My name is Bigtruckseriesreview on Youtube and I made videos of my trip to Dubai and Seychelles. I wanted to give out some specific tips for first timers who come to Seychelles - especially Americans (few that do).
#1 You should bring an unlocked smartphone with you. You can get a sim card and data plan for your stay - which will allow you to add minutes and be able to call your hosts, or friends. After 8pm, Victoria gets extremely dark and most bus services aren't running - leaving you find cabs or hitch rides.
#2 You need to bring an iPHONE (5 or 6 are best) / iPAD with sim card LTE or any Google phone that has Google Maps. Google Maps is an EXCELLENT way of keeping track of addresses and locations due to the fact that at night it's difficult to see and most houses don't have addresses - making it difficult to relay locations to taxis.
#3 The Bus is the cheapest way to get around. 5 Rupees per ride. It will typically cost less than $1 to get anywhere on Mahe by bus, but if you end up on the bus during rush hour (after 3), it can be hot, crowded and a violently jarring ride - especially if you're on an older TATA Motors bus.
#4 There are plenty of Hotels, villas, and rooms to choose from. Most of them are a stone's throw form the beach.
Be sure to know the actual location of your stay because some of them can be deceptively far from the actual beach/public transportation/stores. Many - up long, difficult hills.
#5 Be sure to know whether stores are nearby. the closer you get to Victoria, the easier it is to shop. Problem is, many stores close early. In the outskirts of the island, stores close later, but once they are closed, there's very little traffic and unless you rented transportation, (expensive) it's hard to get cabs. Be sure to communicate regularly with your host.
#6 Although you'll want to eat at the big restaurants, the smaller cafes have better prices. The larger restaurants hit you with "value Added tax" and that tax can be very hefty. Food costs are already expensive in most of the big named restaurants, but the value added taxes can turn a simple meal into a $40 proposition. Juice gets progressively expensive too and most of it is imported in cans.
#7 the best place to shop is Victoria's city center. I bought beautiful bags, purses, t-shirts, etc for low prices. Beau Vallon can be higher for many items.
#8 If you are USED TO driving on the WRONG side of the road, you'll fit in nicely. Just take care around the curves and you'll be OK. If you are used to driving on the left-side of a car/right side of the street... don't even think about driving here. The confusion will kill you.