If you are on a budget but you still want to indulge in a spot of island-hopping to explore the huddle of exotic islands otherwise known as Seychelles, this itinerary will give you a wonderful tropical adventure - and if you go during the low season rate period (normally from the middle May to early July) and book more than 120 days before arriving - it is even better value in terms of the price!
You begin by flying to the island of Praslin. The longest beach on Praslin is right on your doorstep and the island's main attraction - Vallée de Mai - is close by. From the Creole cuisine served in the restaurant, to the live entertainment, to the hospitality of the team, this will be a great way to start your Seychelles holiday.
Your next stop, La Digue, is all about simple pleasures. If you’re looking for a laid-back break from reality you can’t do better than this. There are just a handful of cars and your self-catering accommodation is right on one of the best beaches here.
Back to the main island of Mahe you spend the last 4 nights in a modern 3* hotel on the beachfront at one of the island's most popular beaches - Beau Vallon. The sunsets here are amazing, the waters calm and gentle. With many local restaurants including Creole takeaways, pizzerias and Indian cuisine, you can vary your evening dining as much or as little as you wish.
Holiday Title: Budget Island-Hopping in the Seychelles
Countries Visited: Seychelles
Arrive into Praslin Airport. Once you have collected your luggage you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
The Indian Ocean Lodge lies on Praslin's south coast, hidden behind takamaka trees and tropical palms along the island's longest beach, Grand Anse. The crystal-clear waters surrounding Praslin are excellent for scuba diving and there are some great spots for snorkelling. Heading away from the beach, why not join a guided walk through the ancient Vallee de Mai forest - home to the very rare Black Parrot and the coco de mer - the world's heaviest nut.
After breakfast you will be collected and transferred to the passenger jetty. The high speed ferry whisks you across to La Digue in just 15 minutes.
Boarding starts 10 minutes before the actual departure time.
When you arrive at La Passe Jetty on La Digue, make your way to Le Surmer, a self-catering property with just 8 chalets situated along Anse Reunion Beach. It is about a 15 minute walk to get here from the jetty. If you can bring yourself to abandon the beach for a while, La Digue's lush forests are full of natural surprises. Rambling through the jungle you'll come across frangipani, orchids, tangled vines of vanilla, bright hibiscus, Indian almonds and overgrown takamaka trees. The locals are friendly, the main mode of transport is bicycle and the Creole cuisine is a mouth-watering fusion of Indian, African and European flavours.
Walk back to the ferry in time to board the boat to Mahe. The ferry may stop en-route at Praslin but the journey time will be about 90 minutes in total.
Arrive at the Inter Island Quay Jetty in Mahe where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Located along the popular Beau Vallon Beach, the Coral Strand is among one of the original hotels in the Seychelles and offers affordable beachfront accommodation across 165 rooms. Beau Vallon is the island's main aquatic water sports centre and offers both motorised and non-motorised watersports, including parasailing, skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing and banana rides.
You will need to check out of your room this morning but you can remain at the hotel and use all the facilities until you are collected for your transfer to the airport, where you will check in for your flight home. Alternatively, if you have an evening flight, the hotel may be able to arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the room.
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