There is a new travel trend sweeping through the wanderlust and jet-setter communities in the United Arab Emirates. This trend has them exploring new nearby destinations as opposed to traveling to more traditional ones such as Western Europe and the United States.
One destination that’s gaining more popularity is Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. This small but picturesque country is a perfect getaway for the people of the UAE because it ticks so many vacation boxes from mild climate to amazing beaches and delicious food.
So, if the travel bug in you is starting to move again and you are thinking about visiting Seychelles, here are some facts and tips that will help you spend the best time there:
1. It doesn’t require a visa…
Let me repeat this: IT DOESN’T NEED VISA! Yes, even if you have a less than favorable passport you are still welcome there and they won’t send you back once you arrive
2. It’s just four and a half hours by plane from Dubai
I mean we could be stuck in Thursday’s traffic for almost the same number of hours!
3. You don’t have to spend a fortune on five-star hotels
If you are on a budget then you can book one of the many guesthouses available on the islands. They are a cheaper alternative to swanky hotels and some of them are just one minute away from the beach!
4. Try to spend a whole week
Many travelers make the mistake of going for just three or four nights, but trust me, you won’t regret spending more time there! Six nights will be perfect to see the three main islands: Mahe, Praslin and La Digue.
5. Don’t a taxi, drive!
Although driving can be a bit challenging in Seychelles, since you have to drive on the left side of the road (UK Style), a car is your best friend there. This is especially true in Mahe because it’s cheaper and more convenient than a taxi. But don’t fill up the whole tank! You won’t need all that petrol.
6. Don’t miss seeing these amazing spots
Do yourself a favor and never leave Seychelles without visiting: the Port Launay hidden waterfall in Mahe, the Valle de Mai plantation in Praslin (which is home to the rare Coco de Mar plant), and the Anse Source D’Argent in La Digue (which is a UNESCO world heritage site and where you will witness an unforgettable sunset!)
7. Try the street food in Mahe’s Anse Beauvallon
You will go for seconds once you have a taste of the freshly caught parrotfish, which is then glazed with honey and grilled to perfection on a bed of coconut leaves. Need we say more?
8. It’s not just for couples
Although it is a very romantic destination, Seychelles is not only for couples. Families and friends can still enjoy so many activities such as snorkeling, diving, hiking, and cycling. It is an ideal getaway for a chilled out time with just the right dose of adventure!