Seychelles Tourist Traps

  • I paid
    I paid
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  • A typical shop at Baie Ste Anne
    A typical shop at Baie Ste Anne
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  • The Jetty - Buy the fish here
    The Jetty - Buy the fish here
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Seychelles Tourist Traps

  • Expensive & not much too buy

    Groceries in the Seychelles are roughly 3 times more expensive than in South Africa. Also there's not much to buy. All chips, sweets and stuff is imported from places ilike Malaysia. You can only buy long life box milk. The bread is rarely fresh. A jar of coffee is very expensive (32 rupees) but nice. Some of the meat had price tags in "Rand" - in...

  • Travel Services of Seychelles

    Travel Services of the Seychelles, TSS, is a good company that works with the government. Great people, too. But their services always include a commission to themselves, which you can sometimes avoid by organising things yourself. If your are booking a package tour or using services of a travel agent back home (wherever that might be), the chance...

  • "Zoo" and Waterfall at Port Glaud, Mahe

    Please do not waste your time, energy and money going to visit this awful place - and if you are an animal lover or of a sensitive disposition DEFINATELY give this place a wide berth !!! We were DISGUSTED to find animals kept in very inadequate conditions and some obviously desperately in need of veterinary attention - this place is shocking and we...

  • La Digue - Avoid "TinTin bicycle hire"

    The Tintin bicycle hire in la digue is the nearest to the well known "La Digue Resort". Due to its previleged location it has rates higher that other bicycle hires in the island although it offers the bicycles in worst shape.My wife's bicycle gears did not work well, another one had really bad brakes.Given the state of the bikes you feel like you...

  • Don't be sucked into buying a...

    Don't be sucked into buying a coco de mer....first of all, it will cost you about $5,000 US dollars, because there are only three places in the world where these giant coco de mer palm trees grow, and they are all in the Seychelles. They are under protection but there is a huge black market. The nuts grow in the shape of human 'private parts'--male...

  • Money - what is the cost of visiting...

    While not entirely budget level, Seychelles style, this is the cost of a fairly comfortable life:Flying there from Europe: 1000 E1 night in a guest house/3 star and below hotel: 60 EBreakfast: 10 EBasic lunch/dinner w/ drinks/dessert: 20 ETaxi from airport to Victoria 10 ESnorkeling tour in a boat, half-day w/picnic: 50 EFull day game fishing...

  • The exchange rate of Seychelles Rupees

    The Seychelles tourist authority and state is eager to lay their hands on your cash, cards and cheques. It’s all about keeping currency reserves and viable trading currencies handy for the state. Nobody wants Seychelles Rupees. All said, the Seychellois are very nice when convincing you to part with your money. And they have indeed some very good...

  • Ox cars

    Long before we went to La Digue, I read about the fact, that there were no cars but only bicycles and ox vehicles. That sounded very romantic to me. Well, unfortunately I succeeded to convince my husband to join one of these ox vehicles on our arrival and must say, that the tremendous high price ruined my romantic feelings very quickly! (We paid...

  • Uh! And don't forget to...

    Uh! And don't forget to absolutely avoid Takamaka Residence!! The place is widely advertised, with semi-naked winking ladies on the pamphlets, but it's a dump! Filthy rooms, far from the beach (you have to pass through the forest and some dirty ponds full of mosquitos), it's located in a sort of valley where NO wind passes by and you end up gasping...

  • To dive or not to dive

    Some people of our catamaran cruise had PADI dive license, I have not license nevertheless I would like to dive by 10 meters deep immersions (no risk for embolism). But this "friends" take contact with the dive center without my knowing it, not allowing me the time to partecipate. I think that kindness is compulsory even in the middle of the desert...

  • When to go

    During the second half of April there was a lot of rain, this period is too much at risk for weather because is to close to the end of the raining season. BEST TIME TO GO IS JUNE - Averages: Rain 3.8 inches - Wind 11.8 mph, SE - Temp 80 F - Sun 7.6 hrs/day Generally dry and getting cooler as the Southeast Trades firmly establishes itself.

  • This whole place is a tourist...

    This whole place is a tourist trap really, although I imagine it would be better on the outer islands, that I didnt make it out to. At least its nice to look at!!

  • Despite the name, avoid EDEN...

    Despite the name, avoid EDEN bungalows, close to Port Glaud. It has very nice apartments, ok. But it has completely spoiled the landscape and the indian owner asks the highest prices of all!!! We found cockroaches IN THE BED, and they acted annoyed of having to change the sheets (!!), the 'restaurant' is awful, disgusting meals and outrageously...

  • Local currency is Seychelles...

    Local currency is Seychelles Roopee, official change is $1 = SR 5. Black Mkt change is $1= SR 10, or even more if you change more money.Black Market has always been so flourishing that government decided that after june 2001 all tourists must pay in dollars or euros.. Which is true in most cases, especially hotels. But untrue if you go to...

  • Be careful of some excursions...

    Be careful of some excursions they are expensive and you see only what the tourist company want you to see...My advice get friendly with the locals and pay them a small fee to show you the natural beauty most tourists never see.

  • Beware buying shells, corals...

    Beware buying shells, corals etc. from beach peddlars. They are lovely people, but you will find that anything that can be bought on the beach can be bought in Victoria at half of the price. Think twice about buying shells and corals anyway. Conservation is a key issue everywhere.

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Comments (1)

  • Aug 21, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Although this site is really helpful much of the information on the Seychelles is now outdated. There may still be Tourist Traps, as i expect there would be the world over, but there have been positive changes, especially with regards to currency exchange. I suggest thorough research before making a decision.

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      Aug 28, 2015 at 2:03 AM

      Perhaps you could add some updated reviews and tips?

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