Wednesday, June 23, 2021

How To Travel Through Seychelles

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With plane

Air Seychelles [www] operates several daily flights between Mahe and Praslin. Over two dozen flights vary in frequency from 15 minute to 2 hour intervals, depending on the time of day.

Air Seychelles also flies once a day or several times a week between Mahe and Bird, Denis, Fregate, Desroches and Alphonse islands. You can fly to Assumption Island and Koetivi with an air charter.

With helicopter

Zil Air offers charter helicopter flights to/from most of the inner and outer Seychelles islands. It is the only provider of scenic flights in the Seychelles. Scenic flights can be booked to cover the main islands of Mahé, Praslin, La Digue and the surrounding smaller islands (including) Cousine, Félicité, Grande Seour, Curieuse and Bird Island.

With boat

Cat Cocos operates 2 catamaran ferries (with a third ferry coming into service in 2013) offering several daily crossings between Mahe and Praslin and a daily extension of the crossing to La Digue. The crossing usually takes one hour. For non-residents, you will need from 90-100 Euros per person for a same-day ticket from Mahe to Praslin. Tickets can be purchased at the Cat Cocos office, opposite the pier, on the same day before the trip, subject to availability.

The Inter Island Ferry also operates a route between Praslin and La Digue with 8 daily departures and a crossing time of only 15 minutes. Tickets cost about €15 for an adult . The schedule usually allows onward travel to Mahe with Cat Cocos in Praslin harbour.

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The Belle Serafina, a small schooner ferry, makes the passage between Mahe and Praslin or La Digue in 3-4 hours, usually leaving Mahe shortly around 12 noon on weekdays and returning to Mahe from Praslin at 5am. In October 2010, the fare for passage was 125 rupees. Timetables and routing must be confirmed by phone.

Alternatively, it is also possible to take a small boat directly from Mahe to Ladigu, although sailings are erratic, with limited routes during rainy weather, and the trip takes about 3 hours.

Since June 2013, online bookings with live seat availability and e-ticketing for Cat Cocos and Inter Island Ferry are available through Seychellesbookings.com [www].

With car

Driving in the Seychelles is on the left-hand side of the road. Mahe’s road is a narrow mountain road with little traffic, therefore attention is generally advised.

Having a car is really a good idea and makes life much easier. With just 100 rupees of petrol, visitors can explore the whole of Mahe Island in a couple of hours, which includes stopping at beaches and other interesting places. Parking is free in downtown Victoria on Mahe, and if you choose bed and breakfast or self-catering accommodation, it’s by far the easiest way to shop for groceries. A car also gives you access to the shops where locals do their regular shopping, and prices are cheaper compared to the small shops along the beaches.

There is no substitute for running your holiday to your own schedule….

You can only rent on Mahé and Praslin. You can find a small car (e.g. : Hyundai Atos) for around €35-€45 per day, but remember that renters must be at least 21 years old, have a valid driving licence and have at least three years driving experience. There are several car rental counters outside the arrivals hall at Mahe International Airport, which offer a convenient way to compare prices from different rental companies. Rates can be negotiated, with the cheaper rate applying to rental periods of 3 consecutive days or more. The “excess” that the customer has to pay in case of damage ranges from €300 to €1000 depending on the company, so choose carefully and ask the right questions.

Taxis are also a popular mode of transport for both short trips and day hires and are available almost everywhere. Taxi fares for non-residents (approx. 20 rupees/1.3Euro per km) can easily exceed the cost of hiring a small car for a day for a relatively long trip.

With bus

The Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) operates a daily bus service on the islands of Praslin and Mahe from dawn to dusk on almost every available road on the island. The bus usually passes every 15 minutes. On Mahe, you can simply use the SPTC bus to get to and from the airport as long as you have the local currency in small notes.

The bus will take you there, but the schedules are not very tight and the drivers are a bit bold on the very narrow roads if you are a nervous passenger.