The third largest inhabited island in Seychelles and fourth in terms of size , it is the prettiest and my most favourite island from my visit to this country. It is only 5 kms long and 3 kms wide which is why there are no private vehicles allowed on the island. It is best covered by walking all across the island or renting a bicycle or hiring a small truck . Only a 15 min ferry ride away from Praslin it is a dream destination with its huge boulders and endless beaches. Beaches on this island are wilder and more secluded than the other 2 neighbouring islands.Not surprisingly awarded to be some of the best beaches worldwide , this is a dream destination not to be missed.
Direct flights are available from most major cities in India. It is a 4.5 hour flight from Mumbai and has the cheapest flight options available starting Rs. 29000 Return.
Featuring some of the best resorts seen across the globe , these resorts provide all world class amenities. It is best to book them through a local agent as they get good discounts if booked early. For our stay, i got a discount deal with a huge offer and freebies like transfers/sighteseeing etc in my deal which were not being offered on other online booking portals.
Like any destination , this can be done at a much cheaper cost by backpacking your way through islands and staying in local accomodations etc , however for me this was meant to be a luxury vacation and i wanted to experience some of the best resorts around the world. You can try searching for popular Airbnbs and staying there to cut down your costs further , however i would highly recommend staying in a resort as there isn't much to do other than to experience the private beaches and luxury on the island.
Things to do :
From fishing and exotic spas to sea activities like scuba diving , snorkelling and kayaking there are plenty of options on this island. However quite frankly they all do come at quite a cost like most islands. My tip would be to cover the must dos like scuba diving and snorkelling and finding free or cheaper options such as yoga on the hill , fishing , trekking etc on your stay to relax and chill.
Getting Around :
The best way to get around the island is through hiring a self drive car. This will cost you as much as a one way taxi fare would.A 24 hour basic self drive like an i10 Automatic will cost you 800 SCR for 24 hours while a single taxi trip costs about 800-900 SCR. The other option would be to get around in public buses which cost very minimal depending on your destination , however if you are staying in a luxury resort , coming out till the main road which will be quite a distance away to get a public transport is not a feasible option. You can hire these self drive cars from your resort or from the airport itself.
All foreigners are offered a visa on arrival while visiting Seychelles. This is granted without any charge and is valid for three months on basis of basic documentation like Return tickets and Accommodation details etc.
Creole Cuisine is a mix of Indian , French and local flavours. Filled with local spices quite similar to the Indian pallette , it came as a surprise for me to discover Chicken Curry and Daal Rice as a part of their local cuisine. It would be best to ask your server suggestions on catch of the day and try out different seafood everyday even if you have never tried it before.
A must try while on the island is breadfruit sticks and their cocktails. Takamaka rum is one of the most popular brands and is available for a factory visit for those who are interested. For beer lovers , Seybrew is a must try.
Food is a little expensive in the resorts and a meal will cost you around 800-1000 SCR(approx 4800 INR) including alcohol for 2.
I wouldn't suggest shopping for anything much on the island as it doesn't offer anything unique. It would be best to shop for fridge magnets and souvenirs on the way back at the airport as they are surprisingly cheaper than most outside local shops.
Per Person Total Travel Cost for 5 days- INR 98500 : Return Flight(29000) + Accomodation/Sightseeing/Transfers/Transport(50000) + Food(19000)
Tip : We had taken the seaview room which costs about 20k more than the hillview room. If you are on a budget you might want to cut down on this cost as well.
Over the last few years a lot of the destinations have become my personal favourites for various reasons , however Seychelles will definitely hold a special place in my heart with the realisation that if heaven was a place on earth , it would definitely be somewhere close to where i have been. Happy travelling :)