March 21, 2003


I'm right now in Mahe, main island in the Seychelles where is the capital Victoria. I chose to stay here as this is somewhat high season and the price of accommodation is expensive just about anywhere and this kills my budget quickly.

I'm staying in Calypha guesthouse for about $40 a night. Dive price is also about $40.

Everything is somewhat priced in $ rather than Seychelles rupees (except local items of course). 1$ is about 5 Seychelles rupees. Note that you'd better NOT buy rupees officially as you can get it at 9 or 10 in the black market !

Roughly you eat very well in take away (creole food) for about 20RP, a 1.5L bottle of water cost 8RP, a good meal in a restaurant/guesthouse is about 75-100RP. A bus ride (just about anywhere) is 3RP. Internet is about 10RP/15min here in Beau Vallon, it might be cheaper in Victoria, I will check this in a few hours.

I did a couple of nice dives here. The visibility is not exceptionnal but I managed to see turtles, a shark and a very rare black-spotted moray.

I should leave from the Seychelles tomorrow evening for Kenya.

Posted by stephane at March 21, 2003 01:05 PM

Hallo Stephane!
I wish you good luck.

Posted by: Adriana on March 21, 2003 08:23 PM

one question about the dives there? it was better to dive with me or in Mahe? ))

Posted by: jana on March 21, 2003 09:03 PM

I would say dives are somewhat overrated in the Seychelles but it might simply also be because of the dive spots chose by the dive center.
I find the water filled with particles that makes UW pictures a challenge, visibility is also worse than in the Red Sea, but then again it might depend on the spots and the season.

There is a bonus though, I did 5 dives and spotted 1 or 2 turtles in 3 dives, so it looks like that it is a good place to see turtles

I will try to post more about my day to day activity in the Seychelles ASAP so that you have an idea of what are things down on earth there.

Posted by: stephane on March 23, 2003 10:40 AM

the question was not what you have seen down there, but if you miss diving with me?

Posted by: jana on March 24, 2003 12:45 PM

Of course

Posted by: stephane on March 24, 2003 02:10 PM