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Bike, buggy or bus? 7 ways to explore the beauty of Seychelles

Victoria, Seychelles | November 17, 2016, Thursday @ 10:05 in Entertainment » SEYCHELLES BUZZ | By: Betymie Bonnelame | Views: 22371
Bike, buggy or bus? 7 ways to explore the beauty of Seychelles

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(Seychelles News Agency) - Although Seychelles is made up of 115 islands, travelling between the main inhabited islands and other places of interests is relatively easy.

However, as the islands are surrounded by a vast expanse of sea -- 1.3 million square kilometres -- getting around necessitates the use of different modes of transportation.

There is a regular operation network of transportation on land in the two most populated islands -- Mahe and Praslin, as well as on air and sea if you wish to go to other islands.

SNA looks at how you can get around Seychelles.


1. Car Rental

Speed across the island with the breeze in your hair while turning heads of passers-by. This one-of-a-kind rental agency loans out cool cars for that once-in-a-decade splurge while on a tropical island vacation. The Volkswagon Beach Buggy and a Secma F16 Roadster are among this company's offerings. Cool cool cool.

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Overall, renting a vehicle is the easiest and most comfortable way of exploring the Seychelles on your own. Multiple car rental agencies are available at the international airport at Pointe Laure and at the hotels. Companies accept a national or international driving license. Just remember we drive on the left-hand side and our cars are right-hand drive.

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2.  Helicopter

A beach buggy not cool enough for you? What about a helicopter? This is the way to go if you want a private, bird’s-eye view of the Seychelles. Zilair offers private flights between the islands.

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3.  Ferry

Moving between Mahe, Praslin and La Digue can also be done by daily ferry connections, although booking in advance is recommended. Two fast regular ferries -- the Cat Cocos provide daily transportation from Mahé to both Praslin and La Digue and the Cat Rose -- provide daily transportation from Praslin to La Digue. The two ferries service Mahé's Inter Island Quay in Victoria, the Praslin Quay along Baie Sainte Anne and La Digue's La Passe Quay.

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4. Public Bus

This provides an inexpensive but somewhat adventurous way of exploring Mahe and Praslin. The buses only stop at marked areas if the driver is made aware that someone wishes to alight, or if someone wants to get on. As a rule of thumb, the buses run at half-hour or hourly intervals.

The Seychelles Public Transport Corporation provides public bus services on Mahé and Praslin, every day from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m for a little less than a dollar.

An up-to-date bus schedule can be found on the website of the Seychelles Public Transport Corporation.

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5. Taxi

Another way to explore Mahe, Praslin and La Digue is by taxi. It offers a convenient way for you to explore the island, plus the drivers can give you some insider tips about the islands. There is no single taxi company service in the Seychelles islands so you need to organise your trip with individual taxi operators. Some taxis have up to 7-seater so you can take your whole family.

Taxis are equipped with a fixed taxi metre so you can discuss the price in advance as prices are determined by the length and duration of the trip.

Catching a ride in the nearest available cab from anywhere around Seychelles' main inhabited islands? Bouzāy, is the latest smartphone application to reach the archipelago’s shores, with the aim of helping people to find unoccupied taxis in their surroundings.

(Salifa Magnan, Seychelles News Agency) Photo License: CC-BY


6.  Bicycle

Bicycles are a good means of travelling on La Digue and Praslin. They can be rented through the hotels. One advantage is being able to get up close and personal with the beauty of the islands.

La Digue is small and flat and easy to explore on two wheels and most guesthouses and several shops provide bike rentals for guests. Praslin's level terrain is also conducive to leisurely rides.

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7.     Domestic flight

Flights are available from Mahé connecting to Praslin, Bird Island, and Denis Island with Air Seychelles. As private islands, flights to Bird and Denis can only be flown to in conjunction with a stay.

Flights from Mahé depart from the domestic terminal at the Seychelles International Airport (SEZ).  A one-way trip takes roughly 15 minutes and flights depart roughly every hour. Prices vary depending on the departure time and the season.

Flights to other islands having airstrips can be organised by the Islands Development Company.

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