Seychelles is a group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. It's known for its beaches, coral reefs, diving, nature reserves and rare wildlife such as giant Aldabra tortoises. Mahé, Praslin & La Digue are the main 3 islands. Seychelles silver white sand beaches are among the best in the world.
Currency: Seychelles Rupee
Language: There are three official languages English, French and Creole.
Visa: For Indian nationals, visa is free on arrival.
Airport: Seychelles International airport located on Mahe Island
Best time to visit: March - May, October & November
Seychelles has two kinds of climate, tropical marine and humid.
Dry Season: (May to October) cooler season during South-East
Wet Season: (November to April) warmer season during North-East
The heaviest rainfall is usually during mid December to mid January.
Seychelles has a mean maximum temperature of 29° Celsius and
12 hours of daylight.
A valid passport, onward/return ticket, and proof of sufficient
funds are required. A one-month entry visa may be obtained upon
arrival, which may be extended for up to one year.
Exchange related information :
Express opened a new Foreign Exchange Office at Terminal 2A (International
Departure), Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi that
offers a comprehensive range of Travel Related Foreign Exchange
- Sale and encashment of Travelers Cheques
- Forex on Card for American Express Corporate Cardmembers
- Emergency Cheque Cashing for American Express Cardmembers.
office is open 24 Hours throughout the year. This service is already
available in Mumbai & Chennai.
International Airport is located 6 miles South of Victoria on
Mahe. Transportation services to all points on Mahe are available
by coach and taxi.
The national airline is Air Seychelles. They operate on international
routes and domestic routes. Airlines serving Seychelles with their
own equipment include British Airways. Air Mauritius, Kenya Airways,
Aeroflot and Alitalia. Mahe island is the airport to reach Seychelles.
05 Nights & 06 Days suggested itinerary
DAY 01: MUMBAI - MAHE - PRASLIN
Early morning arrive Mahe and after immigrations, proceed to Praslin Island by catamaran. Check in at hotel. Day free to explore Praslin an exotic paradise of dense vegetation and gorgeous beaches. Overnight at Praslin.
DAY 02: PRASLIN
After breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a full-day excursion to Vallee De Mai and Anse Lazio. Today you'll explore Praslin's Vallee de Mai, a prehistoric forest and World Heritage Site that is home to the legendary coco-de-mer palms, wild pineapple, wild coffee, and exotic birdlife such as the endangered black parrot. Vallee de Mai also contains many other species of rare, endemic palms, including the palmiste, latanier, splayed traveler's palm and Chinese fans. On your nature walk, you'll be mesmerized by the sunlight filtering through fronds and hitting the greens and oranges of the leaves. You'll also encounter the curious, pelvis-shaped coco-de-mer seed, the world's largest seed. Then relax at Anse Lazio, a truly spectacular beach that is perhaps Praslin's best.
DAY 03: PRASLIN - LA DIGUE
After breakfast proceed to La digue for a day tour. It's a popular virgin destination for people wishing for a taste of the traditional seychelles. Nowhere else is the water more transparent or sand so white.
This afternoon you will enjoy a bicycle ride to L'Union estate and Grand Anse. The tour begins with a bicycle ride to L'Union Estate, an old coconut plantation with an attractive colonial house, several Creole-style homes, giant tortoises, and an operational copra factory, which converts dried coconut meat into oil. L'Union was also the setting for the last “Emmanuelle” movie. You'll then go swimming at Anse Source d'Argent, a powder white sand beach with spectacular rock formations. After lunch, take a bicycle ride through quaint villages to Grand Anse, the most beautiful and secluded of La Digue's beaches. Evening return back to Praslin. Overnight at Praslin.
DAY 04: LA DIGUE - MAHE
After breakfast proceed to the jetty to take the ferry back to Mahe Island. Upon arrival you will transfer to your hotel. Spend rest of the day relaxing or exploring on your own. Or spend the day doing activities like scuba diving or motorized water sports such as parasailing, banana boat and jet ski [optional]. Overnight at Mahe.
DAY 05: MAHE
After Breakfast take a full-day Mahe Tour On this tour you'll soak in wonderful views of Mahe's pristine beaches and secluded coves before following an exceedingly scenic route through the Seychellois National Park. You'll visit Mission Lodge, formerly a school for children of freed slaves, and then travel over the mountains to the western side of the island for a delicious Creole lunch. Then continue on to the Botanical Gardens with its colony of giant tortoises, fruit bats and fascinating array of flora, including the famous coco-de-mer palm.
DAY 06: MAHE - MUMBAI
Morning breakfast at the hotel today day free to explore Victoria Market or visit artist studios on your own. Later we check out from the hotel and Proceed to Seychelles international airport to board the onward flight.
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What to Do
Sailing: Seychelles have Year-round sailing season, moderate swells & gentle tides. Cruising can be enjoyed by catamaran, keelboat, bareboat or kayak.
Diving: Seychelles marine life is diverse, vibrant & unique. Dive Centers are located at Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. Non divers can enjoy swimming & snorkeling in the warm crystal waters.
Water sports: Beau Vallon bay is the place to enjoy water sports like water-skiing, parachute rides, jet-skis, banana rides, sailing and much more. Non-motorized water sports are also widely available.