Practical information : Sightseeing Seychelles
The museums and galleries of Mahé are generally open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, until 1pm on Saturday and closed on Sunday. The Victoria Botanical Garden and the Vallée de Mai are open daily for visits.
To be booked
In general, all excursions can be booked in advance with local providers. However, it may be better to wait until you get there to deal with the weather.
Budget & Tips
Attention, good map, in the Vallée de Mai, two free guided tours are offered every day (departure at 9 am and 2 pm). In Victoria, the Kenwyn House and Kaz Zanana, two magnificent examples of Creole architecture, can be visited for free (they are now a jewellery shop and an art gallery).
The Kreol festival at the end of October is the biggest event in the country. Another popular event is the Seychelles Ocean Festival in Mahé, also in November.
In the Vallée de Mai, count from 100 to 120 SR per person (to be negotiated for visits with 2 or 3 people). But all visits can be made alone.
As in France, it is forbidden to smoke in public places and restaurants. Outside, be careful with the environment and don't leave your cigarette butts lying around.
In the Vallée de Mai, much of the pleasure lies in being alone in the midst of nature. Before taking a guide at the entrance, make sure that the group is not a group of 15 or even 20 people. Otherwise, at Beau Vallon (Mahé) and Côte d'Or (Praslin), watch out for rabble-rousers offering excursions and always check that it is a beach-side excursionist.