Mahé is the biggest island in the Seychelles and is home to the capital city, Victoria. About 90% of the population live on this island. The British came here in 1609, but no one returned until 1742. It was then claimed by the French by laying a ‘Stone of Possession’ on Mahé. You can still see it in the National Museum.
Take the time to relax on the island’s breathtaking beaches and watch the waves flash in the sunlight. The entire west coast is a long string of beaches and resorts, so it can be tough to choose where to go. But don’t worry, you’re never too far away from a little bit of paradise in Mahé. To cool off, dive into the deep blue ocean. You can also snorkel, but bear in mind the sea can be choppier here than on other islands.
Go hiking through the Morne Seychellois National Park; there are huge lush green forests to explore. Try to reach the top of Morne Seychellois peak, it’s 905 metres tall but is well worth the climb. On your way through the hills, keep an eye out for the jellyfish tree, the pitcher plant and several species of orchid. For a bit of local culture, visit the covered market in Victoria. It’s a little small by African standards, but they definitely cram a lot in. Your senses will be overwhelmed by the colours, sights and smells.
While you’re there, sample some of the fresh fruits, spices, herbs and fresh seafood. You can also try on some local clothes and buy a souvenir or two. Pay a visit to SeyTe Tea Factory; here, you can watch the tea-making process in its entirety.
The island is large enough to justify hiring a car if you want to explore independently. You might find a secret lagoon, the perfect spot to watch the sunset or something else entirely. You’ll just have to see what you discover!
Plan your trip to Mahé today.