Cheap Flights to Victoria, Seychelles
- Area Total : 20.1 km² (7.8 sq mi)
- Area Code : +248 3
- Currency : Seychellois Rupee (SCR)
- Population Total : 26,450 (2010)
- Official Language : Seychellois Creole, English, French
- Time Zones : GMT/UTC+4
- Airports : Seychelles International Airport (SEZ)
SEZ is located on the island of Mahé six miles from the capital city Victoria. To reach Victoria passengers can hire vehicles or taxis that take approximately 10 minutes. Car hire desks are located near the arrival lounge and taxis are located at the terminal close to the main concourse.
Travellers can fly from Cape Town, South Africa to SEZ with the following airlines:
- South African, Air Seychelles (via Johannesburg) 8h 25m+
- British Airways (via Johannesburg) 8h 50m+
Airlines touching down at SEZ include:
- Air Austral
- Etihad Airways
- Kenya Airways
Reasons to Visit Victoria, Seychelles:
- An archipelago of 115 islands, Seychelles is a paradise of turquoise waters, coral reefs, white beaches, lush rain forests, nature reserves, wetlands, exotic and botanical gardens and amazing wildlife.
- The capital city Victoria is located on the north-eastern side of the main island Mahé. French colonists claimed the island in 1756 and settled in Victoria in 1778 leaving behind impressive historical plantation houses and monuments.
- Meander through the colourful Sir Selwyn Clarke Market that bustles with life, particularly on Saturday mornings. Tourists have an amazing selection of outdoor activities from hiking through pristine forests to diving in the most spectacular reefs besides swimming, sun tanning, sailing, wind surfing, island hopping and more.
- There are choice holiday resorts, luxury hotels, affordable B&Bs and comfortable backpacker establishments to suit every budget. The city affords numerous bars, lounges, nightclubs, live music venues, three casinos and some excellent restaurants for delicious Creole food.
When to Go Victoria, Seychelles:
The best times to experience these islands is during the shoulder seasons of April, May, October and November, with fewer crowds and mild weather conditions suitable for the beach, wildlife and scuba diving. April and May affords lower accommodation rates with temperatures ranging between the 70s to high 80s (°F) and little rainfall. October and November affords rain but still plenty of ideal beach weather with temperature around the mid-80s including lower hotel and airfares.
Places to Visit Victoria, Seychelles:
- For a unique eco-tourism experience, take a boat to Cousin Island. A world valued gem is Aride Island, purchased by Christopher Cadbury and managed by the Island Conservation Society, this island is home to a million breeding seabirds comprising ten species and endemic plants. As only reserve vessels are permitted to dock at this island, visitors disembark from their boats and board the islands boat. Visiting Praslin Island affords a splendid experience of more than 40,000 giant clams at The Giant Clam Farm where visitors glean much on their feeding and reproduction and can purchase gorgeous pieces of jewellery from the Black Pearl Shop adjacent to the farm. La Dique island has the phenomenal natural wonder Granite Boulder, a National Monument that covers an acre of land on the west side of the island and while there visit Eustache Sardes House, one of the few remaining timber houses. Ile Cocos island is a Marine National Park that provides spectacular snorkelling experiences.
- In the heart of Victoria, Carrefour des Arts, operated by the National Arts Council of Seychelles for promoting local artists showcases local art and craftwork focused on Seychellois folklore, traditions and the environment.
- Art lovers have difficult choices comprising stunning watercolours, silk paintings, textile art, exquisite bronze sculptures and stained glass art. Visit and meet the artists at their studios and galleries, many forming part of their homes.
- Domaine de Val des Près (craft village) affords insight into traditional Creole culture and comprises five attractions of architecture, arts and crafts and cuisine. The Gran Kaz Plantation House was built around 1870 and the Maison de Coco is a house built from coconut products where wonderful gifts can be purchased, all made from coconut.
- The Kreole Institute forming pat of the Patrimwann promotes Creole tradition and culture and hosts traditional balls, French song recitals, language and literature workshops and cultural exhibitions. The large French-styled colonial house shows the opulence of that era.
- One of the oldest historical sites is the Bel Air Cemetery, the first official burial ground founded shortly after the establishment of French settlers during the late 18th century. The cemetery comprises tombs, vaults and shrines containing some of the islands most famous people like Charles Dorothée Savy, a 9ft giant who was poisoned at age 14 due to fear of his height.
- The beautiful white Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is one of the first churches in Seychelles and the Mother Church of the Catholic Diocese in Seychelles.
- Located in Francis Rachel Street the elegant French colonial styled Kenwyn House was constructed in 1855 and is one of the most popular attractions. Also home of JOUEL, be prepared to spend money on some of the most beautiful pieces of jewellery.
- Another popular attraction is Kreolfleurage Parfums, the only perfume manufacturer on the islands that produces a unique range of wonderful perfumes, its located at North East Point.
- Every cigar smoker visits La Casa Del Puro for a box of special Cuban cigars and visitors are welcome to relax in the lovely outdoor area with their cigar and favoured beverage. The shop is located on Eden Island on the 1st floor of the Eden Plaza.
- La Marine is a must for any boat enthusiast where delicate model boats and marine artefacts can be purchased.
- The National Museum of History in Francis Rachel Street displays a variety of interesting historical remnants and for more history on the island, pop into the National Archives of Seychelles.
- Outdoor enthusiasts wont miss hiking through the lush Morne Seychellois National Park comprising more than 20% of the Mahé area. The park affords 12 different hiking trails that take a half or full day.
- The scenic Port Launay Coastal Wetlands is one of the finest mangrove wetlands on the main island that supports all seven species of mangrove in the territory. The wetlands are home to the Seychelles sheath-tailed bat and flying fox and the area is often used for educational purposes with school children visiting around World Wetlands Day.
- Seychelles National Botanical Gardens located in Mont Fleuri is one of the oldest National Monuments and offers a large collection of exotic and endemic plants, fruit and spice trees, an amazing population of giant tortoises, some over 150 years old, fruit bat colonies and an orchid house.
- The Baie Ternay Marine National Park with reefs on both sides provides ideal snorkelling conditions and a stunning beach to tan on or relax under the shade of Takamaka trees. The park is well known for whale sighting in season when these enormous giants swim and feed on the rich plankton.
- Dance the night away at Katiolo, an open air nightclub or the Tequila Boom Nightclub, open until the early hours.
- Savour grilled crab or a seafood curry at Anse Soleil Café located right on the beach but get there early as you cant book a table, its open from noon until 15h00. The Boat House offers a Creole-themed buffet dinner of around 20 different dishes.
Getting Around Victoria, Seychelles:
The Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (STPC) manages a network of 41 routes handling 1100 trips that run daily throughout Mahé and Praslin. For a slightly higher fare, travel in an air-conditioned bus with more comfort.
Theres an abundance of vehicle rental companies that include City Car Hire, Hertz, Thrifty, Sixt, Island Car Hire, Exoticars and plenty more.
Cat Cocos operates a modern 35-metre catamaran capable of carrying 350 passengers up to four times daily between Mahé and Praslin. Inter Island Ferry Services affords scenic cruises between Praslin and La Digue.
With Islands Development Company Limited charters can be taken to Assumption, Desroches, Farquhar, Remire, Alphonse and other islands. Air Seychelles provides a shuttle service from Mahé to Praslin while Zil Air offers a luxurious aerial limo service between Seychelles inner and outer islands.
Theres no shortage of taxis for a quick trip in Victoria or to the airport.