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 weren’t a big threat to them and they weren’t to us.
- Being closed for a year, it spikes your wanderlust beyond the imaginable. So it HAD to be an exotic place.
There weren’t 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 weren’t able to travel.
The Seychelles consists of 115 islands. After doing some research, I found out that the most visited ones are just a few – Mahe, Praslin and La Digue. There were also some smaller ones that were quite popular, but they were either very expensive to stay at, or there weren’t 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.
Best time to visit the Seychelles Islands
The temperature on the Seychelles stays around 25-30°C (75-85 F) pretty much all-year-long. 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 it’s 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.
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 at 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 didn’t 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 didn’t 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 won’t be able to book online. If you are booking last minute (like we did), you’ll have to either call them or email them. You will find all the information on this website.
Mahe to Praslin – 1h 30 min, €50 ($59)
Mahe to La Digue – 1h 45 min, €60 ($70)
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 I knew it was small, just because we wanted to enjoy it fully. And I’m 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 aren’t 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 here.
An interesting fact about La Digue is that you aren’t able to rent a car here. In fact there aren’t many vehicles overall. The way to go here is BIKES! If you want to get around the bestway 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.
When it comes to food, keep in mind that La Digue is the most expensive island and there aren’t many options around to go to eat. This is why we booked a guest house where breakfast and dinner were included in the price. Another great decision that we made!
With La Digue being the first island we visited, we still needed some time to acclimatize and discover the local cuisine. Having not to worry about where to eat every day made the whole experience much more relaxed. And our hosts were so amazing – they served us different food every evening (all local Seychellois) and delicious fruity breakfast every morning. Absolutely delicious.
La Digue turned out to be my most favourite island of the Seychelles and if we ever came back, this is where we’d spend most of our time. Some of the main attractions on La Digue are the former coconut and vanilla plantation – L’Union Estate, the most photographed beach in the world – Anse Source D’Argent, the gorgeous and difficult to reach Anse Marron, and so much more.
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.
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.
Day 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 – Mahe
Last but not least, we spent the rest of our time on the main island – Mahe. We spent 5 days here, because Mahe is the biggest island and we wanted to have enough time to explore the whole place.
Well, we didn’t manage to see absolutely everything we wanted to, but this gives us a reason to come back someday. We still 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.
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 I’ve seen in my entire life. Actually… the most beautiful one!
Well, I still have to visit a lot of other exotic destinations, as I’ve 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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