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The Seychelles is comprised of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, and is a popular holiday destination with straight and gay travellers alike. Unfortunately, travel for those who fall into the LGBT+ category can be that much harder. That being said, plenty of gay travellers make their way to the Seychelles each year to experience its pristine waters and sandy beaches. Navigating a place like the Seychelles as a gay traveller can be difficult. Our sister company, OutOfOffice.com, specialises in luxury gay travel and will create a tailor-made itinerary covering all aspects of your journey.
Boasting world-famous coral reefs and nature reserves, the Seychelles is a fantastic destination.
Although the Seychelles has maintained some of its discriminatory laws, others have recently been lifted. In 2016 the law against same-sex male intercourse was decriminalised, (female same-sex acts were never covered by the law to begin with). The state also now recognises same-sex marriage, and gay residents are able to adopt legally. In recent years the Seychelles has made great strides with its equality laws, and social attitudes are not as conservative as you may think. In the Seychelles, most citizens are tolerant but operate by a “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, whereby discretion is requested by all visitors – whether gay or straight.
The Seychelles relies on tourism for its economy, alongside fishing, boat building, coconut and vanilla processing and furniture production. This wasn’t always the case, however. The Seychelles gained independence from Britain just 40 years ago. Around the same time an international airport was introduced. The combination of these factors led to a greater emphasis being put on the tourist trade.
Nowadays, tourism is one of the Seychelles’ most lucrative industries, and the islands are littered with luxury resorts. Staying in a 5-star hotel, such as The Enchanted Island Resort, would be high on most people’s holiday bucket list these days. If anything, the Seychelles has thrived because of the lucrative tourist trade it now possesses, with resorts upping their game year after year. For example, guests of the Banyan Tree have the opportunity to release terrapins back into their natural habitat. Alternatively, Le Meridien Fisherman’s Cove offers a reef conservation project – who said that luxury accommodation can’t be environmentally friendly?
If you’re looking for a party destination, the Seychelles may not be for you. Nevertheless, the Seychelles does have a select few popular nightlife destinations. The islands of Mahe and Praslin are home to a handful of nightclubs, discos and bars. You’re unlikely to find any gay-only venues, but that’s not to say you can’t dance the night away if you wish. The resorts themselves will likely house everything you may need for your trip to the Seychelles; some resorts, such as Raffles, even boast a private butler service. Most hotels will offer on-site dining options, alongside extensive wine lists, spa facilities and more.
As a gay traveller in the Seychelles, you will have little to worry about when you’re at your resort. Just like in the Maldives, tourists are treated differently to locals. If you’re feeling concerned about travelling to a country like the Seychelles, why not check out some of our handpicked gay-friendly approved venues?
The Seychelles is ahead of many island nations when it comes to LGBT rights and our experience is that you will receive a warm welcome at any of our recommended resorts. With our help and that of our sister company OutOfOffice.com, you can experience all the beauty that the Seychelles has to offer, no matter who you love.
If you’re a fan of swimming or sailing then April – May or October – November are the best times to visit. The Seychelles benefits from a tropical climate and offers excellent weather all year round, so there isn’t really a bad time to visit.
Foreign nationals are eligible to a free visa as long as they provide a valid passport, return ticket and also proof of accommodation.
The currency in the Seychelles is the Seychelles rupee (SCR). Some places will accept US dollars or Euros.
We recommend using an expert when it comes to booking a trip to the Seychelles as a gay couple or lesbian couple. Our colleagues at our sister company OutOfOffice.com are experts when it comes to LGBT travel. Indeed, the properties they work with in the Seychelles even offer gay honeymoon benefits to same-sex couples. You can call them on +44 (0)20 7157 1570 or from the USA on 1-888-489-8383 or enquire directly with them on their Gay Seychelles page.
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