Check out the world’s top-rated beaches and you’ll find the Seychelles making the cut time and time again.

It’s no secret the Seychelles is ultimate paradise, but you can still find a piece of island nirvana away from the crowds. Take island hopping to the next level by cruising between the white sandy coastlines, sampling Creole cuisine and dropping anchor in the perfect spot to plunge into crystal-clear waters. The Seychelles is described as the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean, with its diverse marine habitats. It’s here you can meet an old giant tortoise; snorkel along coral reefs surrounded by tropical fish, and hike through mangrove forests to see rare (unusually-shaped) coconut trees while spotting species of squawking parrots above.

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Seychelles travel FAQs

Travellers do not require a visa to enter Seychelles. However, you must hold an onward ticket, have confirmed accommodation and sufficient funds for the duration of your stay. Entry requirements for Seychelles can change at any time, so it's important that you check the Seychelles government website or your nearest Seychelles consulate for the latest visa information specific to your nationality. You can also find further visa information in the Essential Trip Information section of your chosen itinerary.

Tipping is up to the individual when travelling in Seychelles. In restaurants a service charge of between five to ten per cent is often added to the bill so you will not be expected to leave an additional tip. If you receive excellent service, a little generosity can go a long way considering the low wages of those working in the hospitality industry.

On the adventure cruise, tips are included for ship crew and hospitality staff. This amount does not include a tip for your tour leader, so you may wish to set aside some funds for this.

If you are happy with the services of your trip leader and wish to tip, EUR 2–4 per passenger per day for is an appropriate amount. It is of great significance to the people who take care of you during your travels.

Many hotels and some restaurants and cafes offer Wi-Fi. Free Wi-Fi hotspots are found in some public areas in the capital of Victoria, Beau Vallon and Anse Royale on the main island.

There is mobile reception on Mahe, Praslin, La Digue, North Island, Fregate Island and Silhouette Island. Many foreign mobile services have coverage in the Seychelles, but roaming fees are high. You can purchase a local sim card for the network providers Cable & Wireless Seychelles (CWS) or Air.

Western-style flushable toilets are available on adventure cruises. You will also find flushable toilets in hotels and restaurants throughout the Seychelles. Public toilets are difficult to find outside the main beaches of Victoria. 

Small bottle of soft drink = EUR 1  
Beer in a bar or restaurant = EUR 2.5 
Simple lunch = EUR 5  
Three-course meal = EUR 50

Drinking tap water isn't recommended in the Seychelles. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water. Ask your leader where filtered water can be found – some places you stay may have drinking water available.

The euro is the standard currency onboard adventure cruises. Visa, Mastercard and American Express are all accepted for settling your ship board account. It is wise to travel with sufficient cash (in local currency) to pay for shopping on the island and for incidentals such as shipboard items, airports taxes and taxis.

Major credit cards are usually accepted by large hotels and western-style restaurants throughout the Seychelles. Ensure you have adequate cash to cover purchases where credit is unavailable.

ATM facilities exist at major banks in Mahe, Praslin and La Digue but will dispense Seychelles Rupees only. Foreign currency can be changed at banks or authorised bureau de change only. It is a criminal offence to change money with unauthorised persons. Credit cards are widely accepted throughout the Seychelles. 

Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey. 

For more information on insurance, see our travel insurance page.

For LGBTQI-travellers visiting the Seychelles, there’s little to worry about but some discretion is advised with open displays of affection as there is no open gay or lesbian scene in the country. 

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or Smartraveller before you travel. 

Responsible Travel

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Local market in Seychelles

Top responsible travel tips for the Seychelles

  1. While on holiday in the Seychelles, be considerate of local customs, traditions, religion and culture.
  2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
  3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
  4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it – simple greetings will help break the ice.
  5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
  6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
  7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
  8. While snorkelling and undertaking any water activities, be conscious about your own safety as well as respecting the ocean and its marine life. Refrain from touching the coral reef or interfering with the marine environment.