The right way to resolve 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 fashionable vacationer seaside Beau Vallon set me again 125 rupees ($14).

It’s additionally widespread to seek out small, deep-fried snacks similar to samosas in comfort shops for round 10 rupees ($1), good for a fast tide-me-over earlier than the subsequent meal.

Island-hop the Vanilla Islands

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

Benefit 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 simplest 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 may fly from Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney through Perth with Virgin Australia.)

Mauritius, the previous residence of the dodo, is famed for its weirdly pointed peaks, rainbow-coloured volcanic terrain, sugar cane plantations, waterfalls, chic diving and, sure, stunning 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 observe 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 different to resorts.Credit score: Getty

Take pleasure in paradise with out the excessive prices by selecting a easy night time’s sleep. Household-run guesthouses are widespread 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.

Anticipate room furnishings to be easy, homely and outfitted with the fundamentals. Some fixtures or interiors could even present a permanent time warp, similar to dated pictures or dainty curtains, nevertheless it all provides to the allure and authenticity.

You could miss out on luxurious comforts and an unfiltered view of a crystal-clear seaside out of your doorstep, however the willingness to stroll an additional few metres can prevent a whole bunch.

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 quick 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 operate as a resort – a spot to drop your luggage, bathe, sleep and repeat.

Take into account your transport choices

The cost of beach excursions can add up quickly when using taxis and tours.

The price of seaside excursions can add up shortly when utilizing taxis and excursions.Credit score: Getty

When 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, think about renting a automotive. It’s a cheap option to get round Mahe or Praslin and will additionally prevent on escorted excursions. Go to waterfalls, native markets, heritage buildings, climbing trails and, in fact, 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 cost effective option to get round Mahe and Praslin, and are operated by the Seychelles Public Transport Company (SPTC). Buses have lately turn into cashless: an STPC bus card is required with fares from 7 rupees (78¢). By far the most cost effective possibility, the compromise of getting round by bus is experiencing just a little discomfort. Anticipate to stand up shut and private with locals as buses are often packed, so should you rating a seat, think about it hitting the jackpot. Do observe that due to excessive masses, suitcases or large luggage will not be permitted on buses.

If travelling to La Digue, overlook 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 may be room to barter for multiple-day rent.

As for island-hopping, Cat Cocos is the primary 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, its 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 need to pay 150 rupees ($17) to achieve entry to L’Union Property Park, the place you’ll discover the well-known seaside, there are numerous different stunning seashores which can be free.

Below 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 will likely be impressed: The 41 Interior 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 there are extra distinctive sights. For the ever-patient and adventurous, there’s Aldabra Atoll. The UNESCO World Heritage Web site is the biggest raised coral atoll and has the biggest inhabitants of Aldabra tortoises on this planet. Whereas journeys to the far-flung island through dive boats, expedition cruise ships and yachts are sporadic, it’s potential 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 best.

One other UNESCO World Heritage Web site 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 trying 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 companies to Seychelles from Australia. Air Mauritius flies 3 times weekly, direct from Perth to Mauritius, with connections from Australian cities through companion 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 occasions every 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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