Here are few tips, before you start planning your own trip:
-if you fly through Ethiopia and you need to stay overnight in Addis Ababa (Lufthansa/Ethiopian connection), you will have to pay entry visa of $50/€44 pp.
-if you travel in
wet season, bring umbrella (some hotels have them for rent), sunglasses, hat, flip flops and sunblock (even with 50 UVA you will still get your dream tan).
-bring mosquito repellent or even better, insect repellent. You may or may not need one, it depends
on your hotel’s location and which places you are going to visit (Cousin Island for example). You may experience mosquitos, midges or sand flies bites especially at down and dusk.
-this is malaria free region so you don’t need special vaccination.
You may be asked for yellow fever vaccination certificate but only if you travelled from or had more than 12 hours transit stay in a country with risk of yellow fever transmission. These countries are listed online and are easy to check.
-to get entry
visa, you will be asked to fill out a short form (usually air crew have forms ready for all passengers) and show proof of your return ticket and accommodation in Seychelles.
-queue to the airport immigration desk is quite long and could take about 30
to 45 minutes what may be important if you booked ferry or flight to other island.
-last ferry from Mahe to Praslin island departs at 4.30pm so even if your flight arrives in Mahe at 2.30pm, you should have enough time to catch it anyway. It was my biggest
fear and that’s why I decided to play safe and got a flight instead. Jetty journey from Mahe to Praslin takes 1 hour while flight takes 20 minutes.
-for a bit of adventure or if you suffer from seasickness, you may consider booking Air Seychelles
domestic flight to Praslin island. It’s slightly more expensive than the ferry but it is definitely more thrilling experience. Baggage allowance is 20kg for check in bags and 7kg for hand luggage.
-two ferry companies operate between islands -
Cat Cocos and Cat Rose. You can find timetables and online book tickets on www.seychellesbooking.com , then only exchange your printed booking for boarding pass in the office at the jetty.
-you can buy mobile
sim card at the airport in Kiosk Airtel located next to the terminal exit. You need unlocked phone and passport. We didn’t have problems with coverage in any places we visited.
-you can’t travel on a bus with big luggage - you may need to
take a taxi instead.
-you can find money exchanger at the airport and at the jetty. Euro and Dollars are widely accepted and exchange rate is fair. Expect getting small change in local currency (Seychelles Rupee).
-renting a car is quite expensive
but you don’t need international driving licence. Cars are driven on the left side of the road, speed limit is 40km/h. If you need a car, then refer to detailed information in section about transport.
-all beaches are public and free of charge
but if you want to visit Anse Georgette in Prasiln Island then you need to send an email directly to Constantia Lemuria resort to get a visiting permit (because the beach is only accessible through the resort). Your hotel can organize this for you as well.
If you want to visit Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue Island, then you need to pay entry fee to L’Union Estate Farm (again, the beach is only accessible through the farm).
-bring a torch (some hotels may provide them), the best one is the
head torch, especially for cycling because there are no street lights and it gets pitch dark just after 7pm.
-you can drink tap water so just buy one bottled water at the beginning and reuse the bottle during your holidays.
-there are many bike
rental companies on La Digue island that offers also electric bikes. If you are not fit enough to cycle the hills around the island or just holiday-lazy, then consider renting the e-bike.