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Getting Around The Seychelles

From navigating the hills and tight-turns to cruising at 30 knots, getting around Mahé and exploring its island neighbours is part of the Seychelles experience. Here’s our guide on getting around:

Car Hire - island visitors planning on some self-guided exploration can hire a car during their stay. For recommended car rental companies before you arrive get in touch and we can help. MAIA has plenty of parking spaces for guests, and a door to door drop off can be arranged. Discuss requirements with your butler and arrangements will be made. 

Island car hire options generally include smaller cars but can be hired in both auto and manual. Opt for an open-roof or convertible for total Seychelles immersion. 

Check if you have the necessary licence to hire a car and remember driving is on the left and some roads can be very narrow and windy. Seat belts are mandatory and speed limits must be kept to.

Taxi and Chauffeur Driven - a range of standard and executive chauffeur driven vehicles can be arranged for airport transfers or island sightseeing. You get to experience the island in air-conditioned comfort without any of the stress. Talk to us about your preferences and we’ll make the arrangements. 

Helicopter - MAIA’s private helipad allows for not only easy arrivals and departures in style but can be utilized for Seychelles-from-above sightseeing. Suggested itineraries include Praslin and La Digue day trips, helicopter and golf experiences, sunset flights and Aride bird sanctuary visits, as well as tours and island explorations customized to your requirements. 

Powerboat and Yacht Hire - From a 1300HP 74-foot Sunseeker to a 45-foot sailing catamaran, Seychelles is best experienced from the ocean. Talk to the MAIA team about your requirements, whether they are fishing, exploring or sunbathing in style, and a suitable vessel can be made available. Pick up and drop off can be arranged from the MAIA beach (Anse Louis) for the ultimate in island exploring luxe. 

Get Around Like A Local - for the adventurous or those wanting to experience authentic Seychelles, try one of these:

Bus – busy, hot and sometimes a little scary on those hilly roads, taking a bus on Mahé or Praslin can be an adventure. But, you’ll find friendly locals on board, some buses with  air-conditioning, single trips are only SCR5 and reliable timetables. 

Bike – on the quiet island of La Digue the main mode of transport is bike or ox-cart. As a fairly flat island it’s easy to explore with minimal effort. There are a few bike hire options on the island and on La Digue it’s the best way to get from A to Beach. 

Water Taxi – for short rides between islands, water taxis are quick and easy. If you’re spending the day on Praslin, there are a number of boat taxi operators at major beaches like Cote d’Or to take you to close-by snorkeling sites such as St Pierre. Always make sure you choose a licensed operator. 

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