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When we thought about the countries we would like to travel during our world trip, the Seychelles were at the top of our bucket list.
If we think about the Seychelles honeymoon and luxury vacation comes first to our mind. Make a luxury vacation during the world trip? Unfortunately, it’s a way to expensive for us. So much money we could not put aside. That’s why we thought there should be another possibility and decided to travel the Seychelles on Low Budget.
Not as easy as we thought ?. We were lucky enough to be in South Africa to get a cheap flight (about 350€ per Person). But by viewing the hotel/ guest house prices we had to swallow. The prices started by 50 € per night and became more expensive from island to island. By the way, there are many guesthouses in the Seychelles and not only super luxurious hotels. Most of them are fine. We liked two of our accommodations and two weren’t not good. At this point, the Seychelles are unfortunately very expensive. For a guest house, which costs 50-60 euros, we got a room in a very bad condition. So do not expect much for the price.
We chose to backpack the three main islands Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. There are regular ferries, the islands have several accommodations, are not too far away from each other and not too small and uninhabited. Because of that they are some supermarkets and cheap alternatives to expensive restaurants.
Cheap alternatives are take-aways. Take-Aways offering different creole dishes. Mostly Rice, Fish & Curry. You can eat it and the price is usually between 4-6 €. Unfortunately, restaurants are too expensive. About 15 € for a dish? No thanks. But the take-aways are fine.
The supermarket prices are also quite okay. However, in Seychelles there are not the typical supermarkets as we know them, but rather larger kiosks. Every “supermarket” has a different choice of products and different prices. Since a lot has to be imported, it is unfortunately not so cheap. One liter of water costs about 1 €. That’s why we usually bought a 5 liter canister ( about 2,30 €). Good saving tip. Otherwise, the prices are okay, of course not as cheap as in Asia, rather to European conditions.
The Bus service works well on all islands (except La Digue – there are no buses, only bicycles and a few cars). You pay about 50 cents per way (7 rupees per person), no matter how short or long the route is. The connections are also quite good. Only the bus ride itself is pretty chaotic. They always honk before each turn ?? small note: here it’s not common to travel with a lot of luggage and take the bus. Usually the Seychellois take a taxi when they have huge luggage. To take a taxi as a tourist? No, thanks. Here we are again on the subject of Money. That’s why it could happen that a bus driver don’t let you in the bus. The best way its to look as friendly as possible and plan some buffer if a bus driver does not take you on the bus. Oh and do not travel with your backpack at peak times. By the way the transport in the night of our arrival cost 30€ with a taxi. You can also use a rental car. We didn’t used one, but recommend it for Mahé. It’s great to have one but not necessary. It’s an easy way to explore the Island and to see as much as possible. On Praslin its not so necessary because there are just two Bus lines that drives around the island.
We decided to travel the Seychelles for 15 days. 3 days Mahé, 5 Praslin, 5 La Digue and then another 2 days in Mahé. We did the last two days in the end on Mahé because our onward flight went at 6 am in the morning and we wanted to be on the safe side, if there are any problems with the ferry. By the way, the ferry drives only two to three times a day. But it depends on the island. Getting tickets directly from the ferry station has worked well every time.
For the ferry we paid 50 € from Mahé to Praslin and it tooks us there one hour. After that we drove to La Digue and we paid 15 € for 15 minutes drive and the way back to Mahé costed 65 € for 1.5 hours drive. We liked the order how we visited the islands as well as the amount of days we spent on each Island. From “big and hectic” it went to “small and quiet”.
First of all something to the Internet: Depending on the accommodation, the Internet is very bad. Unfortunately we didn’t had a functioning internet at our first accommodation, although in the description there was free Wi-Fi. We paid extra attention to such things because we had to plan our next trips, book flights and accommodations and it’s not possible to plan without Internet. That’s why we bought Internet the first day. So expensive! We chose Cable Wireless. We paid 12 € for the sim cards alone. Is that normal? We do not think so. The price for 4 GB is around 47 €. Would we known better, we would have taken Air tel. It’s cheaper and sometimes there were even hotspots for customers. We also got free Wifi at some places like bus stations and famous beaches ?. Oh and the mobile internet worked great on all three islands.
A small overview of how much we have spent (15 days, 2 people):
– Food & Drink: 290 €
– Transfer (Bus, ferry, 1x Taxi): 330 €
– Activities (tours, entry fees, snorkeling equipment, bicycle, lost key, data pack): 380€
– Accomandations: 1155€
In total 2155,00 € for two persons for 15 days.
So and now the answer of the question: Is it possible to backpack the Seychelles on low budget?
To sum up it is definitely possible to travel the Seychelles as a backpacker. But its more expensive than other countries. If you have the idea of doing it – check the accommodations earlier. We did it only two weeks before. We can also advise you not to travel the Seychelles alone. Because this is unfortunately too expensive especially because of the accommodations. There are no hostels for solo travellers.
You want to know more about the three island – Check this blog article.