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When thinking of Seychelles, you probably have some white sand beaches, palm trees and turquoise waters in mind. And yes, I can already confirm – Seychelles is the synonym for tropical paradise on Earth! However, this island nation is widely considered to be one of the most expensive travel destinations in the whole world. But is it possible to visit Seychelles without going bankrupt?
How expensive is Seychelles? We got this question a lot when we came back from 2 weeks in paradise. In fact, you can visit Seychelles on a budget, but it is not possible to visit Seychelles cheaply. Seychelles can be affordable but these are not backpacking prices and it won’t be cheap. The quality of life is actually very high – the prices of everything are almost the same as the prices in Innsbruck where I do live, which means – it is expensive.
But there is an option to visit Seychelles on a budget if you choose your accommodations and dining options selectively. The prices for the flights from Europe are not more expensive than flying to Thailand or Bali. You can save a lot of money when you book a self-catering villa or chalet in advance instead of booking a hotel. There are enough villas and private apartments usually with a kitchen inside. This means you can visit the supermarket and cook your own meals. Another option for cheaper food is takeaways. There are takeaways on each of the three main islands and the prices for a meal range between 4 € and 8 €. Take away restaurants are mostly open for lunch, but many are also open for limited hours during dinner as well.
Another good thing is that all beaches are public access! You don’t have to pay a cent for visiting the best beaches in the world – whether you are a superstar or just a normal guy, you can chill on any beach you want to!
Expensive or not I would totally recommend renting a car in Praslin and Mahe. Renting a car will cost 50 € per day but it was worth it every single day! We saw everything, and with everything I mean EVERYTHING! I don’t think that people who spend 1000 € per night in a 5-star hotel experience as much as we did. So I would say, self-catering apartment + car is the best combo for Mahe and Praslin.
Index of Prices in Seychelles in EUR
|Flight from Europe||600 € – 900 €|
|Ferry Mahé to Praslin (one way)||50 €|
|Ferry Praslin to La Digue (one way)||15 €|
|Ferry La Digue to Mahe (one way)||65 €|
|Rental Bicycle on La Digue (per day)||6 € – 10 €|
|Rental Car (per day)||50 €|
|A taxiAirport Mahé to the Port||30 €|
|One-way Ticket (Local Transport)||0.5 €|
|Gasoline (1 l)||1.25 €|
|Airbnb‘s (min per night)||90 € +|
|Self-Catering Appartments (min per night)||90 € +|
|Hotel *** (min per night)||230 € +|
|Hotel **** (min per night)||300 € +|
|Resorts tend to start around $400 per night, and can easily top 1.000 € per night (e.g. Hilton Silhouette)||600 € +|
|Takeaways||4 € – 8 €|
|A meal, Low Budget Restaurant||14 €|
|Meal for 2 People, Mid-range Restaurant||65 €|
|SeyBrew Local Beer (0.5l)||4 €|
|Imported Beer (0.33l)||3 €|
|Cappuccino (regular)||3.5 €|
|Coke (0.33l)||1.5 €|
|Water (1l)||2.5 €|
|Glass of wine||3 €|
|Cocktail||9 € – 12 €|
|Pizza or plate of pasta||10 €|
|Buffet lunch at Chez Batista||25 €|
|SeyBrew Local Beer (330 ml)||1.7 €|
|Imported Beer (0.33l)||2.5 €|
|Water (1l)||1 €|
|Milk (1l)||1.6 €|
|Fruit Juice||1.3 €|
|Bottle of Wine||14 €|
|Bag of Pasta||2.4 €|
|White Bread (500g)||1.2 €|
|Rice (1kg)||2 €|
|Eggs (10)||3 €|
|Local Cheese (1kg)||13 €|
|Chicken Breasts (1kg)||7 €|
|Beef Round||13 €|
|Apples (1kg)||2.5 €|
|Banana (1kg)||2.5 €|
|Oranges (1kg)||1.5 €|
|Tomato (1kg)||4.5 €|
|Potato (1kg)||1.5 €|
|Onion (1kg)||1 €|
|Cigarettes 20 Pack (Marlboro)||7 €|
|1 Bag of Potato Chips||2.4 €|
|1 chocolate bar||1 €|
|Valle de Mai on Praslin||23 €|
|Anse Source D’Argent on La Digue||6.5 €|
|Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve on Praslin||8 €|
|Half day Snorkelling Trip or Scuba Diving||50 €|
|Hiking La Digue||40 €|
|Day trip from Praslin to Curieuse Island / St.Pierre||100 €|
Mahe and Praslin have well-integrated bus networks but still, you don’t have the flexibility to go wherever and whenever you want to go. For us, public transport was no option. Taxis neither – they are too expensive. A taxi from the Airport Mahe to the Port of Mahe costs about 30 € and a rental car cost about 50 € a day! You know what I mean …
In terms of travelling between islands, Cat Cocos is the most popular ferry service which offers transportation between Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue. You cannot save from the ferry tickets – the prices are fixed and always the same. Though I recommend to buy them online 48 hours in advance.
So long-story-short: Seychelles is not a low budget destination, but you can visit the islands without going bankrupt! If you work hard and safe harder, and if you decide to book a self-catering apartment, not eating in a restaurant every single day, not having 3-4-5 cocktails every single evening – Seychelles Islands can be affordable and are not an impossible destination to visit.
Recommended Places to Stay
If you are looking for a good and affordable place to stay near Anse Soleil, Mahe, I can recommend these accommodations:
If you are looking for a good and affordable place to stay near Anse Forbans, Mahe I can recommend these accommodations:
If you are looking for a good and affordable place to stay near Beau Vallon, Mahe I can recommend these accommodations: La Maison Hibiscus, Beau Vallon Residence, Flower Garden Self-Catering Apartments
If you are looking for a good and affordable place to stay near Baie Lazare, Mahe I can recommend these accommodations: Les Elles Guesthouse Self Catering, Hillside Retreat, Kanasuk Self catering Apartments
If you are looking for a good and affordable place to stay in La Digue I can recommend these accommodations: Orchid Self Catering Apartment, Chloe’s Cottage Self-Catering, Coral Apartments
If you are looking for a good and affordable place to stay in Praslin I can recommend these accommodations: Coquillage Apartments, Rosemary’s Guesthouse, Roche Kerlan Apartments
Enjoy the day!
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