Seychelles travel information

essential information

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Find everything you need to prepare for a charter in Seychelles. From important base information to required documents for international travel, you can use this information as your guide before and during your charter. Don't forget to pack a copy to take with you.


Before you go

Sunsail Seychelles 
Eden Marina
PO Box 1076
F14, Eden Plaza
Eden Island
Mahé, Seychelles

The Sunsail base is located in Eden Island Marina on the east coast of Mahé halfway between the international airport and the country’s capital Victoria.

Base hours
Our base is open from 8.30-5pm, seven days a week all year around. The VHF channel is 14 (short range for entering/leaving marina).

The official languages of the Seychelles are Creole, English and French.

Cost of living
Prices vary between areas and from restaurant to restaurant.

As a rough guide:

  • A bottle of wine costs from about £10 in a supermarket and £15 in a restaurant.
  • A bottle of beer costs about £1- £3.
  • A snack can be bought for about £2.50.
  • A three course meal is likely to cost over £25 per head.
  • Mooring fees vary from about £3 - £25 per person

What to bring

Passport and visas
Please ensure your passport is valid for the period of travel and for six months after you return. Your passport name must match the name on the flight ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid.

Please note country entry/exit requirements are subject to change. Sunsail is not accountable for any requirement changes.

Customs + immigration
On arrival, you will be required to show your passport, completed Immigration card (distributed on the aircraft), proof of accommodation (boarding voucher or charter invoice) and your return ticket. Presentation of all these documents will grant you a visitor's permit that will be issued upon arrival by the Seychelles Department of Immigration.

Going through immigration, customs and baggage collection can take up to an hour.

Sailing licences
Click here to view the sailing requirements in the Seychelles.

Please note that the outer islands are off-limits when sailing from our base in Mahé. The cruising ground is restricted to all the inner islands with the exception of Bird and Dennis Islands to the North. If the outer islands do become available again in the future, they will only be allowed to be visited if the charter has hired a local skipper.

Islands that you may visit (not the full list) in Mahé (includes the following surrounding islands)

  • St. Anne (Marine Park)
  • Cerf, Moyenne, Round, Longue (Marine Park)
  • Therese
  • Conception
  • Praslin, including 
    • Cousine (no landing allowed, nature sanctuary)
    • Cousin
    • Curieuse
    • Aride
  • La Dique, including
    • Cocos
    • Felicete
    • Grand Soeur
    • Petit Soeur
    • Marianne
  • Silhouette (requires IDC permission)
  • North Island (no landfall without permission)
  • Fregate (no landfall without permission, requires special process)

Dennis and Bird island are once more available to sailors, however they do require special authorisation and some formalities from the Port Authority.

Several of the above listed islands require special procedure to go to, which will be clearly explained at the time of chart briefing.

Our clients cannot visit all outer Islands (more that 60nm from Mahé): Platte, African banks, Amirantes and Desroches, Coetivy.

What's on board

Cool boxes
Cool boxes are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Please sign these out and return them clean and undamaged otherwise there will be a charge for replacement. Only one per boat.

Mobile phones
To call Mahe from overseas:

Dial 00 248 followed by the number you need (6 digits).

Mobile phones in Seychelles are rapidly overtaking land phones as many cellular phones now provide Internet access and cell phone computers. SMS and broadband are becoming standard features on cell phones. Mobile phones work in most areas on the islands and there is good coverage.

Your mobile phone may work when in the Seychelles but please check with your service provider for coverage details and call costs. You will need to activate international roaming on your contract. EGSM 900–International Option Roaming system available. If you are using an unlocked phone, a great option is to purchase a local SIM (about EUR 2) for either or both voice and data.

In Mahé, telephone booths work with phone cards which you can buy in newsagents, at the post office and in some supermarkets.

You also have the option of contacting the base personnel by mobile phone. They are available 24 hours a day in case of emergency. The contact will be given to you during check-in.

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit

The standard voltage on all yachts is 12 volts. In order to use electronic equipment that is 220 volts you will need an inverter suitable for use in a cigarette lighter. The yachts 200 volt AC outlets can be either 2-pin European or the British 3 flat pins. The base carries adapters that fit most plugs, (apart from the South African large pin plugs).

Unless you chartered a yacht with a generator, 220VAC is only available while plugged into shore power, so it's best to bring 12 volt (car type) chargers for your phones, cameras, etc.

Music + iPods
All boats are fitted with a radio and CD player. If you wish to listen to your iPod whilst sailing you will need to bring along an iTrip or FM radio transmitter. Most yachts are equipped with a 3.5mm jack outlet or a USB port for external devices. Best to bring both cables.

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About the marina

Marina facilities
Showers and toilets are open around the clock. No key is required and an entry code will be given to you at the base for after-hours access. After hours security is provided by the marina.

Restaurant/bar next door, Boardwalk open from 8am, seven days a week.

There are five restaurants available around the base, an ice cream parlour and a snack/juice bar.

Our office is located right inside the Eden Plaza, where you will a supermarket, two ATMs, a pharmacy, two banks, a casino, a money exchange place, a fishing tackle store and many other shops.

Most are open Monday to Saturday; some are open on Sunday as well.

An initial bag of ice is provided on the boat on arrival at our base. All of our yachts are equipped with 12 volt refrigerators.

Dock facilities
Your boat's tanks will be full on delivery of your charter yacht.

The quantity of diesel is generally enough for your cruise. If you need to refuel during your cruise please, call the Sunsail base before refuelling (the price per liter is approx. 1, 34€ (Fuel) and 1, 82€ (Super).

Sailing licences

Experience level
Sailing experience: Level 3

Experience levels are based on sailing conditions and the length of passages within your chosen sailing area.  

Get more information on the Seychelle's sailing conditions.

Level 3 equates to 20 days sailing, 400 miles on an equivalent yacht or RYA Day Skipper qualification with experience to a higher level.

  • RYA Coastal Skipper qualification or ICC qualification with experience to a higher level.
  • Wind/Weather: 10-25 knots.
  • Navigation: understand tidal flow, ability to navigate in open waters, cope with strong currents and be able to make a passage plan.

Seychelles port authorities have recently updated their sailing certification requirementswhich requires skippers to submit all the necessary qualifications as detailed here  no later than 7 days prior to departure date. All qualifications must be in English or French – no other language will be accepted. If your qualification is in another language, you will need to obtain a certified translation of your qualification. 

To submit your qualifications, please email [email protected]

Anchor/mooring: primarily anchoring, some slightly more exposed anchorages with poor anchor holding ground.

Sailing grounds

Skippered charter information
The skipper’s time is booked from 12pm-12pm in 24-hour periods. If you have reserved him for the first day of your charter and have a 6pm start, he will use this time to ensure he is happy with all aspects of the yacht and will be at the base to meet you upon your arrival. If you have reserved him for a later date on your charter he will start at 12pm on that day.

The skipper is responsible for the safety of the yacht at all times. He is not permitted to dive with you, nor leave the vessel overnight. He must conduct a safety brief with you before leaving the dock regardless of the duration of his contract with you.

For “check out charters” (anything less than the full duration of the charter) the checkout skipper’s time is booked from 6pm-6pm to allow for a meet and greet in the evening and go over basic systems, then a full day with you the next day. This skipper is required to give you a thorough briefing on all aspects of the yacht and dinghy in addition to assisting you with planning an itinerary for the trip and advising you how to contact the base, the return to base procedures and the emergency assistance procedures. It is suggested that you attend the scheduled chart brief that will be supplemented by the skipper during his time with you on the yacht. It is also suggested that you make it clear exactly what you want to cover…anchoring, docking, etc.

The skipper will be required to give you as much information as you require concerning the yacht and its systems, sailing skills and navigation in general.

The skipper fee does not include food or beverages for the skipper and are therefore your responsibility. It is suggested that you discuss this on the first day with the skipper and establish whether you will give the skipper cash for meals, whether you have included him in your provisioning or whether you will accommodate him as part of the group for meals ashore.

The skipper must have his own cabin. We prefer not to put the skipper in the bow due to the shared heads and size of the cabin. If you expect him to stay in the bow, please let us know well in advance so that we can choose the appropriate (small) skipper. For one-day check out skipper’s it is your responsibility to get the skipper back to the base. If you prefer not to come back to the base you must pay for his expenses (ferry, taxi, etc.) to get him back to the base.

The average tip for a skipper is 20 percent of the skipper’s fee. This is, of course, at your discretion.

Luggage + packing list
We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.

Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht.

Luggage allowance is 20kg per person. Only one item of hand luggage per person is allowed and this must not weigh more than 5kg. For storage aboard we recommend traveling light and using folding luggage.

Lost or damaged luggage whilst flying is the responsibility of the airline and is not covered by your travel insurance; however Virgin Airways has no liability for loss or damage to valuable or fragile items packed in hold baggage however caused. You must not include in Checked Baggage money, jewellery, precious metals, computers, personal electronic devices, negotiable papers, securities or other valuables, business documents, passports and other identification documents or samples.

Sailing area restrictions
As far south as the south of Mahé. Northern limits are to Bird and Denis Island. West as far as Silhouette and North Island and east as far as Praslin and the immediate islands, such as La Digue, Grande and Petite Soeur and Curieuse.

Restricted areas for sailing, the military harbour of Victoria in the Inner Islands, Police Bay (Mahe) and Grand Anse (Praslin). 

Mooring areas: any mooring on the nearby islands except Police Bay, in the south of Mahé and Grand Anse in Praslin (dangerous access).

In the marine parks and Beau Vallon Bay in Mahé, the anchorage is restricted.

Visiting the islands: the owner’s permission must always be obtained before visiting private islands. Some islands or moorings are forbidden for environmental and conservation reasons. Anything else you need to know will be explained during the chart briefing.

Night sailing
You are not permitted to sail at night unless it has been agreed with the base manager prior to departure.

Charts + pilot books
All the charts and pilot books you will need for the sailing area are on board the yacht. 

Moorings fees + taxes
Taxes are payable to go ashore on some islands. Taxes vary from one island to another.

Apart from The Eden Island Marina, Sunsail Base, Mahé, there is one other docking option in the Bay Sainte Anne, Praslin. Contact Dream Yacht marina by VHF before arrival. The average price for a berth is between EUR 45-75. The port of La Digue welcomes only four to six yachts at a time. You have to contact the harbour master before arrival on VHF channel 16. For the other islands you must anchor in a safe cove for the night.

Cruising permits + taxes
The harbour master’s office is located in the main harbour of Victoria: +248 22 47 01

The Port and Marine Division (harbour control) is a restricted area. There are no formalities to complete by the skipper before departure. The Sunsail base will take care of it. On departure and arrival in Victoria’s channel, the skipper must contact Harbour Control by VHF (16) to inform the port office.

There are landing and visitor fees for certain islands and in the Marine Parks. The amount per person/per cruise for one week is approximately EUR 120. We advise you to anticipate a small cash reserve on board to cover these fees. You will, in this way avoid trying to put together the money at the time of landing. These fees are usually paid in local currency to the island's custodian/ park rangers who will also provide you with the tickets. The fees listed below are provided as a guideline.

All Marine parks currently have a set fee of SCR 200 (approximately EUR 12) per person per day and SCR 250 (approximately EUR 17) for the yacht if staying overnight.

Other islands

Ile Coco Marine Park
Cousin Island

500 SCR (approximately EUR 35) landing fee per person for guided island tour only (Mon-Fri)

Big Sister Island
EUR 30 per person, Private Island

La Digue Island
Disembarkation free of charge
L’Union Estate visit and pass to Anse Source d’Argent.

EUR 4 per person.

Silhouette Island
SCR 500 (EUR 35) per person: request at IDC Office before departure

Aride Island
EUR 30 per person

Curieuse & Saint Pierre
EUR 10 per person

Praslin Island
Disembarkation Free of charge
Vallée de Mai Visit, Open daily

EUR 15 per person

Bird Island
EUR 50 per person

North Island, Small Sister Island, Marianne Island, Denis Island and Fregate Island
Closed to the public. No landing-Private islands. Special authorisation may be requested.

Health + safety

Illness or injury
If you are taken sick and visit the doctor or hospital during your trip please have a member of your party contact the Sunsail base manager as soon as possible.

If you will need to make a travel insurance claim please contact your claim insurer’s emergency medical service immediately.

Obtain receipts for any medication, treatment or transport you have to pay for and submit with your claim.

Hospital Mont Fleuri Mahé, Tel :+ 248 438 8000
Hospital Praslin Praslin, Tel: + 248 423 2414
Hospital La Digue, La Digue, Tel :+248 423 42 55

All yachts are equipped with adult life jackets and harnesses. We leave it up to you to decide when personal safety equipment should be worn.

We have a limited supply of children’s life jackets (age 4+ only). If you have your own children’s life jacket we would encourage you to bring it along.

We suggest that children who are not strong swimmers should not be allowed in a dinghy without a life jacket or buoyancy aid and that they should wear a buoyancy aid or harness when on deck.

Children under the age of 16 should not operate an outboard engine and should be supervised at all times when in the dinghy.

Swim Safe 
For your safety and for environmental reasons, the feeding of fish is not recommended and may be prohibited in some destinations.

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Around the base


The Eden Bleu Hotel
This hotel is conveniently located right next to our base on Eden island.
Le Relax Hotel & Restaurant (allows 1-night stays)

Perched over a cliff, overlooking the bay of Anse Royale and the Chauve Souris island, Le Relax is situated in the South of Mahé. The Seychelles International Airport is a 15 minute drive from the hotel and can be reached either by easily available taxi or Public transport.

Berjaya Beau Vallon Beach Resort & Casino***

The resort is located on the northwest coast of the island on the beach, nine miles from Seychelles International Airport and three miles from the capital, Victoria. Amentities include AC, DSTV, restaurant, bar and swimming pool.  


The local currency is the Seychelles Rupee (SCR).

It is recommended that you carry mostly local rupees with you for all your purchases during your cruise. Most restaurants and shops accept major credit cards (although not American Express), and foreign currencies, but at usually fairly bad exchange rates.

Our base accepts rupees, euros, dollars and British pounds. 

Foreign currencies can be exchanged on site near our office.

Credit card information
Eurocard/MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted.

There are a few ATMs in Victoria, Praslin and La Digue located in front of each bank (24h/24h). Cash and travellers cheques can be changed at banks at the airport and in some villages around Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.

  • Barclays Bank: Open weekdays from 8am-2.30pm and Saturday until 11am
  • Independence Avenue, Victoria, Tel: +248 22 41 01, Fax: +248 22 46 78
  • Market Street, Victoria, Tel: +248 22 41 01
  • Baie Saint Anne, Praslin, Tel: +248 23 22 18. Fax: 23 23 34
  • Other agencies in Beau Vallon, Mahé Airport, Grand Anse Praslin and Anse Réunion, La Digue.
  • Mauritius Commercial Bank (MCB): Open weekdays 8.15am-3pm and Saturday from 9am-11.30am.
  • Manglier Street, Caravelle House Victoria, PO Box 152, Tel: +248 28 45 55
  • Cote d’Or, Praslin, Tel: +248 23 26 02
  • La Digue, PO Box 1076 Eden Island, Mahé, Tel: +248 23 45 60

Several supermarkets are located in Victoria, 10-15 minutes by car from the Sunsail office. Supermarkets are generally open daily except Sunday, from 8am-5pm. You can pay by cash in Seychelles Rupees (SCR) or by card.

The main supermarket is located halfway between the base and Victoria, open seven days a week, from 9am-8pm (9am-5pm on Sunday)

Other locations: Beau Vallon Supermarket, Baie Saint Anne Supermarket, S.M.B, Supermarket.

In the centre of Victoria the open-air Market: Selwyn Market, Market Street (“Rue du Bazard”).

Local Vegetable and fruits, fish, craft.

Open during the week from 6am-4pm and Saturday until 12am. Closed on Sunday.

Pay Cash in SCR.

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