The first thing to check before going to another country is the location itself, if the trip will be worth the value of its currency demanded and if connecting to the family and friends I left at home will be possible. Although Seychelles is a small isolated island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, there are ways to connect to your family and friends back home.
Getting off at the Seychelles airport, from the plane you have to go through customs first, obviously. And when you’re done you can simply walk out and you’ll see small booths selling SIM cards, the most common services here in Seychelles is Airtel and Cable and Wireless. Cable and Wireless was the first telecommunication company and this followed by Airtel and other choices such as Kokonet and Intelvision. These companies make it their mission to provide the highest quality of telecommunication services as possible.
International calls, internet data and local calls, these companies provide and they have attractive bundles of packages for however long your stay in Seychelles is. These companies are different and they all provide different forms of service but one thing I can assure you, they will make sure you connect with your loved ones at home. Most of their offices are in town however there are small branches in the districts around the islands and some mobile packages can even be purchased in retail stores and super markets.
These package bundles are available for your phone, laptop or tablet. Whatever device you want to use it on, they have a solution. Your Instagram game will not be weak when you’re on this island beauty.
When you’re in Seychelles it’s not just about having a good time, but rather sharing your experience with your family and friends.
Strap on your sensible walking shoes. Grab your cap. A bottle of water. Sun spray. Mosquito repellent and as much food as you would like because we are going on a trail! Oh and guess what? You’re coming along with me! Nature lovers will always be nature lovers right? You’re in Seychelles and you want to go on a hike because the only place you feel at peace is on a trail surrounded by a variety of green pastures. You want to leave the sound of the wave behind, or your parents made you tag along because they are nature lovers. Or maybe you simply want to see the island.
Mare Au Cochons trail is one of the most well-known trails in the Seychelles. The trail starts at Le Niole or Bel Ombre, depending on your location and it leads through the forest of the North. Along the way there are points where you can stop and admire the timeless beauty that is the coast of Bel Ombre opposite the Silhouette Island. The view is vast and beyond words to describe its beauty. The white foam of waves caresses the white sandy coast and the green pastures highlight its splendour. It is truly a picture perfect frame with a 360 degrees panorama of the mountains up above and the ocean and islands completing the masterpiece.
While walking to Mare Au Cochons there are streams of fresh water flowing either along the walls of the path you’re walking next to or on the granite rocks, flowing to complete the water cycle. The smell of nature is more than just refreshing when you’re surrounded by the sound of dripping natural mineral water. There are multitudes of river coming from the mountains and you will see them along the way but if you don’t, you’ll certainly hear it.
There are tiny wooden kiosks that you can sit at and have some refreshments and a chat; however this is not the end of the trail. You will meet a large patch of extremely green grass coating the mountains, and these grasses are picture perfect and soft to lie down on and take the most scenic pictures you can imagine as it’s dotted with palm trees.
The trail doesn’t end there with more than a few back stories of how they used to produce cinnamon in bulk. There are evidence of the ruins along the way and a large variety of introduced crops such as Banana and sugar cane planted in neat rows, will show such a settlement.
You’ve seen all that can possibly be seen; now you’re on your way to the Mare au Cochons itself. The name is in French and translated to the ‘marsh of pigs’, however this must either be a legend or it has been said that the marsh was full of pigs at one point. Whichever story is true, nowadays there are no pigs in the marshy area of the Mare Au Cochon Trail. Once you’ve reach the marsh there will be a bridge to walk across and a small shack like kiosk to sit at and have your lunch or maybe your snack, depending on how fast you walk.
One known secret is that you can continue into the deep unraveling trail that is Mare Au Cochons, however you need to be with someone who knows the way because I am a hundred percent sure you do not want to be stuck in the dark mist of Mare au Cochons. Moreover if you don’t have a guide that can lead you down the steep mountain to the Grand Anse side of the trail then you can turn back and start walking home.
The Mare au Cochons connects to other trails such as Copolia. Spending a day in Nature will never be the same after the trail!
Do it once, it was memorable, do it twice it was iconic but do it thrice it goes down in history, however the circus of Samoa doesn’t need to visit a place more than once to go down in history. From their opening act to the bow the circus of Samoa surpasses expectations.
The magic circus goes by its name, the colors within their presentation brings shame to the rainbow; and the atmosphere they create leaves the audience craving for more and more.
The magic circus visited Seychelles during the years 2013 and 2015 and each time they introduce the small vanilla islands of Seychelles with nothing more than splendor, elegance and marvelous touch of talents from all around the globe; in 2015 they brought the tallest man ‘Sultan Kosen’ to one of the smallest nation in the world and this year 2018 the main attraction will be the ‘Globe of Death’ which will consist of 3 riders.
The Circus of Samoa is beautifully packed with a diversity of Samoan and international acrobats, clowns, aerialists, jugglers, magician who does more than amaze audiences with their skills and charisma!
What to do in Seychelles? From February 15 until March 18 the circus will be putting on shows on the Seychelles island Mahe. Worried about the working hours? The great thing about the magic circus is that at sun down the colorful lights turn on and the fire soars through the air; with shows starting from 7 pm. If the weekly shows are too hectic to attend and the little ones need to be in bed by 7 30 pm then the matinees shows are what you and the whole family can enjoy on Saturdays from 2 30 pm to 7 pm.
The approximately one hour show will be held at the ‘Vilaz Flaboyant’ parking next to the international conference center Seychelles (ICCS), Also known as the ex-flamboyant night club premises. Tickets will be on sale at the Circus Ticket Office which opens at 10 am. The tickets for adults cost Sr 225, children under 12 are Sr 125, first class tickets are Sr 250 and VIP tickets are 275.
Why should you attend the Magic Circus of Samoa? Because no one does it like they do and the edge of your seat will certainly be the only place you’ll be occupying all throughout the show. Hold on to your hat because the Magic…is in Seychelles!!!
Starting from the 15th of January, Seychelles Promo has started up weekly videos of visual itineraries for those traveling to the Seychelles Islands.
First we will begin by showing you what you can accomplish in one day on the three main islands; with multiple one day videos with different routes. From there we will continue to show you what to do in three and five days on our beautiful islands.
Despite having written mini itineraries which you can find here, these visuals are more enticing and explanatory. In the videos, you can find maps and directions as well as images of the places we want to send you!
For this week, we have gifted you with a One Day On La Digue. This video will take you through a variety of beaches; from Grand Anse to Anse Source D’Argent, stopping along the way for some nourishment and history.
Enjoy our video and don’t forget to check out our website, SeychellesPromo.
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Posted by Seychelles Promo on Sunday, January 21, 2018
Last week’s video for Praslin
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Posted by Seychelles Promo on Monday, January 15, 2018
When you are making your way to the beautiful islands of Seychelles, make sure you have fully researched all necessary items and papers you may need as well as other essentials when arriving.
Visas are not a requirement for tourists to come visit however you will need a valid passport from date of entry to exit from Seychelles, a return or onward ticket, contact details for your stay as well as sufficient funds for your duration of your stay. Once you have presented this information, a Visitor’s Permit will be issued to you upon arrival by the Department of Immigration. This Permit is free and valid for up to a month and can be extended to three months. After the three month duration, renewal of the Permit will cost SCR 5,000.
Now that you’ve made it through customs, you should head over to the Duty Free, but not before being aware of what you can buy and how much. Each person is allowed the following.
- 2 liters of spirits
- 2 liters of wine
- 200 cigarettes or 250g of tobacco
- 200ml of Parfume or Eau de Toilette
Once you’ve left the Duty Free you probably want to change currency. The Seychelles Rupee is the local currency; coins come in 5, 10, 25 cents and 1, 5, 10 Rupees. The notes are available in 25, 50, 100 and 500 Rupees. When exchanging foreign currency, it is highly advised to do so at banks, authorized money changers or other licensed operators. Do no exchange money with random individuals as it is a criminal offense!
If you prefer to handle your money in card form then you should know that Visa and MasterCard are accepted anywhere with a card machine. ATM’s can be found in a variety of places around Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and dole out cash in Rupees only.
Another thing that might be important to note is Public Holidays due to the fact that a majorty of businesses in town are closed for business on those special days.
New Year – 1st & 2nd January
Labour Day – 1st May
Constitutional Day – 18th June
National Day – 29th June
Good Friday – 14th April
Easter Sunday – 16th April
Corpus Christi – 15th June
Assumption Day – 15th August
All Saints’ Day – 1st November
Immaculate Conception – 8th December
Christmas Day – 25th December
Get your luggage ready for some great activities to keep you busy while vacationing in the Seychelles Islands, specifically La Digue.
In this post I will be splitting up itineraries between three different holiday lengths on La Digue as well as appealing to people of all tastes.
4 DAYS LONG
Take it easy for your short holiday with these small suggestions.
- Beaches: Like every itinerary before, beaches are at the forefront of every trip to the islands. The pride of La Digue is Anse Source D’Argent and it’s not difficult to see why. This beach is an ideal spot for weddings and honeymooners. The clear turquoise water is relatively calm and perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
- Hiking: Get your hiking shoes on and head on over to the highest point on La Digue called Nid d’Aigle. You’ll be spending an average time of 3 hours on this trail, to and from, depending on how fast or slow you walk. Capture the most spectacular views of La Digue and neighboring islands from this point.
- Art: A definite must see on La Digue is the art gallery of George Camille, a famous artist here in the Seychelles Islands.
1 week vacation
One weeks seems like enough time to do some more activities and delve into the deep rich history of the island.
- Beaches: Go and relax on one of La Digue’s many secluded beaches for prime tanning and privacy.
- L’Union Estate: This piece of land covers over a third of La Digue and is a big tourist attraction. Here you can find an accumulation of local life activities and places of interest. The coconut farm which is found here shows demonstrations of extracting oil which is a staple in most Seychellois homes. Another tourist favorite is the tortoise park where you can take pictures with the giant land tortoises.
- La Digue Cemetery: Another small tourist attraction is the cemetery. This plot of land isn’t relatively spooky but it is home to many of the first settlers on the island.
- Ox Ride: Ride in style on carts pulled by large oxen, something that was very common for newly weds leaving the church back in the day. It may be a slow mode of transport but it is an experience, once you reach your destination you can carry on by foot or the preferred transport: bicycles.
- Eustache Sarde’s House: This beautiful house is one of the last remaining homes made out of timber in the whole of Seychelles.
2 weeks stay
Try different things while you extend your stay.
- Beaches: Lengthen your summer tan on the various beaches La Digue has to offer.
- Veuve Reserve: Find out more about La Digue’s endemic animals and plants at this small but beautiful nature reserve in the forest.
- Island Hopping: Find yourself a boat charter and check out the other islands that surround La Digue. Find out about their specific history and facts!
- Restaurants and Bars: Entice your taste buds with delicious creole cooking from a large variety of restaurants and bars.
- Helicopter Rides: See the island from a birds eye view with a lovely helicopter ride that takes off from La Digue.
- Lafet La Digue: This event more commonly known as the Feast of Assumption in English, is a major event that is marked in every Seychellois’ calendar from every island. On the 15th of August everyone comes down to celebrate the Virgin Mary and partake in the open-air mass and procession. The festivities continue with street parties, live music shows and food-stalls for both locals and visitors alike.
Find a full list of beaches here.
Start packing your bags for some great activities to keep you busy while vacationing in the Seychelles Islands, specifically Praslin.
In this post I will be splitting up itineraries between three different holiday lengths on Praslin to keep you thoroughly busy.
4 days long
If you find yourself on Praslin for only a couple of days, then you needn’t worry; I’ve got your schedule covered.
- Beaches: The first and most important beach Praslin has to offer is the beautiful Anse Lazio. This beach is considered one of the top ten most picturesque beaches in the world and it does not disappoint. Be sure to pop over and snap a couple of pictures of the crystal blue waters to show the family back home what they are missing out on!
- Snorkeling and Diving: Jump in the ocean and check out the beautiful sea life the Praslin calls its own. Become one with the friendly fish and spend the day cooling off and splashing around. There is a main diving facility on Praslin that can be found here.
- Vallee De Mai: This Nature Reserve is the Pride of Praslin and it is not hard to see why. The Vallee De Mai is home to the endemic Coco de Mer and is protected from harm by the reserve. Tourists are always welcome here to learn more about our various flora and if you’re lucky you may even be able to taste some delicious coconut meat! A tour guide is highly recommended for those who wish to get more interesting information about the are. Find a tour guide here.
1 week vacation
Lengthen your vacation and your leisure time with the following fun activities
- Boat Charters: When it comes to boat charters, Praslin is not lacking. Choose from a wide array of boat charters to whisk you away to different smaller islands for a day in the sun, sea and even barbecues.
- Island Hopping: Hop on over to different islands close by to Praslin and soak up some interesting information and history they have to offer. You can even feed giant tortoises that are probably older than you!
- Water Activities: Clear kayaks are now being introduced to the second largest island in the Seychelles archipelago. With these nifty canoes you can look down into the water without diving in. Be sure to bring some snacks with you in case you bump into any hungry fish!
- Bars/Restaurants: Find an array of bars and restaurants on Praslin to help you unwind from a busy, fun filled day. Taste local and international cuisine and delicious drinks while listening to live music in various locations.
- Black Pearl Farm: This farm is known for the beautiful Black Pearls which can be found in beautiful jewelry. Check out the way the pearls are created, collected and used here and even pop into the store in front to grab some souvenirs.
2 weeks stay
The longer the stay, the longer you have to accomplish more things
- Fishing: Flex those muscles with the help of fishing for big game. A fun activity in Seychelles is definitely fishing and it is an amazing experience when you are able to catch some various species that you may even be able to eat.
- Boat Charters: A fun past time would be to lounge about on a nice boat all day. You can get that done and more with all the boat charters Praslin has to offer. On certain boats you can fish for your own food to barbecue on another island where you can also feed giant tortoises. Snorkeling is also a featured option with charters and you can find yourself feeding the hungry fish that come up to say hello.
- Helicopter Rides: Book yourself a fun and fantastic helicopter ride where you can find yourself flying high above the islands. Feel like a bird and capture the beauty of Seychelles from above.
- Island Hopping: This activity is a fan favorite; why stick to one island when you can visit multiple? Each island has its own interesting history and facts that make it unique. Enjoy a sun filled day on one or more!
- Beaches: Spread yourself out on various beautiful beaches on Praslin. Find secluded quiet areas and even some big touristy ones to tan it up on.
- Local Food: Find local cuisine at various restaurants and feel just like a local when tasting spicy or unique dishes.
Get your planners ready for some great activities to keep you busy while vacationing in the Seychelles Islands, specifically Mahé.
In this post I will be splitting up itineraries between three different holiday lengths on Mahé as well as appealing to people of all tastes.
4 Days long
If you’ll be spending a short time in Mahé then don’t stress; you can do just enough to get a Creole experience.
- Beaches: The beaches of Mahé are a must see and should always be a focal point of a visit here. Depending on the time of year, you can enjoy a variety of beaches that range from small, quiet coves, to large, touristy areas. Check out our tips for safe swimming here.
- Market: Another place to visit is the local market; here you can delve deep into some Seychellois culture by watching the locals interact over fresh produce and get some spices and souvenirs to bring back home. Check out the location here.
- Bazar Labrin: Depending on the days that you are here, you can visit the Bazar Labrin that is every Wednesday evening along the Beau Vallon Beach promenade. Here you can find local handicrafts and food to keep you busy and intrigued. It would be wise to stay late to watch the Moutya show that surrounds the Bonfire for an extra cultural experience.
1 week vacation
For a seven day trip to the Mahé, your week can be spent lounging in the sun or going on adventurous escapades.
- Nature Trails: On Mahé, there is a variety of nature trails for tourists and locals alike and every single hike can vary between easy and strenuous. It is very important to pay attention to your surroundings and always have the essentials for outdoor activities.
- Water Sports: Some other things to do on Mahé can be water sports or boat excursions, where you can enjoy the clear blue oceans in a multitude of ways.
- Art and History: The art studios, museums and monuments would also appreciate a visit from those who want to learn more about Seychellois culture through history and art. These various places can show true hidden beauty and depths.
- Island Hopping: By finding a boat excursion or boat tour company, you can find yourself visiting several small islands in one or two days. Hop on over to these quaint outer islands for a tasty barbecue and interesting history lessons.
2 weeks stay
The longer you stay, the more time you have to enjoy yourself. For the fourteen day trip you can visit a variety of things and maybe even be around for some local events.
- Beaches and Water Sports: The beach is always open and more than often, you can find water sport activities to entertain you. Such as jet skiing, parasailing, windsurfing and banana boating to name a few.
- Another Island: Something that is always recommended is visiting Praslin and La Digue which you can do by taking the usual ferry or by organizing a boat charter activity through hotels or locals.
- Diving and Snorkeling: Diving and snorkeling is also heavily recommended for a whole day activity and can be achieved through diving companies or glass bottom boats.
- Events: Events that may take place on Mahé could be local concerts or mini culture festivals that are held in various areas around the island. You can also find live music playing at select restaurants and hotels in the evenings.
- Tours: If you want to traipse around the island but are afraid to get lost, then find yourself a tour guide and head on out. Depending on the guide you can end up in different nooks and crannies of Mahé. You can find out little facts and small business that help Seychelles flourish.
- Fishing: If big game is what you are looking for, then fishing is your must do activity. With various fishing agencies you can be taken anywhere in Seychelles to find as much fish as you can under the guidance of your boat guides. You may also be able to eat your catch of the day depending on your charter.
- Spa Day: Relax your weary head with a pampered day at any spa. You can find full body massages, facials and mud baths at various locations. Check out our full list here.