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    Money for Seychelles

    by skippinrocks Written May 13, 2010

    Favorite thing: The Rupee is what is used in the Seychelles. Most large hotels will exchange $100 into rupees for you and give you a decent exchange rate. If you have transportation, I recommend using your Check card and going to the ATM to take out cash. The ATM gives the best exchange rates. You can withdraw up to 3000 rupees at a time and don’t have to hide a bunch of cash at the hotel. Visa is best, but only the major restaurants, hotels and businesses take it, the rest require cash. So if you don’t have transportation or plan on staying at the hotel most of the time, bring enough cash to pay for your expenses while here and just go to the front desk to exchange it for rupees.

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    Seychelles mindset

    by skippinrocks Written May 13, 2010

    Favorite thing: First, 100 SR (rupees) is equal to about $10 US, so keep that in mind as you go through. Next, and you will find this out when you get here, No one and I mean No one is in a hurry here, except for you. So if you want to have fun, just understand that this isn’t home and you’re going to have to slow it down a little and relax. The Seychelles have small markets all over the place. I would compare the vast majority of them to the Dollar stores we have back in the U.S. That being said, when I say they have shampoo don’t expect to find the brand you want, just expect to find shampoo of some sort. The same thing can be said for almost anything on the island. You can find dry foods like noodles, canned meat and fruit, chips, cookies, etc. There are a few places that also have frozen foods like frozen meats and ice cream. You can find wine and alcohol all over. I recommend the Takamaka rum and seybrew beer since it’s local. Most restaurants will serve seybrew, eku and a locally made Guinness for beer that is affordable. You will pay about 120 to 200 rupees for a mixed drink, so go to the store and buy a bottle of rum for the same price. Bottled water is about 10 to 30 rupees.

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    ANSE SOURCE D'ARGENT

    by hanspeter_W. Updated Aug 14, 2009

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    Favorite thing: You absolutely should see the island of La Digue
    with its splendid beaches and the world famous rocks
    ANSE SOURCE D'ARGENT IS REPUTED TO THE M,SOT FOTOGRAPHED BEACH IN THE WORLD
    ENTRANCE FEE 5 USD OR 4 EURO

    Fondest memory: from the jetty of la digue turn right and follow the main road until you reach the junction opposite the school.take the road to your right follow it until you reach the entrance of l'union estate. then follow the small road ahead until you reach the boat yard.from there take the footpath to your right till you find source d'argent

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    Backpacking/Island Hopping

    by iammon Updated Mar 10, 2008

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    Favorite thing: Travel agencies did not recommend us to just go there without booking any hotels. I personally think it is not a problem at all outside high season. Backpacking is easly possible just not on a shoe string.....bring the big vallet! In high season it might be a problem with vacancies. However thats acctually a good thing: I was fascinated how this country is clever with not over crowding these islands. The nature can somewhat stay unspoiled.

    Fondest memory: The longer I left it the more I miss it!

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    Donate your books

    by dickiebird Written Oct 10, 2006

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    Favorite thing: once you have finished reading our beach books or magazines, think about donating them to the local library in Victoria. When I visited their library I was shocked to see magazines dated 2002. With their lack of foreign currency and the cost of shipping, it must be a strain on them to purchase magazines and books.

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    Make it cheaper....

    by Saagar Written Feb 10, 2006

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    Favorite thing: It is costly to travel to the Seychelles, and the price level is high.
    For USD 2000 per person you can do what I did in terms of flights (Oslo-Paris-Mahe rtn), boat rides (Victoria-Praslin-La Digue), fishing and snorkelling from a boat, renting a taxi full day on Mahe, taxi transfers to Victoria, airport, accommodation in a guest house on Beau Vallon (Mahe), hotel on La Digue half board, food, some simple souvenirs, some picnic/self-catering food and good dinners, drinks, books, park entry fees, bike rents.
    I could have gotten a cheaper air ticket, saved more on food and accommodation, used more public buses on Mahe, skipped som activities, cutting down on food and drinks etc.
    Using Aeroflot or Qatar airways will land you cheaper tickets than I obtained on Air France/Air Seychelles, stepping down on accommodation will make a difference, cutting down on excursions (boat rides at 100 EUR etc) and eating simply and much self-catering is an excellent way of cutting cost and not skimping on the quality of the experience as such.

    Fondest memory: Very hard to show off your wealth here; everyone is just about equal in near-undress on the beach or sweating on the trails or looking at the nutmeg in the arboretum. There is little class distinction on eating out. Only in terms of technical activities and accommodation can a difference be sensed. The richest book their ovwn island, catamaran and captain/cook, but won't bother anyone.

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    Confusing Currency !!

    by mandy66 Updated Nov 5, 2005

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    Favorite thing: NOT !!!!!!One of my least favourite things in the Seychelles was their confusing currency laws !!!! they drove me nuts - take a caculator of currency converter with you if possible as I was never sure if I was getting swindled because - over there you pay for some things in local currency but most things need to be paid in US dollars, british pounds or Euros (all having a different exchange rate) when paying in dollars, euros etc in a shop sometimes you will get your change in the currency you handed over but more often than not you would receive change in Seychelles rupees ???!! also for instance one day I had only foreign currency on my person and we went to visit the Botanic Gardens - you had to pay to get in there in foreign currency only - luckily I had a credit card on me and we paid by that.

    Also you are forever getting pestered by locals (mainly ypoung men) asking if you will exchange foreign currency with them - apparently they give you double the exchange than the bank) but it's not nice getting asked all the time, it's illegal and can get you in a lot of trouble if you do it and I also heard that there is a lot of fradulent money in the Seychelles brought over from Kenya so don't be tempted).

    Basically the local people can't get foreign currency very easily (if they are to travel outwith Seychelles they are only allowed 400 Euros and can't change rupees abroad so this makes them ask tourists to change money with them)

    One more thing ..as you therefore have to guess how many rupees you will need for your stay you could have a few trips to the bank who when you change your money they give you a receipt and before you go home if you want to change the ruppes back you must produce this receipt or they won't change it back for you (there is also a limit on how much you can change back !!! ahhh It was just soooo confusing - hopefully things may change in the years to come and they willl just have 1 currency like most other countries.

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  • only one gas station!

    by Saraviv Updated Jun 16, 2005

    Favorite thing: Take into account that there are no gas stations on the entire West coast. We rented a car in Victoria and forgot to fill her up before leaving town, We coasted half way down the La Misere road and luckily arrived at the station.

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    Geckos

    by grets Written Jan 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: If you have read some of my other pages here on Vt, you may know by now that my husband David is absultely passionate about geckos and lizards. WE will spend hours just wathcing these cute little creatures scampering in amongst the rocks.

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    Flowers

    by grets Written Jan 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: The Seychelles is full of beautiful and colourful flora, plants that we have as pot plants at home will grow to enormous bushes or even trees. I loved to walk around the hotel grounds and also see the flowers growing along the side of the road. Beautiful!

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    Watching life on the beach

    by grets Written Jan 29, 2005

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    Favorite thing: I loved to get up early in the morning and watch the fishermen bring their cathc back and all the locals helping to bring the net ashore in return for a fish or two. Fishing is one of the major industries in the Seychelles.

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    Smiling moon

    by Muya Updated Dec 7, 2004

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    Fondest memory: One thing that I found very funny in the Seychelles is to see the moon in another position than I'm used to see it at home :-) If you click the picture, you'll see it a little better. The crescent of the moon is more upright in Belgium, but I liked it a lot with its bright smile ;-)

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    Little airport of Mahé

    by Muya Updated Dec 7, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Even if you choose to go to Praslin or La Digue, you always have to land in Mahé first. The little airport is really picturesque... and so tiny :-)
    People welcome you in a very friendly way when you arrive, and our hostess even offered me a frangipani flower because I was the first one to get out of the check in area :-))

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    How to fish

    by Muya Written Nov 15, 2004

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    Favorite thing: If you are lucky and go to the right beach at the right time, you will see fisherman of the Seychelles dragging this fish net to the beach...most of the time full of tasty fish :-)
    Unfortunately I wasn't that lucky, and all I could see is that empty trap on a beach of Mahé. But I did taste delicious fish like the "bourzwa" and others so delicioulsy grilled or prepared in a "kari seselwa" !

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    Beds full of flowers

    by Muya Written Nov 15, 2004

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    Fondest memory: Room service in the Seychelles is good almost everywhere. We were staying at the Berjaya Mahé Beach Hotel in Mahé and we were very satisfied. One thing I appreciated particularly was the way they made the beds. We found it very often covered with flowers, and I found this so sweet :-)
    Little attentions that make you happy !

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