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

You’re planning a trip to the Seychelles and you’re wondering how to make it as budget-friendly as possible? Or you’re wondering whether it’s even possible to travel on a budget in the Seychelles?

No worries, I went through the same thing. The short answer is – so-so. The Seychelles Islands are an expensive destination overall, but there are things you can do to make it more budget-friendly.

We spent 2 weeks in the Seychelles and the whole trip cost us around €1500 per person, including all costs (flights, accommodation, food, activities, car rental etc.)

Keep in mind that the prices for an organized trip to the Seychelles with an agency are at least twice as expensive, which is why I recommend you to do your own research and organize the whole trip yourself. At least this is what we did.

During these 2 weeks we managed to explore La Digue, Praslin, Mahe and a few smaller islands around them. In this article I will be giving you 9 tips on how to travel the Seychelles on a budget and see all these beautiful places for as cheap as possible.

  1. Look for the best flight deals

Check different airlines’ websites, compare fares on Skyscanner and don’t rush with buying your ticket. Sometimes airlines come out with great deals on tickets, so start planning well in advance and be on the lookout for a good deal.

We paid €550 for a round-trip from Sofia to Victoria with Emirates, which wasn’t too bad.


2. Go during the low season

The busiest time on the Seychelles is December, January, July and August, as this is considered the dry season. During these months the prices here are the highest.

I recommend you to visit in April, May, October or November – it’s less windy when it comes to the weather, and it’s also less crowded with tourists!


3. Pick the right accommodation

Overall, there are two types of accommodation in the Seychelles. On one hand, you have the famous hotel chains, where the prices can go up to thousands of euros per night.

On the other hand, there are the guest houses and self-catering apartments. There are usually locally-owned places for very acceptable prices, which are the preferred type of accommodation among budget travellers.For every island we visited, we opted for a guest house or a self-catering apartment. What I recommend doing is filtering by lowest prices on Booking and then looking at the reviews. This is how we found really good places to stay at and came across lovely hosts who were ready to help us with everything we needed.


4. Eat like a local

Eating out at a restaurant anywhere in the Seychelles is pricey, to say the least. One portion would cost you around €20, which is quite a lot (especially if you’re used to the €5 meals in Bulgaria).

In order to save money on our trip, we made sure we booked apartments with fully equipped kitchens both on Mahe and on Praslin. We then went to the local markets pretty much every day and bought fresh fruit and freshly caught fish, which we cooked at home afterwards. For 6 big fish we would usually pay around 200 rupees, with additional 20-50 rupees for them to clean up the fish.

All this food would then last us for at least 2 days, for 4 people altogether, which was so much cheaper than going out to an actual restaurant. And it was so much fun learning to cook the fish and trying a new type every day.

In order to save money on La Digue, we booked a guest house, where breakfast and dinner were provided. The package price was very good and we were getting so much food served every day that we couldn’t finish it.


5. Find cheaper transportation 

Taxis are a no-go on the Seychelles. They will empty your wallet quicker than you think. While we were in the Seychelles, we didn’t take a cab even just once, because we knew how expensive it’s going to be. Instead, we hired a car on Mahe and Praslin, and a bike on La Digue.

Hiring a car cost us around €35-40 per day, which would’ve probably been the cost of just one ride with a taxi.

Alternatively, you can use public transport both on Mahe and Praslin, which is actually the cheapest option. I can’t give you my personal opinion on whether taking the bus is practical, as I haven’t taken it.


6. Take the ferry

If you’re planning on visiting other islands apart from Mahe, for example La Digue or Praslin (which I most definitely recommend), you can either take the plane or take a ferry.

The cheaper option most definitely is the ferry – it costs about twice as little. It does take longer and it might be a bit too much for people with weak stomachs (like me), but it’s certainly cheaper.

I am talking about my experience on taking both the plane and the ferry in the posts about La Digue and Praslin.


7. Bring your own snorkeling gear

Almost every beach on the Seychelles is a snorkeling heaven. I recommend you bring your own snorkeling gear with you so you don’t have to purchase/rent it here.

One of our snorkeling masks broke so we looked to buy a new one on one of the islands. When I saw the prices, I was shocked. No need to mention that we chose not to buy a new one from here – thank god it was towards the end of the trip.


8. Exchange money only at places with good rates

Something very important to know is that you must only exchange Seychelles rupees in the Seychelles. They have this rule that you’re not allowed to enter the country with more than 100 SCR, so don’t exchange money in your country before departing.

There are many places to exchange money once you get here. If I can give you a tip, that would be to not go to a bank, but rather exchange at a designated money exchange. Banks usually have the worst rates.


9. Use the local currency instead of Dollars/Euros

Apart from Seychelles rupees, many shops and local sellers accept euros or dollars. However, when converting the currency, they usually calculate the price in their head with an exchange rate that is not very accurate, so they can get more money out of you. Always have rupees on hand so you can pay in the local currency.

 


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

A Full Seychelles Itinerary: 2 Weeks in the Seychelles

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