Good to know
The Important Stuff
Not sure what to pack? Easy:
- Shorts & bikinis
- Sunglasses & hats
- Light clothing suitable for a warm, tropical climate
- Sunscreen - plenty of sunscreen! The sun not only reflects from the water, but also from the white, sandy beaches. This greatly increases the sun’s tanning (or burning) effect.
- Sturdy walking shoes - if you intend to go on trail excursions
Seychelles is hot, humid and has plenty of sunshine. The trade winds provide refreshing sea breezes. April and May are perfect months for diving and snorkelling with water visibility in excess of 30 metres.
Low temperature: 25°C
High temperature: 31°C
Water temperature: 30°C
The official languages of the Seychelles are Seychellois Creole, English and French. Everyone involved in the tourist industry speaks English and you may sometimes find they speak other languages like German or Italian. Feel free to charm the locals with some French phrases or add some basic Creole to your language repertoire.
Currency and Payment
The Island’s currency is the Seychelles rupee (SCR). However, Euros, US dollars and British pounds are also accepted as payment. As a general rule of thumb, when purchasing inexpensive items at small market stalls, from souvenir sellers, etc., try to use the rupee. This saves you from handing over €, $ or £ and receiving tons of rupees in change.
ATM facilities can be found at major banks on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and at the airport on Mahé and Praslin. These machines have the best conversion rates, but give out cash in the local currency.
No visa is required for all nationalities, though you must have passport valid for at least 6 months and proof of accommodation bookings before arrival. A visitor's permit, valid for 4 weeks, is issued upon arrival at the airport.
Groceries, although expensive for the average Seychellois, are no more expensive than in Europe. There are large supermarkets on Mahé where we will stock up before we set off.
Liquor and beer are reasonably priced, especially the local Seybrew beer. Guinness is also locally brewed. Wine is relatively expensive everywhere (including in restaurants), but you are allowed to bring in two litres of wine and two litres of spirits duty free. So if you’re a wine connoisseur, bring you own bottles or stock up at the duty free in the airport before leaving the terminal.
A 12 volt power supply with a cigarette-plug outlet is available onboard.
The Seychelles has the UK style 3-pin power outlets, so bring an adapter if you need to plug something in on the islands.