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Having your own car is the only way to fully explore all of Mahé's charms. Even if most of your holiday will be spent lazing on beaches and enjoying your resort's offerings, at least a day exploring this beautiful island—particularly the far southern reaches—is highly worthwhile. Though the paved roads are good, the combination of left-hand driving, numerous tourists in rental cars, and Mahé's frequently steep roads with hairpin bends and no shoulders (the roads literally drop off into ditches) can be nerve-wracking. The main rule of the road: drive slowly. On Praslin a car could also be handy, though the frequent shuttle services offered by many resorts to the islands' other "main" beaches and a decent public bus service (also present on Mahé) render the need for your own wheels less keen. None of the other islands offer car rentals. Numerous car rental agencies are located both at the international terminal of the airport, as well as at points around the island. Most agencies can arrange delivery/drop-off at your hotel or the jetties for a small fee. Prices are fairly standard: the cheapest you're likely to find is about US$65 a day for a hatchback. If you take a car for more than three days, the price can reduce to about $50 You can book at the airport, through a tour operator, or from your hotel. Most companies will accept your national license.
Aventure (Amitié, Praslin. 423–3805, 252–7291, or 252–6805. firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Avis (Seychelles International Airport, Victoria, Mahé. 422–4511 or 251–4512. www.avis.com.sc.)
Capricorn Car Rental (Bay St. Anne, Praslin. 258–1110 or 251–0446. email@example.com.)
Hertz (Seychelles International Airport, Victoria, Mahé, Mahé. 432–2447 or 432–2669. www.seychelles.net/hertz.)
Omega Cars (Seychelles International Airport, Victoria, Mahé, Mahé. 437–6932 or 251–1562. www.omegacarhire.com.)
Palm Cars (Anse a la Mouche, Mahé, Mahé. 436–1221, 271–2106, or 271–2102. firstname.lastname@example.org.)