Seychelles photography guide
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Seychelles are the stereotype honeymoon islands. Everyone has seen photos of pristine beaches, luxury resorts and coconut palms. But Seychelles are much more than this!
Located in the middle of Indian ocean, just south of Equator, this group of islands can be visited year round for a tropical vacation holidays. There is no best time to visit, each season can have its advantages and the temperatures fluctuate very little throughout the year. The trade winds define the seasons. In winter they blow from northwest and in summer from southeast. Consider this when deciding where to stay during your visit.
Seychelles is a group of several islands with three major ones that are accessible to all.
Mahé is the biggest, with international airport, capital city Victoria and the most diverse. It features beautiful and diverse beaches, hiking trails, tea plantations and nice cafes and restaurants in Victoria. Exploring Mahé is a great start to get to know the vibe of Seychelles.
Praslin is smaller but very touristy island. Some of the most luxurious resorts are located here. And the amazing Vallée de Mai where the unique Coco de Mer can be found. There are some nice snorkelling options here, the giant tortoises and beautiful sunset beaches.
La Digue is the smallest of the three and arguably the most beautiful one. The famous granite beach, Anse Source d'Argent is the main attraction for photographers. The island is very relaxed, no car zone. One needs to move around with a bicycle or by foot. There are less luxury resorts here.
Other islands are smaller and more restrictive to visit. Either for the conservation reasons or simply too expensive for majority of visitors.
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The main airport at Mahé island is well connected with European and Middle Eastern airports.
Getting between the islands is possible by small local airlines or by ferry. Flying from Mahé to Praslin is the best way between the two major islands. Getting to La Digue is possible by ferry only.
Mahé and Praslin are best explored by renting a car - this way you are flexible with timing and destination as public transport is less than ideal for photography. On La Digue, get a well maintained bicycle with a basket for your camera bag. Driving on Seychelles is on the left side of the road.Roads are well maintained but very slow. Keep this in mind then calculating your timings.
Seychelles use 230 volts from the usually British-type 3-pin power outlets. The local currency (Seychelles Rupees) can be withdrawn from an ATM. Most places will accept US Dollars and Euros too.
Internet is available at most places but usually slow. Prepaid SIM card is a good idea, but slow and on the expensive side.
Travelling to Seychelles does not need to break your wallet. If you don't want to spend your money on fancy resorts, staying with local home-stays is the way to go. Finding a small room or apartment is easy and costs a fraction of the price for a hotel room. Most of the time, local family can cook for you. This can save you some more money on restaurants.
Seychelles must be one of the best places in the world to photograph sandy beaches with palm trees. You know, those catalogue photos people always dream about. But Seychelles offer much more than that! There is something for every kind of photographer.
Obviously sandy beaches are the main attraction and deserving so. The famous Anse Source d'Argent with its granite rocks is photographer's paradise and should be on top of the list. There are plenty of other beaches as well and one can plan photography according to the season (trade winds) and direction of the sun (sunrise/sunset). All beaches can be accessed publicly although some require a reservation a day before.
Hiking trails can offer some different photo opportunities. Praslin's Vallée de Mai national park is amazing experience to see and photograph indigenous flora and with luck, bird life. Mahé has several hiking trails that not only offer views but nature subjects such as pitcher plants too.
Diving and snorkelling can be amazing in Seychelles but one needs to do some more planning. Not all months are appropriate (winds, water clarity, whale sharks season...). But simple snorkelling trips can be booked year round. With a small underwater camera or a Gopro one can get satisfying photos of marine life.
Sand, sea water and wind can be a bad combination for your camera gear. Be very careful when photographing on sandy beaches and regularly wash your tripod if it gets wet.
Flying a drone in Seychelles can be amazing experience and is perfectly legal. Keep in mind basic regulations and common courtesy when flying around beaches with tourists.
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