Today’s blog post has been contributed by Rachita of Nomllers, who like us, travels the world and inspires others to do the same, with a companion or solo. Enjoy reading!
Rachita Saxena is from India and has been traveling and blogging for the past three years. She runs one half of the travel blog and Youtube Channel by the name of Nomllers. Their travel blog caters to budget travelers and aims to inspire others to leave their comfort zone and experience the unknown. You can follow her journeys on Instagram and Facebook.
You would often hear from people that Seychelles is extremely expensive and more suited for honeymoon couples than backpackers or solo travelers. Well, I would like to inform you all that this is utter bullshit. Seychelles is a gorgeous place which doesn’t need you to turn up with a boyfriend or a husband to make the most of it. In fact, you can certainly enjoy more than the couples who visit here, regardless if you are in a group or traveling solo.
I recently traveled alone to Seychelles in May and when I heard that Agness has started traveling solo frequently too, I figured these tips could help her make the most in Seychelles. If you are also contemplating the idea of visiting Seychelles alone and would like to break a few norms surrounding this paradise, then here are a few tips to get you started.
Research and Make a Budget First
As I said above, Seychelles is not an expensive place, provided you are careful with your budget planning and research. The first thing that you need to know about this place is that they use Seychellois Rupees and only make transactions in their own currency or Euros.
If you avoid staying in hotels and limit the use of private cabs or taxis, then you can easily save a lot and manage 15 days in this paradise in just 40 Euros a day.
Choose to Stay in a Self-Catering Apartment
One of the best ways to experience Seychelles is by choosing a self-catering apartment which will greatly help you in reducing your accommodation cost. Hotels or resorts are the major reason why people feel Seychelles is expensive. If you steer clear of them then you can easily save around 350 Euros or more from your entire 15 days trip.
Also, here you can save some food expenses as well by preparing your own food. A good self-catering apartment will cost you anything between 30 – 40 Euros for a night and will provide you with basic amenities like kitchen, TV, bathroom, towels, etc.
If somehow, you can find a Couchsurfing host here then bingo. You will end up saving a lot on your accommodation itself.
Experience the Local Creole Food Here
When you visit any new country, it is important that you experience their local food and make the most of it. Well, Seychelles has a pretty delicious Creole cuisine too which will leave your mouth watering. You will find delectable fish recipes here and many curry items which will be spicy and amazing.
However, if you aren’t used to too much spice then be careful while trying the Creole cuisine. It might seem too hot for your taste and just might leave for you in tears.
Hitchhike and Trust People you meet on the Way
The one thing which I loved the most about this country is that almost everyone here is kind and helpful. So, you can ask them for help or a ride in the same direction and they won’t refuse you. In fact, I was lucky enough to meet some amazing people who stopped on their way to pick me up when they saw me stranded in the rain. Isn’t that just sweet?
You might be worried about getting lifts from strangers but trust me, there is no need. Seychelles is a safe country with strict laws to ensure the safety of both tourists and locals, alike. This is why you would find barely any crime being committed here (1-2 in a year). So, just relax and don’t worry too much.
Use Public Transport or Cycles Wherever Possible
Personally, I love public transport more than private vehicles but Seychelles public transport is indeed amazing. You will find buses for the entire Mahe island from Victoria Bus Terminal and the cost of every bus is just 7 Seychelles Rupees. Yes, you can get down at the next stop or the last stop, you just need to pay 7 Rupees for your journey which is quite incredible.
This is why traveling by buses is one of the most convenient and cheapest ways to explore Mahe and Praslin island. You can also get bus routes and timings to plan your trip better.
In La Digue, you don’t have buses but you get cycles here which are extremely convenient for exploring the entire island. You can rent a cycle from the rental shop for 100 – 150 Seychellois Rupees for a day to make the most of your trip here.
Enjoy Scuba Diving or Snorkeling Here
Seychelles has a turquoise blue water and is quite popular for its diverse corals and underwater life. The waters are so clear that you can see the bottom of the ocean quite easily which is why it is the perfect spot for scuba diving and snorkeling.
There are many beaches here where you can snorkel with your own equipment or you can simply contact the Scuba Diving centers found here. If you are a newbie then an introductory course to Scuba Diving will cost you approximately 80-100 Euros here.
Relax at the Beautiful Beaches Found Here
If there was a paradise on earth, it has to be Seychelles because the beaches found here are extremely gorgeous. They are white and quaint and surrounded by beautiful boulders and rock structures which is why Seychelles beaches are found to be unique and utterly gorgeous.
So, if you are looking to relax and unwind a little then tanning on the beaches here is the best way to go about it. Some beaches that I would really recommend you to visit are Anse Georgette (Praslin), Anse Source D’Argent (La Digue), Anse Fourmis (La Digue), and Sunset Beach (Mahe).
Hike on the Various Trails Alone or In Groups
Seychelles doesn’t just contain beaches. It has some amazing hiking and trekking trails too which will give you some amazing view to witness. One of the most popular hiking trails in Mahe is the Morne Blanc Hiking Trail which takes 1 hour to reach and gives you an amazing view of the coastline. You don’t need a guide for it because the path is pretty well-defined and can easily do this alone.
Another amazing hike is for reaching Anse Cocos beach on La Digue island. The path goes through a wilderness but once you make it on the other side, the entire hike is completely worth the effort.
Talk To Locals and Never Hesitate to Ask for Help
When you are traveling alone in Seychelles, you will come across several occasions where you might not know the direction or some other information. Asking help from the locals can really be beneficial to you on such occasions and can be really rewarding too.
I learned so much about the life of people on Seychelles and the best places to explore by interacting with the locals.
Enjoy the Unique Flora and Fauna Offered Here
Lastly, don’t forget to observe the unique flora and fauna which is exhibited on these islands. You will come across Coco De Mer which is the national fruit of Seychelles and has a really interesting process associated with it.
Apart from that, you will also come across many giant turtles on the island roads and farms where you can touch them and feed them. And, let’s not even get into the numerous birds, insects, and fishes that you are bound to come across on this beautiful island.
Honestly, I wasn’t sure if Seychelles would be a good place for backpacking or not. But now that I have done it, I can certainly say that traveling solo in Seychelles is not weird and you should definitely visit this place solo if you wish to. It is perfectly safe and affordable and is bound to give you the best memories of your life.
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