Located off the coast of East Africa, the beautiful island of the Seychelles is made for honeymoons. With picturesque beaches, palm trees swaying in the breeze and secluded lagoons with clear azure waters, the island offers visitors the ultimate privacy, romance and relaxation.
Made up of 115 islands, the Seychelles has plenty of accommodation options with best resorts being located on Mahé Island – the largest island. The beauty of the island extends beyond just the amazing views and beaches to the incredible wildlife both on land and underwater. With giant tortoises and a variety of sea life, the island is also perfect for just exploratory hikes and scuba diving.
With an average temperature of 29°C and a warm, tropical climate, the Seychelles is a perfect honeymoon destination all year round.
Between the months of April and October, is dry season which long days and warm nights. Dinners on the beach and early morning walks are perfect for this time of year. Unfortunately due to the Indian Ocean trade winds, most beaches are covered in seaweed.
From November through March is wet season bringing heavy winds and plenty of rainfall. During this time the temperature rises and becomes more humid. And if things couldn’t get worse, you’ll only get around six hours of sunlight per day.
From history to nature, Seychelles is a destination that has something to see and do for everyone.
Head to the beautiful botanical gardens that were established in 1901. These magnificent gardens cover six hectares of land and boasts of 500 species of plants. It is the perfect destination for a picnic or romantic walk.
If it’s the view you are after then head up to San Souci – an incredible vantage point above Victoria. Victoria itself is an eyeful as this house was built in colonial time and is probably one of the best and beautiful examples of the architect of that area. Today it is an art gallery and antique shop.
A must do while on the islands is head out to sea on catamaran. With the fresh sea breeze and plenty of opportunity to go snorkeling, you’ll definitely enjoy this day in the sun.
Influenced by African, French, Indian British and Chinese cuisines, the dining in the Seychelles packs a lot of flavour. With the local cuisine including fragrant spices, breadfruit which replaces rice and coconut milk, the Seychelles offers visitors a unique culinary experience.
For meat lovers, you’ll find turtle meat on almost every menu, but don’t worry, this isn’t actual turtle meat, it is a local name for beef.
A few must-try dishes include zourit (a creamy curry with octopus), bourzwa (grilled red snapper with garlic and ginger served with salad, rice and vegetables), and grilled kingfish and tuna with garlic butter and creole sauce.
To drink, you have to try calou (wine made from coconut sap) and Coco d’Amour (a tropical liqueur made with coconut extract).
There are four ways to get around the Seychelles – car rental, public bus, ferry or taxi.
If you’re comfortable with driving on the left side of the road, then why not hire a buggy or Jeep while on the main island of Mahé. The island specialises in renting out these types of vehicles.
Buses run a daily service and travels throughout Mahé. The bus service is called Seychelles Public Transport System (SPTC) and operates from early morning to early evening making it the perfect choice for those wanting to head out for a beach day.
A ferry runs from from Mahé to Praslin, and the trip takes three hours. For a faster one hour trip, hop on one of the Cat Cocos 35 metre catamaran.
Flights to outer islands are also available.
From high-end brands to side of the road specials, shopping in the Seychelles is an amazing experience.
For the best shopping in the Seychelles head down to Beau Vallon Beach every Wednesday at 6pm and experience the incredible outdoor market. With 50 vendors selling a variety of goods including local food and drinks, jewelry, T-shirts, souvenirs, fresh spices, coffee, sarongs, vanilla pods, vanilla essence and Seychelles tea, it is the perfect place to pick up a souvenir.
Whether you’re visiting Seychelles on your honeymoon – or just enjoying a holiday – you want it to be as hassle-free as possible, so be sure to purchase travel insurance before leaving home. It will make your special time away even more enjoyable as you’ll have peace of mind knowing that you and your belongings are covered (within your policy’s limits, of course) should anything go wrong.
As they say in the travel industry, if you can’t afford travel insurance, you can’t afford to travel!
Purchase your travel insurance when you book your trip and, depending on the policy you choose, you should be covered for theft, injury or illness. Some travel insurance policies do not cover certain activities such as diving, hiking, parasailing, or renting a motorcycle, so ensure you read it before signing up so that you’re aware of what it does and doesn’t cover. Take a copy of your travel insurance documents with you when travelling.
The currency is the Seychelles Rupee.
For your convenience, most hotels are allowed to exchange small amounts of money at an additional cost – obviously. ATMs are known to have the best rate for exchanging money, so it might be a good idea to bring along your Visa or Mastercard and withdraw all the money you’ll need for your trip. Visa is the most commonly used service, while you’ll only find one ATM that accepts Mastercard – located in the three-story market near the only traffic light on the island! You can exchange money at the airport and banks too.
With an extremely laidback vibe, you can almost get away with wearing anything on these islands. Light, breathable clothing will help beat the heat as well as your beach essentials which should include sunglasses, hats, sunscreen and hand wipes. For a night out dining or at the casino, bring along some casual evening wear.
A few must-have items include after sun lotion, mosquito repellent and sturdy walking shoes for hiking and trail excursions.
Even though tipping is not obligatory, any extra change for a good service is appreciated. Most restaurants, hotels, taxis, porters, tours, and spas will include a 5-10% service charge, so double check your bill to see if it is necessary to tip or not.
Tipping at your hotel is entirely up to you. You can tip the housekeeper, bellman, waiter, bartender, or anyone else at the end of your stay.