Cost of Living In Seychelles – Utilities

I get a lot of questions about the cost of living in Seychelles, so it is about time I wrote a post about it.

I’m not going to lie, I have attempted to cover this in the past. Cost of living is such a massively variable thing, I’ve never been quite sure how to tackle it.

To stop this from being an absolute monster of a blog post I’m going to break it up a little bit.  Today I’m covering utilities; Electricity, Water and Gas.  I’ll cover other expenditures in a future post.

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Cost of Utilities in Seychelles

Water, Sewerage and Electricity is provided by PUC (Public Utilities Corporation).  A few people have their own water source but the vast majority of people get their water direct from PUC.

Meter readings are taking monthly by PUC at your property and your bill is given to you directly.

I’ll give a little more info about each here and a rough approximation of what we pay a month.

Electricity

To give you a rough idea, we pay approximately 1000scr a month for our electricity. It’s by no means a fixed amount and as I mentioned it’s based entirely on your meter reading.

We have air conditioning in only one of our bedrooms and we use it very rarely. I think it’s pretty safe to say that Air Con will probably be the biggest factor in electricity usage. I’m not saying to not use it, by any means it’s just something to bare in mind! In our previous house we had air conditioning in all three of our bedrooms and we would often put them on for maybe half hour or so before bed to cool down the room. This never seemed to make a huge difference in our bills, but obviously having the air conditioning blasting all night would do.

If you want to get a bit more information on the rates, you can look at PUC’s Electricity Tariffs.

Someone has asked me about having a generator, I don’t know anyone who has a generator for their home. Some businesses have them, but not all. Power cuts are not completely uncommon here, there are definitely far fewer now than when we first moved here. Typically they last less than an hour, but occasionally there are planned power cuts for maintenance work which last half a day or so.

Water

Our water bills come out around 300-400scr a month, again purely based on meter readings.

Check out PUC water rates for the break down on their charges.

Most houses these days have a big water tank. At certain times of the year there can be large periods of the day where water is shut off, due to drought. If your house has a water tank you will almost certainly never notice that the water goes off (apart from perhaps a slight change in pressure). When the water comes back on, the tank fills back up, so this doesn’t have an impact on your water bill.

We don’t drink our tap water, we get this delivered in big bottles and use a water cooler. (see my post on things to buy to make expat life in seychelles easier for more on this) I reckon we spend about 250-300scr a month on water.

Gas

All gas comes in bottles, i.e it is not mains fitted. This makes measuring the cost a little harder in that obviously it depends what you use it for. In our current house our gas is just for our oven, inside as well as the hob. But in a previous house we had a separate gas bottle to heat our water so it really does all depend.  We typically keep a spare in the house in case one runs out half way through cooking.  You pick up the gas bottles from the petrol stations and they cost about 200scr for a 12kg bottle which will last a good few months.

 

 

I hope that you’ve found this useful.  In general we have always found our utility bills to be a lot lower than they were when we were living in the UK.  Obviously some months they are higher than others, as is the case everywhere!  I like that they are always done by the meter so we can tell exactly what we have used each month.  Keep an eye out for some more posts soon about the cost of living in Seychelles!

 

 

Being a Seychelles mama (the harder bits) 0-8 months

This post is all about the harder bits about being a Seychelles mama to a 0-8 month old.  These things do not outweigh the positives of living here for us.  I’m not looking for sympathy here (and know I won’t get it!!!) but I thought it might be nice to share that living in the Indian Ocean does have its drawbacks!!   Being a seychelles mama (the harder bits) 0-8 months

  1. I’ll start with the obvious!  Being away from family and friends.  I won’t get into this too much, it speaks for itself really.  There are days that are harder than others!  To be honest though, I lived about 5 hours drive away from my parents before we moved here and okay tack another 10 hours to that to get here by plane but its safe to say that the views are a lot better here!!  Another reason why this is hard is for help with Arthur.  Mark and I really have raised him by ourselves, which I’m not complaining about but there are days where you would like to drop him off at grandparents for the afternoon and take a little break!
  2. Weather.  Yes its glorious, and yes it makes getting Arthur dressed very easy however for the last month he has had perpetual heat rash and that sucks!!!
  3. Availability of anything.  To me this is the hardest thing.  This isn’t just baby stuff, although that effects us most these days.  You can not consistently get anything here.  The thing this bothers me most with is nappies.  The shop at the top of our road is generally very good and does order things for us but if it runs out on Mahe (the main island) then we have to wait a few weeks/months until another shipment comes in from whatever country.  There will always be some sort of nappies that we can get but for some reason people here prefer cheaper brands that are really plasticy and horrible 🙁 to me buying nappies like that are false economy, although they are cheaper you get through so many more because you have to change them every 5 minutes!
  4. Medical care.  So this has only been highlighted in the last month where I took Arthur for the doctor for heat rash and a second time where we went to hospital.  We have to pay, it’s not America expensive, but its not cheap!
  5. There are no groups/classes.  I’m talking parent and baby groups, I do always feel a pang of jealousy when I read on twitter about mummies going to different groups or classes with their babies.  It seems like a nice way to meet other parents and its something thats missing here.
  6. There are no pavements in most places.  This is a bit of a pain for going for walks.  The roads are mostly very quiet and so its not too bad but it’s not ideal!

Okay so I think thats the main things covered, can’t really think of anything else right now!  I’m not sure how this list will change as Arthur gets older, i’ll be interested to look back on this!!

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Being a Seychelles mama (The good bits) 0-6 months

Thought I’d share a little bit about being a seychelles mama (the good bits):

Being a Seychelles mama (the good bits) 0-6 months

Getting Arthur dressed

is never really a chore he pretty much lives in bodysuits.  It’s too hot for anything else, so no layers required.  In fact often he is just in a nappy during the day.

He gets to be outdoors – a lot!

I always wanted to have kids somewhere where we could spend a lot of time outside, somewhere hot basically .  We definitely get this here.  I find it amazing how a walk in the fresh air can do a grumpy baby so much good (and a grumpy mama too!).  The view is obviously good too which is another bonus for us both!  At 6 months he’s just starting to get to an age where taking him to the beach is fun.  He can sit up by himself and so can have a good look round at everything.

Being a seychelles mama (the good bits)

Health and Safety hasn’t gone mad here.

I guess the most obvious example I can think of is how baby walkers are now so frowned at as they are ‘dangerous’ due to the injuries they can cause.  They have even been banned in Canada.  Now I bet that nearly all of us had baby walkers when we were little and we are all just fine!!!  Surely common sense needs to be used here, if the baby is supervised these things are perfectly safe!!  Sorry I’ll get off my soapbox now I just get cross when ‘health & safety’ steps in when a bit of common sense just needs to be used!!  Here people get along just fine without all of the health and safety overkill that happens elsewhere!

I don’t feel judged.

I’m not saying everyone feels this way in other places, but we really are pretty much left to it here.  We had a health visitor come round once for about 5 minutes and we go down to the clinic once a month to get him weighed.  His 6 month check up consisted of them asking if we had started feeding solids yet, seeing he could sit up already, seeing if he could crawl (he can’t).  We briefly spoke about his sleep and  that was pretty much it!  I can breastfeed wherever I like, without any weird looks or comments.

There’s no ‘x-box culture’.  

I guess this partly goes hand in hand with my second point.   I know Arthur is too young for this to be an issue yet.  It’s still it’s something that scares me and is one of the reasons we wanted to have a baby here!!

Swimming.

There is a small hotel thats a two minute walk from our house that we can Arthur swimming in all the time.  It’s my favourite thing to do with him.  He loves being in the water (just like me!).  We have started taking him to splash his feet in the Ocean too.  It’s rainy season here right now.   This means its a little chilly by Seychelles standards so we haven’t taken him in for a full dip but it won’t be long….I can’t wait.

Being a Seychelles mama (the good bits)

The expat community.

It’s been amazing how helpful people have been.  We had a lot of stuff given/loaned to us that has been so useful.  To name a few, a bumbo, a changing table and we even got our cot (actually this was from a Seychelleois family)…..Its at least 20 years old and handmade.  It was in a bit of a sorry state as had been kept outside and kind of used for storage so me and Mark did it up and now its beautiful.  We had to order a custom mattress as its an unusual size but it will last until Arthur is ready to go into a proper bed as its really big.  I even got thrown a baby shower which was just so lovely considering by that point we hadn’t even been here a year!

Baby love.

People here LOVE babies.  Everywhere you go people want to give Arthur cuddles, he gets a lot of fuss made of him!  If we go out for somewhere to eat there’s always been someone offering to hold him/play with him while we eat….amazing! Also there is more availability of baby things then there is anything else which is of course very useful!

 

There are also some challenges in being a Mama in Seychelles.   Read all about the harder bits of being a Seychelles Mama!

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