right on the beach. I honestly could have stayed there for a month. The cottages are two stories and have the most wonderful view.


La Digue is so easy to navigate with a cycle path looping around the island as far as it can go. Beach bars and juice stands are dotted here and there along the way. The small town of Reunion contains most of the shops and restaurants. This is also the location of much of the accommodation.


The atmosphere in La Digue is very laid back and nightlife is not really a thing. At the southern end of La Digue lies L’Union Estate Park which is home to the Aldabra Tortoise Seychelles and entrance into Anse Source D’Argent Beach.

TOP TIP: There is a fee to enter 150sr, roughly €10, but note that if you arrive after 4pm you get free access for the whole of the next day. The day trippers are gone by then and you will have sunset all to yourself, well almost.

Visiting Anse Source D’Argent Beach is one of the top things to do in Seychelles
Photo by Chris Unsplash

Anse Source D’Argent is the most iconic Seychelles beach with its giant granite boulders rising out of the crystal clear blue water and pure white sand beaches. A few hours there is a must do in Seychelles if just to soak it all in and take as many photographs as you wish. 


You can also take a tour offering crystal clear kayaking. It’s a 3 hours long, so give yourself plenty of time if you are interested in doing this.

You really will not be short on beaches though when visiting La Digue and the whole island is protected by a coral reef making the water clear and calm, (just watch out for the trade winds) they bring some waves and sea weed.


Another highlight of La Digue is the freedom to cycle everywhere. A basket on your bike is quickly filled by a visit to the small local supermarket, and there are lots of animals along the way including Giant Tortoise wandering down the middle of the road, and plenty of friendly dogs.

The Seychelles is rabies free so there is no need to worry about petting the animals. We even had a visit to our chalet by two chickens just out for a wander. 

See lots more things to do in La Digue here:


Where to Stay in Seychelles  – Mahe

From self catering apartments to luxury five star hotels, I’ve hand picked accommodation in Seychelles to suit most tastes and budgets. Of course if money is no object and you want to stay in the best hotel in Seychelles, then fly by helicopter to the private North Island, it might set you back about 8k per night though! 

5 Star Savoy Seychelles Resort & Spa Beau Vallon

Savoy Seychelles

The Savoy is located on one of Mahe’s best beaches among 16 acres of tropical gardens, with three restaurants, three pools, and a host of sports and wellness facilities. The swimming pool is the largest in the Seychelles and the world class Spa offers a wide selection of treatments and fitness classes.

There is a Savoy kids club open daily from 8am to 6pm for children from 4 years, as well as Lego Creators, consoles and a games room – this is one of the best hotels in Seychelles for families. 


Christine stayed here on arrival and felt rooms were comfortable, large with a great balcony containing a couch, table and chairs. Breakfast was included and was very plentiful. The Savoy is one of the few hotels that offers all inclusive in Seychelles. You can also choose to stay on a bed and breakfast or half board basis. 

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5 Star Private pool villa at Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa, Beau Vallon

 hotels in Seychelles with private pools

If you are looking for 5 star hotels in Seychelles with private pools, then look no further than the Grand Oceanview Villas with private infinity pool. I think the above image speaks for itself, it offers breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean, Silhouette Island and Beau Vallon Bay and is one of the best hotels in Seychelles. 

Expect nothing less than pure indulgence with four-poster beds, a spacious lounge, bathrobes, whirlpool bath and Nespresso machine. For a special occasion you can even order a sunset floating tray!

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5 Star Kempinski Seychelles Resort, Baie Lazare

Kempinski Seychelles Resort

For couples looking for a luxury hotel in Mahe with lots of activities, this resort has it all. This hotel boasts an olympic length swimming pool, 800 metres of secluded beaches, diving, surfing, yoga on the hills, hiking and is ideal for nature lovers.

The award-winning Kempinski Spa is located in traditional bungalows and has six treatment rooms, including a couple’s massage room. Enjoy the perfect end to a perfect day with a candlelit dinner on the beach overlooking the Indian Ocean. 

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4 Star Pineapple Beach Villas, Baie Lazare

Pineapple Beach Villas, Mahe, Seychelles

The beachfront Pineapple Beach Villas offer a choice of one and two bedroom apartments for couples, friends and families and are located approximately 1.4 km from Anse à la Mouche Beach. 

There is a swimming pool and private beach area, and you can use the fully equipped kitchen and barbecue facilities, or choose the snack bar on-site.

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4 Star Carana Beach Chalet with Private Pool, Half Board Basis

Carana Beach Seychelles with private pool.

Built in 2016, the traditional island architecture of the hotel has a modern twist. This combined with picturesque beach views and white sand will make for an unforgettable stay. 12 of the 40 Ocean View Chalets in the Carana Beach Hotel come with a private plunge pool, making it an ideal choice for a special occasion

Breakfast and evening meal is included in the cost at the Lorizon Restaurant which sources ingredients from the hotel’s family-owned farm.  

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4 Star Le Nautique Beachfront Apartments, Anse Royale 

family apartments Seychelles

For ocean-loving families, you cannot get much closer than a stay at Le Nautique Beachfront Apartments Mahé. There are multiple types of accommodation ranging from studio, one bedroom and two bedroom self catering apartments.

The area is ideal for water sports. You will find everything from snorkelling, fishing, kayaking, and the latest family favourite at Le Nautique, stand up paddle boarding or SUP. Christine stayed in these apartments and recommends them as a great choice for family holidays in Seychelles. The two-bedroom beachfront apartments have a modern fully equipped kitchen, as well as an extra-large private veranda with unobstructed ocean views.

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3 Star Bambous River Lodge, Bel Ombre

cheap places to stay in Seychelles

The Bambous River Lodge is an excellent option for couples looking for Seychelles holidays on a budget. This hidden gem on Mahe Island is consistently well reviewed on TripAdvisor, particularly for couples who are interested in hiring a car and exploring the island.


Each of the lodges are equipped with a fully fitted kitchen, living area and private veranda. Located close to Beau Vallon, one of the most popular beaches in the Seychelles, and less than 30-minute walk from several restaurants, the Bambous River Lodge is superb value.

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Where to Stay in Seychelles – Praslin

There is a large variety of accommodation on Praslin Island ranging from the 5 Star Raffles Hotel to reasonably priced bed and breakfast type accommodation.

5 Star Chateau de Fauilles, Pointe Cabris

hotel with private beach in Seychelles

Located 600 metres from Anse Marie-Louise Beach, this boutique 5 star hotel is one of the best hotels in Praslin. Represented by the prestigious Relais & Châteaux brand this hotel boasts ocean views from all nine accommodation offerings.

Guests can also enjoy access to Grande Soeur Private Islands at weekends, which is exclusively owned and managed by Le Château de Feuilles Hotel.

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5 Star Hotel Le Duc de Praslin, Cote d’Or – Half Board Basis

villas with private pools in Seychelles

Located just steps away from the stunning white Cote d’Or beach, this 5 star hotel in Seychelles is often considered the  ‘Jewel of Cote D’Or’. Choose from classic rooms, one and two bedroom family suites or villas with private pools.

Rated number 1 on TripAdvisor and a Travellers Choice award winner last year, this is a great choice for couples looking for five star hotels in Praslin with breakfast and evening meal included in the cost.

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4 Star Acajou Beach Resort, Cote d’Or – Half Board Basis 

Acajou Beach Resort, Praslin

Situated on the beautiful Cote D’Or beach the Acajou Beach Resort offers a variety of accommodation options, including self-catering apartments, log-cabin styled units and beachfront rooms.  

The resort includes breakfast and dinner in the cost of your stay in two restaurants, and there is an infinity pool, an array of massage therapies and a small gym on site.

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4 Star Coco de Mer Hotel & Black Parrot Suites 

Praslin, Seychelles

Surrounded by tropical gardens, the chalet style rooms in the Hotel Coco de Mer are modern and spacious. Adjacent to the hotel is the junior suite wing or Black Parrot Suites, which are located on a granite out-crop and offer stunning views of the Indian Ocean.

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Villa Belle Plage, Anse Kerlan

beach bungalows for family holidays in Seychelles

Villa Belle Plage are private beachfront bungalows located right on the famous Anse Kerlan beach on Praslin Island.  Christine stayed here and took advantage of the passes that are supplied into Anse Georgette, which is one of the best beaches in Seychelles.

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Where to stay in Seychelles – La Digue

4 Star Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa – Half Board Basis

Le Domaine de L'Orangeraie Hotel, Seychelles

The Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa is regarded as one of the best hotels in La Digue. It is located just 2 minutes walk from Anse Severe Beach and only 2km from the famous Source D’Argent Beach.

As well as a Spa and wellness centre, there are two restaurants here and breakfast and evening meals are included in the cost of your stay.

The inter-island ferry is just 5-minutes walk from the hotel and you can avail of a free buggy transfer on arrival and departure.

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4 Star Le Repaire Boutique Hotel, Anse Reunion  

Hotel Le Repaire, La Digue

The beachfront Hotel Le Repaire is located near the main village on La Digue, within walking distance of the jetty, shops, bars and bike here.

With only 18 rooms, this intimate hotel is the perfect choice for couples looking for a boutique stay in La Digue with the main tourist attractions close by.

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4 Star Le Nautique Waterfront hotel La Digue, La Pass 

Le Nautique Waterfront Hotel, La Digue

Le Nautique Waterfront Hotel is one of the most sought after hotels in La Digue. It combines traditional Creole architecture with contemporary styling and offers stunning Indian Ocean views from the outdoor pool and garden.

Located just 400 metres from La Digue marina, it is a great choice for a stay in La Digue. Check out the reviews on TripAdvisor if you still need convincing.

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3 Star Digwa Beach Chalets 

Digwa Beach Chalet, La Digue

Situated just steps from Anse La Reunion Beach and 400 metres from Anse Source d’Argent, Christine loved this property and believes they are the perfect family accommodation in Seychelles 

La Digue Marina is 1.3 km from the apartment. The spacious two bedroom apartments have a terrace and sea views and they are centrally located just 1300 metres from La Digue Marina.

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The Government has recently imposed a sustainability tax which is minimal but increases depending on the standard of accommodation. It’s a good idea to give back to the environment and they are doing stoic work with replanting coral reefs that have died. Climate change is impacting the Indian Ocean paradises but they need tourism to survive and to thrive. Do not just take my word for it, go and discover their beauty for yourselves.


Top 10 Seychelles Travel Tips and What to Bring

snorkelling in the Seychelles

1. Snorkels

Check if your hotel or apartment supply snorkels, and if not, bring your own. We bought full face snorkels Lidl before we left and loved them. It felt like we were in an aquarium! 

2. Surf shoes and sun hat

Surf / beach shoes are a must for coral shores, and a sun is vital for protection. You are located on the equator, the sun is directly above you, and even though it may not seem that hot, you need to make sure your face is protected from the sun.

3. Mosquito repellent

We applied plenty of repellent and didn’t get bitten once and it is important to have it with you. The Seychelles is malaria free, so there is no need to take any anti malaria tablets.


4. Sea sickness tablets

These are a must if travelling by ferry, especially if you are prone to motion sickness.

5. Bring Supplies

Routine drugs such as paracetamol and digestion tablets are very expensive to purchase locally, so it is advisable to bring them with you. Sunscreen is also expensive in Seychelles, so bring plenty!

6. Pack light

warm climate

Light cotton clothing is all you need, as it never gets cold. Humidity can be high at certain times of the year with June and July being the least humid.

Cars are small too, so if you are renting a car bear in mind that any more than two large suitcases just won’t fit!

7. Currency

You can not obtain local currency out the Seychelles, however, money exchanges are readily available at the airport upon arrival even at 6am.

8. Adapters

The Seychelles use G type plug on a 240V supply voltage. This is the same as Ireland and  UK so depending on where you live, these may or may not be necessary to bring with you.


9. Purchase a local sim card

Most phone companies will not have roaming agreements with the Seychelles so make sure you purchase a local sim card. These can be obtained from the airport upon arrival, and can be ordered in advance through the immigration form.

10. Go Pro

A holiday to the Seychelles is a once in a lifetime experience. Make sure you capture your special underwater moments with a Go Pro. If your budget doesn’t allow, at least purchase a waterproof case for your phone.


What you need to travel to Seychelles

Within 10 days of departure it is compulsory to fill an immigration form for Seychelles. This is easily downloaded from their government app and approval comes through within a couple of hours.

Seychelles Carana Beach Hotel

On this form you will need to have confirmation from your accommodation uploaded along with your passport details. It is not possible to travel without confirmed approved accommodation. There is a small charge for this service so have your card ready to pay.


How to get to Seychelles

There are many airlines flying to Mahe, but Emirates via Dubai, Etihad via Abu Dhabi and Qatar via Doha offer some of the fastest and most economical ways to get there. Emirates and Qatar have daily services at the moment to Mahe, with Etihad only flying twice weekly out of Abu Dhabi.


I hope this Seychelles travel guide will help you to choose where to stay in Seychelles, what to do in Seychelles and plan a trip to paradise very soon.

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