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What You Should Know About Being a Tourist in Seychelles

The Seychelles archipelago, located in the Indian Ocean, is a dream destination for travellers looking for a piece of paradise on earth. With its crystal-clear waters and lush tropical landscapes, the Seychelles is just that! Comprising 115 islands, Seychelles offers a unique blend of natural beauty, cultural diversity, and rich history. Before you embark on your journey to this tropical paradise, here are some essential things about being a tourist in Seychelles.

Visa and Entry Requirements

One of the best aspects of visiting Seychelles is its relaxed visa policy. Visitors from all nationalities are granted visa-free entry, provided they meet certain criteria.

To enter Seychelles, you must have:

  • A valid passport with at least six months of validity remaining.
  • Proof of onward or return travel.
  • Sufficient funds for the duration of your stay.
  • A confirmed accommodation booking.

Once you’ve arrived you will receive a Visitor’s Permit, which is initially valid for up to 30 days and can be extended for up to three months.

Best Time to Visit

Seychelles enjoys a tropical climate with warm temperatures year-round.

However, the best time to visit depends on your interests:

  • April to May and October to November: These months are considered the shoulder seasons, offering calm seas and mild weather, ideal for diving, snorkelling, and beach activities.
  • June to September: This period is cooler and drier, making it perfect for hiking and outdoor activities. However, the southeast trade winds can make some beaches unsuitable for swimming, but great for kitesurfing!
  • December to March: This is the rainy season, characterised by higher humidity and occasional downpours. Despite the rain, it’s still a popular time to visit due to the warm temperatures and lush green landscapes.


Seychelles offers a wide range of accommodation options to suit different budgets and preferences, from luxury resorts and boutique hotels to guesthouses and self-catering apartments. For an authentic experience, consider staying in locally-owned establishments, which often provide a more personal touch and insight into Seychellois culture.

Getting Around

Travelling between the islands and within each island is relatively straightforward:

  • Inter-Island Travel: The main islands of Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue are well-connected by ferries and domestic flights operated by Air Seychelles. Ferries are a popular choice, offering scenic views of the ocean.
  • Local Transport: On Mahé and Praslin, public buses operated by the Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) are an affordable way to get around. Taxis are also available, but it’s advisable to agree on the fare beforehand.
  • Car Rentals: Renting a car is a convenient option for exploring Mahé and Praslin at your own pace. Remember to drive on the left side of the road and be cautious on narrow, winding roads.

Cultural Etiquette

Seychelles is known for its friendly and welcoming locals. To show respect for the local culture:

  • Dress modestly when visiting religious sites and local villages.
  • Greet people with a friendly “Bonjour” or “Hello.”
  • Remove your shoes before entering someone’s home.

Currency and Payments

The local currency is the Seychellois Rupee (SCR). While credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, restaurants, and larger shops, it’s a good idea to carry some cash for small purchases and tips. ATMs are available on the main islands, and currency exchange services can be found at the airport and in major towns.

Must-See Attractions

While in Seychelles, don’t miss these iconic attractions:

  • Anse Source d’Argent: Located on La Digue, this is one of the most photographed beaches in the world, known for its stunning granite boulders and clear waters. Anse Source D’Argent in Seychelles is renowned for its distinctive landscape, featuring iconic granite boulders strewn along the picturesque coastline. This captivating scenery is paired with shallow and crystal-clear waters. Despite its global fame, the beach exudes tranquillity, offering ample space for visitors to unwind in its serene natural beauty. Accessible through L’Union Estate, a modest entry fee contributes to the conservation of this special area.
  • Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve: A UNESCO World Heritage Site on Praslin, home to the unique Coco de Mer palm and diverse wildlife. In the “Heart of Praslin,” this sanctuary holds remnants of Seychelles’ original palm jungles, earning it the moniker “Garden of Eden” for its mystical allure. Protected since 1966, it shelters over 1,400 Coco de Mer trees, revered for their unique and legendary status. The park’s centrepiece is the extraordinary forest of Coco de Mer palms, bearing the world’s largest seeds, weighing up to 20 kg and steeped in myth and legend due to their suggestive shape.

Vallee de Mai is hailed as a ‘living museum,’ within it it holds ancient plant species predating modern plant families. It’s a biodiversity hotspot, boasting all six endemic Seychelles palm species and numerous threatened flora and fauna. Home to 14 endemic reptile species and a unique tree frog, it’s also a haven for rare birds, designated an Important Bird Area by Birdlife International, including the iconic black parrot and Seychelles kestrel.


  • Morne Seychellois National Park: Located on Mahe, the largest Seychelles island, Morne Seychellois National Park spans 3,045 hectares, encompassing mangroves, lush jungles, and lofty peaks. With an extensive 15km trail network, it’s a haven for endemic flora and fauna. Home to 7 of Seychelles’ 12 granitic land bird species, including the elusive Seychelles Scops-owl, it offers rich birdwatching opportunities and panoramic views of the coast. Cultural relics from the 20th century, remnants of cinnamon and coffee exploitation, add historical intrigue to the park’s natural wonder.
  • Aldabra Atoll: Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for vibrant marine life. Aldabra stands as a pristine testament to untouched nature, boasting the world’s largest raised coral atoll. Comprising 13 islands, it has a rich biodiversity with 273 species of plants, including 19 endemics. Famous for its iconic giant tortoises, it hosts the world’s largest colony. Aldabra is also a sanctuary for rare bird species like the white-throated rail and unique varieties of sunbirds and bulbuls.

Local Cuisine

Seychellois cuisine is a delightful blend of  French, Indian, and African influences. This beautiful Creole culture is steeped in rich history. Be sure to try local dishes such as:

  • Grilled Fish: In Seychelles, the abundance of fish is a culinary delight. Fresh catches are readily available at the Victoria market or straight from fishermen’s boats, often signalled by the blowing of a conch shell. Freshly caught fish, often marinated in spices and grilled to perfection. Grilling over coconut husk-fired coals imparts a distinctive smoky flavour, complemented by the minimal seasoning of garlic, ginger, and chilli stuffed into fish slits.
  • Octopus Curry: When in Seychelles, don’t miss out on Creole curry, a culinary emblem of the island’s diverse heritage. A rich and flavorful curry made with tender octopus. Infused with tomatoes, onions, garlic, ginger, and curry leaves, some recipes include a secret touch of freshly made coconut cream for extra richness.
  • Ladob: Banana ladob, a classic dessert of Seychelles, is a traditional dessert made with ripe bananas and sweet potatoes simmered in coconut milk, sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla, creating a warm and comforting treat that harmonises sweet and spicy notes.


Seychelles is committed to preserving its natural environment. Participate in eco-friendly activities such as:

  • Snorkelling or diving in marine parks.
  • Visiting nature reserves and botanical gardens.
  • Supporting local conservation projects and sustainable tourism initiatives.

What You Should Know About Being a Tourist in Seychelles

Being a tourist in Seychelles is an opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful places on earth. Whether you’re lounging on a world-famous beach, exploring a lush nature reserve, or savouring the local cuisine, Seychelles offers an unforgettable tropical escape. Contact Kreol Car Hire, a locally owned business for an authentic Seychelles experience.

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