Money & Spending
The unit of currency in the Seychelles is the Rupee although Euros and US Dollars are widely used. Credit cards are generally accepted at hotels and resorts while prices for car hire, diving, park fees and any other extras are usually quoted in Euros (or less frequently in US Dollars). In fact the only time you’ll ever really need Seychelles Rupees is for purchases at local markets or restaurants.
The question of when to go to the Seychelles often comes down to the seasonal trade winds that wash seaweed up onto some of the islands’ beaches. From May to October some beaches on the southern coasts of Mahé and Praslin Island are affected, and while a seaweed-free stretch of sand is never far away (and hotels will even drive you there in their complimentary shuttle), if you’re seeking those postcard-perfect views on your Seychelles holiday then we’d advise chatting to one of our Africa Safari Experts to find out where to go and which months to avoid.
Diving is excellent all year round but if you dream of crystal-clear conditions – and visibility up to a staggering 30 metres! – then the best time to visit the Seychelles is in the months of April to May and October to November.
A mountainous interior with densely forested slopes forms a beautiful backdrop to the island’s best known features: its beaches. Beau Vallon, on the west coast just opposite Victoria, is the longest and most popular beach on the island. Its clear, current-free water is ideal for swimming, water skiing, wind surfing and parasailing.
There are very few cars on La Digue – the island is small enough to do without them. You can take a tour on one of the ox taxis but by far the best way to get around is to hire a bicycle: paths are flat, distances are relatively short and if you need a break, you can stop at a roadside stall for a delicious local fruit smoothie.
Life on Praslin Island moves at a pace that falls somewhere between the relative bustle of Mahe and the sleepiness of next-door La Digue Island. The main tourism centre is Anse Volbert (also known as Côte d’Or) where a collection of hotels, restaurants, shops and bars gives this safe swimming beach a lively atmosphere – at least by Seychelles standards!
A classic Seychelles beach holiday will no doubt spend time on either Mahé or Praslin – the two largest islands in the archipelago.
Facilities include world-class spas and ocean-edge dining; activities take in superb snorkelling and diving plus water sports, island hikes and sailing trips.