The photography guide to Seychelles
Seychelles photography guide
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Seychelles is known as the ultimate honeymoon destination. Everyone has seen photos of pristine beaches, luxury resorts and coconut palms. But a trip to the Seychelles can be so 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. There is no best time to visit, each season has 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.
The 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 the Seychelles.
Praslin is smaller but very touristy island. Some of the most luxurious resorts are located here, and the amazing Vallée de Mai is where the unique Coco de Mer palm tree can be found. There are some nice snorkelling options here, as well as 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 a very relaxed, car free zone so you'll need to travel around by bicycle or on foot. There are fewer luxury resorts here.
Other islands are smaller and often more restrictive to visit, either for conservation reasons or they are simply too expensive for the majority of visitors.
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The main airport at Mahé island is well connected with European and Middle Eastern airports.
Travelling between the islands is possible either by using 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, hire a well-maintained bicycle with a basket for your camera bag. Drive on the left side of the road. Roads are well maintained but slow as speed limits are restricted to 40 km p/h in many places - keep this in mind then calculating your timings.
The islands use 230 volts and UK 3-pin plugs. The local currency (Seychelles Rupees) can be withdrawn from an ATM but most places will accept US Dollars and Euros too.
Wifi is available at most places but usually slow. Prepaid SIM cards are a good idea, but slow and on the expensive side.
Travelling to Seychelles does not need to break the bank. If you don't want to spend your money on fancy resorts, local home-stays are 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, the local family will cook for you which can save money on restaurants.
The Seychelles must be one of the best places in the world to photograph sandy beaches with palm trees - perfect wall prints! But the Seychelles offer so much more than that! There really is something for every kind of photographer.
Obviously sandy beaches are the main attraction and deservingly so. The famous Anse Source d'Argent with its granite rocks is a photographer's paradise and should be at the top of any list. There are plenty of other beaches as well and you 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 offer some different photo opportunities. Praslin's Vallée de Mai national park amazing to experience and a great place to photograph indigenous flora and, if you're lucky, birds. 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 you'll need to do some advance planning. Not all months are appropriate (winds, water clarity, whale sharks season...). But simple snorkelling trips can be booked year round. Even with a small underwater camera or Gopro you can get incredible 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 is perfectly legal and results are rewarding. Keep in mind basic regulations and common courtesy when flying near beaches enjoyed by tourists.
Luka Esenko Team
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