Find out how to determine the place to get your takeaway from? Search for the queues. A scrumptious instance: A freshly grilled tuna fillet served in a burger, with chips, from Mahe’s Leo’s Meals Bus at standard vacationer seaside Beau Vallon set me again 125 rupees ($14).

It’s additionally frequent to search out small, deep-fried snacks comparable to samosas in comfort shops for round 10 rupees ($1), excellent for a fast tide-me-over earlier than the subsequent huge feed.

Island-hop the Vanilla Islands

Mauritius’ spectacular geological formation, Seven Colored Earths.Credit score: iStock

Profit from an costly flight path to Seychelles by discovering the remainder of what’s been dubbed the “Vanilla Islands”: the opposite island nations Comoros, Madagascar and Mauritius, and the French territories of Mayotte and Reunion. Mauritius is the best to entry from Australia and is a handy stopover when visiting the Seychelles.

Air Mauritius flies direct from Perth 3 times weekly and takes simply over eight hours to reach in Mauritius. (You’ll be able to fly from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney through Perth with Virgin Australia.)

Mauritius, the previous house of the dodo, is famed for its weirdly pointed peaks, rainbow-coloured volcanic terrain, sugar cane plantations, waterfalls, chic diving and, sure, lovely seashores throughout.

Then fly Air Seychelles to Seychelles’ capital, Victoria, on Mahe Island. The direct flight operates 3 times weekly and takes 2½ hours, which is much less time than it takes to look at any The Lord of the Rings film. The remaining Vanilla Islands are likewise solely a brief flight away.

Keep native with an area

Family-run guesthouses are a more economical alternative to resorts.

Household-run guesthouses are a extra economical various to resorts.Credit score: Getty

Get pleasure from paradise with out the excessive prices by selecting a easy night time’s sleep. Household-run guesthouses are frequent in Seychelles and are a budget-friendly possibility in contrast with luxe beachside resorts and villas. It additionally permits you to mingle with locals and acquire perception into on a regular basis life and practices.

Count on room furnishings to be easy, homely and geared up with the fundamentals. Some fixtures or interiors could even present a permanent time warp, comparable to dated pictures or dainty curtains, nevertheless it all provides to the appeal and authenticity.

Though lacking out on having an unfiltered view of a crystal-clear seaside out of your doorstep and luxurious comforts, the willingness to stroll an additional few metres can prevent tons of.

I stayed at a guesthouse lower than 400 metres from Beau Vallon – Mahe’s most well-known seaside – for simply over $100 an evening per room. The brief stroll to the coast allowed me to understand a way of place and be immersed within the native beachside group.

Most significantly, guesthouses serve the identical perform as a lodge – a spot to drop your luggage, seaside, bathe, sleep, and repeat.

Contemplate your transport choices

Beach excursions can add up fast when using taxis and tours.

Seashore excursions can add up quick when utilizing taxis and excursions.Credit score: Getty

Should you’re a solo traveller, that is the place prices hit hardest – getting round. Taxi rent is dear, so should you’re travelling with a number of individuals, take into account renting a automotive. It’s a cost-effective approach to get round Mahe or Praslin and will additionally prevent on escorted excursions. Go to waterfalls, native markets, heritage buildings, mountain climbing trails and, after all, beach-hop by yourself phrases.

Not wanting to rent a automotive or taxi? Get round like an area by hopping on an enormous, blue bus. Buses are the most affordable approach to get round Mahe and Praslin, and are operated by the Seychelles Public Transport Company (SPTC). Buses have just lately develop into cashless: an STPC bus card is required with fares from 7 rupees (78¢). By far the most affordable possibility, the compromise of getting round by bus is experiencing slightly discomfort. Count on to stand up shut and private with locals as buses are normally packed, so should you rating a seat, take into account it hitting the jackpot. Do notice that due to excessive hundreds, suitcases or huge luggage will not be permitted on buses.

If travelling to La Digue, neglect the necessity for a taxi or automotive rent collectively. Bikes rule on the ten square-kilometre territory and are 150 rupees ($16) a day to rent, though there’s room to barter for multiple-day rent.

As for island-hopping, Cat Cocos is the principle quick ferry service supplier providing economic system and enterprise class seating. Journey Mahe to Praslin a technique (1¼ hours direct) from 840 rupees ($87) or Praslin to La Digue (quarter-hour) from 170 rupees ($18).

Discover Seychelles’ pure belongings

La Digue’s Anse Source d’Argent is one of the world’s most photographed beaches.

La Digue’s Anse Supply d’Argent is among the world’s most photographed seashores.Credit score: Getty

Seychelles’ greatest attraction is nature. Most famously, it’s seashores. Mom Nature actually did spoil Seychelles with a paradisial shoreline. The nation boasts the “world’s most photographed seaside”, La Digue’s Anse Supply d’Argent, and there’s not a lot guessing why – it’s a Shangri-La. Whereas you must pay to achieve entry to L’Union Property Park, the place you’ll discover the well-known seaside is 150 rupees ($17), there are lots of different lovely seashores which can be free.

Beneath the ocean is simply as spectacular. The nation’s glistening heat waters are teeming with marine life corals, with entry into this vibrant universe a couple of flipper strides from shore. Avid snorkelers and divers can be impressed: The 41 Inside Islands are a number of the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on Earth, whereas the Outer Islands includes 74 coral atolls, which provides divers an opportunity to discover pristine reefs and historic landscapes.

Again on land has its fair proportion of distinctive sights. For the ever-patient and adventurous, there’s Aldabra Atoll. The UNESCO World Heritage Website is the biggest raised coral atoll and has the biggest inhabitants of Aldabra tortoises on the earth. Whereas journeys to the far-flung island through dive boats, yachts, expedition cruise ships and yachts are sporadic, it’s doable to see these big tortoises at L’Union Property Park. Now that’s two unbelievable sights – Anse Supply d’Argent and big tortoises – for the worth of 1! Double-dipping at its most interesting.

One other UNESCO World Heritage Website is Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve on Prasil. Right here, you’ll discover the uncommon palm species, coco de mer. It produces the world’s largest nut, famed for wanting like a double coconut or, cheekily, a backside. Seychelles’ botanical icon is barely discovered on two islands, with a go to to the character park 450 rupees ($50). It couldn’t get extra unique than that.


There aren’t any continuous providers to Seychelles from Australia. Air Mauritius flies 3 times weekly, direct from Perth to Mauritius, with connections from Australian cities through accomplice airline Virgin Australia. Air Seychelles flies 3 times weekly from Mauritius to Mahe in Seychelles. See;

Rooms at Zerof Guesthouse begin from 1261 Seychellois rupees ($138) an evening, minimal two-night keep. See

Cat Cocos journeys from Mahe to La Digue a number of instances each day from 2020 rupees ($220) return. See

The author travelled to Mauritius as a visitor of Air Mauritius, and on to the Seychelles at her personal expense.

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