The Internet access is topical for travelers. If you go to the Seychelles on light regular holiday within your hotel and the nearest areas, you will be satisfied with an individual Wi-Fi access point to connect to the external world. But first you should check the terms of the Internet access from your room. Sometimes the Internet can be accessed only in the reception area, and what is more, the access can be paid.

Unless you don`t sit still, the choice is clear — just use the mobile Internet. On the Seychelles there are two big mobile operators offering the high-speed Internet: Cable & Wireless Seychelles (CWS) and Airtel. We recommend to use CWS for its more flexible charge schedule and more intensive network coverage.

Cable & Wireless Seychelles (CWS)

How much is the mobile Internet?

At the time of this writing the SIM card from both operators was 250-300 SCRs for 1.5 GB of prepaid traffic. This volume is enough to use the Internet without video viewing for one-two weeks. If you plan to use videocalls, to send large files and to view video online, you should buy the max package of 15 GB of the mobile Internet in CWS which is 1400 SCRs.

Where to buy a SIM card?

You can buy a SIM card at any special shop with your passport provided. We bought the package as soon as we arrived at a small shop near the airport next to the currency exchange office.

Christina is demonstrating the amenities of the Seychelles to her relatives via Skype
Christina is demonstrating the amenities of the Seychelles to her relatives via Skype. Photo by Andrew

2G/3G/4G coverage on the Seychelles

The Seychelles have good coverage for the 3G network. And what is more, since 2014 the CWS operator has deployed the LTE (4G) network.

Please, be aware that at distant areas of the islands the connection can drop out. In our case, in the North of the La Digue, the Patatran hotel area, the high-speed Internet was inaccessible, only the Edge (2G) protocol and voice communication worked. Maybe it was just a temporary malfunction of the base station, but, nevertheless, that was uncomfortable. If you plan to use navigation, please, download the maps you need from your application in advance and provide their accessibility in the absence of connection.

On the whole, on the three largest islands (Mahé, Praslin and La Digue) there is not bad coverage of the high-speed mobile Internet. Connection is stable and fast, videocalls are delay-free. If you plan to stay on small private islands, please enquire about the net access from the hotel employees.