Off East Africa, amidst those mischievously intricate coral reefs, lies the breathtakingly beautiful Seychelles. While it’s a land where luxury travelers like to spend time in peace, shopaholics can also fill their bags with souvenirs. After you have exhausted your traveler soul, you might find a little time to check out the amazing markets, craft shops, and jewelry stalls.
Your travel stories are bound to be topped with a little shopping spree in the spectacular Seychelles. So here’s a list of 10 things that you simply cannot miss while in Seychelles.
Souvenirs to buy from Seychelles
Seychelles is not known as a shopping destination, but there are a few things native to the island nation that you must bag before you fly to your homeland. Here’s a list what all you can buy.
1. Coco De Mer
It’s one of the biggest nuts in the world and indeed a hard nut to crack, especially if you are planning to crack international laws. So rare that if you get your hands on it illegally, without a license, you will be stopped at the airport and land up in prison! So when you buy your first Coco De Mer only buy the ones with holographic stickers and comes with an official permit. The legal ones would be hollowed out, weighing around 5 KG.
Specialty: It is a rare and exotic nut found only in this geography and nowhere else in the world.
Where to buy: You can check out the souvenir shops on Mahe and Praslin. Check out La Vallée De Mai Boutique, Vallée de Mai, Praslin, Inner Islands, Seychelles.
Price: Varies, 300€ or more depending on its proportion and form.
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2. Art pieces
If the true Seychelles spirit finds you, you will find the beach studio of Barbara Jenson where the British painter resides and creates some of the most beautiful pieces of art that have the Seychelles soul in it. She captures Seychelles’ unique landscape and diverse ethnicity through each of her works.
Specialty: Jenson is now experimenting with paintings of varnish on aluminum, might suit your taste or else go for her traditional island scenes in acrylics and watercolors.
Where to buy: Check out the beach of La Digue, Inner Islands or Kenwyn House,Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles.
Price: Enquire at webenquiry@BarbaraJensonStudio.com
3. Yi-King essential oils
Native to the soil of Seychelles the essential oils are made out of the finest of ingredients from Seychelles, Yi-King got its name from the French aromatherapist on Mahe Island who opened the shop.
Specialty: The Yi-King Essential Oils Seychelles exclusive for every buyer. Each potion is derived from exclusive oil blends based on the user’s date of birth.
Where to buy: Yi-King, Victoria, Mahe +248 2761 498
Price: Starts from €15.55 and varies upon the package and the volume.
4. Artifacts, Yves Souvenir Cachée
When you look for Souvenirs in Seychelles you cannot possibly get past Yves Souvenir Cachée. The crafts and goods that they sell are all made in Seychelles. Goods include natural essential oils, coconut-shell crafts and banana leaf pictures, animal carvings on local woods, handmade embroidery, Jewels, gemstones, woods, and exotic seeds.
Specialty: Kreolor, a special jewelry chain, designs fine gold and pearl jewelry inspired by the islands.
Where to buy: Albert St, Victoria, Mahe Island, Seychelles
Price: Enquire at +248 4 324 099
5. Black pearls
Talk about shopping in Seychelles and not about the beautiful black pearls is a crime. If you are flying down to this beautiful haven of beach holidays, drop by and check out the pearls, the kiss of the black-lip oysters. Just around the corner from the airport, this shop can be a very conclusive and happy ending to your trip.
Specialty: Black pearls from Seychelles’ black-lip oysters are a specialty of the islands.
Where to buy: Black Pearl Praslin Ocean Farm, Amitié, Praslin, Inner Islands, Seychelles.
Price: Enquire at +248 4 23–3150 or Jouel, Mahe, Manglier Street, Victoria · +248 4 224 440
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6. Takamaka Rum
Now it’s time to seal the deal with a post. Grab a few bottles of the local rum, Takamaka, and if you can find dark spiced rum, even better. Also try coco rum, white rum, extra dark, and aged varieties.
Specialty: While you find your spirit or poison for the day you can plat a trip to the brewery as well. They have a tour and you get to stop at the restaurant serving perfect cocktails. This is a m must buy if you are out for Seychelles food shopping.
Where to buy: La Plaine St Andre, Mahe Island, Seychelles
Price: Enquire at +248 2500 793
Blame it on the blue shades of the ocean, but finding the perfect souvenir when in Seychelles, is no less than a treasure hunt. So plan a trip to Seychelles today and go and raid some of the most exotic shopping malls, wholesale shops and street shops in Seychelles to pick and choose the best souvenirs from Seychelles.
Frequently Asked Questions About Shopping In Seychelles
A. Some of the best places for shopping in Seychelles include:
1. La Vallée De Mai Boutique
2. La Digue
3. Black Pearl Praslin Ocean Farm
4. La Plaine St Andre
A. Following are some of the souvenirs one must buy from Seychelles:
1. Takamaka rum
2. Jewellery in black pearls
3. Paintings and other art pieces
5. bottles of essential oil
A. Seychelles is a great place from souvenirs to buy Coco De Mer, art pieces, Yi-King essential oils, artifacts, Yves Souvenir Cachée, Black pearls, and Takamaka Rum.
A. Diving, snorkeling, surfing, and sailing are some of the best activities offered in Seychelles. Moreover, it boasts of its fishing grounds as the best ones in the world. The granitic islands of Seychelles like the Mahé, Praslin, and La Digue are developed for tourists with many luxury five-star resorts.
A. Euro is the most widely accepted foreign currency and you will see prices listed in both Euros and US dollars. You can bargain the prices when using Euros at certain places like small hotels. US dollars are also acceptable here but the Euros are mostly favored.
A. It is difficult to choose one place over the other as both places have some amazing features about them. Maldives is mostly known for snorkeling on those islands with good house reef. The secluded beaches are easier to find in Seychelles on the bigger islands. The Maldives resorts are basically on their own island and through some do trips to Robinson island.
A. The best time to visit Seychelles is – April-May and October-November. These are the months that represent the times of transition where the climate changes from hot and humid northwest trade winds to cooler southeast trade winds which define April through October.
A. Robberies and break-ins do happen in any place in the world. Opportunist theft occurs and they are not violent. But it is quite safe to visit Seychelles and as long as you are being responsible and taking regular precautions.
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