Boasting around 60 idyllic golden beaches and coves, Mahé is the largest and most densely populated of the Seychelles, yet it is still easy to find pretty villages and secluded sandy hideaways on this beautiful island. The waters are perfect for diving and snorkeling, while inland, the soaring mountains and verdant rainforest are ripe for exploration.
While Mahé is the busiest island in the Seychelles, by Western standards it would still be described as quiet and sleepy. As the main international airport is located here, most Seychelles holidays will begin and end on Mahé and with lots to see and experience, we think it makes a great base for any trip. For a taste of genuine Seychellois culture, visit the markets of one of the smallest capitals in the world, Port Victoria. This attractive town is full of old colonial charm, highlights being the historic Law Courts and the 1903 silver clock tower, that was modelled on London’s Big Ben. Here you can watch the fishermen land barracuda and kingfish, visit the botanic gardens to see rare and exotic plants, such as the coco de mer palm tree, or play nine-hole golf on a former coconut plantation.
The beauty of the beaches is legendary, with Beau Vallon Bay a popular haunt for sun-worshippers and Anse Royal, great for snorkelling. Watersports such as windsurfing and water-skiing are found on some of the larger beaches, or you may wish to hike the mountainous interior of the scenic Morne Seychellois National Park. For those able to tear themselves away from Mahé’s dazzling coastline, the park is full of towering granite peaks and rare endemic plants, such as the carnivorous pitcher plant and the jellyfish tree. A drive around the island takes between two to three-hours, where winding roads amble past the tiny hamlets scattered along the coastline, with just a couple of local restaurants and small general store for provisions.
With an average year-round temperature of 27°C, Mahé has the perfect climate for all those wanting to relax in the sun and enjoy the many water and land-based activities on offer.