Seychelles - Frequently Asked Questions
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- When is the best time to go?
- Do you need a visa?
- How can I get there?
- What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
- What is there to see and do?
- Is it easy to travel around?
- Where are the best beaches?
- Is it cheap to eat outside of the hotels?
When is the best time to go?
The Seychelles is a year-round destination that's blessed with sunshine and warm temperatures. The weather is generally a little cooler and windier between May and September, making this the best time for sailing. If you want to go scuba diving, it's advisable to book your trip between March and May or September and November, as this is when there is the least wind and conditions are most suitable. Temperatures in the Seychelles rarely dip below 24 degrees Celsius or go above 32 degrees Celsius, making the climate pleasant all year.
Do you need a visa?
British citizens and citizens from most countries in the world, actually, don't need a visa to enter the Seychelles. You must present a few documents upon arrival though, such as a valid passport for the duration of your stay, proof of accommodation reservations and a return or onward ticket.
How can I get there?
There are no direct flights from the UK to the Seychelles, but there are plenty of carriers that offer services with only one stop - in some cases you won't even need to change planes. Among them are Air Seychelles, Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways. Your flight time will vary depending on the carrier and the route you take.
What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
The local currency is the Seychelles rupee and you can exchange U.S. dollars, sterling and Euros easily on the different islands or atolls. It's worth noting that you are only .allowed to exchange currency at banks. There are ATMs on the main islands of Praslin, Mahe and La Digue, as well as at Mahe and Praslin airports. Credit cards are widely accepted in the Seychelles.
What is there to see and do?
The Seychelles is renowned for its amazing beaches, with glorious strips of white sand dotted all along its islands' shores. The cobalt blue waters of the Indian Ocean are incredibly inviting, with beautiful coral reefs to be discovered just below the shores. This makes the Seychelles a wonderful place for scuba diving and snorkelling, while other water sports such as sailing and windsurfing are also on offer. Inland are some outstanding national parks - including Vallee de Mai on Praslin, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are amazing swathes of palm forest here and the reserve is home to the Coco de Mer tree, which produces the world's largest nut. On Mahe is the stunning Morne Seychellois National Park, which is the ideal place for hiking. Horse-back riding, tennis, golf and cycling are just some of the other land-based activities on offer, while many people also enjoy birdwatching thanks to the variety and number of species that inhabit the islands.
Is it easy to travel around?
Travelling between the islands in the Seychelles is relatively straightforward, especially if you are moving between the main ones of Mahe and Praslin. There are regular boat and air services between both of these destinations. If you want to travel around the island you're on, you can hire a car, use the bus service, take taxis or even rent bicycles. If you give us a call we'll be able to advise you of the best way to move from place to place based on your specific itinerary and the hotel you choose to stay at.
Where are the best beaches?
Praslin is one of the islands with the nicest beaches - although any of the Seychelles' sandy coves will be appealing. On Praslin, Anse Lazio is considered to be the most picturesque of the nation's beaches, with its pristine white sand framed at either end by large granite boulders and the shoreline fringed by palm trees that gently wave in the breeze. There are plenty of gorgeous bays and coves on the other main islands of Mahe and La Digue, as well as empty strips of coast on some of the smaller isles where you won't see a single soul.
Is it cheap to eat outside of the hotels?
There are some excellent restaurants outside the hotels that offer good value for money, particularly if you go to places that serve up Creole specialities. Ask the locals for their recommendations on finding the best places to grab a bite to eat.
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