- The Seychelles are beautiful tropical islands but very expensive - be warned.
Check the headline price as ours was kept low by only providing B&B and most trips were optional extras ( & expensive - I budgeted for £1,000 in extras which would have been about right had some trips not been cancelled due to Christmas or the weather). Despite what the itinerary says this is essentially a beach holiday; albeit lots of different beaches - not quite what I had anticipated from Explore.
The itinerary seems to be the same regardless of time of year which is not really representative. During the Christmas trip it is monsoon season so it rains ( happily mainly at night for us) the sea is rough, consequently the sand is churned up and the snorkelling as good as anticipated....although the sight of a massive mantra ray with two barracudas "hitching a ride" was awesome. The beaches are covered in sea weed because of the winds and because its essentially a Catholic country that celebrates Christmas - everything closes over the festive period meaning that we missed out on some of the Island trips that were to be there highlight of my visit ( the bird island one especially). The itinerary does not take this into account and certainly does not make it clear how weather dependent trips are around Christmas New Year.
Tina the local guide was very personable but did not add much to the trip. We were pretty much left to our own devices to try and rearrange trips and for evening meal venues without recommendations consequently we did not always end up at the best places.
The accomodation was a mixed bag although always clean - getting better on each island. There was a marked discrepancy in the types of room travellers had at the last ( best) hotel.....unfortunately a source of some dissent.
Despite all, the Seychelles was a beautiful and friendly place but just make sure you really understand what to expect. At the end of the day its the group that makes the trip and it worked well for us.
Published on: 26 March 2017