Seychelles: The Island of Mahé

Date Posted: 22/11/2016

Mahé is one of THE holiday destinations of the world. The largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, it offers miles of unspoiled beaches such as those that are widely admired in the famous resort of Beau Vallon. The sun-kissed coast contrasts with breathtaking peaks and captivating rainforests; including Morne Seychellois National Park that covers 3,045 hectares and includes an extensive network of trails to explore.

Come and marvel at the Creole architecture of the Seychelles' capital, Victoria and experience the bustling marketplace that is alive with interesting sounds, vibrant colours and a spicy cocktail of cultural aromas. Shop for souvenirs, local herbs and spices, fresh fish and traditional clothing... there’ something for everyone!

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Climate

The warm weather makes Mahé a popular tourist destination all year, with an average temperature of around 27°C - it rarely drops below 24°C. It's always perfect weather for the beach, as the temperature seldom rises above 32°C.

Like anywhere with a tropical climate, showers are expected but they are normally brief. The driest months are May to September and the wettest are November to January, although even during the wet season there's still plenty of sunshine.

Beaches

Mahé's beaches are a sure-fire winner with even the most discerning travellers. Among the best are Anse à la Mouche on the south-west coast, where the calm and shallow serenity of the Indian Ocean invites you to dive in - perfect for children.

Anse Aux Pins and Turtle Bay on the south-east coast have narrow beaches and shallow water, where you can find all kinds of fascinating marine life in the rock pools. There are also many havens for scuba divers.

Ideally situated on the north-west coast, Beau Vallon is the most popular beach on the Island. Brilliant for diving or snorkelling, it offers the perfect opportunity to explore the wide and varied marine life along the coral reefs.

Tourist Attractions

With excursions and sight-seeing opportunities galore - including hiking trails, diving and snorkelling centres, horse riding trails, Baie Ternay Marine National Park, La Misere Exotics Garden Centre, buggy and jeep hire, surfing and glass bottom boat trips, etc. - just imagine all the fun you can have!

Transport

Seychelles International Airport is located on Mahé, near the capital. Island-hopping is made easy through an efficient network of air and sea transport. Air Seychelles' shuttle service hosts around 20 flights per day between Mahé and the second largest island, Praslin - 15 minutes. Regular boat crossings also operate between the islands; car hire is readily available and the bus service runs like clockwork!

Excursions

Spend the day on a reef safari, enjoying a leisurely cruise around the islands - with optional diving, culminating in dining out Seychellois-style on a catamaran. Alternatively, hike and cruise along Mahé's northern coast or enjoy a guided discovery tour of the island where you can take in the awe-inspiring Seychellois culture.

seychelles excursions

Combined boat and bicycle excursions are available, while nature tours reveal the many endemic flora and fauna species. Boat trips to neighbouring islands are popular and you can even take a taxi tour for sight-seeing. For the more adventurous, you can enjoy a jungle tour at Port Launay - that includes zip-lines for all you thrill-seekers!

Cuisine

Mahé's local cuisine has several different influences, largely due to the island's colonial past. Traditional Cajun and Creole restaurants sit alongside British and French cuisine alternatives. Plenty of seafood menus boast locally-caught fish - especially tuna.

Best Hotels

When you're looking for the best hotels in Seychelles, Savoy Resort and Spa located on Beau Vallon beach is luxury at its finest! As the only 5-star establishment on Mahé, all rooms assure spacious private balconies or garden terraces, individually-controlled air conditioning, minibars and complimentary WiFi.

For the most exhilarating and life-changing experience… you know where to come!