The Seychelles and its 115 heavenly islands await you in the heart of the Indian Ocean. The archipelago has a particular charm. Its beautiful beaches, its protected natural sites hiding rare fauna and flora as well as its majestic forests are objects of curiosity. In addition, Seychelles offers visitors several relaxation activities.
A boat cruise to discover the archipelago’s dream islands is a leisure activity to be tested. It is an adventure that guarantees relaxation. Whether you travel together or with your family, the pleasure is there.
If you decide to spend your holidays in the Seychelles, good organisation is required. It is important to think carefully about the program during the stay and to be informed about the various formalities to be followed.
The formalities to know before the big departure
Decided to visit the Seychelles? There is some practical information to know before you leave.
It should be noted that Seychelles is a 10-hour flight from Paris. Jet lag is not very important, so there is no need to be afraid. It is 2 hours in summer and 3 hours in winter.
The local currency
The currency used in the country is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR), divided into 100 cents. The euro is equivalent to 15 rupees and 1 rupee is worth 6 euro cents. Please note that various services such as car and boat rentals, hotel bills and excursions are payable in euros. In addition, payment by Visa, MasterCard or American Express is accepted in the country.
This way, you don’t need to change a large amount of money when you arrive. In addition, ATMs for the withdrawal of rupees are available on some islands, including Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. The conversion rate is updated regularly. It is therefore necessary to be informed.
The language spoken in Seychelles
Seychelles has three official languages, including French, English and Creole. Taking this into account, language barriers do not exist. We can communicate freely with the inhabitants.
Some rules to know
During the trip to Seychelles, you have the right to bring foreign currency. On the other hand, the customs service is quite strict regarding the wearing of certain products such as cigarettes, perfumes and alcohol.
As for the entry of a pet into Seychelles, the rules are strict. We need to quarantine him immediately and he won’t be able to leave for another 6 months. This is why it is better not to take him with you, especially during a short stay. Attention! Bird species are not allowed to enter the country.
It is also important to mention that the payment of departure tax is no longer necessary when you arrive in Seychelles. It is already included in the flight ticket.
As a former British colony, Seychelles has retained some of Britain’s culture. Be aware that left-hand drive is in effect in the archipelago. In addition, the electrical outlets in the buildings are of British design. Therefore, it is necessary to bring an adapter.
During a stay in Seychelles, a well-filled medicine kit is required. Belly pain medications are essential, as the risk of digestive disorders is frequent due to changes in eating habits.
In case of illness during the stay, you can benefit from the visit of a doctor on duty at the hotel. If necessary, hospitals are available on the three main islands and a dispensary is opened in La Digue.
As for the mandatory vaccines to be made, there are none. As for the quality of tap water, it is drinkable. However, it is recommended to drink mineral water as a precaution.
Security during the trip
Seychelles does not pose a significant security risk. That being said, you must always be on your guard. For example, remember to keep valuables in the hotel safe.
On beaches, caution is also required. You should not leave the shoreline when swimming. It should be noted that most of the beaches in the archipelago are unattended.
Respect for the environment is required during a stay in the Seychelles and other countries in the world.
Local authorities have also taken measures to protect the ecosystem of the 115 islands in the archipelago. Thus, it is forbidden to bring back shellfish, marine corals or fish.
Legal documents to have at your disposal
Foreign nationals, including minors, who wish to stay in Seychelles must have a valid individual passport. Each traveller must also complete an individual form to be sent to the airline when invoicing the trip.
Concerning the visa, this document is not really essential for French, Swiss or Belgian nationals. However, you must have a return ticket and a hotel reservation at your disposal. This is proof of solvency. If the duration of the stay exceeds 3 months, a residence permit must be available.
An international driver’s license is also required if you plan to rent a car. Do not forget travel health insurance.
About the means of transport
For travel during the stay in Seychelles, public transport such as buses and taxis can be used. Renting a vehicle is also an appropriate solution. In addition, vehicles offered by rental agencies are often equipped with an automatic gearbox, which is quite convenient.
Accommodation in Seychelles
The accommodation offer in the Seychelles is particularly wide. Most of the hotels are located in Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. You can opt for hotel rooms, stay with a local or book a bungalow. But the ideal is to take a cruise. Thus, you can spend the night on board a catamaran.
About the schedules
In general, Seychelles shops are open from Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm. On Saturdays, they close at 12pm or 1pm. Banks are often open from Monday to Friday from 8am to 2pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 11am. Finally, the local post office is in service from Monday to Friday between 8am and 4pm and on Saturday from 8am to 12pm.
Clothes to take away
The Seychelles enjoys a tropical climate. The sun is present almost every day. It is therefore necessary to favour light clothing; without forgetting to bring sunglasses and hats. However, some warm clothes are also necessary to avoid getting cold in the evening.
To see and discover in the Seychelles
The Seychelles archipelago is one of the leading destinations in the Indian Ocean. It promises an exceptional stay for tourists and holidaymakers. Its greatest asset is its preserved nature, both in the sea and on land. In addition, there are many places to discover and things to do.
Visit the island of Praslin
One of the most popular destinations is Praslin Island. It has heavenly beaches, including Georgette and Lazio coves. In addition, it is a green territory. The island is home to a primitive forest where several endemic species have taken refuge. Praslin is also home to the palm forest that is part of the UNESCO heritage.
Visit La Digue
La Digue also deserves a stop. The island has an extraordinary beach. It is called Anse Source d’Argent. Granite blocks, white sand, turquoise water… that’s what awaits you on the site. The beach is located behind the colonial estate, Union Estate. It’s an open-air museum, to be discovered!
Visit the island of Mahé
We must not forget the island of Mahé. It has inherited a beautiful architectural heritage. But what makes it so special is its beach and bay. Stewardship Cove, Anse Soleil and Anse Takamaka are the most famous. These beaches benefit from a breathtaking landscape.
Activities to be done
Concerning the activities to be done in Seychelles, there is a wide choice. In addition to sunbathing and swimming, you can also go on hikes and picnics with your family. The visit of the giant turtles of Curieuse Island is also to be added to the list.
But the most tempting adventure is to take a catamaran cruise. It must be said that this is new for city dwellers who only see tall buildings and cars on a daily basis.
In addition, it is an effective way to discover Seychelles and its paradisiacal corners. You can go from island to island while enjoying the beautiful scenery. You can also include a few stops in the program to make the most of your trip.
During the cruise, a scuba diving session and a deep-sea fishing trip are also on the agenda.
A catamaran rental service to enjoy
Do you want to discover the Seychelles in a different way? Take a private catamaran cruise. This trip promises to be a unique adventure, far from the beaten track.
The trip will be aboard a well-equipped and comfortable Lagoon 440 called Aquatic 2. Departure and return points can take place on the island of Mahé or Praslin. However, it is up to you to choose the circuit.
Since there is no standard cruise, you are free to choose the stops. Among the must-see attractions are Coco Island, Praslin, West Mahé, La Digue, Cousin, the 2 sisters and Curieuse Island.
On board the luxurious catamaran, a skipper and a cook are ready to serve you. So, during the adventure, you don’t have to worry about meals. You can discover the local cuisine that will delight seafood lovers.