Affordable Seychelles - what to do and where to stay?

Tripoto
27th Apr 2017

It had only been six months since we got back from our trip to Canada, Caribbean & Europe when that travel bug started to bite again... and bite hard it did! I wanted to travel so bad but my better half was against it for we have another holiday coming up in Sep - a date with the lions in Africa! But trust me, when that bug bites you, it's an itch that never goes away. I knew there was only one way to convince him and that was to come up with an exotic locale in a doable budget. So armed with my ever dependable Google & a spreadsheet to note down expenses, I came up with a one week itinerary for Seychelles for 2 lakhs for the two of us. I needed nothing more to get him to say the magic word - YES!

So here's what I did. Note - the cost here is for two adults.

Air Seychelles flights (Mumbai - Mahe) - INR 61,000.

What you need to know - Air Seychelles fly only on certain days of the week and the total trip time is 4.5 hrs. You may find a cheaper ticket online with another airline (only by a few thousands) but that flight would take you well over 15 hours with a layover included. So book with caution.

Flight from Mahe to Praslin - INR 8200

Praslin stay *4 nights at Le port Guest House (fully equipped AC apartment with kitchenette) - INR 28000

Ferry from Praslin to Mahe - INR 7000

Mahe stay *3 nights at Sunset Beach Hotel (4 star) - INR 45000

Food & excursions - INR 50000

TOTAL = INR 1.99 lakhs

An awesome deal considering we did not have to compromise on luxury with our hotel stay!

Alright! So arrive at Seychelles we did on a warm & sunny day. After clearing immigration, we checked in to the domestic terminal right next door for our flight to Praslin. A short 15 minute flight later we were in Praslin.

PRASLIN

Day 1 – We checked into our hotel which had all the comforts we needed to make our stay a luxurious one. Le Port Guest House came with sea facing views, a king size bed, two twin beds, a fully equipped kitchenette, and a bathroom. The added advantage was that it was right next to the port which made it convenient to catch a ferry to the islands. Plus, a bus stop & supermarket bang opposite the hotel and a takeaway restaurant just down the road made things more convenient for us. We spent the day relaxing in the hotel and exploring the neighbouring area by foot.

Day 2

Day 2 – We went to the ferry terminal and booked us a ticket to La Digue. I highly recommend you visit the island as it has one of the best beaches in all of Seychelles (Anse Source d’Argent) and you also get to see giant tortoises. Here’s some advice – do not spend a bomb and visit Curieuse island to see giant tortoises for La Digue has many of them. Not many know this and often end up booking an expensive cruise to Curieuse.

Once you get to La Digue, do RENT A BIKE! It costs only 10 euros per person and is the best way to explore the island. Take a right from the ferry terminal and bike towards L’Union Estate. There’s an entry fee of 10 euros to enter the estate and once you are inside you feel as though you’ve stepped into paradise. Pretty landscaped gardens, postcard worthy beaches strewn with huge granite boulders and of course, those giant tortoises! Stop for a bit and take in everything! Feed the tortoises and then bike straight ahead to Anse Source d’Argent which in my opinion is the best beach in all of Seychelles. It’s a photographer’s delight with its massive boulders and emerald green waters -- water so clear that you can see fish and if lucky, turtles too. We lazed around the beach for a bit and spent the rest of the day cooling off in the waters with fish (and dogs) keeping us company.

Sippin on some tender coconut water

Photo of La Digue, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

This lil fella' decided he needed to cool off too...

Photo of La Digue, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

Feeding giant tortoises on the island of La Digue

Photo of Anse Source d'Argent, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

Dining – Save yourself big bucks and dine on Creole takeaways. The food is lip smackingly delicious and the portions huge. As an Indian abroad, I sure did not miss home food for Creole cuisine is a lot like Indian cuisine with its rice & curries.

Dining on Creole takeaway

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Day 3 – We hopped on a bus and went to the Fond Ferdinand nature reserve. Here’s another secret and one that not many know of. Many tourists visit the Vallee de Mai nature reserve to see the famous coco de mer (a coconut shaped like a woman’s pelvis) and end up paying 20 euros as entry fee. Fond Ferdinand (only recently discovered and gaining attention) is a cheaper option with an entry fee of 6 euros and is six times bigger and has more coco de mer trees. Plus, you get a friendly & knowledgeable guide. There’s a 1.5 hrs trek that by the end of it gives you a spectacular view of all the islands from the summit. You won’t get this at Valle De Mai. Google the difference between the two reserves and you will know what I’m talking about.

View point - Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve

Photo of Fond Ferdinand, Grand Anse, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

The Coco de Mer tree - much like a coconut tree only bigger

Photo of Fond Ferdinand, Grand Anse, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

View from our trek to the summit - Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve

Photo of Fond Ferdinand, Grand Anse, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

The Coco de Mer nut - shaped like a woman's pelvis :-)

Photo of Fond Ferdinand, Grand Anse, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

Day 4 – We took the bus and visited Anse Lazio voted 6th best beach in the world by Trip Advisor (I personally found Anse Source d’Argent much better in comparison). The bus stops at Anse Boudin and from Boudin it’s a 20 min uphill climb to get to Anse Lazio. Go there early as it tends to get crowded later in the day. The beach is beautiful with its powdery white sand that glistens above an an ocean whose gradient extends from the navy to the clearest turquoise, all in a tropical forest setting emerald surrounded by huge granite rocks. From there, if you have the time you could also do a rather sweaty hike to Anse Georgette.

Anse Lazio beach voted sixth best beach in the world by Trip Advisor

Photo of Anse Lazio, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

The short uphill trek to reach Anse Lazio

Photo of Anse Lazio, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

MAHE

The Sunset Beach Hotel in Mahe (North coast) is a great option for its spectacular views of the Indian ocean and mesmerizing sunsets. We spent most of our time snorkeling in the hotel’s beach itself. They even provide free snorkeling equipment and beach towels and that’s a plus indeed.

View from the bar at Sunset Beach Hotel, Mahe

Photo of Sunset Beach Hotel, Glacis, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

A mesmerising sunset from the Sunset Beach Hotel

Photo of Sunset Beach Hotel, Glacis, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

A picturesque view of the bar from the beach

Photo of Sunset Beach Hotel, Glacis, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

Our beach villas at Sunset Beach Hotel

Photo of Sunset Beach Hotel, Glacis, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

Another glorious sunset - Seychelles

Photo of Sunset Beach Hotel, Glacis, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

A short bus ride from the hotel (bus stops right outside the hotel) and you can get to Beau Vallon beach. This is another gorgeous beach with miles of white sand and some good waves for swimming. There’s also a promenade which gets quite lively during the evening with street musicians and food stalls. Do check it out to take in the Creole spirit and the island way of life.

Beau Vallon, Seychelles

Photo of Beau Vallon, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

A Creole takeaway stall

Photo of Beau Vallon, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

We also visited Victoria city and spent a day shopping for fruits & vegetables while also taking in the sights & sounds. Here are some pics from our visit.

Liberty House with the Seychelles post office inside and the city's landmark clock tower

Photo of Victoria, Mont Fleuri, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

Victoria market, Seychelles

Photo of Victoria, Mont Fleuri, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

A Hindu temple in Victoria, Seychelles

Photo of Victoria, Mont Fleuri, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

We also did a Mahe beach & mountain tour for 150 euros and had a car & guide to ourselves. If you’re renting a car, then don’t do this but if you’re dependent on public transport then go for this as it’s a great option to cover all of Mahe in one day. We stopped at many beaches and it was worth every penny spent.

Mission Lodge - View point

Photo of Mission Lodge, Port Glaud, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

Takamaka

Photo of Mission Lodge, Port Glaud, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

Intendance beach

Photo of Mission Lodge, Port Glaud, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

Anse Soleil

Photo of Mission Lodge, Port Glaud, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

Anse Grande

Photo of Mission Lodge, Port Glaud, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

Baie Lazare

Photo of Mission Lodge, Port Glaud, Seychelles by rochels_diaries

So that’s the story of my adventure. If you’d like to know my top beach picks. Here they are –

1) Anse Source d’Argent (La Digue)

2) Baie Lazare (Mahe)

3) Anse Lazio (Praslin)

4) Takamaka Bay (Mahe)

5) Intendance (Mahe)

As always, drop me a line if you have any questions. And hopefully, after reading this you know that Seychelles is now a dream that you can make true.

7 Comment(s)
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Very informative blog !!! We are planning our babymoon end of may and am planning to stick to your itenary . Can you suggest some property in praslin as its not available for our dates Thanks
Mon 04 09 18, 10:25 · Reply (1) · Report
Chalet cote mer Indian Ocean lodge Colibri hotel Berjaya praslin
Tue 07 17 18, 12:00 · Report
Hi Shraddha. We booked through our hotel - The Sunset beach Hotel (highly recommended). We had to pay separately for it. You can use the bus I would advise against it as the schedule is erratic (atleast it was when we were there). Not sure of places other than Victoria. Budget places for snorkeling - any as Seychelles has beautiful waters whichever part you are in. My fav beach though is Beau Vallon and snorkeling spot is Baie Ternay. Excursions - the day tour pretty much covers all.
Fri 11 10 17, 15:13 · Reply · Report
Hi, Very very informative blog. Its helping a lot while planning my honeymoon. We are vising there in November end. Please help with following things: 1) Could you please let me know how did you book that Mahe beach and mountain tour? As you said, u had car and guide in the tour, so was that included in that tour or you separately paid for it? 2) What other places in Mahe can be covered easily by public transport apart from Victoria? Just like you said, we will avoid going to curieuse islands and visit La diague for tortoises. 3) But we are staying in guest house in Mahe since sunset beach hotel was full when we booked. So could you recommend any other budget place for snorkeling? 4) Also please suggest if there some must have excursions. Thanks a lot for help.
Sat 10 28 17, 11:21 · Reply · Report
This is awesome. Can you please tell me how many days do I need to get the best of Seychelles?
Mon 07 03 17, 23:03 · Reply · Report
Very nicely written. Can you give some details about communication from airport to the hotels, like are there buses or taxis available? And what are approximate charges? Actually i read somewhere that the local taxi drivers charge a hefty sum for transferring tourists from airport to hotel or other places.
Mon 06 05 17, 17:20 · Reply (1) · Report
If you get into Mahe early and have to take a ferry to one of the islands, there is usually a complimentary bus service from the airport to the port. Check with your ferry operator. There are buses in Mahe and Praslin and it is the cheapest way to travel within the islands with a service of every 15 to 45 mins. Mahe is very big to cover by bus though and most buses require a change at Victoria. Taxis are very very expensive and not advisable. The best option would be to hire a car if that is the case or just do what we did - sign up for a Mahe island tour with a tour operator and travel the rest by bus. To give you an example of taxi rates. Praslin airport to praslin ferry terminal costs around 25 euros. Mahe airport to Sunset beach will cost around 40 euros
Tue 06 06 17, 00:08 · Report
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