We already published a blog post about the prices and our expenses during backpacking the Seychelles.
Let’s move over to the three main islands: Mahé, Praslin & La Digue. For the respective islands we will try to give you the best tips, whether backpacker or honeymoon. Therefore, we try to answer as much as possible what you should see, which location is perfect for backpackers and/ or honeymoon and tell you the highlights of our second stop of the world trip. Furthermore we will tell you what you should avoid and what is not worth seeing.
Let’s start with the first island we’ve visited. Mahé, the largest island of the Seychelles.
In Mahé we had our cheapest apartment for 50 € per night. There are no hostels on the Seychelles due to that it’s quite expensive. Our apartment was located southeast of the island near the Anse Royale. There are supermarkets and many takeaways. The bus connection to Victoria (capital of the Seychelles) is great. In the opposite direction to the amazing beach Anse Interdance the bus connection was pretty bad.
The Anse Interdance is the most beautiful beach on Mahé. If you drive further south, you will find more great and secluded beaches. The place is perfect to relax and spend great days on the beach. There is nothing except a luxury hotel. So it’s perfect for the honeymoon. For backpackers we recommend a day trip (take enough food and drink).
For Backapacker we can highly recommend the beach Beu Vallon. Although it’s very touristy and the beach is not as beautiful as the Anse Interdance, there are some take-aways to get cheap, fresh food on the beach (the tuna was tasty) and every Wednesday is the “Bazar Labrin” market right on the beach. They serve delicious food (try the fresh made banana cakes that look like Muzen. They’re are delicious).
The market in Victoria is also worth to see. Mainly they sell fruits and seafood.
Mahé is great for driving around the Island (or even taking the bus) and exploring great beaches. You don’t have to book several Hotels/Apartments to see the whole Island. It’s small enough to explore it with the bus or car.
Praslin is the second largest island and can be reached by ferry within one hour from Mahe. There are only two bus connections and everything is much smaller and faster to reach. You will find there enough take always, supermarkets and restaurants.
If you settle down at Anse Volbert (Côte D’Or), you are close to everything but the beach section isn’t so pretty and we were also bitten by sandflies. Oh and beware of the beach vendors! We got persuaded to book a tour. A tour to St. Pierre and then to Curieuse Island. We can not recommend that at all. There are only dead corals at St. Pierre and you will just see few fishes.Why do we advise against the beach vendors? They drove us to the island and picked us up after 1.5 hours. If something had happened, we would be stuck. Such a behavior is pretty irresponsible.
Curieuse Island is a must do when you are on the Seychelles. Our tour started at the beach. Then we went along a path to the turtles (about 30min.). It was great to see so much nature and the highlight in the end were of course the huge turtles right on the beach. The turtles live there and can move freely. We could even pet them. That was a great experience and this day trip definitely needs to be on your bucketlist.
Back to the tour: Water taxis are also get offered. Since the tour was quite a failure, on a second visit we would probably book the water taxi, rather than the tour at the beach. Just make sure that you pay after they picked you up again.
We stayed in a guesthouse on the Grand Anse. This is also a great location for backpackers. There are many takeaways and supermarkets and the bus runs well (there are two buses and both pass by). However, we can not recommend the beach section there. It is very short and rocky.
Anse Lazio is definitely a visit worth. The beach is fantastic. Unfortunately there are no takeaways or something similar and the food in the 2-3 restaurants is really overpriced. In addition, there are no public toilets and you have to buy overpriced water in order to go to the bathroom.
La Digue was the smallest island we visited due to the accomodation it was the most expensive, but definitely worth to stay there more than one day. The island is small and clear. We strongly recommend you to rent bicycles. We payed about 100 Rupee (about 6 € per day). You don’t have to worry about food and supermarkets. There are a few takeaways (most open on Sundays) and some restaurants, kiosks and a larger supermarket. We can recommend you the takeaway called “Mimoza”.
Although La Digue is the smallest island, there is a lot to do. You can go by bike to the beautiful beach section “Grand Anse” and explore the close located beaches Petite Anse and Anse Coco. Those beaches are also perfect for taking pictures of the sunrise.
The Anse Source d’Argent National Park shouldn’t be missed. The entrance is about 100 rupees. There you will find one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Make sure to come either early or in the afternoon for sunset. Then the tourists who visit the Island during a day trip are already gone and you have the great beach (almost) for your own.
A little insider tip: Do a kayak tour at Anse Source d’Argent with transparent kayaks. You have to book the tour a few days in advance. The time when the tour starts depends on the tide. We met the owner and he was very friendly and he really love to do this tour with a couple of people (no mass attraction).
You also have the opportunity to enjoy a great sunset dinner at Snack Bellevue. We didn’t do that because our budget didn’t allow it due to the world trip, but we only heard positive about it. The price for the dinner with transport from the hotel is about 400 rupees and offers an amazing view.
Enjoy a tasty fruit cocktail at the beach bars. What’s better than ending the day with a cold drink? You can find many beach bars in the north of the island.
On La Digue you can also meet free-living giant tortoise. So always be careful. In the duel – Turtle vs. Bike the turtle always wins:)
For us, La Digue is definitely not just a day trip worth. The island is fantastically beautiful and perfect to take a break from everyday life, but also to explore the island by bike. Even if it’s small, you definitely will not get bored.