A Full Seychelles Itinerary: 2 Weeks in the Seychelles

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Once 2021 came, I knew this year I wanted to go abroad. More and more countries were opening their borders for tourists again, so the research began.

There were a few criteria that we took into account when choosing our destination.

  • It had to be possible to enter the country without mandatory quarantine.
  • There had to be relatively loose restrictions, so we could actually travel around and enjoy our stay.
  • We wanted to visit a place where most of the locals were already vaccinated, so we werent a big threat to them and they werent to us.
  • Being closed for a year, it spikes your wanderlust beyond the imaginable. So it HAD to be an exotic place.

There werent many options. Asia was pretty much off the radar, because it was completely closed. The Seychelles Islands were on our mind for quite some time so we decided to check if it would be possible to visit. And it was!

We checked the tickets and the prices were very acceptable - around 550 euros for a round trip with Emirates. As we are living in Sofia, Bulgaria, our flights were Sofia - Dubai (5h), Dubai - Seychelles (4h 30m). We could get into the country with a negative PCR and there was no quarantine upon arrival. Well, the flights were booked!

I am not gonna lie, it was extremely nerve-wracking leading up to the trip. We booked our accommodation 2 weeks prior to flying and only booked such that we were able to get our money back if we werent able to travel. (Keep in mind that we were able to book with such short notice because we visited in May 2021, when the country was opening its borders for the first time in a year and there were almost no tourists. I recommend booking your accommodation as early as possible to secure the best deals!)

The Seychelles consists of 115 islands. After doing some research, I found out that the most populated and most visited ones are just the three - Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. There are also some smaller ones that are popular to visit (for example Curieuse Island), but they were either very expensive to stay with, or there werent any hotels there and you could go on a day trip. So we stuck to the 3 mentioned ones and divided our time between them.

In this guide Ill tell you about how we planned our 2-week stay in the Seychelles and how many days we decided to dedicate to each place. As there are too many things to say about each island, I wont be going into too much detail in this post - it will be more like an overview and a good place to start without overwhelming you with too much information. I have dedicated blog posts for each of the islands - La Digue, Praslin and Mahe, where you can find out more about all the things you can do there

If I were to do this trip again, Id most  probably use the same route as it worked out perfectly for us and we managed to see so much without being in a rush! Feel free to use it as inspiration when youre planning your trip to the Seychelles.

Best time to visit the Seychelles Islands

The temperature on the Seychelles stays around 25-30°C (75-85 F) pretty much all-year-round. However, most of the months are very windy and not quite appropriate for some of the activities you can do on the Seychelles.

Most tourists come here during December, January, July and August - these are the most crowded months.

It is believed that the best months to visit the Seychelles are April, May, October and November. These months are the transition between the hot and humid northwest trade winds (which are from November through March) and the cooler southeast trade winds (that happen April through October).

Visiting during these months ensures a more mild climate and conditions for snorkeling, scuba diving, sunbathing etc, including a chance to avoid the crowds from the busier months!

How long to stay on the Seychelles Islands

Honestly - the longer, the better! Jokes aside, I feel like the biggest mistake one can make is to not have enough time to explore properly. I mean, if you only have one week off and its been a dream of yours to visit - definitely do so! But my personal recommendation is to spend at least 2 weeks on the Seychelles.

This is exactly how long we stayed here and I feel like it was perfect. We had enough time to explore the most popular spots, but we also left some attractions to see some other time, when we hopefully get to come back.

Here is what this 2 weeks Seychelles itinerary looks like on the map. Ive pinned the major sights to make it easier for you, but make sure you check out my other blog posts, dedicated to each of these islands!

2 Weeks in the Seychelles Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrival

The first day was pretty much devoted to getting to the Seychelles. We flew from Sofia to Dubai and then from Dubai to Victoria (the capital). The flights took in total around 10 hours, and we had a couple of hours waiting time at the Dubai Airport, so pretty manageable!

The Seychelles International Airport is located on the biggest island - Mahe. This is where all tourists arrive and where most people begin their trip. We decided to leave Mahe for last and went directly to La Digue once we landed. The reason was that we didnt want to rely on transportation on the last day - you never know when a storm could hit and there are no ferries or planes for the day. We just didnt want to be stuck on an island and not be able to get to the airport. And I do recommend you do the same!

This prolonged our travel time by a few more hours - we had to wait for the ferry for a couple of hours, then take a 1h 30 min ferry to La Digue. This is why we spent the whole first day only travelling.

If you decide to do the same, there are two ways to reach La Digue (or Praslin, if you decide to begin from there). The first option is to take a ferry, which takes about 1h 30 min to Praslin and then 15 extra minutes to La Digue. Be sure to book your ferry at least 48 hours in advance from this website, otherwise you wont be able to book online. If you are booking last minute (like we did), youll have to either call them or email them. You will find all the information on this website.

Ferry:
Mahe to Praslin - 1h 30 min, €50 ($59)
Mahe to La Digue - 1h 45 min, €60 ($70)

Plane:

The second option is to catch a small plane to Praslin and either stay there, or catch the ferry for 15 minutes to La Digue. The airline that operates these flights is Air Seychelles, and you need to book through their official website.

Mahe to Praslin - 30-40 min, price varies between €100-150

Day 2, 3, 4, 5 – La Digue

As mentioned, we began our Seychelles trip on La Digue - the smallest of the three islands. We decided to dedicate 4 days to La Digue, even though we knew it was small, just because we wanted to enjoy it fully. And Im so glad we did!

La Digue is an island that most people visit as a day trip and have only a few hours to spend here. The truth is, you arent really able to experience the full beauty of La Digue if your time here is so short. This is why I recommend spending at least 3 full days.

An interesting fact about La Digue is that you arent able to rent a car here. In fact, there arent many vehicles overall. The way to go here is BIKES! If you want to get around the best way possible, you need to rent a bike. I feel like this small thing added so much to our experience - riding along the breathtaking coastline and getting to just park our bike anywhere and explore the whole place… it felt like in a movie.

*If youre visiting the Seychelles for a shorter period of time - dont worry! There are organized excursion which take you to La Digue for 1 full day, so you still get the chance to see it and enjoy its unique beauty. And I strongly recommend you dont skip on it, as its the favourite island of many! Check out this full day trip from Mahe to La Digue.

When it comes to food, keep in mind that La Digue is the most expensive island and there arent many options around to eat out. This is why we booked this guest house with breakfast and dinner included in the price. Another great decision that we made!

La Digue turned out to be my most favourite island of the Seychelles and if we ever came back, this is where wed spend most of our time. Some of the main attractions on La Digue are the former coconut and vanilla plantation - LUnion Estate, the most photographed beach in the world - Anse Source DArgent, the gorgeous and difficult to reach Anse Marron, and so much more.

I have shared our whole experience, as well as useful information and tips about La Digue in this guide.

Where to stay in La Digue?

We stayed at Zerof Guest House in La Digue, which turned out to be our lucky hit! La Digue is known for being the most expensive island in the Seychelles, as its quite small with not that many restaurants and hotels, so its easy for them to boost up the prices. However, Zerof Guest House was not only among the most affordable options, but it was also the only place where we booked breakfast and dinner, and we couldnt be happier! The hosts were more than accommodating, and every evening we got to try a different local Seychellois dish, all while staying on a budget. More information about Zerof Guest House you can find in my La Digue blog post.

Day 6, 7, 8, 9 – Praslin

After spending 4 beautiful days in La Digue, we headed to Praslin - an island bigger than La Digue but still smaller than Mahe. Praslin is only 15 minutes away from La Digue by ferry, so getting here was quite easy. We decided to stay in Praslin for 4 days and to make things easier, we rented a car for the whole time. A lady from the car hire company waited for us at the airport to hand us the key and to sign the contract, so everything ran very smoothly.

During our stay in Praslin we stayed at Amitie Chalets, which was the perfect combination of having staying on a budget, having a whole apartment to ourselves, as well as a fully equipped kitchen so we were able to cook our own food.

Some of the places to visit on Praslin are Vallee de Mai and Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserves where the local palm coco-de-mer grows naturally, Anse Lazio - one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the secluded Anse Georgette and more.

Read about our full experience, including personal recommendations about visiting Praslin in this guide.

*Its also possible to book a daily excursion from Mahe only to Praslin! If youre really short on time but you want to see everything, check out this combined day trip from Mahe to Praslin and La Digue.

Day 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 – Mahe

Last but not least, we spent the rest of our time on the main island - Mahe. We stayed here for 5 days, because Mahe is the biggest island and we wanted to have enough time to explore the whole place.

As always, we wanted to stay on a budget, so we chose to book an apartment at Kanasuk Self-Catering Apartments. Just like in Praslin, we wanted to have an entire apartment with a kitchen, where we were able to cook our own food. I recommend finding a place with its own kitchen, because it will save you a fortune. Honestly, buying 6 raw fish from the local market to cook at home costs as much as one dish at a restaurant! (and these 6 big fish managed to feed all four of us for 2 nights in a row)

Renting a car here is a must, as the island is quite big. There is public transport as well, which is very affordable. However, when we were visiting, the public transport could only be used by locals, and not by tourists. After that, the rules were changed to tourists being able to catch the buses, but without any big luggage. For your convenience, I certainly recommend hiring a car, which will give you the freedom to go everywhere at your own pace.

We managed to visit the main attractions of Mahe - the Seychelles capital Victoria, the beautiful beaches Beau Vallon, Baie Lazare and Anse Takamaka, the Takamaka Rum Distillery, the beautiful view spots Mission Lodge and Morne Blanc, the nearby Marine park and much more. Well, we didnt manage to see absolutely everything we wanted to, but this gives us a reason to come back someday. 🙂

If you need more information on organising your trip to Mahe - read my full guide here.

Day 15 – Departure

After 2 wonderful weeks on the Seychelles Islands, it was time to head home. I will always remember this place as one of the most beautiful Ive seen in my entire life. Actually… the most beautiful one!

Well, I still have to visit a lot of other exotic destinations, as Ive mostly travelled within Europe. But all in good time!

I hope this 2-week Seychelles itinerary was helpful and gave you enough information to plan your own trip. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me via my social media channels!

 

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You need more information about the Seychelles, so you can plan the perfect trip? Read more here:

La Digue Itinerary - Best Things to do in La Digue, Seychelles

A Full Praslin Itinerary - the palm heaven on the Seychelles

Hand-picked Things to do in Mahe, Seychelles

How to Visit the Seychelles on a Budget - 9 Money-Saving Tips

21 Photos of the Seychelles Islands that will make you want to visit!

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