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What to See
The capital of the Seychelles and major port for the island, Victoria is a busy little town with a bustling population, lively market, large port and international airport.
The bustling market in Victoria. Great for fresh fish, vegetables, fruit and other souvenirs.
A hub on Mahé, Anse Royale is a popular beach amongst locals on weekends and has some commercial activity, including a local hospital in the area. You can shop a bit for beach clothing, fish, medication or just go to enjoy the large beach.
A popular toursit area, Beau Vallon beach is great for sunbathing and swimming. There's a bit of a vibe here too with a pedestrian walkway along the beachfront and some bars and restaurants dotting the coast. Just up the road, the beach with the reef provides some excellent snorkelling opportunities for those venturing over the edge of the reef breakers.
A wild yet beautiful southern tip of Mahé island. Lush forest meets strong ocean currents. Picturesque and quiet.
One of the more popular tourist destination islands of the Seychelles. Visit the Vallée de Mai in the Praslin National Park.
A beautiful uninhabited island blessed with stunning white sand beaches off the West Coast of Mahé. Access the island by boat and snorkel the reefs.
What to Do
The Seychelles only have 2 islands where driving is possible, Praslin and Mahé. The road network is small. See the island, drive to the various beaches and towns. It's worth doing.
The islands have many nice beaches suitable for sun-bathin, swimming, watersports and snorkeling.
Scuba Dive and Snorkel
The diving and snorkelling on the various islands is excellent with great reefs and abundant marine life.
Golfing on holiday in the Secyhelles is possible at the golf course in Anse aux Pins on Mahé Island.
What to Eat
Seybrew is the local beer. Good. Not cheap though. There are many other beers available.
Takamaka rum, named after the beautiful and wild Takamaka Bay, with the distillery on Mahé island. Distillery tours are available at the distillery located on Mahé island - www.laplaine.sc/distillery
Fish and Seafood
The seafood is excellent. Tuna is abundant, fresh and delicious on the barbecue.
Curry is a very popular dish on the island, particularly in Creole culinary culture. Fish is particularly popular given it's wide availability and affordability on the islands.
Abundant all over the island. Crack the nut and drink the water before eating the flesh.
The fresh tropical fruits are available at kiosks along the roads and at markets. Mango, papaya, banana, pineapple and grapefruit are all widely available.
Where to Sleep
Hotels and Resorts
There are plenty of resorts and hotels on the island ranging from the average to the sublimely classy. Many of the main hotel sites will have listings for you in Seychelles. Find Seychelles Hotels.
It's often cheaper to stay in self-catering accommodation than to stay at a resort, especially when food and drinks are taken into account.
How to Move
There are several airports serving the islands of the Seychelles. The biggest being the airport on Mahé, just south of the capital Victoria. It's a small functional airport with a bit of duty-free shopping available for you after going through security. You can find more information on the airport at http://victoria-seychelles.airport-authority.com/.
There is a decent bus system on the island running regular services at an affordable price.
Driving is done on the left side of the road. Driving around is quite slow going and can be a hairy experience with narrow roads. It is the best way to see the island of Mahé. Beware of buses on the roads.
Ferries between the island run regularly. See here for more info - www.seychelles.travel/en/things_to_do/ferries.php .
Taxis are available on the island at a good charge.
Most locals speak Creole, English or French. English, French and Creole are the official languages.
Seychelles Rupee divided into 100 cents. On major Resorts and elsewhere, Euros and US Dollars are widely accepted but you may not get a good exchange rate.