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Anse Pierrot, La Digue

Travel Costs & Prices: How Expensive is Seychelles?

by Tsvete Popp

This post is part of the series Seychelles

Other posts in this series:

  1. Interesting Facts About Seychelles
  2. Seychelles Itinerary: How to Spend 2 Weeks in Seychelles
  3. Fond Ferdinand Nature Reserve ~ Praslin

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?

 

Mahe Airport. Seychelles

Mahe Airport. Seychelles

Mahe Airport, Seychelles

Mahe Airport

 

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.

 

Airport Mahe, Seychelles

Airport Mahe

Coco Ferry Seychelles

Coco Ferry Seychelles

 

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.

 

Beau Vallon. Mahe, Seychelles

Beau Vallon

 

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!

 

Beau Vallon. Mahe, Seychelles

Beau Vallon

Aldabra Tortoise Seychelles

Aldabra Tortoise Seychelles

 

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.

 

La Digue

La Digue

La Digue

La Digue

 

Index of Prices in Seychelles in EUR

 

 

Transportation

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 €

Accommodations

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 € +

Restaurants

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 €
Burger 11 €
Buffet lunch at Chez Batista 25 €

Markets

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 €

Attractions

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 €

 

Anse Soleil. Mahe, Seychelles

Anse Soleil

 

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 …

 

Anse Marron, La Digue, Seychelles

Anse Marron

 

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.

 

Petit Anse, Mahe, Seychelles

Petit Anse

Flying Fox, Seychelles

Flying Fox, Seychelles

Petit Anse, Mahe, Seychelles

Petit Anse

 


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Sunset Beach Mahe, Seychelles

Sunset Beach Mahe

La Digue

La Digue

Takamaka Beach, Mahe, Seychelles

 

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:

Les Elles Guesthouse Self Catering, A Peace In Paradise

If you are looking for a good and affordable place to stay near Anse Takamaka, Mahe I can recommend these accommodations: Captain’s Villa, Chalets Bougainville, Surfers Beach Self Catering Chalets

If you are looking for a good and affordable place to stay near Anse Forbans, Mahe I can recommend these accommodations:

Domaine Desaubin Luxury Villas, Demeure de Cap Macon, Takamaka Green Village

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 Sunset Beach, Mahe I can recommend these accommodations: Chepsted Chalets, Carana Hilltop Villa

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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