Hellicopter Seychelles is another option if you desire to island hop or just have a scenic tour from the air. Although this sounds great is is super expensive and is charge by the hour. A twin engine helicopter ride is 2,800 Euros an hour...Whoa!
Emirates to Mahe
Emirates is one of the best airlines I have flow to date. We flew Emirates from London to Dubai then on to Mahe. The airline was excellent. Service was top notch, food was very good, entertainment options were vast and the plane was incredibly clean. Flight attendants were the best I have seen of any airline. They passed out special packets for kids with coloring books, games, bags and toys. People with babies were given packets with baby food, formula and hand puppets for the babies (during our flight we saw camels and tigers handed out for puppets). The in-flight entertainment in each seat has a vast array of movies and TV programs.. there was an extensive selection of new releases as well as a large archive of older movies. I actually watched Ghostbusters on the flight down as my wife watched The King's Speech.
On the way home we flew the A380 and it was incredible. The plane was huge and every detail was perfect. Even the bathrooms were immaculate and had wood accents.
Walking the Island
Walking around the island can get rather interesting with the absence of sidewalks once you get out of Victoria. Many times during one of our roadside walks from the hotel we had near misses as trucks and cars sped up around turns and curves cutting it rather close to us. Many of the roads are along high cliffs that leave you no option but to jump down many feet to injury if a car or truck decided to get a bit too close.
Be alert and careful when walking; not all drivers are observant of pedestrians. Leave the walking to the daylight hours when you are visible. Nighttime roads don't have street lights so play it safe and take a bus or cab.
We decided to select the Hotel Transfer as our transportation to and from the airport. The hotel driver met us at the airport gate. He loaded our baggage and got us settled in the air-conditioned SUV. We were handed cold water bottled as well as fresh cold towels to refresh our hands and faces. The ride from the airport was about 30-45 minutes in duration and was very pleasant. Along the way he pointed out local sights and attractions as well as some history of the area. Our return trip to the airport was just as easy and pleasant.
Our transfer cost us 50 Euros but was well worth it for the comfortable ride as well as the air-conditioning.
Riding the Blue Monster
The Blue Monster is what the locals call th buses on Mahe. Bus stops are stretched all over the island and are marked with little huts and signs indicating the route and stop. For just a few rupees you can get around town on the Blue Monster.
Seychelles International Airport
The Seychelles International Airport is the main airport of the Seychelles and is located on the island of Mahe. The airport is small considering it handles big flights from Emirates, Air Seychelles and Qatar Airways. When it comes to facilities it has limited shopping and only one cafe for food. Check in lines can be rather long so make sure to give yourself plenty of time before your flight to check in and clear security.
Arrival Via Cruise Ship
To my amazement cruise ships dock here in Mahe about every 14 days. While we were staying on the island the Costa cruise line was in port for two days. Mahe would be a wonderful port on a cruise but I would want more than two days to explore.
Take a Taxi
There is no shortage of available taxis to take you where you need to go. We were fortunate to meet a great taxi driver "Frank" who we used throughout our trip. Most hotels, restuarants and shops are happy to arrange a taxi for you or call a taxi of your preference.
Fares depend on the distance and the taxi driver. A one way trip from our Hotel to Beau Vallon Beach cost us anywhere from 80 Rupees to 150 depending on the driver.
The airport of Victoria / Mahe
The International Airport of Victoria / Mahe is about 15 km south of Victoria, directely at the ocean. A highway is taking you there, but you better leave Victoria in time, because there might be quite a trafic-jam in Victoria at certain times of the day.
here are some excellent infos about this airport in german !
and here are some infos about it in english
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Excursions from Viktoria : Jardin du Roi
The Jardin du Roi is one of the highlights of any roundtrip on the island of Mahe. I had booked such a halfday-tour onboard of our cruiseship and payed 45 Euros for it. First we drove along the coast before we went uphill for the farm, that is an openair-museum nowadays : you will see the manor-house, lots of exotic trees and plants (they even have a coco-de-mer), spices like pepper and nutmeg, there are some giant turtles as well as exotic birds and we got a glass of a local drink.
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walk to town from your cruiseship
Walking from your cruiseport to the town is easy and it will not take more than just a few hundred meters untill you are leaving the port-area. Controls at the port-gate are not very severe and it is enough to show your ships-landingcard. First you will walk along some officebuildings on the left and a large park on the right, before you get to the monument
with the 4 fish. From there you will get to the centre of town and the famous clocktower within just 3-5 minutes.
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Mahe International Airport
Mahe International Airport is the gateway to the Seychelles. All international flights both scheduled and chartered land here. There are two terminals one inernational and one for domestic inter island flights. A duty free zone and a bar and restaurant offer services in the international terminal and a small shop allow purchases in the domestic terminal.
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The national airline of the Seychelles does not appear to operate a regular schedule of flights. Both the inbound and outbound international flight departed late and from discussions with the tour operator this is a regular occurrence. Residents and guests should be warned if they choose to fly with this airline, since the outbound delay resulted in me missing my onward flight and meant an overnight in Johannesburg.
In case of delays and changes in schedule the airlines airport staff is most incompetent in dealing with the situation.
Inter Island flights also have to be treated with caution. Air Seychelles keeps changing the schedule according to load factor and the scheduled flight may not operate at all. Inner Island flights also are not air-conditioned making the aircraft to resemble a steam bath.
Schedule checks with the airline do not bear any fruits since communication is as incompetent.
My return flight even though it was booked and confirmed on an Air Seychelles aircraft was operated by an Italian/Irish charter airline.
The above is due to the limited aircraft the airline owns that are over scheduled.
Alternatives that operate more securely are Emirates, Qatar Airways and Kenya Airways. All other airlines to the islands operate a charter service only.
In regards to inner island travel one could divert to scheduled ferry services.
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Rent a car!
Even if there are busses I would still advice you to rent a car.
The busses were not respecting any schdule that I could see. You would have just to wait for one to stop whenever it sould come.
With a car is much more easier to move arround at your convenience. And it is also fun!
Renting a car will cost from 50 up to 80 Euros.
You can rent it from a renting company or speak directly to the receptionist at your gusthouse. By the way, some goesthouses have an agreement with people who rent cars and they could get it for you for a reduced price. Also, the price is lower if you rent a car for more days.
Taxis try to rid you off
When I arrived in Mahe, the taxi driver wanted 30 Euros for a taxi ride to the Plantation Club Hotel
I didnt have any euros but gave him 20 British pound plus a tip.
Found out after arriving at the airport that the taxi drivers are not supposed to get foreign currency for a taxi ride and should have been about 150 rupees about 14 Pounds or $25.00
Ask one of the people from Masons Travel or Creole travel what the taxi fare should be
or see if they have a ride available in their passenger minivans for the same price
the taxi drivers also will offer to change your currency for you which is against the law
but were offering 14-15 rupees for a GBP instead of the 11.72 for the official rate , but without a receipt you cannot change it back if you dont spend it all .
ATM cards work almost everywhere
Ask if the bus goes to your hotel when you arrive at the airport as its only 3 rupees (depending on your luggage)
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