Take a Tata !
Tatas are old indian busses which take you almost everywhere around Mahé for 3 rupees only (5 rupees at 8 pm). It's a funny way to travel around, especially when the tata is full of talkative locals... it's delightful to hear them laugh and talk to each other in creole ! But the last busses leave around 8 pm, so you better check the schedules, because cabs are really expensive in the Seychelles !
Fly with Air Seychelles
The best way to get to Mahé, of course is with an airplane... As there is no connection from Brussels to the Seychelles, we took it in Paris, Charles de Gaulle Airport. The flight lasts a bit more than 9 hours. You may find it a bit long, especially if you fly at night and can't find a good position to sleep... but you can always listen to creole music, and already taste the atmosphere of the Seychelles ;-) If you fly during the day, look outside the window, you can see the pyramids of Egypt if you are lucky : -) And the crew is really nice too, make you feel you already are in the island !
A flight to the Seychelles is usually very expensive, around 1000 euros...But if you look on the internet, you'll find less expensive solutions. We had an opportunity of flight and hotel included almost for the price of the plane ticket...
Rent a car !
We decided to rent a car for a day with our new friends and share the costs, which was a great thing, because we had a lot of fun together !
And again we were lucky... The day we went to visit them on Sainte Anne Island, we couldn't find our way to the shuttle...we were totally lost, and entered a shop to ask our way. There was this guy there who kindly offered to drive us to the shuttle harbour. Another sign of the Seselwa's kindness !
We told him about renting a car and he appeared to be in the business. So he made us a price for a jeep...
Well, if you need a car on Mahé, ask Patrick
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.
- Road Trip
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
- Family Travel
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.
- Road Trip
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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