|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 2% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||November||Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop|
|Average price||$1112||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||$879||From New York to Victoria|
$1096 - $1934
82.4 - 89.6 °F
4.13 - 15.63 inches
Seychelles was pretty much desolate until the 17th century, when British settlers eyed the country for occupancy. By the end of the 18th century, the islands were under British rule and citizens worked to build up the islands as they are known to travelers today.
Today when your flight to Seychelles arrives, you’ll be amidst115 islands. The year-round tourist destination welcomes weary travelers disembarking Seychelles flights for some rest and rejuvenation at one of the island’s resorts. The miles of soft sand beaches and crystal-blue waters grace the Seychelles coastline offering visitors a chance at windsurfing, sailing, or just a bit of solitude. While the islands are blessed by tropical landscapes, travelers on Seychelles flights can also find a wealth of African culture in the food, clothes and music of Seychelles.
Longtime visitors booking flights to Seychelles know that since the 1960s, the islands were established as the top luxury destination in Africa. Despite recent economic drawbacks, committed travelers to the area continue to book Seychelles flights and resort accommodations for holiday and vacation travel. Tourism remains high but in competition with more budget-friendly destinations like Madagascar and Mauritius.
The flight to the Seychelles typically takes as much as a day or longer, depending on stopovers and connecting airports. Flights departing from the west coast of the US will see average flight times of 25h 30m to 29h 35m, while New York flights have a duration of approximately 31h to 35h 45m. Travelers should book in advance for the best rates on the shortest flights, as Seychelles flight deals go quickly. Flights from the central US typically add two or three hours to travel time.
Unfortunately, direct service from the US to Seychelles is not available at the current time. Most major cities offer one-stop connecting flights to Mahe and Praslin, including New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Detroit, and San Francisco. Flights are available from Delta, American Airlines, Air France, Air Seychelles, and others, with indirect service offering up to three stops depending on the route.
For US travelers, there are multiple options for getting around. Air Seychelles offers service to the remote islands and there are charters to various islands available from Zil Air and the Islands Development Company. Roads are generally quiet and well signed, making it easy to drive in the islands, for the most part. Roads in Mahe are often steep and narrow, so drivers should use caution at all times. 4-wheel drive and saloon car hires are available but reservations are recommended. There are independent taxis that may also offer sightseeing tours, but you should always negotiate fares in advance. Bikes are plentiful and offer an easy way to explore Seychelles, as well. The capital of Victoria and other main towns are all small enough for walking, in most cases.
Visitors to Seychelles will find a variety of activities spread throughout the islands. Aldabra is home to over 150,000 giant tortoises, but getting there requires a special permit. Birdwatching is a popular hobby and Denis Island offers big game fishing. Visitors can also check out the stunning beaches of Mahe, along with the Creole architecture of Victoria and even more beaches on Praslin. In Seychelles, the best scuba diving can be found in Aldabra, Dredger Wreck, Brissare Rocks, Ennerdale Wreck, Marianna Island, and L’ilot. On Mahe, the Sir Selwyn-Clarke Market is a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike.
US residents that are flying to the Seychelles will need to have a passport that is valid for the duration of their stay, with at least one blank page available for stamps. This is a visa-free country, but travelers will be required to present sufficient funds, confirmed accommodations, and proof of onward or return travel to be granted entry and issued a visitors permit for the duration of their stay.
The Seychelles has a tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 75 to 85 F, and high humidity. Seasons are fairly constant except for the monsoon months. The southeast monsoon season lasts from May to September and brings cooler temperatures while the northwest monsoon spans October and March.
Fortunately, the islands’ tropical climate makes any time of the year easy to find cheap flights to the Seychelles.
Peak Season: If underwater sports are your calling, book flights to the Seychelles between April and October to maximize your time for snorkeling and diving. Water temperatures reach 86 degrees F, and you can easily see 100 feet into the clear, blue water. A week-long celebration called the Festival Kreol celebrates Creole traditions and is open to anyone booking flights to the Seychelles in March.
Off-peak Season:The winter months serve as the off season, but those booking flights to Seychelles can take part in the Seychelles Sailing Cup in January, when beautiful sea crafts take the sea-stage and cruise the waters.
Of the Seychelles 115 islands, only nine draw the most tourist attraction. Up to 20 domestic Seychelles flights within Mahe, La Dingue, and Praslin can be booked through Air Seychelles. Helicopter service also runs between Mahe and Silhouette, and Fregate and North Island.
For water-based Seychelles travel, hop aboard Cat Coco, which links Mahe with Praslin by a catamaran twice a day. Inter-island ferries run frequent service between Praslin and La Digue, and crossing usually takes about an hour.
The Seychelles Public Transportation Corporation runs bus service on Mahe and Praslin between 6 a.m and 7 p.m., including some night services. Car rental is possible as well, and major car rental agencies like Hertz and Sixt Rent A Car are available for help. Remember to drive on the left hand side of the road.
Outside of transportation rental, walking and biking are very popular among tourists and locals alike. Taxis are available at hotel stands and by hailing one on the street.