Seychelles on a budget

Planning a trip to Seychelles on a budget ? Let us help you.

Seychelles unparalleled beauty, picture postcard beaches, amazing marine life, and unique flora and fauna makes it the choicest honeymoon destination for who’s who of this world.

It has long been perceived as a luxury destination and not for those on a limited budget.

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After spending 10 days in this beautiful island, we are happy to say that it is pretty much doable on a budget. The gorgeousness of Seychelles now no more comes with a hefty price tag.

Obviously, it is not a backpacker destination like Thailand or Philippines but it can definitely be done if you set your budget right and plan better.

In this post, we share our 2 cents on how to plan your Seychelles trip on a Budget :

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– Flights –

Air Seychelles has recently started operation from major cities in India to Seychelles. The fares are quite reasonable and if booked well in advance you can get a bargain.

Check Skyscanner or Kayak to find the lowest fare possible. Keep a check on the fare rates, be flexible with dates and if possible try to book early .

Book your flight in advance.

Air Seychelles

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– Stay –

Hotels ranges from budget stay to the most luxurious ones.

We would highly recommend checking out home stays on Tripadvisor or some of the pretty bed and breakfast options on Airbnb if you are on budget.

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Home stays are plenty and are quite reasonable.

A search on Agoda or Booking.com can also land you an amazing pad to stay. Make sure you read the reviews well and check the exact locations before booking.

We stayed in a villa booked via AirBnb ( Note : Sign up with our link and get INR 2335 on your first booking ) at Praslin for 2 nights at a price of INR 15000/- . The villa was just steps away from the beach.

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– Food–

There are a lot of takeaway options in the Island which are quite cheap but we did find very limited options  for vegetarians. So, if you are craving for good vegetarian food, cooking is the best option.

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Try to carry some spices or ingredients you might need in small portions from home and once you reach there, hit the supermarket and  grab your favorite veggies.

Carry energy bars, dry fruits, chips, packets of noodles, packaged food, coffee, and tea packets incase your homestay does not provide any. Since everything on the island is imported the prices can be astronomical even for some of the basic needs.

Takeaways or cooking is one of the best solution if you want to save money on food.

Luckily, our host at Airbnb was kind enough to provide us everything starting from bread, jam, milk, banana, and eggs. Even she was so sweet to cook dinner for us on our very first night of stay.

Take away starts from INR 250 to 500/- for non-vegetarian Creole food.

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– Sightseeing –

If you are on a backpackers budget, renting a car with driver can burn a hole in your pocket. If you are comfortable driving on the left-hand side – right-hand drive, book yourself a car and drive around the island. Not only it will save you loads of money but you will also have the flexibility to stop at any place at any time. 12316614_980200748709564_2478409729180174436_n

Renting and driving is the best option to explore the island. Make sure to take a full insurance cover. We rented a Sedan in Praslin for INR 4200 including full insurance cover for 24 hours.

You can rent a car from airport and pier.

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Not comfortable with the idea of driving ? No worries. Island is well connected with public transportation, grab a map, check the timings and explore the island in a bus but a word of caution- check with locals about the bus stops and its distance from the place you are put up.

Rent a car or use public transportation to save money.

For island hopping trips don’t forget to haggle before settling down with a DEAL.

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At La Digue Island, we would highly recommend a rent a cycle and explore the island. The island can be easily covered by foot or bike in a day or two. 🙂

Try to explore the North and South West part of the island before venturing to the South East part of the island as there are mountain trails which are quite tedious.

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– Expenses –

Bike Rent at La Digue starts from INR 500/- per day

Car rent at Praslin and Mahe starts from INR 4000/- per day for a sedan

Full Day trip to islands would costs anything from INR 8000 – 10,000/- per person

Ferry from Mahe to Praslin/ La Digue –  Starts from €50.00 + taxes

Note: Ferry can be easily booked from the pier. Make sure you check the timings of the ferry well in advance and plan accordingly.

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22 Comments

  • Reply
    SandeepaChetan
    April 6, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Beautiful scenery. We hope to see this beauty some day 🙂

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    Renuka
    April 9, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Good tips! Seychelles is so beautiful. Would love to visit it someday.

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    Indrani
    April 12, 2016 at 1:20 am

    Incredible place bursting with beauty. Thanks for these helpful tips.
    Any saving is good enough for me.

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    Archana Kapoor
    April 12, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Such an alluring place… mera number kab aayega… 🙂
    Thanks for sharing dear 🙂

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    rupam { xhobdo }
    April 12, 2016 at 5:23 am

    Amazing. Beautiful pics 🙂

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    Shrinidhi Hande
    April 12, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Very useful for potential travelers. on my wishlist

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    Arun
    April 12, 2016 at 6:08 am

    Had heard Seychelles can burn a hole in the pocket. But I guess with the tips you have mentioned, we can easily survive through 🙂
    Great post! Sharing it.

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    Maniparna Sengupta Majumder
    April 12, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Beautiful images and very useful tips for travellers. Thanks a lot for sharing… 🙂

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    Puru
    April 12, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    Have been thinking of this place ever since the Kaho na Pyar hai days but never got a chance to visit. You brought the memories back with some great photographs, especially that of a coconut tree on the beach 🙂

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    Ami
    April 13, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Very useful tip. Well captured.

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    Arulmaharaj
    April 13, 2016 at 1:56 pm

    Beautiful pics and great tips 🙂 thanks for sharing

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    Prasad Np
    April 14, 2016 at 8:49 pm

    This place is absolutely amazing..

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    Arun Kumar
    April 26, 2016 at 7:59 am

    thanks for sharing.. keep updating..

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    Ticking the Bucketlist
    May 22, 2016 at 3:30 am

    We found that using the local transport was ideal only if you have plenty of time at hand! We rented a car and piled our snorkelling gear and beach towels in it … Seemed like the perfect way to explore Mahe and Praslin!

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    Joyce
    June 1, 2016 at 4:56 pm

    Everything about this place looks amazing! That tortoise in the end is sooo cute! Thanks for all the helpful tips on how to save cash on the trip, definitely love that beautiful places like this can be experienced on a budget!

    Characters & Carry-ons

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    Jitendra Meghrajani
    September 20, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Hi,

    We are planning a trip to Seychelles. A small help . Which villa were you suggesting at praslin booked through AirBnb ?
    Thanks

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    Sandy N Vyjay
    March 23, 2017 at 5:50 am

    Seychelles is an absolute wonder. The beauty is phenomenal.The tips are really good and I am going to bookmark this and save it for my trip to Seychelles.

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