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Seychelles – Holiday in Paradise

The Seychelles archipelago is best known for its breath-taking beaches. Rightly so—but there is much more to discover in this archipelago country in the Indian Ocean. Each of the more than 100 islands has its own distinct character. Book your flight from Zurich to Seychelles and take a trip to paradise.

This dream destination is not out of reach: Flights from Zurich to Seychelles take less than 10 hours. Your journey will first take you to the main island of Mahé. It is the largest island in the archipelago and home to the International Airport (SEZ). From there it is only a stone's throw to the island capital Victoria. If your journey takes you to one of the other larger islands, the next leg of your trip will start from the Domestic Terminal. It’s no problem if you find it too difficult to decide on just one island—Seychelles is perfect for island hopping. Simply visit several of the islands one after the other.

If you are taking a flight from Zurich to Seychelles for the first time, it is recommended to divide your time between the three main islands:

  • Mahé
  • Praslin
  • La Digue

From the main islands, you can also take day trips to reach the smaller islands. Mahé is the busiest of the three larger islands. Get to know its charming side by shopping at a fish and vegetable market—where the locals, the Seychellois, also shop. Afterwards, simply head over to one of the fantastic beaches. The Anse Intendance beach, for example, is at one of the most beautiful bays in Seychelles and is located on the island’s southern end. Praslin and La Digue, on the other hand, are a bit quieter. You will find the most tourists on La Digue, the smallest of the three islands. With its manageable size and short distances, it lends itself well to bike tours. A circumnavigation of the island is not possible, however, because of its dense vegetation and steep cliffs. Nevertheless, you are sure to find small, enchanting bays and unique landscapes with smooth granite rocks.

Book your flight from Zurich to Seychelles to discover this island paradise in the Indian Ocean.

What is the best time of year to travel to Seychelles?

Holidaying in the Seychelles islands is recommended all year round. Daytime temperatures range from 24 to 33 degrees Celsius. While it’s snowing in Zurich in winter, the weather in the archipelago is perfect for a swim. For those who prefer more mild temperatures, or enjoy doing some sports while on holiday, travelling during the months from May to October is best.

How do I get from the SEZ Airport to Victoria?

The international airport SEZ is located 11 kilometres southeast of the island capital. After your flight from Zurich to Seychelles, you can easily reach Victoria by taxi or rental car. The journey on the Providence Highway takes about 20 minutes. If you are thinking about renting a car, be sure to keep in mind that they drive on the left in Seychelles. Alternatively, there are bus connections to the capital.

What documents do I need to enter Seychelles?

If you are a Swiss citizen travelling from Zurich to Seychelles, you should check the validity of your passport prior to your flight. It should be valid for at least another 6 months at the time of entry. You will also need a return or onward ticket and sufficient funds for your stay—either in the form of cash or a credit card. Travellers that booked package tours from Switzerland are exempt from these regulations. A visa is not required. A one-month visitor's permit is issued automatically upon entrance.

What is the local currency?

The official currency in Seychelles is the Seychelles Rupee (SR). In many hotels and restaurants, it is possible to pay with credit card. If you would like to use cash at the market or to buy souvenirs, it is best to exchange Swiss francs for the national currency prior to your flight to Seychelles. Alternatively, you can also exchange cash in Seychelles. Pay attention to the exchange rate, however, as it can vary. On the three largest islands, it is also possible to withdraw money from a bank or ATM.

The most beautiful destinations in Seychelles

Would you like to spend your vacation relaxing on the beach, getting to know the varied flora and fauna, or taking part in sports? All this is possible in Seychelles, thanks to its year-round summery temperatures. We put together some of the most beautiful sights for you:

  • Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market (Mahé)
  • Anse Intendance (Mahé)
  • Beau Vallon (Mahé)
  • Vallée de Mai (Praslin)
  • L’Union Estate (La Digue)
  • Cousin Island

The Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market in Victoria is definitely worth a visit when staying on Mahé. At this authentic market, you can watch the hustle and bustle, buy food for exploring, and find some souvenirs. Jewellery and scarves are sold at the stalls on the second floor.

The most famous beach of Seychelles is the Anse Intendance in the south of Mahé. The white sand is as fine as powder, turquoise-blue sea, and densely lush hills make the bay’s scenery an absolute dream. Without a protective reef barrier in front, the waves are higher than on other beaches, making it a paradise for surfers and hobby photographers.

Beau Vallon is the perfect place for swimming. The longest beach in Seychelles, it stretches along the northwest coast of Mahé. Since there are no strong currents, rocks or sharp corals in the sea, it is also great for families with children. Make sure to explore the underwater world of Seychelles. There are diving centres on the beach where you can book courses and hire equipment.

The Vallée de Mai on Praslin is a real-life Garden of Eden. The national park was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983 and houses the largest number of native Seychelles Coco de Mer palm trees. You can experience the true beauty of this unique slice of nature by walking along the well-maintained paths through the valley.

The L'Union Estate is located on La Digue. On the former coconut and vanilla plantation, you can learn more about the commercial use of coconuts. With a bit of luck, you may even see an ox driving an old mill, squeezing coconut oil out of the pulp. It is also well worth seeing the old plantation house in the style of French colonial architecture.

If you’re planning a day trip to another island in Seychelles, Cousin Island is highly recommended. The small island is about 2 kilometres off the coast of Praslin and is a marine and nature reserve. There are no hotels or restaurants here, meaning that there is far more nature. If you would like to experience this unspoilt island, book a tour with a local provider.

Experience the culinary treasures of Seychelles

Seychelles cuisine is characterised by the ethnic diversity of its people. It has Creole, Indian, and Asian influences. The dishes are based on regional, fresh ingredients. This means that fish—whether fried, boiled or baked and spicily seasoned—is used in many dishes. Rice, vegetables or cassava are often served as side dishes. Without a doubt, the delicious fish curries are worth a try. Fresh fruits are often served as dessert, as is Ladob banana, a typical dessert made of bananas cooked in coconut milk.

Have a drink (or two)

Tourism in Seychelles is focused on relaxation and experiencing nature. There is consequently very little nightlife. In the hotel bars, however, excellent wines and drinks are served, and there is often live music. For more authentic options, try Buka or Kalou. Kalou is a wine made from the blossoms of the coconut palm. Buka is made from sugar cane and is similar to rum.

Where to find souvenirs of your journey to paradise

There are no large shopping streets or malls in Seychelles. Nevertheless, you will find souvenirs of your journey to paradise. Take a look at the small shops and galleries of the island's capital Mahé or browse the Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market for souvenirs. For those who like pearl jewellery, we recommend a visit to a pearl breeding farm. There you can learn more about pearl breeding and buy unique pieces of jewellery.