Mahe is the largest and most important island of the Seychelles archipelago. This spectacular island is only 27 kilometers long but is dominated by a mountain range that forms the backbone of the island. 90% of the Seychelles population live on Mahe. The island boasts 75 beaches and is the economic hub of the Seychelles.
The highest peak, Morne Seychellois provides a perfect backdrop to the capital city Victoria.
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Although Mahe is the economic and political center of the Seychelles it has still retained its natural charm and beauty. In many ways Mahe is the most spectacular, its huge mountains and lush tropical vegetation provide an inspiring sight. There are over 75 beaches scattered around the island and often you will find that you are the only people present. The beaches are idyllic, soft beautiful sand, fringed by swaying palm trees and a warm and inviting sea to help you cool off from the tropical sun.
All overseas visitors arrive on Mahe, either by the port which is next to Victoria or at the Seychelles International Airport, which can be found on the east coast of the island. Some visitors do not stop in Mahe but rather fly or sail to neighboring islands, which is a mistake as Mahe has so much to offer.
Victoria is small enough that it does not take too long to walk around, it is the best way to see the city and to get a feel of the place and the people. The market is a hive of activity daily except Sundays. Here it is easy to see why the Seychellois are often called the friendliest people in the world. The market sells locally made crafts, fish, fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Botanical Gardens offer the opportunity to see some of Seychelles, unique and endemic plants in easy and comfortable surroundings. The gardens were established nearly 100 years ago and cover an area of 15 acres.
The Clock Tower is the focal point of Victoria, it was erected in 1903 to mark Seychelles “coming of age as a separate colony”.It once stood at the harbor front but with resourceful land reclamation it is now back into the heart of the town.
Although 87% of the total Seychelles population lives on Mahe , it still has a quiet and informal atmosphere. Parts of the island look as they did twenty years ago and parts are modern with high tech facilities.
The nightlife is much livelier on Mahe than the neighboring islands, there are two casinos, one in Beau Vallon Bay and one at the Plantation Club in the south of the island. The restaurants offer fantastic cuisine with a variety of international and local delicacies, each has its own identity. Most of the hotels have entertainment in the evenings by local singers and bands and there are some night clubs in and around Victoria for those who want to dance until the early hours.
During the day Mahe has an unbelievable amount of activities to choose from with are several well run dive centers and watersport’s operators scattered around the island. There is also a wide range of accommodation from self catering and small guest houses to large and sophisticated hotels.
Mahe has lots of nature walks and trails amongst the Morne Seychellois National Park which covers an area of 11 square miles. If it is walking around an art gallery or an artists studio that takes your fancy then Mahe has this too. In fact Mahe can offer you almost anything you want.
There are several well organized walks and nature trails on Mahe plus two casinos. Mahe is often described as the most spectacular of all the islands. Hotels on Mahe include The Plantation Club and La Residence.
Yachting tours can be arranged by our Seychelles travel specialists.