Cheap flights to the Seychelles are available from Manchester Airport, as well as from Heathrow and Gatwick airports near London. Flights to the Seychelles will arrive at Seychelles International Airport in the capital Victoria. Regular bus services to Victoria city centre are available from the bus stops just outside the airport terminal. Taxis are also available for journeys into Victoria. They can be hired from the taxi ranks outside the terminal building.
Buses operated by Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC) are available on the islands of Mahe and Praslin. Check the SPTC website for more information. Taxis are readily available on the inhabited islands; however, the fares can become very expensive when travelling long distances. Air Seychelles operates a regular schedule of domestic flights between the islands. Check the Air Seychelles website for more information. Cat Cocos runs regular high-speed catamaran trips between the islands of Praslin and Mahe. Tickets are available from the Cat Cocos booking office near the piers on both islands. Trips may be cancelled or rescheduled depending on weather conditions. Some other ferry companies may provide services to other islands such as La Digue and Silhouette Island.
The Seychelles are a classic holiday destination for those looking for an idyllic beach break. Anse Lanzio, on Praslin, is the quintessential postcard perfect beach. The beach’s pure white sands and clear waters are popular with honeymooners and families on a day out. Over on La Digue, the iconic Anse Source d’Argent is sheltered by a reef, providing it with calm, clear waters that are perfect for snorkelling or paddling. Explore the Vallee de Mai Nature Reserve to display the islands’ unique flora and fauna. Coco de Mer palms can be found here, and a lucky few might be able to catch a glimpse of the rare Seychelles Black Parrot. Learn more about the islands’ past, and its culture, at the modest Natural History Museum in Victoria.
Go to the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market in Victoria to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as fish caught that very day. Little stalls can be found along the streets of Victoria and around Mahe, selling local handicrafts, fruit juices and snacks. Visitors to La Digue can go to Gregoire’s Store, a well-stocked supermarket, to purchase items for a beach picnic. The Boat House on Mahe offers a sumptuous buffet of Creole dishes such as octopus curry, palm heart salad and grilled fish. The Marie Antoinette Restaurant is popular with locals for its generous portions of hearty Creole dishes. Nightlife is mainly confined to Mahe and Praslin. The Lovenut Nightclub is one of Victoria’s most popular nightspots. Katiolo, one of the largest and busiest discos in the Seychelles, is a favourite with hip young locals.