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Smack dab in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles islands are home to some of the world’s most incredible treasures; plants and places, and it boasts a rich history and diverse culture from all over the world.
The Seychelles Islands are my home and I couldn’t be more proud of this little gem of a dot on the map.
If you’ve ever thought about visiting the Seychelles Islands but don’t know where to start, look no further than these pages! You’ll find the best Seychelles guides on where to stay, what to do, where to eat and how to live like an islander, so long as you stick around here with me.
Before taking your flight to the Seychelles, you’ll want to plan how you’re going to get around once you’re there. The two largest islands of Mahe and Praslin are the only two islands where you could drive around. All the others are too small and are accessible by ferry or small boat and can only be visited on foot or by bike.
There are regular local bus services on Mahe and Praslin, as well as taxis available to take you around. There are also various reputable car hires from which you can rent your own wheels and explore the islands like a local. Here is everything you’ll need to know before renting a car in Seychelles.
Renting a car in the Seychelles
Is it a good idea to rent a car on Mahe and Praslin?
From experience, if you have the chance to rent a car on your travels, it’s almost always the better option because it allows you the freedom to discover the country at your own pace, without having to keep track of public transport timetables and according to what you want to see and do.
The main form of public transport on Mahe and Praslin are the SPTC buses. You simply pay the driver Rs7 when you hop on. The problem with the buses is that they don’t always run on time and they don’t always go on smaller, less used roads. Having your own car would mean you can access areas that are more remote.
The buses are also not very spacious, so you don’t want to be taking your luggage or a baby stroller on them as soon as you land. Taking the bus in Seychelles is an experience in itself but not the most convenient way to get around if you’re pressed for time and have lots of adventuring to do.
Although taxi services are available, their prices tend to be extremely high especially for tourists which is another reason why you’ll want your own car. Also, beware of unlicensed taxis ie, people that claim to be taxi drivers to make some money but are not properly licensed.
It’s actually possible to drive around the whole of Mahe Island in a day, but with all the viewpoints, beaches, forests and restaurants that you’ll want to stop at, having your own wheels is the perfect way to live the perfect island holiday.
Formalities for renting a car in Seychelles
In order to rent a car in the Seychelles you need to be over 22 years old and have had your license for a minimum of two years.
The best option would be to make a reservation for a car before you enter the country so that you can hop right into it at the airport when you arrive. You can easily use google maps to find your accommodation, or try your hand at a real map if you dare!
What insurance should you get?
Most rental companies offer a €1000 CDW excess damage insurance. This covers repairs to the car in case of an accident, the amount you will have to pay may be less than the €1000 but not exceeding this amount. This doesn’t cover thefts, third party or personal damages.
If you want full protection insurance, I would recommend rentalcover.com for deals that apply with any rental company anywhere in the world for reasonable prices and reliable service. You can also chose to have additional rental car insurance with your debit or credit card, but this has to be arranged in advance with your bank.
Road rules: what you should keep in mind
In the Seychelles we drive on the left side of the road. The roads themselves run both along the main coastal areas and through the mountains. The mountain roads tend to be quite narrow, with lots of twists and turn, although most are in good condition. As long as you drive cautiously and carefully (especially after heavy rains) you’ll be fine.
You should also be aware of the main rush hour traffic time. Although it’s a small island, early in the morning and after work at around 4pm, traffic in the central area of Victoria is almost impossible to navigate, so I’d recommend staying out of town during those times.
The maximum speed limit on the roads are between 4o to 60 km per hour in most areas whereas it goes up to 80 km per hour on the highway to and from the airport.
Top tip from a local: if you’re driving around a sharp corner and run into a public bus, don’t panic. The roads can be quite intimidating and it may look like you’re stuck, but the drivers know what they’re doing, so just get out of their way if you can or let them direct you where to go.
How expensive is renting a car in Seychelles
A good car from a reputable company should cost you anywhere between £30 to £75 a day.
What type of car will you need in Seychelles
You won’t need a very big car to make your way around the island roads. Your preference in car will depend on how many of you are traveling and the best extras and deals that the rental company of your choice can offer you. Most companies offer the same cars so you’ll want to have a look around at the company that you feel most comfortable with.
You will most certainly get sand in the car but don’t worry, you’re on holiday, enjoy your time in paradise!
Best rental companies in Seychelles
Some of the most reputable rental companies on the island include Sixt Rent a Car, Avis and Hertz.
You can refer to reputable websites like RentalCars.com to compare prices and find the right car and company for you.