Set in the beautiful Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is a group of over 115 islands (although only a handful are actually inhabited!). If you're looking for a picture perfect postcard getaway, with white sandy beaches, lush tropical greenery and secluded spots, look no further than a Seychelles holiday. Whether you want to sample the sand and surf of Mahe and Praslin islands or explore the mountain ranges and rainforests of Anse Source d'Argent, the pace of life in the Seychelles is gentle and the people are friendly.
There are direct flights to the Seychelles from London Heathrow with Air Seychelles although an indirect flight via Doha or Dubai may be the cheaper option. The journey takes around 11 hours if travelling without any stopovers. Seychelles flights from the UK land at Seychelles International Airport, which is located 11 kilometres south-east of Victoria on the island of Mahe. Catching a bus or getting in a taxi are your best ways of reaching the centre. The airport bus departs every 20-30 minutes and is the cheapest option costing around SCR3. A taxi is more direct but costs a lot more, around SCR75 during the day and SCR100 at night. Some hotels offer free airport transfers, so it's worth finding out in advance if this is an option.
Once on the island of Mahe, it is possible to travel to some of the other islands during your holiday in the Seychelles by boat, but avoid the costly catamarans and opt for the better value La Belle Seraphina ferry instead. The cheapest way to explore Mahe and Praslin islands is by foot, or for those who aren't nervous passengers the local bus service is cheap!
Despite being a tropical paradise, you don't have to spend a fortune during your holiday to the Seychelles and can still pick up a relatively cheap hotel in the Seychelles. The cheapest option, however, is to rent an apartment or bungalow. Be sure to book your accommodation before arriving - immigration aren't tolerant of those who haven't!
To avoid the high cost of alcohol in hotels and bars, do as the locals do and purchase beer from roadside stores and take it to the beach. Fancy a cheap treat? Collect coconuts from the beach - just ensure you can find something hard to hit it on to open it up!. A Seychelles holiday can be enjoyed all year round as there is plenty of sun on offer whatever the season. Peak season sees prices rise though, so avoid December to January and July to August in order to get a better deal.
Updated 5th March 2014
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