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White sandy beaches and gin-clear waters backed by towering hills of lush vegetation. Imagine your dream beach holiday island and the Seychelles really won’t be too far off.
The best time to visit the Seychelles, from a weather point of view, is between April and May, and then again from October to November. It’s during these months that the transition between the hot and humid warmer periods and wet and cooler periods dominated by the southeast trade winds make conditions ideal for beach breaks.
However, at these times you might find it more difficult to find cheap flights to the Seychelles, and accommodation on the islands tends to be more expensive.
But with a good choice of flights to the Seychelles from a number of carriers, you should still be able to find the odd deal at any time of year.
Use the ‘Nearby Airports’ and ‘Flexible Dates’ to quickly see if there are cheaper flights to Seychelles destinations. Tour operators often tend to book accommodation on the same days of the week, meaning some are more in demand than others. A small of adjustment of 24 hours can sometimes make all the difference.
Seychelles International Airport is the main international air hub on the islands. It is located on the island of Mahe, around seven miles from the capital at Victoria. It serves about 750,000 passengers a year coming from numerous destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa.
The airport can be accessed by a frequent bus service from the station in Victoria, along with taxi ranks located at various places around the island. There are also several coach services to the ferry terminal at the Old Port, and plans for a light railway and tram system.
Direct and indirect flights to Seychelles are available from a number of different carriers.
After you touch down at the airport on Mahe, there are several options for onwards travel. One is to catch one of the numerous daily flights between Mahe and Praslin, operated by Air Seychelles. There are less frequent flights from Mahe to Bird, Denis, Fregate and other islands. There are also charter helicopter options available.
There are ferry services linking most of the islands, with online booking options to reserve tickets in advance. You can also take small boats from Mahe to several of the other islands, although these can be unreliable depending on the weather.
Car rentals and driving are possible on Mahe, making it much easier to get around -and the Seychellois obligingly drive on the left!
Taxis and regular buses are also widely available.
But, there are plenty of other cultural attractions to look for too. The Arulmigu Navasakti Vinayagar temple is the centre of Hinduism on the islands, and the Natural History Museum is also fascinating.
On Praslin, the Vallee de Mai is a World Heritage site and home to some unique plant and animal life. It can be tricky to explore owing to the steep terrain, but it’s well worth making the effort to get off the beaten track.