How to Travel Seychelles on a Budget

Travel Seychelles on a Budget

Looking for ways to travel to Seychelles on a budget? Keep reading!

Seychelles is definitely a non-travel in a budget-friendly country, and it is one of the most expensive places I’ve been to.

But with that being said, and after talking to many other travelers, I found out that I definitely succeeded with my mission to travel Seychelles on a budget!

In November 2020 I went on a dreamy vacation to Seychelles with my lovely boyfriend. It was an expensive trip, but still on the affordable side.

In this blog post, I am going to teach you how you can travel to Seychelles specifically on a budget and without breaking your bank account!

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how to travel Seychelles on a budget

Finding Cheap Flights

One of the best ways to lower the costs of your trip is finding a cheap flight deal! I did visit Seychelles during COVID, so prices were much lower than usual, but I still used the same tips!

Before COVID, flight prices from Tel Aviv to Mahe (the main island in Seychelles) were $1000! 

For my flight, I found the cheapest deal I’ve ever seen! A non-stop flight, baggage included, for only $500!

Where I Find Cheap Flights:

You Don’t Have to Book The Most Expensive Hotel 

Staying at a luxurious resort is fun, let’s be honest. But it isn’t a must.

If you follow me on Instagram or read my review of the resort I stayed at you probably know that my boyfriend and I decided to invest in a fancier resort because we found a very cheap deal.

But even though it was an amazing, and fun experience, I still think that you don’t have to stay at the most expensive hotel (or even in an expensive resort in general) to experience Seychelles, the opposite is the truth.

There are a lot of beautiful, affordable guest houses and hotels you can stay at and enjoy your vacation in Seychelles!

Whether you are looking for expensive resorts or affordable, nice hotels/guest houses, I highly recommend checking out for the cheapest prices! (I found my insanely cheap deal to the hotels I stayed at through this website and I always recommend it!)

Also, I recommend checking out HotelsCombined to compare the prices you find online and find the cheapest deals for multiple hotels around the world!

how to travel Seychelles on a budget

Bring Your Own Snorkel And Mask

You can’t skip snorkeling in Seychelles, trust me. The undersea life here is AMAZING. 

Anyways, bringing your own snorkel and mask is definitely a must. Getting new ones on the islands is super expensive!

In fact, even renting snorkels and masks cost more than getting your own snorkel and mask at home.

Also, Bring Your Own Sunscreen

Sunscreen is an ultimate must-have essential you can’t not bring to Seychelles.

In fact, when we were there, we put on sunscreen multiple times a day, and we still got sunburns!

So, why am I telling you to come prepared with sunscreen from home? 

Because most of the things in Seychelles are imported, which means that sunscreen will probably cost you much more than what two sunscreen bottles from home will cost you.

Try Cooking at Home & Eating Take-Outs

Even though Seychelles is pretty expensive, for tourists, food in the supermarkets isn’t that expensive.

I highly recommend getting groceries at the HTC supermarket, it is the cheapest supermarket in Seychelles! (trust me I’ve been to a lot there)

Restaurants are pretty expensive in Seychelles, so eating take-outs or cooking at your recommendation is a much more budget-friendly option.

Use The Bus or Rent a Car

There are three ways to move around in the Seychelles – buses, renting a car, or using taxis.

I will talk more about these options in a Seychelles travel tips blog post, so stay tuned for that.

In general, I will tell you that taking a taxi is the most expensive option, and in fact, we spent most of our money on taxi rides!

About the buses, people told me that bus drivers tend to drive pretty fast and for some people, it can be a ‘scary’ experience.

If you are not bothered by that, using the bus is the best way, even though it isn’t the easiest.

The funny thing is, renting a car will be cheaper than driving by taxi.

how to travel Seychelles on a budget

Plan Day Trips in Advance

Planing day trips in advance are super important and will also save you money. 

For example, for our La Digue day trip, we booked in advance a ferry from Mahe to La Digue for a pretty cheap price through Catcocos since we booked it a few weeks prior.

Also, not sponsored or anything, just throwing a travel tip, but from my research, Catcocos offers the cheapest ferries between the islands in Seychelles (from what I’ve seen).

Drink Tap Water & Bring a Filter Bottle

Especially in hotels, water bottles and drinks are SUPER expensive! We used to buy water bottles in the first hotel we stayed at for $5 for a small water bottle, and after we moved on to the next hotel and got water bottles in the supermarket, we were SHOCKED to find out that the same water bottle costs 50 cents!

Also, if you want to save even more money, bring a filter bottle from home and drink the tap water!

Bring with you a water bottle or two and fill them every time instead of buying new water bottles.

Buy Water Bottles Only in The Supermarket

Like I just told you, water bottles are super expensive in hotels and in restaurants. 

So make sure to buy water bottles and drinks only in the supermarket and not anywhere else!

You will be surprised to find out how much money it will save you.

And that’s it for today! These were my top ways to travel Seychelles on a budget like a pro!