Mahe

Mahe © Hansueli Krapf
Despite its high population density and development level, the island of Mahé, the largest of the Seychelles archipelago, contains plenty of hidden treasures, not least of which is a legendary pirate's cache purportedly buried at Bel Ombre. The southern end of the island still sports deserted beaches, and even the busy northern urban enclave, which includes the international airport and capital city, Victoria, exudes laid-back charm.

Forming the backbone of the island is a spectacular mountain range that includes Morne Seychellois, the island's highest peak. Around the peak is one of the island's beautiful national parks, offering great hiking and stunning scenery. More than 60 idyllic beaches fringed with swaying palm trees can be found along the shoreline, offering a host of activities including diving and various other watersports. There are several interesting sights on the island, particularly in friendly Victoria.

Although not renowned for its nightlife, Mahé is the liveliest island after dark and resorts like the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Beach Resort and Casino, and several nightclubs and restaurants serve up traditional Creole delights and provide some evening entertainment.




Attractions

Beau Vallon Beach © Welcomematt22

Beau Vallon Bay

The mile-long beach encircling beautiful Beau Vallon Bay on the northern coast of Mahé Island is the most popular beach resort area in the Seychelles, boasting several hotels, a casino, and a selection of scuba diving and water sport centres. Beau Vallon also has...  see full details



Diving in Seychelles © Paul Britton

Dive Sites

With crystal clear waters and wonderful underwater reefs, wrecks, boulders and sea life, it is no surprise that one of the main activities in the Seychelles is exploring this underwater world. The islands have a selection of dive sites ranging from those suitable for...  see full details



Morne Seychellois National Park © David Stanley

Morne Seychellois National Park

The largest national park in the Seychelles, Morne Seychellois National Park takes up more than 20 percent of the area of Mahé. The park is made up of a number of habitats and ecosystems ranging from coastal mangrove forests to misty mountain peaks. Morne...  see full details



Giant tortoise in the Mont Fleuri Botanical Gardens © David Stanley

National Botanical Gardens

The century-old Botanical Gardens at the south end of Victoria extend for six hectares (15 acres), and are planted with a wide variety of indigenous and exotic trees, including the Seychelles islands' unique 'coco de mer' palms. For those staying on the island of...  see full details



National Museum © David Stanley

Seychelles National Museum of History

Step back into the days of the buccaneers at the Seychelles National Museum of History, which features excellent displays of historic artefacts relating to the cultural and natural history of the islands. Exhibits include a range of interesting objects salvaged from shipwrecks, coral, and...  see full details



Sea Turtle, Seychelles © Stephane Enten

St Anne Marine National Park

A treat for nature lovers, guided tours are offered from Victoria harbour to the St Anne National Marine Park, which covers six islands off the coast of Mahé, near the city. The islands included in the park are Ste Anne, Ile Moyenne, Ile...  see full details



Victoria's centrally located clock tower © Thomas Gee

Victoria

Having the dubious honour of being the smallest capital city in the world, Victoria may also be considered one of the most charming, and this quaint capital is easily explored on foot. The best place to soak up the friendly atmosphere is at...  see full details



Events

Fireworks © Chris

Independence Day

The Seychelles Independence Day celebrations, which take place at the end of June each year, are not to be missed. Visitors will be treated to impressive displays of national pride and patriotism, as public spaces and parks fill with families and fireworks light up...  see full details



Runners © Bernal Saborio

Seychelles Marathon

The Seychelles Eco-Friendly Marathon is held on the last Sunday of February every year. Runners from across the globe descend on the Seychelles to take part in this scenic event. Participants can enjoy the natural beauty of Mahe Island as they run, walk...  see full details