1-Day Family Adventure & Culinary Experience in Seychelles

Seychelles

1 days

Mahe Island
Anse Intendance beach
Praslin Island
Tropical beach
Anse Source d'Argent beach, La Digue island

About Seychelles

Discover the paradise of Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean. Renowned for its pristine beaches, clear turquoise waters, and unique biodiversity, Seychelles offers a tranquil retreat for nature lovers and beach enthusiasts. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Vallée de Mai on Praslin Island and Aldabra Atoll, home to the world's largest population of giant tortoises. Dive into the vibrant marine life, indulge in Creole cuisine, or simply relax on the powdery white sands of Anse Lazio. Seychelles also offers a rich cultural heritage with a blend of French, British, African, and Indian influences. Whether you're seeking a romantic getaway, an adventurous trip, or a family vacation, Seychelles promises an unforgettable experience.

1-Day Itinerary

Day 1

A Day of Local Culture and Outdoor Exploration in Seychelles

Morning

Start your day with a visit to the vibrant local market in Victoria, the capital of Seychelles. Here, you can immerse yourself in the local culture, buy fresh tropical fruits for a picnic later in the day, and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

Lunch

Enjoy a traditional Creole lunch at a local eatery. The Seychellois cuisine is a fusion of flavors from African, French, Chinese, and Indian cuisines. Try the grilled fish, octopus curry, or lentil dishes.

Afternoon

After lunch, head to the Morne Seychellois National Park for a family-friendly hike. The park offers stunning views of the island and its surrounding waters. Don't forget to pack your picnic from the morning market to enjoy amidst the lush greenery.

Dinner

For dinner, enjoy a Beachside Barbecue. Many local eateries offer this experience where you can enjoy freshly caught seafood while watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Evening

End your day with a leisurely stroll along the beach under the starlit sky. The kids can play in the sand while you relax and soak in the tranquil ambiance.

Attractions in Itinerary (4)

Morne Seychellois National Park

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Morne Seychellois National Park

The largest national park in Seychelles, offering hiking trails with stunning views of the coastline and surrounding islands.

Parks
Attractions
Beachside Barbecue

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Beachside Barbecue

Beachside barbecues are a popular way to enjoy the local cuisine and relax by the beach. They often include fresh seafood and tropical fruits.

Food and Drink
Entertainment
Beau Vallon beach

3
Beau Vallon beach

A popular beach with calm waters, making it perfect for swimming and snorkeling. There are also several restaurants and food stalls nearby.

Beaches
Attractions
Victoria Market

4
Victoria Market

A bustling market where locals and tourists alike come to buy fresh produce, spices, and souvenirs.

Shopping
Cultural Experiences

Local Food and Drinks (12)

Grilled Fish

Grilled Fish

Grilled Fish is a popular dish in Seychelles, often prepared with fresh catch of the day. It's usually marinated in a blend of local spices and grilled to perfection.

Octopus Curry

Octopus Curry

Octopus Curry is a must-try dish in Seychelles. It's made with tender octopus cooked in a rich, spicy curry sauce.

Breadfruit Chips

Breadfruit Chips

Breadfruit Chips are a popular snack in Seychelles. They are made from thinly sliced breadfruit that is deep-fried until crispy.

Ladob

Ladob is a traditional Seychellois dessert made from ripe plantains and sweet potatoes cooked with coconut milk, sugar, nutmeg, and vanilla.

Shark Chutney

Shark Chutney is a unique Seychellois dish made from boiled, skinned shark, finely mashed, and cooked with squeezed bilimbi juice and lime.

Kat-kat Banana

Kat-kat Banana

Kat-kat Banana is a Seychellois dessert made from bananas, coconut milk, and sugar. It's a sweet, creamy dish that's often served as a comfort food.

Bouillon Bréde

Bouillon Bréde is a traditional Seychellois soup made with local greens, meat or fish, and flavored with garlic, ginger, and chili.

Seybrew Beer

Seybrew Beer

Seybrew Beer is a popular local beer in Seychelles. It's a light, refreshing lager that's perfect for the tropical climate.

Carotte Bananas

Carotte Bananas is a dessert made from bananas wrapped in banana leaves and cooked with coconut milk and sugar.

Coconut Curry

Coconut Curry

Coconut Curry is a staple dish in Seychelles. It's a rich, flavorful curry made with coconut milk, spices, and either meat or seafood.

Takamaka Rum

Takamaka Rum

Takamaka Rum is a locally produced rum in Seychelles. It's known for its smooth, rich flavor and is often enjoyed neat or in cocktails.

Palm Wine

Palm Wine

Palm Wine is a traditional Seychellois drink made from the sap of the palm tree. It's a sweet, fermented beverage that's often enjoyed at social gatherings.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit Seychelles largely depends on what you want to do. For sunbathing, swimming, and snorkeling, the warmest and calmest periods are typically April-May and October-November. These are the times when the water temperatures are perfect and visibility is excellent for snorkeling. However, if you're interested in wildlife, the months of April, May, October, and November are also great for bird-watching as many birds breed during this period. For fishing, the best months are October to April. Overall, Seychelles is a year-round destination, but these specific periods offer the best conditions for certain activities.

National holidays

Here you can find the national calendar of all public holidays for the year. These dates are subject to change as official changes are announced, so check back regularly for updates.

DateDayHoliday Name

January 1

Mon

New Year

January 2

Tue

New Year holiday

March 29

Fri

Good Friday

March 30

Sat

Holy Saturday

April 1

Mon

Easter Monday

May 1

Wed

Labour Day

May 30

Thu

Corpus Christi

June 18

Tue

Constitution Day

June 29

Sat

National Day

August 15

Thu

Assumption of Mary

November 1

Fri

All Saints' Day

December 8

Sun

Immaculate Conception

December 9

Mon

Day off for Immaculate Conception

December 25

Wed

Christmas Day

Please note that during national and public holidays, opening hours for establishments, museums, etc. may vary. Don't forget to check in advance!

How to get around

Renting a car is a convenient way to get around in Seychelles, especially on the main islands of Mahe and Praslin. You can rent a car directly from the airport or from various rental agencies around the islands. Remember, driving is on the left-hand side of the road in Seychelles.

Taxis are readily available on the main islands of Mahe and Praslin. They are a convenient way to get around, especially for short distances or if you prefer not to drive. Taxis can be hailed from the street, booked in advance, or found at taxi stands in popular areas.

Bicycles are a popular mode of transport on the smaller islands such as La Digue. It's a great way to explore the island at your own pace and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Bicycles can be rented from various rental agencies on the island.

Public buses are a cheap and efficient way to get around on the main islands of Mahe and Praslin. Buses run regularly throughout the day, and the routes cover most parts of the islands. However, they can get crowded during peak hours.

Ferries are the main mode of transport between the islands. They operate regularly between Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue. It's a scenic and relaxing way to travel, but it can be affected by weather conditions.

For a more luxurious and flexible way to travel between the islands, you can charter a private boat. This allows you to explore the islands at your own pace and visit less crowded spots.

Ridesharing services are not widely available in Seychelles. However, some local companies offer similar services, especially in the main tourist areas. It's recommended to check with your hotel or local contacts for the best options.

For quick and convenient travel between the main islands, domestic flights are available. Air Seychelles operates regular flights between Mahe and Praslin, and charter flights to other islands can also be arranged.

Walking is a great way to explore the local areas, especially in the smaller islands and in the main towns. However, due to the hilly terrain and hot weather, it may not be suitable for long distances or for those with mobility issues.

While we strive for accuracy in our "How to get around" section, the information may not always be up-to-date or 100% accurate; we highly recommend cross-checking with local resources before your travel.

Important information

Currency SCR

Time zoneUTC+4

Driving sideLeft

Emergency phone999

Drinking waterOpt for bottled water

Power sockets

Power socket type G

Voltage240 V

Things to know about Seychelles as a first time visitor

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Seychelles is a visa-free country, which means tourists from any part of the world can visit without a visa.

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The official languages are Creole, English, and French. English is widely spoken in hotels and other tourist areas.

3

The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR). Credit cards are widely accepted in hotels, restaurants, and some shops.

4

Seychelles has a tropical climate. The temperature rarely drops below 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit) or rises above 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit).

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The country is made up of 115 islands, but the main tourist areas are on Mahe, Praslin, and La Digue.

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The tap water in Seychelles is safe to drink, but bottled water is recommended for those with sensitive stomachs.

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The standard voltage is 240V and the frequency is 50Hz. The power sockets are type G, the same as in the UK.

8

Seychelles is in the Seychelles Time zone (SCT), which is 4 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+4).

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Public transportation is limited to buses and taxis. Car rental services are also available.

10

Seychelles is a safe country, but like anywhere, it is advisable to take standard precautions to protect your belongings.

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The country has a strict policy on protecting its environment. Littering and coral damage, for instance, can result in heavy fines.

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Healthcare facilities are limited, particularly on the smaller islands. It is recommended to have comprehensive travel insurance that covers medical evacuation.

13

Seychelles is a predominantly Catholic country. Visitors are advised to respect local customs and dress modestly when visiting religious sites.

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The Seychelles' cuisine is a fusion of African, French, Chinese, and Indian influences. Seafood and rice are staple foods.

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The Seychelles is home to unique wildlife. However, feeding or disturbing wildlife, including the famous giant tortoises, is prohibited.

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There are no dangerous or venomous animals on the islands, but it's always a good idea to wear insect repellent to protect against mosquito bites.

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Seychelles is a year-round destination. However, the best time to visit depends on what you want to do. For example, April-May and October-November are best for diving and snorkeling when the water is often calm and clear.

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There are strict regulations on what you can take out of the country, including shells, plants, and animal products. Always check with customs before purchasing.

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Tipping is not customary in Seychelles, but it is appreciated for good service.

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Seychelles uses a 3-pin square plug like the United Kingdom. It's recommended to bring a universal adapter if your devices use different plugs.

Basic Seychellois Creole to know as a first time visitor

English phrase

Native phrase

Pronunciation

When to use it

Hello

Bonjou

Bon-zhoo

Greeting someone

Goodbye

Orevwar

Or-rev-wahr

Leaving or saying goodbye to someone

Please

Silvouple

Sil-voo-play

When asking for something

Thank you

Mersi

Mer-see

After receiving something or someone's help

Yes

Wi

Wee

Agreeing with someone or something

No

Non

Nawn

Disagreeing with someone or something

Excuse me

Eskiz mwan

Es-keez mwan

Getting someone's attention or apologizing

I'm sorry

Mwan dezole

Mwan de-zo-lay

Apologizing

Do you speak English?

Ou kapab koze Angle?

Oo ka-pab ko-zay Ang-lay?

Trying to find someone who speaks English

I don't understand

Mwan pa konpran

Mwan pa kon-pran

When you don't understand what is being said

How much is this?

Konbyen sa i koute?

Kon-byen sa i koo-tay?

When you want to know the price of something

Where is the bathroom?

Ki kote twalet la?

Ki ko-tay twa-let la?

When you need to find the restroom

Help

Ed mwan

Ed mwan

In case of emergency or need of help

Food

Manze

Man-zay

When looking for something to eat

Water

Dilo

Dee-lo

When asking for water

Beer

Bier

Beer

When ordering a beer

Wine

Diven

Di-ven

When ordering wine

Cheers

Sante

San-tay

When toasting

Good morning

Bon maten

Bon ma-ten

Greeting someone in the morning

Good night

Bon nwit

Bon nwee

Saying goodnight or leaving in the evening

Packing List

  • Clothing

  • Lightweight clothing

  • Swimwear

  • Beach cover-up

  • Flip flops

  • Sunglasses

  • Sun hat

  • Light jacket or sweater for the evening

  • Toiletries

  • Travel-size toiletries

  • Sunscreen

  • Insect repellent

  • Lip balm with SPF

  • Travel-size first aid kit

  • Prescription medications

  • Hand sanitizer

  • Travel documents and essentials

  • Passport

  • Driver's license or ID card

  • Credit and debit cards

  • Cash in local currency

  • Travel insurance documents

  • Hotel and car rental reservations

  • Emergency contacts and important addresses

  • Electronics and gadgets

  • Smartphone

  • Charger and power bank

  • Camera

  • Memory card

  • Travel adapter

  • Miscellaneous items

  • Snacks

  • Water bottle

  • Travel pillow

  • Beach bag

  • Beach towel

  • Books or e-books for leisure reading

  • Travel guidebook or map

Weather Conditions

Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, is known for its tropical climate, which means it's warm and humid throughout the year. The average temperature ranges from 24°C (75°F) to 32°C (90°F), making it a perfect destination for beach lovers. The islands experience two main seasons: the northwest trade winds from October to March and the cooler southeast trade winds from May to September. The transition period between these two, in April and October, is characterized by calm and warm weather, making it an ideal time for wildlife spotting and scuba diving. During the northwest trade wind season, the weather is generally warm and wet, with occasional heavy rainfall. This is also the time when the sea is usually at its warmest, around 29°C (84°F). If you're planning to visit during this period, be prepared for sudden showers and consider packing a light raincoat or umbrella. The southeast trade wind season is relatively cooler and drier. The sea is slightly cooler, around 25°C (77°F), but still comfortable for swimming. This is the best time for sailing and windsurfing due to the steady winds. Don't forget to pack your sunscreen as the sun can be quite strong, even during this cooler season. Despite its tropical location, Seychelles is outside the cyclone belt, so severe storms are rare. However, it's always a good idea to check the weather forecast before your trip and plan your activities accordingly. Remember, the weather can vary between islands due to their geographical location, so it's advisable to check the specific forecast for the island you're planning to visit. Enjoy your trip to this tropical paradise!

MonthHi / Lo (°C)Weather Overview

January

30° / 24°

January is the wettest month in Seychelles, with high humidity and occasional downpours. However, it's still warm with temperatures ranging from 24 to 30 degrees Celsius.

February

31° / 25°

February continues the wet season, with high humidity and temperatures ranging from 25 to 31 degrees Celsius. Despite the rain, it's a good time for bird watching as many species nest during this period.

March

31° / 25°

March sees the end of the wet season, with temperatures still ranging from 25 to 31 degrees Celsius. The weather is generally warm and humid, but less rainy.

April

31° / 25°

April is one of the best months to visit Seychelles, with calm seas and temperatures ranging from 25 to 31 degrees Celsius. It's a great time for snorkeling and diving.

May

31° / 25°

May marks the start of the dry season in Seychelles, with less humidity and temperatures between 25 and 31 degrees Celsius. It's a great time for outdoor activities and wildlife spotting.

June

30° / 24°

June is one of the coolest months in Seychelles, with temperatures ranging from 24 to 30 degrees Celsius. The weather is generally dry and windy, making it a good time for sailing.

July

29° / 23°

July is the coolest month in Seychelles, with temperatures ranging from 23 to 29 degrees Celsius. Despite the cooler temperatures, it's still a great time for beach activities and exploring the islands.

August

29° / 23°

August continues the cool and dry weather, with temperatures ranging from 23 to 29 degrees Celsius. It's a popular time for tourists, so expect some crowds at popular spots.

September

30° / 24°

September is a great time to visit Seychelles, with temperatures ranging from 24 to 30 degrees Celsius. The weather is generally dry and it's a great time for snorkeling and diving.

October

30° / 24°

October sees the start of the wet season, with increasing humidity and temperatures ranging from 24 to 30 degrees Celsius. Despite the rain, it's a good time for bird watching as many species nest during this period.

November

30° / 24°

November continues the wet season, with high humidity and occasional downpours. However, it's still warm with temperatures ranging from 24 to 30 degrees Celsius.

December

30° / 24°

December is a festive month in Seychelles, with Christmas celebrations and warm temperatures ranging from 24 to 30 degrees Celsius. Despite being part of the wet season, it's a popular time for tourists.

Did you know?

Did you know that Seychelles is made up of 115 islands, each with its unique beauty and charm?

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Places near by Seychelles

Praslin Island

Praslin Island

Second largest island of Seychelles known for its palm-fringed beaches and the Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve.

1h
44 km / 27.3 mi
How to get there
La Digue Island

La Digue Island

Small island known for its beaches, like Anse Source d’Argent, dotted with granite boulders.

30m
18 km / 11.2 mi
How to get there
Curieuse Island

Curieuse Island

A small granitic island in the Seychelles known for its bio-reserve park and the Aldabra giant tortoise.

15m
3 km / 1.9 mi
How to get there
Silhouette Island

Silhouette Island

Third largest island of Seychelles, known for its biodiversity and is a marine national park.

45m
20 km / 12.4 mi
How to get there
Sainte Anne Marine National Park

Sainte Anne Marine National Park

A marine national park in the Seychelles, consisting of six islands off the coast of Mahé.

20m
5 km / 3.1 mi
How to get there
Madagascar

Madagascar

World's 4th largest island known for its unique biodiversity, with over 90% of its wildlife found nowhere else on Earth.

3h
1480 km / 919.6 mi
How to get there
Mauritius

Mauritius

Known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs, as well as its diverse culture and history.

3.5h
1748 km / 1086.2 mi
How to get there
Comoros

Comoros

A volcanic archipelago off Africa’s east coast, known for its coral reefs, rainforests and rare wildlife.

3h
1300 km / 807.8 mi
How to get there
Reunion Island

Reunion Island

A French department in the Indian Ocean, known for its volcanic, rainforested interior, coral reefs and beaches.

3.5h
1750 km / 1087.4 mi
How to get there