Car rental in Seychelles is becoming extremely popular, especially with tourists traveling to the islands for holidays of more than 2 weeks. There are several car hire agencies in Seychelles and it can thus be a bit confusing trying to figure out which agency to use. Moreover, there are certain things to keep in mind when it comes to Seychelles car rentals.
First things, do not forget your driving license. Without it, you will never be able to hire a car. It is also a good idea to bring your car insurance papers (if you own a car).
Seychelles car rentals are not that expensive, but you should only rent one if you will be staying for a few days. Renting a car just for one day could be more expensive than getting a cab. However, it is definitely cheaper to rent a car for five days or more as taxis themselves can be quite expensive.
When renting the car, do not forget to read your contract carefully. Also check the car for damages and verify whether they are mentioned in the contract. Otherwise, you run the risk of being charged for these damages when you return the car to the agency.
Public transport is infrequent in Seychelles, so if you can, hire a car once you arrive. The buses are scarce and taxis are expensive, and the best places to go are the ones where you definitely need a car. You should be able to have a car meet and greet you at the airport.
One of the best ways to get to Praslin is by the Cat Cocos ferry. It leaves from the port in mahe. The cost is 690 rupees which as of right now is about $60. It is fast, as comfortable as an airplane, has a great view from the large windows and drinks are available for economy. Business class has food also but I didn't get to see that part. You can also take the ferry from Praslin on to La Digue for an additional fee. Once you get to the port in Praslin, there are many taxis ready to take you where you need to go. Three of us got a taxi to drive us around all day for $150 and honestly it was worth it to us. See the website below for more info about Cat Cocos.
A special note needs to be made here about driving on the island. The roads are not in terrible shape, but there are pot holes to watch for. There are some crazy hairpin turns, very steep roads and it rains a lot. There are many places where there are no guard rails with a drop right into the water if you are not careful. Watch out for the ditches on the side of the road. There is nothing to keep you from going into them. There are only a few traffic lights on the island. The majority of intersections have “round abouts” like Europe. The rules of the road are every man for himself. In general, people are not rude, they just want to pass on a blind curve, in the rain, at night going 60 kph. The car coming the other direction just moves over and hopefully you all fit. Also, people walk right out into the road constantly, so be careful everywhere you go. It takes a while to get use to the driving. But you will probably freak out the first few days.
Airline service to SEZ (Seychelles) is through Air Seychelles, Qatar Airway, Emirates Airways, Air Austral and Kenya Air. When you arrive, don’t be surprised if it takes 2 to 4 hours to get through customs and wait for your bags. So double the amount of time you think it should take for almost everything. Taxi service is easy to find for the most part.
IF YOU HAD ONLY LITTLE TIME AND WANT TO SEE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE FROM THE ISLAND OF MAHE I WOULD RECOMMEND TO HIRE A TAXI DRIVER FOR SEVERAL HOURS
THEY HAVE MORE OR LESS FIXED PRICES 5-6 HOURS 100 EURO
VREY RELIABLE DRIVER IS LEON BARBE
TEL (248) 51 65 45
Kenya Airways and Air Seychelles have flights from Nairobi, but not particularily cheap. Many have dreamt of a flight from Dar to Mahe, but not many enough. You have to go via Nairobi. There are no ferries from Africa. There are flights from Mauritius, and good connections from Johannesburg, too.
Their national carrier.Air Seychelles operates international as well,of course with a bigger plane than the one in the picture;) We flew with one of their little ones;) from Mahé to Praslin.The flight takes about 15minutes.
Taking the public bus is cheaper than hiring a car,but unfortunately I can't tell you more about their public transport system.I just know that bus tickets can be bought from the driver,so make sure you have Rupees with you.You may also ask your resort for a bus timetable,I'm sure they have some.
Renting a bike in La Digue is very popular because it is the best way to explore the island.But like I mentioned in my main page,you'll have to be prepared for "pains" it will cause (like sore bum) some bikes there are too old and crappy.Remember always to check before using.It costs 10 Euros for a whole day rental.
There are plenty of car hire companies in Mahé and Praslin,prices are all the same.In Praslin, most of the hire cars are brand new,it costs 50 Euro a day with full insurance.Ask for a discount if you're planning to hire the car for several days.In Mahé,the car we rented wasn't good as the one in Praslin but it was very economical.We hired it from the airport and paid 40 Euro a day with full insurance.
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.
There is a fast inter island ferry (about one hour) called the Cat Cocos. However it is almost the same price as flying (Air Seychelles about 15 minutes). Therefore I highly recommend to fly as you will have marvelous views from the plane!
Only if you have a lots of luggage it might be a better option to take the ferry.
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.
If you do not want to rent a bike or if you are on La Digue for just a day and do not want to walk to Anse Source D'Argent you have the opportunity to use the ''other island transportation''.
They will wait for you at the jetty whenever a boat arrives.
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