Things to Do in Seychelles
Hotels in the Seychelles do not have an official classification, tour operators evaluate them themselves, assigning conditional 3, 4 or 5 “stars”. The hotel chain covers all major islands, and small bungalows of varying degrees of comfort receive tourists on small coral islands. At the same time, even the smallest hotels and lodges are guaranteed to provide a service that meets all international standards.
The mains voltage is 240 V, using a British standard plug with three square plates. To connect Russian electrical appliances, you will need an adapter, which can be taken from the receptionist.
Families with children most often choose hotels on Mahe: the beaches here are equipped, protected from waves by coral reefs. We recommend Praslin and La Digue to fans of a relaxing holiday: it is quiet, beautiful, there are all conditions for diving and snorkeling. Island hotels are ideal for a honeymoon: in secluded comfortable bungalows, nothing distracts from romance.
The most budget option is guesthouses and apartments: in Victoria, such housing can be rented for 2235 SCR per day. A double room in a 3 * metropolitan hotel will cost from 1800 SCR, in a luxurious 5 * – from 3700 SCR per day. Double accommodation in a guesthouse on Praslin – from 1200 SCR, in a fashionable lodge – from 3000 SCR per night. Accommodation in the “kopeck piece” La Digue – from 1600 SCR, in a three-story villa with a private pool – 10,000-13,000 SCR per day. A carefree vacation on the most famous island-hotel Fregat will make your wallet easier on amounts from 50,000 SCR(if, of course, one day in paradise is enough).
According to toppharmacyschools.org, the country’s monetary unit is the Seychelles rupee (SCR), in 1 rupee 100 cents. Current exchange rate: 1 SCR = 4.32 RUB (1 USD = 13.35 SCR, 1 EUR = 14.05 SCR).
Money at the official rate can be exchanged at banks or the airport, the reverse exchange is made at any exchange office if there is a certificate of the initial exchange. Banks are usually open from 8:30 to 14:00 on weekdays, on Saturdays – until 11:00. Unlike most countries, travelers checks in the Seychelles are more profitable to exchange than cash. Many shops and souvenir shops accept US dollars and euros for payment. In hotels, you can pay by credit card, local currency, dollars and euros.
In the Seychelles, unlike most countries, travelers checks are more profitable to exchange than cash. Hand-held currency exchange is prohibited and punishable by law.
Tipping is automatically included in the bill almost everywhere. If you liked the service, but there is no corresponding column in the check, you can leave up to 10% of the order amount as a reward. The standard reward for maids is 10-15 SCR.
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All beaches are municipal, sandy, in the form of small coves. Each hotel has its own section of the coast, but it is not a fact that only its guests will sunbathe on it. Umbrellas and sun loungers (where available) are free.
The most party beach in the Seychelles is Beau Vallon, 3 km from Victoria. It is protected from waves by a reef, platforms are equipped for the most daring divers. Families with children will also like it here: the entrance to the water is smooth, there are no currents and sharp corals, lifeguards are on duty on the shore. Bars, shops, amenities, entertainment – everything as it should be in a popular resort. Secluded bays lurk on the west coast of Mahe: you can’t swim everywhere, but the landscapes are amazing. The best place to relax with kids is Port Launay with fine sand as flour, a safe bottom and granite rocks protecting from waves and wind. The south is also not crowded: lovers of snorkeling and enjoying the silence come here.
The most beautiful beach of Mahe Island is the southwestern Anse Intendance, surrounded by sprawling coconut trees.
The most famous recreation area on Praslin is Anse Lazio: on weekdays it is quiet here, but on weekends the beach is occupied by locals. You can also have a good time on the popular Côte d’Or and Anse Consolation, lost in the east. The most impressive panoramas on La Digue open from the bay of Source d’Argent: giant granite massifs scattered along the shore glow in the rays of the sunset sun. The remote beaches of Anse Coco, Petit Anse and Grand Anse, covered with pink sand, are also beautiful, but from April to October it is not safe to swim here. Silhouette, Alphonse, Denise and Felicite Islands offer great views, diving and fishing.
Cuisine and restaurants of the Seychelles
The local cuisine was formed according to the traditional recipes of the islanders, but under the powerful influence of European, especially French, culinary traditions, while also with a noticeable Indian bias. The basis of the local Creole cuisine is seafood, rice, coconuts and curry, and the most popular dish is pwason ek diri (fish and rice). Also worth trying are tech-tech seashell soup, bat stew (brrr!), breadfruit stew, French-style stewed bananas saint-jac, kak-kat banana and coconut pudding.
The basis of Creole cuisine is seafood, rice, coconuts and curry.
There are 1000 species of fish (and not only fish) in the surrounding waters of the Seychelles, so it is simply impossible to imagine a Creole table without sea dishes. Especially popular are baked bourgeois fish, small trululu crabs, lobsters in lemon sauce, octopus curry in vegetables, giraffe crab in coconut curry, and zurit – octopus in coconut curry.
The cheapest way to eat is in small cafes with national cuisine, Indian restaurants and pizzerias: a full meal will cost 150-300 SCR per person. Another budget option is street food on the beaches: a serving of grilled fish or octopus salad in a plastic container costs 60 SCR. For dinner in a fashionable restaurant overlooking the ocean, you will have to pay from 500 SCR per person.
Typical local drinks are Saber beer, fermented coconut juice Kalu, a fairly strong Baca fermented sugar cane juice, and lemon mint tincture Die Zitronel. In addition, first-class South African and French wines are imported to the islands. Tea (black or with vanilla) is consumed in large quantities, as well as coffee, which has recently become fashionable, imported from Ethiopia, Colombia and Yemen.
Most restaurants only take orders until 10:00 pm, after which guests finish what they ordered and, at best, can take more drinks. And most often at this time, the food stalls are simply closed. Only bars are open until late at night.