A Five Day Guide to going off the beaten track in Seychelles!

Our fifth trip already. We have been busy making up for lost time!

Welcome to Seychelles - a tropical haven that gave us a reprieve from the ordinary and shoved us straight into the laps of blissful nature.

You know how some people like to spend their beach holiday not moving a muscle? Yeah, we are definitely not those people. In the short time we spent in Seychelles, we did everything from hiking to kayaking to chasing waterfalls.

We woke up in the greenest of rainforests, watched swaying palm trees, walked on whitest of white sands and listened to the rhythmic sounds of waves crashing onto the iconic boulders of Seychelles. There is so much more to this country than it's supremely instagrammable beaches.

This is my guide to some of the more off beat spots we discovered during our short getaway.

COVID preparation:

Seychelles is one of the top two most vaccinated countries in the world (UAE being number one now yay!), they still have all COVID protocols in place.

1. A Negative PCR test taken 72 hours prior to entering Seychelles

2. A Negative PCR Test taken 72 hours prior to leaving Seychelles

The test costs SYR 3000 for 24 hours turnaround.

3. You will also have to have the Seychelles Travel Authorization form prior to departure - There is a small processing fee, you wait for the approval to be emailed. Carry it with you.

Testing Tip: we got ours done at the Seychelles Medical clinic right above the domestic airport terminal. It was easy to find, the process was fast and efficient - we got our results in 6 hours!

What you will need for testing:

Passport and return flight ticket

Flights, Visa and Immigration

We flew direct with Emirates. NO visa required for Indian passport holders (I believe this is the case for most countries)!

The immigration process was quick and simple though the line was a little long. Don't forget to have your return ticket and confirmed hotel reservation on hand!

On the way back, we used the airport lounge and it was a great place to spend a few hours far away from the airport crowds.

Safety and hygiene

We felt safe the whole time - from finding isolated beaches and hiking trails, it was not very difficult to socially distance. Everyone wears a mask outside the city as well. Temperatures were checked and sanitizers were easily available.

Best time to visit

April, May, June and October, November is best due to the slightly cooler weather.

Language and People

Everyone is helpful and fluent in English.

Travel and Medical Insurance, Currency

Travel Insurance is highly recommended. USD accepted at all resorts. Carry local currency for small purchases.

Island Hopping - how and what are the rules now?

No trip to Seychelles is complete without island hops to most of the most popular islands - Praslin and La Digue. Cat Cocos is your friend. You can go to their webs