Seychelles: exotic for the sophisticated
The good news for tourists will be that the import and export to the islands of both foreign and local currency is unlimited.
As for personal belongings, duty-free import of 200 ml of perfumery, 500 gr. tobacco or 400 cigarettes and 2 liters of alcohol. The import of other goods into the country is limited to 3,000 SCR.
The import of weapons is strictly prohibited. Even if you planned to bring pneumatics or spear guns with you, it is better to forget about this idea safely.
It is also forbidden to import any plants, vegetables, fruits, unserved meat, meat products, medicines, and, of course, any narcotic substances into the Seychelles.
But taking out from the archipelago will not work corals, sea shells, products from tortoise shell, and Coco de Mer nuts. More precisely, you can take out such a nut, but only if you have an official receipt for its purchase.
Airports in the Seychelles
On the island of Mahe, near the capital, there is Seychelles International Airport (Aéroport de La Pointe la Rue). At this airport is the base of the national carrier of Seychelles – Air Seychelles. It operates direct flights to Mauritius and Johannesburg. Also, the airport terminal accepts flights from Dubai, Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Abu Dhabi, Doha and regular charters from Amsterdam and Frankfurt.
From the internal terminal of the airport, which is located within walking distance of the international, all inter-island flights are operated. At normal times of the year, planes take off here every half hour, and during the high season – every 10-15 minutes. Victoria – Providence Highway connects the airport with Victoria, and regular buses run from the capital’s bus station.
The connection between even the most remote of the 115 islands of the archipelago (of which only 33 are inhabited) is provided thanks to the numerous ferries and schooners. Tickets are sold directly on board and cost about 70 SCR for one-way fares.
Seychelles Helicopter also provides domestic connections to major tourist areas, as well as scheduled flights to remote islands. The cost of the services of this carrier cost about 4000 SCR per 60 minutes of flight.
You can also take local buses around the islands. By the way, the bus network of Seychelles is also very well developed. The fare in the Seychelles bus is about 3-5 SCR. And on the island of Mahe you can even take a taxi. The cost of a taxi here is usually 5 SCR per kilometer, and the first km of the way is paid at the rate of 15 SCR. All cars in the local fleet are equipped with counters.
If you want something more exotic, on the island of La Digue you can offer bicycles or cowhide rides. By the way, on the last there are even license plates of a completely automobile form.
Car hire in Seychelles
If you want to rent a car in Seychelles, you will be required to have a national or international driver’s license, at least three years of driving experience and, of course, at least 22 years old. But before you rent a car, you should weigh the pros and cons well: the traffic here is left-sided, there are many difficult mountain routes and the quality of the road surface is not the best. The maximum permissible speed in the city limits is up to 45 km / h, and outside settlements – up to 65 km / h. The maximum permissible speed in Seychelles is allowed only on the highway leading to the airport: as much as 80 km / h.
And the number of gas stations of the inhabitants of European megacities can be depressing for a long time – there are only 6 on the island of Mahe, and on Praslin in general 2.
If you still decide to take a chance and still rent a local car, choose off-road vehicles with high traffic – the quality of local roads, alas, requires.
But in the Seychelles there are many offices offering bike rental at affordable prices. But here, too, there are difficulties – the amount of available two-wheeled equipment is often much less than the number of people who want to rent it.
If your vacation in Seychelles coincides with the last Saturday of the month, you can see a huge (by local standards) crowd of locals – after receiving a salary, they massively go to Victoria to make purchases. On this day, the city is in full swing, and there are no free parking lots since the morning.