Published on May 10th, 2022
How much does it cost to go to Seychelles? In this post, I’ll be writing about the costs needed to travel from Nairobi, Kenya to Mahe, La Digue and Praslin in Seychelles. This breakdown also applies to travel from Lagos. Apart from the costs of flights, everything else is applicable when travelling from Nigeria.
This breakdown is based solely on my experience and is only intended for trip planning and presenting a fair idea of how much to budget. All prices stated here represent the cost per person and are either approximate values or exact values at the time of this writing.
Cost to Go To Seychelles: How to Get a Visa from Kenya or Nigeria to Seychelles
Nigerian citizens visiting Seychelles do not need to apply for a visa beforehand. Seychelles is visa-free for all nationalities, including Nigerians, provided a few conditions are met. Travellers must present a valid passport, return or onward flight ticket, health insurance, health travel authorization, accommodation booking and sufficient funds ($150 per day) to cover their stay.
As a Nigerian visiting Seychelles, I would advise that you arrive with all these documents and enough funds for your stay. I even included a few more that I used in a previous visa application but they were not checked.Planning a trip to Seychelles? Find out how much it could cost you to visit here! Click To Tweet
Cost to Go To Seychelles: How Much is a Flight Ticket from Lagos and Nairobi to Mahe?
At the time of this writing, there are no direct flights from Nigeria to Seychelles but multiple airlines make the trip with stops at their various hubs. When I checked for the same dates I travelled, the prices were starting from ₦340,000.
Tip: Remember to book your flights directly through the airlines, especially if you are worried about the constantly changing travel requirements. It is easier to modify your booking directly with the airline than going through a third party.
Cost to go to Seychelles: Travel Insurance
Travellers must also present travel insurance that has coverage for Covid-19. I got mine through SafetyWing for only $12. The process of getting was swift (less than 15 minutes after payment) and SafetyWing issues a letter stating what is covered.
Getting Around in Seychelles: Transportation Costs
I booked a taxi from the airport to the guesthouse I stayed at in Beau Vallon via Get Your Guide and it cost me $32. I didn’t do much within Mahe and booked a taxi whenever I needed to go places. Of course, renting a car is the best way to see the island, but this was not an option for me.
In La Digue, I spent my time walking around (renting a bike is more ideal), while in Praslin, I hired a car and driver for my time there. To move between islands, I booked my ferry trips with Seychelles-Ferry and spent a total of $137. In total, including airport transfers and rides within the country, I spent $239 on transportation for the entire duration of our stay.
Cost to Go To Seychelles: Accommodation Costs
I spent at least one night on the 3 islands I visited. In Mahe, I stayed at the Lemongrass Lodge in Beau Vallon for 2 nights and Precious Residence C for 1 night. These self-catering apartments are some of the cheapest you will find in the area and were suitable for my needs.
In La Digue, I stayed at Kot Babi Guesthouse. This guest house and Precious Residence were my favourite accommodations. And finally, in Praslin, I stayed at Diamond Plaza on Grand Anse beach (my least favourite stay). Accommodation cost me a total of $665 for 7 nights.
Feeding & Entertainment
My total food tab for 7 days came up to $80. I dined out once during my trip and ate at “takeaways” most of the time or prepared my own food. As for entertainment and sightseeing, most of the things I did were free. I did a lot of beach hopping, snorkelling, hiking and just walking around the islands.
I also decided to skip paid tours to go snorkelling, diving and so on, since these were activities I had done a few times in other places, like Sharm el Sheikh and the Kenyan Coast. The only paid activity I signed up for for a 3-hour tour with Crystal Water Kayaks in La Digue.
The tour is usually about €35 but I signed up for a photo session and the owner threw in the tour for free. There is also a 115 rupee (about $9) charge to enter L’Union Estate, where Anse Source D’argent beach is located and where this tour takes place.
Finally, here’s an overview of everything I spent. Again, this breakdown is based solely on my experiences and is only intended for the purpose of trip planning and to present a fair idea of how much to budget. All prices stated here are either approximate values or exact values at the time of this writing.
|Flights from Nairobi to Mahe, Seychelles||$780||Cost for a 3-hour direct flight|
|Return taxi from Seychelles Int’l Airport to Mahe||$70|
|Travel Insurance for 8 days||$12|
|Health Travel Authorization||$11|
|Accommodation in Mahe (3 nights)||$242|
|Accommodation in La Digue (3 nights)||$349|
|Accommodation in Praslin (1 night)||$74|
|Mahe to La Digue Ferry||$66|
|La Digue to Praslin Ferry||$16|
|Praslin to Mahe Ferry||$55|
|Activities in Mahe||$95||Transportation Costs|
|Activities in La Digue||$46||Included just the costs for the Kayak tour|
|Activities in Praslin||$114||Transportation Costs|
|Covid-19 PCR Tests||$55||PCR test not required if fully vaccinated|
|Total costs for 1 person||$2,065|
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I hope you find this breakdown useful. Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think or if you have any questions!