Getting Around the Seychelles Islands

Map of Getting Around the Seychelles Islands
Map of Getting Around the Seychelles Islands
 

 

 
Arriving in Seychelles

The Seychelles International Airport on Mahé Island is the international gateway to the Seychelles. All international and domestic flights arrive and depart here. It is recommended that you allow atleast 1 hour to clear through Immigration and collect luggage. Check-in time for domestic flights is minimum 30 minutes prior to departure.

Once you have cleared Immigration and collected your baggage, you may:

1. Taxi transfer to your hotel on Mahé Island
2. Sail to Praslin Island from Victoria (take a taxi to Victoria first)
3. Fly to Praslin Island (short walk to the Domestic Airport next to International Airport)
4. La Digue Island does not have an airstrip. As such it is necessary to fly or sail to Praslin first - see 2 and 3 above, and then connect by ferry to La Digue. La Digue has a helipad.
5. Take a boat to Cerf Island (take a taxi to Eden Island first)
6. Fly to Bird Island  (short walk to the Domestic Airport next to International Airport)

All schedules and prices for inter island connections follow below.

There is also information regarding - Left Luggage and - Indication taxi fares on Mahé and Praslin.

From the Seychelles International Airport

1. Take a taxi to your hotel or *free shuttle bus to Victoria's Inter Island Quay for the Cat Cocos ferry to Praslin. Taxis are widely available just infront of the International flight Arrivals Hall. Taxi costs depend on location of the hotel, number of persons and pieces of luggage.

Indication Taxi costs: One way per car (max 3 pax with luggage)     
Airport - Victoria : € 20 : transfer time 15 mins
Airport - Beau Vallon : € 30 : transfer time 25 mins
Airport - South Mahé : € 35-40 : transfer time 30 mins

2. Connections to Praslin by sea are on the Cat Cocos fast ferry departing the Inter Island Quay Victoria, which is approx 20 minutes drive from the Airport. Arriving at Baie Ste Anne Jetty on Praslin.

CC1 : Cat Cocos "Isle of Praslin" is a 36 meter catamaran with a capacity of 350 passengers operating between Mahé and Praslin in less than 1 hour, arriving at Baie Ste Anne Jetty Praslin. Operational subject to load factor.

CC2 : Cat Cocos "Isle of La Digue" is in operation for all trips Mahé/Praslin/Mahé. The vessel has a carrying capacity of 227 passengers.

Cat Cocos Schedules below are subject to change without notice. The sales office of Cat Cocos near the boat stops sales of tickets 15 minutes prior to each departure. Boarding begins 30 minutes prior to departure.

* Free Bus Shuttle to/from Airport for Cat Cocos connections is available only on Mahé and on request only operating in accordance with the boats timetable. Request at time of reservation please.* 

SCHEDULE OF CAT COCOS FERRY : Mahé - Praslin - Mahé : 1 hour per way

Valid to 31 October 2016
 

Mahé - Praslin

Praslin - Mahé

Sunday

-

 11h00 

 -

 07h30

 15h00 

18h00

Monday

07h30

 -

 -

 07h30

 13h00 

18h00

Tuesday

 07h30 

 10h30

 -

 09h00 

12h00

 18h00 

Wednesday

 07h30 

10h30

 -

07h30

 13h00

 17h30 

Thursday

 07h30 

10h00

 -

07h30

 12h00

 17h30

Friday

 07h30 

 

 16h30

 09h00

 13h00 

 18h00 

Saturday

-

 -

 -

09h00

 15h00

 18h00

 
Indication Ferry costs: One way  Mahé - Praslin or Praslin - Mahé : 1 hour per way
Per Adult : 835 Seychelles Rupees economy class (main cabin with air-condition or the upper deck which is open-air which we recommed to book for you), 1080 Seychelles Rupees business class
Per Child 2-11 years: 455 Seychelles Rupees economy class or 510 Seychelles Rupees business class
Infant under 2 years: Free of charge
Baggage allowance: 30 kgs per person
 
SCHEDULE OF CAT COCOS FERRY : Mahé - La Digue - Mahé : 1 hour 10 minutes one way. Trips marked by an asterisk* have a stop-over at Praslin Jetty (Baie Ste Anne). Trip is 1 hour 30 minutes 
 
Valid 01 November 2015 to 31 October 2016
 

Mahé - La Digue

La Digue - Mahé

Sunday

-

09h00*

16h30*

07h00*

14h15*

Monday

-

10h30*

16h30*

07h00*

12h30*

Tuesday

-

16h00*

08h15*

-

Wednesday

-

16h30*

07h00*

Thursday

-

-

16h30*

07h00*

-

Friday

-

10h00*

17h00

08h00

12h30*

Saturday

07h30*

11h30*

16h30*

08h00*

14h15

 
Indication Ferry costs: One way  Mahé - La Digue or La Digue - Mahé : 1 hour 10 mins per way
Per Adult : 1060 Seychelles Rupees economy class (main cabin with air-condition or the upper deck which is open-air which we recommed to book for you), 1310 Seychelles Rupees business class
Per Child 2-11 years: 570 Seychelles Rupees economy class or 625 Seychelles Rupees business class
Infant under 2 years: Free of charge
Baggage allowance: 30 kgs per person
 
3. Short walking distance to the Domestic Airport just next door for connecting flights by Air Seychelles light aircraft or by helicopter ZilAir to the other Islands. Air Seychelles flights to Praslin every 30 minutes throughout the day. It is recommended to pre-book as flights are often full especially off International Flight arrivals. You need to check-in 30 minutes minimum prior to departure for your domestic flight.
 
Indication Air costs: One way  Mahé - Praslin or Praslin - Mahé : 15 mins flight time
Per Adult : € 83 one class
Per Child 2-12 years: € 64
Infant under 2 years: € 11
Baggage allowance: 20 kgs if off an international flight or 15kgs if not.
 
Air Seychelles Domestic Timetable

3a.  Left Luggage

Note that there are baggage restrictions on inter-island flights. There are paying left luggage facilities at the Seychelles International Airport. It is recommended where possible that you route directly to La Digue or Praslin if you are spending night/s there and then finish off your stay on Mahé as this saves additional transfers, time and money. And you get 5kgs extra luggage allowance! More importantly if you are connecting to an early morning departure flight. 

3b.  Flight delays

If your international flight is delayed connecting to a domestic Air Seychelles flight, there is a penalty of 10 euro payable per person and you are put on to the next available connecting flight. This penalty is waived for Air Seychelles and Ethihad clients only.
 

NOTE: Praslin Express is not operational since June 2011. Helicopter Seychelles is not operational since April 2012.  

Air Seychelles light aircraft & Cat Cocos CC1
Cat Cocos CC2

Air Seychelles light aircraft & Cat Cocos CC1

Cat Cocos CC2

 

From Praslin's Iles des Palmes Airport at Amitie

4.  Take a taxi to your hotel or guesthouse or take a ferry at Baie Ste Anne Jetty to La Digue. Taxis are plentiful and available in front of the arrival halls. Cost varies upon location of hotel, number of passengers and luggage. The connections from Praslin to La Digue are by Cat Rose fast ferry or local schooners and Cat Cocos "Iles of La Digue". Transfer time 25 minutes from the Iles Des Palmes Airport to Baie Ste Anne Jetty.

Indication Taxi costs: One way per car (max 3 pax with luggage)     
Airport - Grand Anse : € 15 : Transfer time 3 mins
Airport - Baie Ste Anne : € 20 : Transfer time 20 mins
Airport - Côte d’Or : € 25 : Transfer time 25 mins
Baie Ste Anne - Côte d’Or : € 15 : Transfer time 5 mins

From Baie Ste Anne Jetty Praslin to La Digue

The fast ferry Cat Rose is operated by William Rose (transfer time 15 mins) OR the local schooner (about 30 mins) from Baie Ste Anne Praslin to/ from La Passe La Digue. Local schooner is generally only used for groups on request. You buy your tickets on the day of your trip at Baie Ste Anne or at La Passe La Digue. Group tickets can be pre-booked by tel + 248 423 2329 fax + 248 423 2374.

Office Hours: From 06:45 am to 11:45 am  - 02:15 pm to 17:15 or 17:45 pm depending on the last Ferry leaves from Praslin

Indication Cat Roses costs: One way  Praslin - La Digue or La Digue - Praslin : 15 - 30 minutes
Per Adult : € 15 per adult per way / € 27 return
Per Child 2-10 years: € 8 per adult per way / € 15 return
Infant under 2 years: Free of charge

 

SCHEDULE OF CAT ROSES - WILLIAM ROSE FERRY : Praslin - La Digue - Praslin : 15 minutes per way

Praslin (Baie Ste Anne Jetty) – La Digue (La Passe Jetty)

Sunday
      - 
10H00

-  

12H30
 - 
       - 
16H00
17H45
Monday
07H00
09H00
10H00
11H45
    12.30
14H30
16H00
17H15
Tuesday
07H00
09H00
10H00
11H45
 - 
14H30
16H00
17H15
Wednesday
07H00
09H00
10H30
 
 - 
14H30
16H00
17H15
Thursday
07H00
09H00
10H00
11H45
 - 
14H30
16H00
17H15
Friday
07H00
09H00
10H00
11H45
 - 
14H30
16H00
17H45
Saturday
07H00
09H00
10H00
11H45
13H00
14H30
16H00
17H45

 

SCHEDULE OF CAT ROSES - WILLIAM ROSE FERRY : La Digue - Praslin - La Digue : 15 minutes per way

La Digue (La Passe Jetty) – Praslin (Baie Ste Anne Jetty)

Sunday

-

 -
10H30
 -
14H30
-
17H00
18H15
Monday
07H30
09H30
10H30
12H15
 -
15H30
16H30
17H45
Tuesday
07H30
09H30
10H30
12H15
 -
15H30
16H30
17H45
Wednesday
07H30
09H30
12H15
 -
15H30
16H30
17H45
Thursday
07H30
09H30
10H30
12H15
15H30
16H30
17H45
Friday
07H30
09H30
10H30
12H15
 -
15H30
17H00
18H15
Saturday
07H30
09H30
10H30
12H15
14H00
15H30
17H00
18H15

Baie Ste Anne Jetty - Praslin where you buy your tickets for Cat Roses.
Cat Roses takes 15 minutes between Praslin and La Digue

Baie Ste Anne Jetty - Praslin where you buy your tickets for Cat Roses.

Cat Roses takes 15 minutes between Praslin and La Digue

 

5. Cerf Island
Take a taxi to Eden Island. Transfer time 20 mins. Taxi transfers are payable directly to the driver as usual. From there you take the Villa de Cerf speedboat to the Island. Boat transfers are arranged at time of booking accommodation. Arrival and departure boat transfer is complimentary. Other transfers to and from the island are as per boat schedule and are payable.
10h00 Cerf to Eden Island

15h30 Eden to Cerf Island

17h30 Eden to Cerf Island

Cost is Euro 10 per adult return / Euro 5 per child under 12 years

There is some flexibility of timings on the above schedule. You need to liaise with the villa manager the night before.

6. Bird Island

Bird Island is a 30 minute flight by light craft from Mahé International Airport. Flights are booked with the hotel when booking accommodation. Flights between Mahé and Bird do not operate every day. It may be necessary for you to adjust the number of nights at Bird Island according to the inter-island flight schedules.
Flight schedule:
Depart Mahé 14h15 (check-in 13h45)
Depart Bird 15h00 (check-out 12h00)
Baggage allowance: 10kg except for last minute excursions rate allowance 5kgs only
Cost:
1-9 nights Return flights : Mahé/Bird/Mahé :  € 361 per adult/child. Infants under 2 years free of charge.
10 nights+ Return flights : Mahé/Bird/Mahé :  € 258 per adult/child. Infants under 2 years free of charge.

Pick-up and drop-off on other islands with an airstrip can be arranged and a supplement is charged.

 
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