Getting Around Seychelles

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    Bus #21: Victoria to Bel Ombre
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    Victoria to Beau Vallon bus at St Louis
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    Victoria central bus station, Mahé
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    La Digue: Take a tour in an Ox-cart

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    In La Digue you will find a very special kind of transport: The traditional way of a local "Taxi" is the ox-cart like you can see it in my pictures ! These oxcarts are used in order to take the luggage of the tourists to the hotels in La Digue, and when-ever a cruiseship is coming there will be tours with them on offer as well ! BUT of course there are just about 4 or 5 such oxcarts with up to 8 or 10 seats and our ship had more than 300 bookings for that tour !
    That is why you might book a tour in an oxcart, BUT will get a tour in a lorry, like shown in my last picture !
    That is what happened to me, and first I was a bit mad about this, but then I found out it was much faster that way and also possible to make some good fotos of the real oxcarts in action that way.
    Book them through your Hotel or cruiseship !

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    La Digue: no airport but a heliport

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    The Island of La Digue is much too small to have its own Airport, BUT they have a small Heliport like you can see it in my Picture.Island transfers and scenic flights are offered by a Company that is based in Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles and below you will find their Webpage and telephone-numbers.
    You will pass by the Heliport, when you go an the mainroad from the Pier through the village in direction to the famous beach "Anse Source D'Argent"
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    In order to give you an idea about the prices for the helicopter:
    Seychelles Int Airport/Victoria to Praslin is 191,- euro pp
    Seychelles Int Airport/Victoria to La Digue 191 ,- euro pp

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    La Digue: Rent a bicycle

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    At the pier of La Digue you will find the possibility to rent a bicycle for half a day or a full day, but I am not sure if that really makes a lot of sense for a cruise-passanger.
    For ordinary tourists, who stay in La Digue for more than just a few hours on the beach it might make sense, but when you just want to get to the beach and backwards it might be better to walk or take one of the funny ox-charts.

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    walking distances in La Digue

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    The walking distance from the pier of La Digue to the famous beach is a bit more than 30 minutes, BUT it will give you the chance to see a lot of things in better details and you will find lots of photo-opportunities that you will miss, when you just "rush through" in one of the ox-charts or on one of the tourist-trucks.You will have the possibility to see more of the cemetery and the church interior and some lovely local houses.
    The population is friendly and relaxed towards tourists.

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    The Catamaran-ferry between Praslin & La Digue

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    There is a fast and efficient Catamaran-Ferry from Baie Ste Anne/Praslin to La Digue and it will take about 30 minutes to take you over one way.
    There is enough space for 200-300 passangers with lots of seats and also some great spaces out on deck in order to watch the sea from there. I had booked a tour with the ox-charts in the touroffice of the cruiseship and we were taken first by the ships tenders to Praslin , where we changed to the public Ferry. On our way back the Ferry made an extra stop at our cruiseship in order to unload all passangers easily without returning to Praslin first.
    Read more about fares and timetables of the Ferry when you click on the link below !

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    On a cruise to Praslin & La Digue

    by globetrott Written May 4, 2015

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    The port of La Digue and also of Praslin is much too small for cruiseships, and therefore Cruiseships have to anchor between the islands of La Digue and Praslin.
    Calculate about 30 minutes for tender-transfer-time from your ship to shore and in case you want to go to La Digue it even takes longer, as the tenderboats of the cruiseships are not allowed to go directely to La Digue, BUT have to take their passangers to Praslin first, where they have to take the ferry to La Digue.

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    Cruising to Victoria on the island of Mahé

    by globetrott Written Apr 16, 2015

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    Victoria is a great place to go to on a cruise : Walking from the 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.

    Is it necessary to book a city-tour of Victoria onboard ?
    NO ! what-ever you see in my tips here about Victoria, I have done it on my own without any timepressure within a half day !
    distances are short, the population is friendly and you will get along easily with english !

    How about exploring the island of Mahe ?
    I took a tour to Jardin du Roi, that was great and hard to be done on your own with public transport. Taxis might be a solution, BUT the tour organized by the cruiseship was 45 Euros, and the entrance-fee for jardin du roi is 10 euros already and it is always best to have a guide there as well.

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    Mahé Airport

    by globetrott Updated Apr 15, 2015

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    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.

    Click here for some infos about the airport in german !

    There is another airport as well on the island of PRASLIN!

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    PRASLIN: Mason Travel

    by globetrott Written Apr 14, 2015

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    This might be a good contact for your travels to Praslin: We made all of our tours in the Seychelles with buses and guides by the company Mason's travel. And just in case that you would like to arrange any transfers or buses, tourguides etc. you will find their webpage below, so you can book them in advance.
    We arrived by a cruiseship with 450 passangers onboard, and have ordered all our tours through them, so it is quite a big company !

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  • Cheap car rental Seychelles

    by fafnir82 Written Feb 28, 2011

    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.

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  • If you can, get a car

    by miss.kaye Written Jan 13, 2011

    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.

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    Ferry to Praslin

    by skippinrocks Written May 24, 2010

    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.

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    driving on Mahe

    by skippinrocks Written May 13, 2010

    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.

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    Airlines and airport

    by skippinrocks Written May 13, 2010

    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.

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    RENT TAXI DRIVER

    by hanspeter_W. Written Jan 13, 2010

    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

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