Things to see and do - Seychelles
Leaving for the Seychelles
Where to go?
Practical A to Z
Practical A to Z
- Eating out
- Embassies and consulates
- Getting around
- Public holidays
- Units of measurement
Restaurants are generally open from 11.30am and from 7pm in the evening.
Tipping is not compulsory, but appreciated if you are satisfied.
The voltage is 240V and the sockets are for standard British 3-pin plugs.
Embassies and consulates
British High Commission – 3rd floor - Oliaji Trade Centre - Francis Rachel Street - Victoria - Mahé - t 283 666 - http://ukinseychelles.fco.gov.uk/en
Ireland does not have a representative in Seychelles, so Irish citizens are requested to contact the nearest office of another EU member state.
Cars are left-hand drive and motorists must give way to vehicles coming from the right.
Mahé operates a good network but services are more limited on Praslin. To get off, shout “devant!”
By ox-drawn carriage
An amusing means of locomotion available on La Digue for excursions round the island. Rates can be quite high.
On Praslin and above all, La Digue, where motor vehicles are forbidden.
From island to island
Air liaisons – Air Seychelles runs regular services between Mahé and the main islands of the archipelago.
By helicopter – All the islands are connected by helicopter, with the exception of the farthermost islands.
Maritime links – Regular, quick liaisons that are cheaper than planes.
Also see Know before you go.
Turista, the bane of many tourists, is more or less serious diarrhoea. A few cases of chikungunya have been reported, so it is advisable to take mosquito repellent.
Tap water is in theory drinkable in Seychelles, but it is advisable to drink bottled water.
The currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR), subdivided into 100 cents.
Banks / Exchange
Banks are generally open Monday-Friday from 8am-2pm, Saturday 8-11am. Exchange offices are available in tourist areas. Many foreign currencies are accepted except for small everyday purchases.
Exchanged more or less everywhere for a commission per transaction.
The majority of hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops accept credit cards. ATMs are available everywhere.
Prices can vary twofold depending on the season.
A double room in a simple hotel on Praslin costs between SR1 400 and 1 800; a meal in a simple restaurant on Mahé or La Digue costs between SR100 and 200; a bottle of mineral water between SR10 and 15.
It is forbidden to leave Seychelles with more than SR200 without authorisation.
Five post offices are generally open Monday-Friday 8am-3pm or 4pm; two on Mahé, two on Praslin and one on La Digue.
1 and 2 January – New Year
1 May – Labour Day
5 June – Liberation Day
18 June – National Reconciliation Day
29 June – Independence Day
March or April – Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Sunday
May-June – Corpus Christi
15 August – Assumption Day
1 November – All Saints’ Day
8 December – Immaculate Conception
25 December – Christmas Day
Arts and crafts – straw hats and wicker baskets, decorative earthenware, wooden and coconut objects, shell jewellery.
Other ideas – Batik painting and fabrics, boat models, kreofleurage perfumes, coco de mer (or love nut) (strictly regulated).
Spices – Vanilla, patchouli, cinnamon, peppers, teas, vanilla essence.
Shops are generally open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm, Saturday 8am-12noon.
It is strictly forbidden to export shells, coral, fish, turtles, etc. An official export certificate is required for coco de mer.
Museums are generally open Monday-Friday from 8.30am-4.30pm (sometimes closed during lunchtime), Saturday 9.30am-1pm. Privately run sights operate variable opening hours.
To call Seychelles from abroad
Dial 00 + 248 + number of the person.
To call home from Seychelles
Dial 00 + country code (UK 44 and Ireland 353) + the number of the person (without the first 0).
Dial the 6-digit number of the person.
Units of measurement
The metric system is used, including for distances, which are indicated in kilometres .