Seychelles is something like the Maldives, only more tropical and wild. Rest in the Seychelles is swimming in the clearest sea, observing virgin nature and almost complete isolation from other people. In general, a real individual tropical paradise, albeit for a lot of money.
Advantages and disadvantages
- Season all year round;
- A true tropical wild getaway;
- Gorgeous sea;
- The opportunity to relax in seclusion, away from the crowds of tourists;
- Beautiful nature;
- Great diving;
- Friendly locals;
- All beaches are accessible;
- Developed tourist infrastructure, luxury hotels;
- Delicious food and fresh fruits.
- Expensive flight and tours themselves;
- Long flight;
- High prices in resorts, especially in restaurants;
- Can be boring, no noisy entertainment;
- There are a lot of spiders on the trees, sometimes they fall on tourists.
According to toppharmacyschools.org, the climate here is maritime subequatorial. The hot season is from December to May, June to November (southern hemisphere winter) is slightly cooler. But the temperature is comfortable all year round, so Seychelles tours sell well in any month. Anticyclones almost never enter the islands, it is always dry, warm and sunny.
How to get there
Get by plane. The classic option is with a transfer in Dubai or Doha. The journey will take 13-15 hours. There are transfers in Europe, for example, in Paris. More profitable flights usually fly through Europe, sometimes with two transfers, with connections the journey takes about a day. You always arrive at Pointe Larue, the airport next to Victoria.
Transport here is not very developed. Roads only on Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. Ferries and small planes run between the islands.
On Mahe and Praslin there are buses, very hot and uncomfortable. Locals often ride carts and drop tourists off for money. On the islands with roads there are taxis, very expensive.
You can rent a car, but it’s better to take a bike – it’s cheap and convenient. It is even more pleasant to walk around the islands on foot. For lovers of chic, you can rent a helicopter and see the Seychelles from a bird’s eye view – it will cost 10 thousand rubles for four.
Reviews about holidays in the Seychelles are almost all five stars. People love the chic atmosphere, tropical nature and waters. It is especially pleasant for couples in love to relax here – nothing will distract from each other, and the atmosphere is very romantic. Tourists like delicious cuisine, including various fruits.
Of the shortcomings, only high prices are noted. The rest is also spoiled by spiders, quite large, sitting on trees and sometimes falling from them directly onto vacationers. They are harmless, but not very pleasant to look at. There are people who find rest boring. But the Seychelles are valued precisely for their calm atmosphere, and for noisy entertainment it is better to go to Turkey or Thailand.
Frequently asked Questions
How to choose a hotel?
There are a lot of accommodation options. There are large hotels on Mahe and Praslin, there are small original hotels, guesthouses, apartments. Another exclusive Seychelles – island hotels, mostly very luxurious. There are no campsites or places to spend the night in tents, but you can save money by renting an apartment or a house with a company. Choosing a hotel in the Seychelles is very important. It is better to book your favorite place in advance. When choosing a price, keep in mind that often the cost of a room is indicated without taxes, which can add another 10-25%. Hotels here are most often 4-5-star, but even one-star hotels can vary greatly, so it is important to study all the reviews and understand how good the service is in a particular place.
How to protect yourself as much as possible?
In terms of crime, the Seychelles are almost perfect – even the police here perform purely formal functions. Nature is not so friendly to tourists. Be sure to use sunscreen to avoid sunburn, and enter the water only in slippers so as not to prick yourself on a sea urchin. In some places, there are a lot of jellyfish in the water, so swim only in a wetsuit. There are also waters with tiger sharks – it is generally forbidden to swim there.
What to do in case of emergency?
First of all, call 999 – it combines the ambulance, police and fire department. For travel questions, please contact the Russian Embassy at (+248) 426-65-90. There is also a telephone number of the immigration department (+248) 429-36-36 – they will help to resolve visa issues.
When is the best time to go?
The Seychelles are suitable for beach tours all year round – the water is almost always warmed up to +26 degrees. Diving is good in April-May and September-October. If you plan on fishing, keep in mind that different fish are caught in different months. Turtles can be observed in November-March, rare birds – in October-November and April-May. It is good to relax on festivals and holidays – Christmas, New Year, Easter and local festivals, mainly in spring, winter (from May to August) and autumn.
How are things with cellular communications?
Calls from here are very expensive. For Internet and calls within the Seychelles, it is better to buy a local SIM card – it is very inexpensive. Internet is fast wherever there is 3G coverage. Fares are mostly prepaid. If you plan to relax on the same beach at the hotel, there is no point in a local SIM card – Wi-Fi will probably be available to you.