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Useful tips for your stay in the Seychelles:

Climate facts ...

A year-round destination located outside of the cyclone belt, the Seychelles Islands are blessed with a warm and humid tropical perfect climate with refreshing sea breezes, and temperatures ranging from 24°C to 32°C. So it's always warm in the Seychelles, making the islands a year-round destination.

The seasons are defined by the trade winds, which blow from the northwest from October to April, bringing warm, sometimes wet weather.
From late May to September the southeast trade winds bring in a bit cooler, drier but also windier weather.
The turnaround periods (March through April and October through November) are normally calm with little wind.

There is some rain during both seasons. January is the wettest month, when mountainous Mahe and Silhouette get the most rainfall, but it tends to come in short bursts. 70 % of the rain comes down between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. and in average, the sunshine hours are always > 5 hours, even in January.

July and August are the driest months. The annual temperature range fluctuates between 24°C (75°F) and 31°C (88°F) and the humidity hovers at 80% year round.

Seychelles is located outside the cyclone belt in Indian Ocean, so severe storms are rare.

For diving and snorkelling, April/Mai/June and September/October/November are perfect with visibility at 30+ meters. It's not bad at all the rest of the year except maybe June, when rough seas reign on the exposed SE-sides of the islands.

Climate/Weather
Getting there...

Airlines serving the Seychelles include Emirates (6 flights weekly), Etihad (4 flights weekly), Ethopian (3 flights weekly), Air France, Thomas Cook/Condor (once per week direct from Frankfurt), Air Seychelles (3 flights weekly to Mauritius, 2 to Johannesburg and 1 weekly flight to Singapore via Chennai, India), Transaero (from Moskow), Meridiana, Air Mauritius, Air Austral (twice a week from Paris), and Kenya Airways. Blue Panorama plans flights from Italy.
From Prague (Czech Republic) to the Seychelles via Abu Dhabi on Czech Airlines 3-4 times weekly.
Getting from island to island...

Inner Island connections

a) by speed ferry: it runs between Mahe and Praslin (with onward connections to La Digue). The trip takes only 50-60 minutes.
Between Praslin and La Digue there is a ferry which crosses in 15-30 mins. Timetables here.

b) By plane: Mahe - Praslin costs about 105 € o/w by plane and although the hop with a Twin Otter or Short360 lasts only about 15 mins., you may end up spending hours at the airport, if you are unlucky and there's a lot of demand. Most of the time, they are roughly on time, though.

c) By helicopter: You'd have to charter a helicopter to La Digue, which costs about 820 €.

On the islands ...

... on Mahe you are well advised to rent a car, due to both traffic and size of the island. Alternatively, those with more time and less money take a taxi or the local bus. Please note that on Mahe and Praslin, busses don't take you if you carry more than a daypack!
We offer good, reliable rental cars at unbeatable prices (see below).

... on Praslin a car is a fairly good idea as well. Alternatively, take an expensive taxi or the cheap local bus (again: very time consuming)..

... on La Digue you are best off by renting a bicyle. There are hardly any cars and the island is small enough to discover all the beautiful spots and beaches this way.

Tourists arriving in the Seychelles will receive a free map of the main islands at the airport.

Bicycles...

On Praslin, there are two bike rental places, both are located on Anse Volbert (Cote d'Or):
One is based at the Le Duc de Praslin Hotel and it has been created in order to generate funds for the Cote d'Or Football Team :) They deliver the bikes to your hotel and the phone number is 4294800.
The other place is "Mario's". His phone is 2564062 and he also will bring the bike to your hotel.

Both charge 10 Euros per bike per day.

On La Digue, there are many bike rentals. Most guesthouses offer bicycles for rent to their guests. Alternatively, try "Tati's" (turning right when coming from the jetty), but they are rather expensive.

Please check the bikes immediately, especially regarding brakes and gear shifting functionality. Very few have lights at all, so it's a good idea to have a torch (flashlight) with you.

In general, we - as dedicated bikers - think that due to the size of the islands and the temperatures and humidity, it is advisable to rent a car on Praslin and a bicycle on La Digue.

Rental cars...

are advisable on Mahe, as there is lots and lots to see and do on that island. Please note that vehicles drive on the left side of the road and insurance is obligatory (available directly when you pick up the car). Bring your national driving license. Petrol costs around 21 Rupees/litre (2014).

On Mahe there are petrol stations at:
Victoria (Capital) 05:30 am – 11.00pm daily
Airport Service Station (opposite the airport) 06:00 am – 09:00pm daily
Anse Royale (opposite Kaz Kreole Restaurant) 07:00 am – 07:00pm daily
Bel Lazare Service Station 07:00 am – 07:00pm daily
Beau Vallon Service Station 06:00 am – 09:00pm daily
On Praslin there are two petrol stations: in Baie St. Anne and in Grande Anse.

Warning: Do NOT park your car under coconut trees and never leave valuables unattended in your car!
Taxis...

... are rather expensive in the Seychelles. Count on 25 to 30 Euros from the airport to the ferry terminal, for example (if you book your ferries with us, we will offer a free bus shuttle). From the airport to Beau Vallon you'll pay up to 50 € even!
A rental car for the whole day won't cost you more than one single taxi trip. So ask us about our unbeatable prices for car hires.
Busses...

are a cheap, but very time consuming way of getting around. A ticket costs 5-7 Rupies, regardless of the distance you travel. If you change busses, you have to pay again.

On frequently traveled routes on Mahe, there is a bus every 15 or 30 minutes. After 7 p.m. there are hardly any buses running and if you think you can hop on a bus with a suitcase, think again! No bus driver will take you from the airport to Victoria, for example, if you carry more than a daypack. For a map of bus routes on Mahe click here.

On Praslin, things are about the same as on Mahe, but buses ply even less frequently. During lunchtime, most buses here are used as school buses, so they'll leave you standing there and will speed past you. We will provide you with reliable taxi driver's phone numbers together with your accommodation vouchers.
Water...

... should be safe to drink from the tap but it's quite chlorinated. So it doesn't taste good. Bottled water is a much better alternative.
Bottled water you'll find in any supermarket. It's a good idea to buy large 5 or 10 liter bottles instead of expensive smaller ones. It's more environmental-friendly, too.
If you are staying in one place for a few days - which we recommend anyway - you may want to buy 15 or 18 liter bottles. There is a returnable deposit of usually 100 SCR for the container, but they cost only 65 or 90 SCR respectively and are the most economical and environmental-friendly way of buying safe drinking water. You can buy them at petrol stations or big supermarkets. On La Digue: at the petrol station near the jetty.

During the dry summer months, especially from June through September, water restrictions are not uncommon. That means, the water supply is off, usually from 12 noon to 4 pm and 10 pm to 6 am.
Please use water sparingly and try not to waste it. You're on an island after all, surrounded by lots of salt water. Thank you!
Shopping...

On Mahe there are some big supermarkets around Victoria. Otherwise, small shops (mostly owned by Indians) will cater for your needs.

On Praslin, only small shops exist: in Baie St. Anne and Anse Volbert there are small "supermarkets" with limited supplies, at Grande Anse there are only small shops with even less choice.

On La Digue you'll find small shops in the La Passe area and then there's the big "Grégoire's" Supermarket. Here you'll get everything from TV-sets to New Zealand Cheese. This supermarket is more expensive than smaller shops, though.

Wine is rather expensive in the Seychelles (simple wines cost from around 100 to 150 SCR). Those of you who like a decent glass with their fish dinner but have to keep the dough together should consider bringing a bottle or two with them. In some Guesthouses it's no problem to "bring your own".

Beer however is brewed locally and available as Seybrew, Eku and Guinness. It tastes very good and the only drawback is that it comes in too small bottles (280ml) ;-))) On the other hand, bigger bottles would become warm too fast. The bottle goes for around 25 Rupees in shops, more of course in restaurants.
Bottle deposit is 2 SCR (in shops only).

Fruit juices at about 45 SCR and long-shelf milk at about 25 SCR are widely available.


Seybrew
Food...

consists - in good old creole tradition - of the staples fresh fish and rice, with various vegetables as side dishes. Special wishes are gladly taken care of by owners of our smaller guesthouses.

Mahe North:
There is an all-you-can-eat-buffet at the "Boat House" on Mahe's Beau Vallon beach. It opens at 19:00 hrs in the evenings for a buffet dinner (25 €). Also very good are the "Marie Antoinette" and "Le Rendez-vous" in Victoria.

Mahé South:
"Le Reduit" near Batista's in the south of Mahe serves excellent food at fair prices. Another place in the south is "Kaz Kreol" at Anse Royale, but we personally find that the quality of the dishes there isn't what it used to be.

An excellent place for lunch or dinner is the restaurant "La Plaine St. André" at the Takamaka destillery. Well worth every Rupee spent here!

On Praslin, try the restaurant at "Le Laurier" (buffet style), or "Villas de Mer" on Grande Anse.
Near the harbour, the "Organibar" serves excellent take-aways and is also a good place for dinner: open daily 8a.m. - 11 p.m., ph. 4232111.

Also very good is the "Coco Rouge" in Baie St. Anne (ph. 4232228, Mon-Sat 11-14 and 19-22 Uhr, Sundays closed). Fair-priced and excellent "fixed menu".

La Digue: we recommend to eat at your booked guesthouse/hotel. The guesthouses we offer on our accommodation site all offer excellent dinners! The best of the bunch - in our view - are: Pension Socrate, Beryls Guesthouse, La Passe Guesthouse, La Diguoise, Le Sur Mer Chalets and Etoile Labrine. These places offer the best creole style food - prepared with housewive's pride and lots of love for good food. The few restaurants you will find on the island are more expensive and don't offer the same quality. You don't have to believe us but if you do, you won't regret it!

Also worth mentioning: the "Coco Lautier" restaurant at La Digue's Grande Anse beach serves a yummy creole buffet. (Closed in the evenings)
Money ...

You'll find banks and licensed money changers on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. With credit and debit cards you can get local currency (Seychelles Rupees, SCR) at any ATM. The exchange rate stands at around 16.60 SCR for a Euro, 21 SCR for one British Pound and 13 SCR for 1 US$ respectively (approximate rates, in October 2014). Usually, money changers will give you better rates than banks. It's a good idea to compare rates before changing large sums. Nobody will try to rip you off (provided you change at licensed dealers), but rates vary slightly and competition between the money changers is greater on Mahe than on Praslin or La Digue.

Please note that the ATMs at Beau Vallon only accept VISA, no Cirrus/Maestro cards! So it's best to get your Rupies from the ATM at the airport or in Victoria.

Where credit cards are accepted (only in upmarket restaurants and hotels, not in family-run guesthouses), VISA and Mastercard are the best choice.

Many guesthouses still prefer payment in Euros or US$, although most do accept Seychelles Rupees. Restaurant bills can always be paid in Rupees. The conversion rate is often a bit lower than what you get at the banks. So compare the sums and pay either in SCR or forex.

Which currency to bring?

Best is to bring your debit and credit cards and to withdraw local money (Seychelles Rupees) from an ATM.

Cashwise, Seychelles Rupees, US$ and Euros are accepted. The latter is preferred.
So if you live in a country where the Euro reigns, bring those. If the dollar is your currency, stick to it. Many establishments refuse Pound Sterling, as the owners prefer to work only in US dollars or in Euros.

Entry requirements...

At entry you'll get a free tourist visa on the spot. This is true for ALL passport holders, there are no restrictions whatsoever.
Except: if you come from an area with infectious diseases (e.g. Yellow Fever, Ebola), please check with your embassy, the Seychelles immigration and with the airline. Temporary visa requirements may be in place.

To get your visa, you will need a valid passport with a minimum validity of 6 months from the date of departure. Furthermore you'll need an onward/return ticket and an accommodation voucher (camping is strictly prohibited!).

We do as a matter of course issue such accommodation vouchers if you book your accommodation with us, so you will get your visa on entry hassle-free.
Customs Allowance

Free import of 2 litres of spirits plus 2 litres of wine, 200 cigarettes and 200ml of perfume or eau de toilette.

Import of guns, drugs and pornographic material are strictly prohibited.
Expensive electronic goods should be declared at entry.
Electric current...

In the Seychelles you'll get 230 volts from the usually british-type 3-pin power outlets. It's a good idea to bring an adapter if you plan to charge batteries or use your own appliances.

Power adapter 1 Power adapter 2
Telephone...

The Seychelles have GSM-mobile networks provided by Cable&Wireless and Airtel. Please ask your cellphone provider whether you can use one of the Seychelles networks with your mobile phone.

Upon arrival at the airport, you will receive a free Airtel SIM card with a bonus R25 of call units. For text messages to or from abroad however, we advise to rely on Cable & Wireless more than on Airtel.
Internet...

in Victoria there are a few internet café options near the clocktower (Coconet) and opposite the STC supermarket. At the "Doubleclick" you may plug in your own notebook.
On Praslin, there are internet cafés at Baie Saint Anne and at Grand Anse.
On La Digue you'll find internet cafés near the La Passe jetty.

Mobile Internet (3G is now widely available in the Seychelles):. Cable & Wireless offers a configuration which is being sent directly to your mobile. Simply send a text message with the text Internet to 9633.
Radio...

On 92.6, 93.6 and 100.9 FM Paradise FM sends an english music program; on 103.9 they take over RFI Afrique. On AM 1368 you can hear the local creole program, with news in English, French and Creol. BBC sends via 106.2 FM.
SHORTWAVE: BBC World Service on 15310 kHz.
The famous beach "Anse Source d'Argent" on La Digue...

is a true money printing machine for the owners of the plantation that lies on the way to that beautiful beach. If you pay the hefty 10 € entrance fee you can visit the plantation, complete with old creole cemetery, copra mill, vanilla plantation, giant tortoises, ship yard and - of course - lots of coconut trees.

You can get to that magnificent beach for free if you walk along the beach: shortly before the entrance to the plantation you'll find a helicopter landing pad. Go down to the beach there and turn left, the first few meters sloshing in the water along the helipad. Then continue in this direction (south), always sticking to the beach. It takes about 20 mins. to get to the best part of Anse Source d'Argent beach.
Diving and Snorkelling...

Diving: We have set up a special site for "Diving in the Seychelles" here.

Snorkelling: On La Digue snorkelling is especially good on Anse Sévère and Anse Gaulettes. At the latter we encountered a group of up to a dozen (!) eagle rays every time. But watch out for the dangerous current there. Lots and lots of colorful fish!

At Anse Sévère it's probably a good idea to walk to the north end of the beach if the tide is low. Go in there (amidst the granite boulders) and snorkel back along the reef edge to the south.

Sea turtles (usually caretta caretta) can be seen quite often everywhere in the Seychelles. Sometimes you'll encounter a curious animal, but they are pretty shy most of the time.

Grande Anse, Petit Anse and Anse Cocos on La Digue are very beautiful, but unsuitable for snorkelling: rather big waves most of the time. Watch out: every year people drown here, because of the strong currents!

Around Mahe there is good snorkelling almost anywhere around the island, except of course in the Victoria area and also at Grand Anse.
One of the best places to go is Coco Island, close to La Digue. You'll receive much more information on daytrips to various islands together with the hotel vouchers we'll send you.

It is advised to bring your own snorkelling equipment. Rental gear is expensive, often worn out and not very hygienic.

BTW: Avoid the spots where dried sea grass lies on the beach: sand flies lay their eggs there. Don't scratch the itchy skin, although it's easier said than done: scratching often leads to infections. Use insect repellent.
National parks and reserves ...

On La Digue you can find the endemic Seychelles-Paradise-Flycatcher(Terpsiphone corvina) at the "Veuve Reserve", but also in other parts of the island. Well worth a visit!
On Praslin a day at the world heritage site "Vallée de Mai" is an absolute must for nature lovers.

On Mahe there are many beautiful walks around the "Morne Seychellois" National Park. You'll find a few walks described here.

Daytrips to Cousin and Curieuse are very recommended (see "Islands"), as are snorkelling trips to Cocos Island and St. Pierre.

Ferry connections between the islands:

Ferry connections Mahe - Praslin - La Digue
a) MAHÉ - PRASLIN (- LA DIGUE)

There are 2 or 3 ferry connections daily between Mahe and Praslin, with the evening ferry continuing to La Digue. The morning ferry has a direct connection from La Digue.
The ferryboat going back and forth between Mahe and La Digue is usually smaller than the one running between Mahe and Praslin. So if you are prone to sea sickness it's probably a good idea to change boats on Praslin and take the larger ferryboat on the Mahe - Praslin leg.

CLASSES:
You may choose between 3 classes:
Economy Main Cabin (174 seats. On sea level, a closed cabin with aircon), Economy Class Upper Deck: (142 seats. Upstairs, outside but with spray protection) und Business Class (34 seats). For a picture explaining the position of the different classes, click here.
Our view: we from Sitours personally prefer upper deck whenever we take the ferry. The 15 € surcharge for business class is not really worth the money, we think.
If you book economy, please let us know whether you prefer "main cabin" or "upper deck". From 01 November 2014 onwards, there is a surcharge for "upper deck" class of 5 € per adult per trip (3 € for children).

For HONEYMOONERS we offer - subject to availability - a free upgrade to Business Class, on condition that documentary proof is provided at check-in. Please let us know at the time of booking if you are eligible to this special upgrade.

SCHEDULE:
The ferry schedule valid until 31 March 2015 (click on it to enlarge):
Schedule Mahe - Praslin - La Digue (subject to change).

LUGGAGE:
The maximum allowance normally is: 2 pieces of luggage, with a total of 23 kgs. Extra weight has to be paid (2 € per kg).
However, we have a special deal with the ferry company and our clients get a special luggage allowance. Please note that you get this extra allowance only when you book your ferry tickets through us!

Sitours luggage allowances are:
Economy Class: 30kg of accompanied checked baggage per person.
Business Class: unlimited

Additionally, 1 piece of cabin luggage with dimensions not exceeding 50x30x20 cm is allowed.


HOW TO MAKE A BOOKING:
Please make your reservations through us about 2 or 3 weeks in advance. 2 days is the absolute minimum.
a) Either you make yor ferry bookings together with your guesthouse/hotel bookings through us. In that case, we will take care of everything, ensuring you the best possible connections.
b) For ferry-only bookings, please fill in the booking form or send an email to ferries@seychelles-info.com, stating the route, the exact date and time you wish to travel, the full names of all passengers and the birth dates of the children, if applicable. We also need your flight details please (flight numbers, dates, time).


HOW MUCH?
We have a special arrangement with the ferry company, so It's cheaper is you book your ferry tickets through us than booking directly or buying your tickets at the harbour!

Economy class:
The price for Mahe - Praslin is 50 € for adults (one-way) in the main cabin. Children 02-12 years old only pay 25 € (one-way).
The price for Mahe - La Digue is 64 € for adults (one-way) in the main cabin. Children 02-12 years old only pay 32 € (one-way).
For trips leaving after 01 November 2014, there is a surcharge for "upper deck" class of 5 € per adult per trip (3 € for children), regardless of the destination.

Business class:
The price for Mahe - Praslin is 65 € for adults (one-way). Children 02-12 years old only pay 32 € (one-way).
The price for Mahe - La Digue is 79 € for adults (one-way). Children 02-12 years old only pay 38 € (one-way).

One way:
If you book one-way only, we have to charge 10 € extra as service fee. So it is better to book a return trip. That will save you the service fee and also the hassle of queuing up a second time.
You can change the timings later if you wish (one change is free), provided there are seats available on the chosen ferry. Thus you remain flexible.

Please note that the tickets have to be paid in advance! In return you will receive a voucher from us, with reservation number, which guarantees your seat. To minimize time and effort, we do not issue invoices. Thank you for your understanding.


BUS FROM / TO MAHE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT:
We offer a bus shuttle from or to Mahe airport, leaving from the airport one hour before the ferry departure and from the harbour after the ferry arrival, directly to the airport. If you require the shuttle bus from or to the airport, please let us know.
From 01 November 2014 this transfer will cost 10 € for adults and 5 € for children (one-way).
Approximate travel time between the airport and the jetty is 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic.

CHANGING YOUR RESERVATION:
You may change the ferry booking without extra charge later (one change is free) - provided there are seats available for the new date. Thus you remain very flexible when booking return tickets.


Please note: Prices and schedule are subject to change without prior notice!



b) PRASLIN - LA DIGUE - PRASLIN
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Ferry

SCHEDULE:
The ferry schedule, valid until further notice: (subject to change).
Schedule Praslin - La Digue


HOW TO MAKE A BOOKING:
a) Either you make yor ferry bookings together with your guesthouse/hotel bookings through us. In that case, we will take care of everything, ensuring you the best connections.
b) For ferry-only bookings, please fill in the booking form or send an email to ferries@seychelles-info.com, stating the route, the exact date and time you wish to travel, the full names of all passengers and the birth dates of the children, if applicable.
HOW MUCH?
If you book a return trip, then the price for Praslin - La Digue or vice versa is 14 Euros for adults for each way. If you book a one-way trip only, then it's 17 Euros.
Children 2-12 years pay half that price.

LUGGAGE:
The maximum allowance normally is: 23 kgs. Extra weight has to be paid.
However, we have a special deal also with this ferry company and our clients get a 30 kgs allowance. Please note that you get this 30 kgs allowance only when you book your ferry tickets through us!
Additionally, 1 piece of cabin luggage is allowed.

Please note that the tickets have to be paid in advance! In return you will receive a voucher from us, which guarantees your seat! To minimize time and effort, we do not issue invoices. Thank you for your understanding.

CHANGING YOUR RESERVATION:
You may change the ferry booking without extra charge later (one change is free) - provided there are seats available for the new date. Thus you remain very flexible.

Please note: Prices and schedule are subject to change without prior notice!


Although we always try our very best to keep this website up-to-date, we cannot accept responsibility for the correctness of any information here.
Thank you for your understanding.


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