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Mahé

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Mahé is the largest and most populous island in the Seychelles, home to 90% of the country's population and its largest airport. The island is famous for its white-sand beaches, St Anne National park and its colonial architecture.

Sainte Anne directs here. For other places with this name, see Sainte Anne (disambiguation).

Cities

  • Victoria — the national capital.
  • Beau Vallon — probably the most popular beach in the islands
  • Anse Royale — the second largest town on the island
  • Providence — the largest commercial/industrial area on the island

Other destinations

  • Cerf Island
  • Marnelle Island
  • Sainte Anne Island

Understand

Get in

By plane

Mahé is home to Seychelles international airport. It is the base of Air Seychelles.

By ferry

Cat Cocos operates ferries between La Digue, Praslin and Mahé. The crossing from La Digue to Mahe will take you 1:30 and the crossing from Praslin to Mahe will take you 1h. The ferry leaves from La Passe Quay, La Digue and Baie Sainte Anne Jetty, Praslin and arrives in Victoria Pier, Mahé.

Get around

Bicycle and metered Taxi as well as Bus. The bus fare is always 7 SCR. You can view and download the timetable in SPTC website. You will recognize the buses public buses at their blue colour.

If you are a visitor, the best way to get around Mahe Island is by Car Hire. One of the most recommended Car Rental in Seychelles, is Bargain Car Hire Company. Typical daily rates range from EUR35 - 45, for a budget automatic hatchback.

See

  • Victoria. This is the national capital. You will find colonial architecture, the national monument Victoria Clock Tower, Sir Selwyn-Clarke Market colourful market and some museums.
  • Saint-Anne Marine National Park, [1]. Just off the coast off Mahé these 6 small islands are surrounded by clear waters filled with corals and fishes
  • Morne Seychellois National Park. The park covers 3,045 hectares and was created in 1979. It is home to Seychelles highest peak (905m) and has many hiking trails.
  • Beau Vallon. You will find there Mahé's most popular beaches, with white sand, aquatic activities, hotels, restaurants and bars.


Sleep

  • South Point Villas, [2]. Three fully-equipped villas with sea views and 1 - 3 bedrooms. Each villa has wireless internet access, entertainment system, large veranda and Weber barbecue.
  • Sue-Etoile Self Catering, E Coast Road, Au Cap (Turn off the E Coast Rd, opposite L'Escapade), +248 2531813, WhatsApp +248 2574513. Self Catering apartment with 2-bedrooms, sea views, ideal guesthouse for families, fully equipped kitchen, sitting area, air-conditioning, parking available. Airport pickup possible, also reachable by southerly bus from airport (15 mins).

Do

Top 5 Places to visit on Mahe.

  1. Takamaka Bay Rum Distillery, on the East Coast.
  2. Jardin Du Roi at Anse Royal - The original Spices Garden built the the French in the 1800's.
  3. Mission Lodge, at Morne Blance Sans Soucis.
  4. The Botanical Garden in Mont Fleuri.
  5. Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market or better known as "The Victoria Market"

Mahé has plenty of good snorkelling and diving spots. You can snorkel at Anse Major, Petite Anse or Anse Diri in Bel Ombre. It is recommended to bring your own snorkelling equipment. There are more than 30 dives site in Mahé. If you are lucky you can encounter whale sharks and manta rays. There are plenty of diving schools across the island.

You will find a few popular spots to surf, such as Grand Anse, Anse Gaulette, and Beau Vallon.

Eat

A number of restaurants in Victoria serve fresh food and meats. Juice is slightly expensive (>$5USD per cup). Seafood is relatively inexpensive, and island curry meats are as well.

There are not many stores open later beyond Victoria. Unless you are near 24-hour stores, you will want to stock up on food for your stay - or else find yourself late at night without snacks or food.

Drink

Mahe's nightlife is concentrated in Victoria.

Stay safe

Seychelles has a cellular service and fees for sim cards and internet/3g service are relatively low ( <$50). You should bring a smartphone such as iPhone or even an iPad LTE so you have access to Google Maps and are able to call your hosts if necessary.

During night-time, bus service shuts down. The roads, paths and walk ways are excessively dark and you may want to keep a rechargeable flashlight with you if you have not rented a vehicle. Some stray animals such as dogs, spiders and bats exist and may be frightening at night.

Get out

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