The Ultimate Seychelles Islands Travel Guide

I’ve been to a lot of beaches, and I’ve loved them all; but there’s something absolutely magical about the endless coasts of the Seychelles. There’s a reason they call the Seychelles “paradise on earth,” and you’ll see as soon as you arrive.

Ready to discover it for yourself? Here’s my ultimate Seychelles Islands travel guide.

What to Expect in the Seychelles

    • Language: The Seychelles actually has three official languages: French, English, and Seselwa. When you overhear locals chatting, it’ll usually be in their French-based creole language, Seselwa. Most people are actually trilingual(!), and you’ll rarely have trouble finding people who speak English.
    • Currency: Seychelles rupees (SCR). $1 USD will give you 13.50 SCR.
    • Credit Cards and Banks: It’s good to have a mix of currencies. Many tourist spots prefer dollars and euros, so keep some of your own cash and exchange some for Seychelles rupees. Depending on your bank, you’ll likely get the best rate withdrawing rupees from an ATM, but you’ll also find banks and official exchange offices all over.
    • Voltage: The Seychelles uses three-pin UK plugs.
    • Climate: The Seychelles has a dream climate. The temperature rarely goes below seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit (twenty-four degrees Celsius) or above eighty-nine degrees Fahrenheit (thirty-two degrees Celsius).

Conditions for swimming, snorkeling and diving are best during March through May, October, and November, plus those are off-peak months.

  • Food: All over the Seychelles, you’ll find creole food made from Asian staples with European flair. Think rice, veggies, and tons of fresh fish. As you’re making plans to eat your way across the islands, keep in mind that a lot of places are closed on Sundays, so come prepared.
  • Water: Tap water in the Seychelles is safe to drink, but it’s pretty heavy on the chlorine, so many people opt to drink bottled water. If you are there during the summer, you might also find that the water gets turned off for a few hours a day in an effort to conserve.