Hi guys, in this post, it’s time to share with you 15 amazing things to do in Seychelles on a budget and some amazing fun and cheap Seychelles activities. This post was highly requested after all the other Seychelles content that we created, so here you are.
We visited Seychelles at the end of 2018 during the Christmas break and we loved it. Even though it was a bit different from what we have imagined. However, we found out, that Seychelles is an amazing destination for an affordable tropical vacation, as there are so many great affordable apartments and guesthouses in Seychelles (read my post to find out more) and food can also be pretty affordable.
That said, we only spent about £2200 ($2700) for a weeklong trip to Seychelles for Christmas for two people including flights from London and everything, so yes, you can explore Seychelles on a budget. But what are all the things and activities in Seychelles that you can do without spending a lot of money? Without further ado, let’s get started with the best cheap things to do in Seychelles!
If you’re looking for affordable accommodation in Seychelles, we stayed in Ocean Jewels resort in Praslin and in Takamaka Green Village in Mahe. We only came to La Digue for a day, so we didn’t have a chance to stay there.
15 best things to do in Seychelles (on a budget): Mahe, Praslin and La Digue
Best cheap things to do in Mahe, Seychelles
Let’s start with Mahe, as it’s the main (and also the biggest island in Seychelles). Mahe is where the main International airport in Seychelles is located and that’s where you will land.
If you want to stay on budget and spend as less as possible, I recommend you staying in Mahe and not visiting other islands.
However, if you can stretch your budget a little bit, you could also visit Praslin and La Digue. In this post, I will also include the best things to do in Praslin and La Digue on budget, so keep reading to find more about the part.
Getting around Seychelles on a budget:
The cheapest way to get around Mahe island is by public transport.
However, you need to check the schedule in advance and also check the routes, as not all the buses go to all the destinations you might want to visit. Hiring a car in Mahe is not very expensive – we paid 50 EUR per day, however, I’ve seen comments on the forums, where people paid 30 EUR per day. It would make sense to hire a car at least for a couple of days if your budget allows. We always rent the cars on rentalcars.com.
Affordable things to do in Seychelles: Mahe Island
Visit Victoria Market in Victoria to buy some fruits
One of the things to do in Mahe on a budget is to visit Victoria Market in the capital to buy some fruits. This market is an attraction in the capital and you’ll see a lot of tourists and travellers buying fruits there. We also bought a lot of fruits there, as most of the shops around the island don’t sell the greatest fruits. Otherwise, they don’t have a huge variety! If you want to buy fresh and nice fruits, head to the Victoria market.
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Explore the capital of Seychelles – Victoria
After you visited the Victoria Market, you can go an explore the city of Victoria. As you can see from the name of the capital of the country, Seychelles used to be a British colony, that gained independence in 1976. However, Seychelles is still a part of the Commonwealth. I wouldn’t say that there is that much to do in Victoria, however, you can visit the tiny version of Big Ben (or Elizabeth Tower) that is called Victoria Clocktower and you could also go explore the Botanical gardens.
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Walk around the Beau Vallon area
Beau Vallon is one of the most popular beaches and tourist areas in Mahe, Seychelles and is one of the best things to do in Seychelles on a budget. There are many bars and restaurants, however, they aren’t very cheap. Nonetheless, you can afford to have just one drink there and watch the beautiful sea. Just like all the other beaches in Seychelles, Beau Vallon is free, so you don’t need to pay to use it.
Try the best tuna steak in Beau Vallon
Another great thing you can try in Beau Vallon is the steak cooked in one of the street food stalls. It was probably the best tuna steak I’ve tried in my life and it was so big (probably around 0.7 kg) that we shared one steak between us two and couldn’t eat more. Amazing fresh grilled tuna steak was just 11 euros and if you divide it between 2 people, it’s like a sandwich in Pret.
Where can you find this stall? Well, just walk along the promenade after 12pm and you’ll see it! It’s pretty much the only stall that does grilled tuna, so you won’t confuse it with anything else.
Hike in Beau Vallon – Do the Dans Gallas Trail
One of the best affordable things to do in Seychelles is hiking. And you can hike directly in Beau Vallon. Head up using the Dans Gallas trail for the incredible views of the Beau Vallon Bay.
Explore the best beaches in Mahe
In my opinion, Mahe has the best beaches among all the islands of Seychelles. Besides, there are so many beaches in Mahe, that you need a couple of days to visit them all. Some of my favourite beaches in Mahe are Anse Takamaka and Port Launay, however, yours might be completely different – you will have to check yourself, what’s the best beach for you.
Walk to the small island in front of the Del Place restaurant
If you come to the small beach in front of Del Place restaurant around 1 pm, you would be able to walk to the small no-name island in front of the restaurant. It’s free and the island looks really pretty. However, you can’t go to some of the places on the island, as they are currently shooting a reality series there and it’s partially a no-go zone.
Try green and yellow coconuts
I never liked coconut water before I tried it from yellow coconuts in Seychelles. I don’t know what’s the difference, but I like the taste so much better. For the very little money, you can try both coconuts yourself and decide, which one do you like better. I liked the yellow ones more!
Hike the Morne Seychellois National Park
One of the best and most affordable things to do in Mahe is hiking the Morne Seychellois National Park. You will climb to almost 900m above the sea level and the views from the high points in the park are incredible. There are many trails in the park, but the main trail takes approximately 4 or 5 hours to hike. You can find more information here.
Best things to do in Praslin on a budget
In case you’re planning to visit other islands in Seychelles, there are also plenty of things to do. So now I will share with you the best activities in Seychelles and things to do in Praslin on a budget.
Explore one of the best beaches in the world
Unlike Mahe, Praslin doesn’t have that many great beaches. However, it has one of the most famous and one of the best-rated beaches in the world – Anse Lazio. Again, visiting it is free and I haven’t seen any umbrellas and chairs for rent. However, there was a lot of shade, so you can just hide in the shade of various stones (yes, the stones are huge and you can actually hide in their shade) or trees.
Hike from Anse Lazio to the secluded Anse Georgette
Another of the budget-friendly things to do in Seychelles is hiking from Anse Lazio to Anse Georgette. Anse Georgette is a gorgeous beach of the famous Constance Lemuria hotel. However, it’s a public beach, so you’re free to use it. However, Constance Lemuria doesn’t allow too many visitors on its beach, so if you haven’t requested an entry in advance via email, the only way you can visit it without needing a permit and having a reservation in their restaurant is hiking from Anse Lazio. It’s a nice, fun and free activity that involves a bit of hiking, climbing and walking (for about 1.5 hours one way), but it’s worth it.
Enjoy the views from Fond Ferdinand
Another amazing cheap thing to do in Praslin is visiting Fond Ferdinand, one of two National Parks in Praslin. The first one is Valle de Mai, where you can see the famous Coco de Mer palm trees, however, it’s quite expensive and not quite worth it. Another park is Fond Ferdinand and it costs about 8 EUR to enter, however, the views from there are spectacular. We were recommended to visit Fond Ferdinand by the locals, as it’s one of the best activities in Seychelles.
Eat like a local in one of the takeaways
Food in Seychelles isn’t cheap unless you eat like a local. Most of the locals eat in so-called takeaways – restaurants that cook lunches and dinners for the working locals. The dish usually includes rice (or chips), a choice of fish or chicken and veggies and costs about 3-4 EUR, which is a real bargain for a huge portion of delicious food. We ate from takeaways 3 or 4 times and enjoyed it, however, in the end, we got tired of eating mackerel every day.
Explore a hidden waterfall in Praslin
Next to the Vallee de Mai (not included in this post, as it’s expensive), you can find a waterfall that isn’t very famous among tourists. To reach the waterfall, you need to walk on a highway from Vallee de Mai for about 15 minutes. I didn’t like walking on the highway at all, however, the waterfall was stunning!
Best affordable things to do in La Digue
Finally, if you also decide to visit La Digue, here’s what you can do there on a budget!
Hire a bike for the day and explore the entire island
One of the most affordable and mainstream things to do in Seychelles is hiring a bike for a day (costs about 6 EUR per person) and driving around the island. La Digue is so small that you can’t hire a car, so it’s perfect to explore is by bike. There aren’t many things you can do in La Digue besides that. La Digue is a very small island, where you can relax and also enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in Seychelles – Anse Source D’Argent.
Visit the most Instagrammable beach in Seychelles
Most people come to La Digue to see the most famous and the most Instagrammable beach – Anse Source D’Argent. I also realised that this beach is one of the best snorkelling spots in Seychelles (don’t forget to bring a snorkelling mask with you). I can recommend this mask – it’s the one we always use.
Unfortunately, it costs about 11 EUR per person to enter this beach for a day, so it’s not that cheap. However, it’s worth visiting, as it’s the best thing to do in La Digue.
I hope you enjoyed this post about 15 amazing things to do in Seychelles on a budget and the best activities in Mahe, Praslin and La Digue! Don’t forget to check my other posts about Seychelles: