It’s weekend! Close your eyes and you can dream of white sand and blue sea. And then you take a glass bottom boat to row in the calm and pristine water of the sea and witness the green algae and red fishes. Boom! You think that dream is expensive! Then you need to read this. The imagery that you just painted can be from anywhere in the world, but Seychelles suits this the best.
An island nation in East Africa, Seychelles has been a magical destination for travellers and honeymooners. However one misconception that many have about this country is it’s expensive.
Let’s assure you, it’s not at all pricey, if you plan right.
Scroll down the slideshow below to know how to plan Seychelles in a shoestring budget.
Firstly, you need to plan Seychelles trip all by yourself. Whenever you ask online agencies to curate it for you, it gets expensive. There a number of homestays, chalets and villas, which are cheap and travellers can stay for long duration. Also what you need to do here is make your own food. While there are cheap places to eat, making food by yourself can save you a lot in the island country. Also bring your own booze (customs do allow a limited allowance of alcohol). You don’t need to stay in resorts, as unlike Maldives, the beaches are free to access and not within the boundary of any hotel. So you can sunbathe in the white sand all through the day without spending a 1,000 USD in staying at a plush lagoon.
Pick your accommodation in the service apartments of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue island. While the hotels may cost you upto Rs 60K a night, these places will hardly cost you Rs 5000/ night. These apartments will be pretty basic with a fully functional kitchen, air conditioning and a good washroom. While booking, do check for the Tourism Board registration number for standardization. Come on, that’s all you need.
Use public buses in Mahe to take a tour around. Buses are quite punctual and have a good frequency. However, these buses won’t be Volvo and almost similar to the ones like BEST in Mumbai roads. These buses have a flat fare of Rs 25 (5 Seychelles Rupees). However, it’s not wise to walk down Mahe as the roads are narrow and blind turns. Also you can try self driven cars at an affordable price. Just keep a printed map handy for the need. The rates of self drive cars start at Rs 3,000/ day. You can bargain for a good deal. However the cars that are provided are good hatchbacks we generally see in Indian roads. Just note, don’t splurge on rented cars driven by chauffeurs.
For food, there are very few grocery stores and you won’t find gourmet items here. Most of the stores sell basic groceries and you need to choose from the available staples. While bringing 2 litres of liquor is permitted and highly recommended, you can buy Takamaka Rum, which is quite cheap. Bottled water costs Rs 5 or even less and is a safer bet to stay fit while travelling.
Beaches in Seychelles are at their seductive best throughout the year. Try these beaches to get a sun tan: Anse à la Mouche Anse aux Poules Bleues Anse aux Pins Anse Baleine Anse Bazarca Anse Boileau Anse Bougainville Anse Forbans Anse Intendance