Flying to the Seychelles
Several gateways serve the Seychelles, including Dubai (which continues to increase the frequency of direct flights), Abu Dhabi, Nairobi, and more. Flights are available on a number of airlines, including international carriers and Air Seychelles.
We flew business class using frequent flier miles, which let us travel in relative comfort for the price of coach ticket, but on a slightly more convoluted routing through Chicago O’Hare (Dulles on the return) on Delta, Paris on Air France, and Nairobi on Kenya Airlines in order to get to the marina in Mahe, Seychelles.
All of our flights went smoothly, including the dreaded plane change at Charles DeGaulle in Paris, although our luggage apparently missed that connection (thank you Air France).
Unlike the airport in Nairobi, the one on Mahé is a pleasant place. Should you be an elite flier, the Air Seychelles lounge is very comfortable and absolutely lovely. (Although it was a little disconcerting to sit in this perfectly gorgeous place while watching live coverage of hurricane Sandy decimating the east coast of the United States.)
Flying within the Seychelles
Seychelles Air provides service from Mahé to Praslin, Denis, and Bird Islands.
Helicopter service, including aerial tours, is also available in some areas and to a number of high-end resorts.