Seychelles is by far one of the most stunning tropical islands in the world, but today we want to give you a tour of the Seychelles beaches and activities to do on the island of Mahé. What are the Must-see places on this paradisiacal island of the Seychelles?
Once your aircraft begins its descent to the Seychelles International Airport, you will be amazed by the diversity of landscapes. On your left you will admire the Indian Ocean while on your right you will see the chain of granitic mountains and lush vegetation, and this is just the beginning of your dream on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles…
Rent a Boat
One must never forget that the seychelle is an archipelago of 115 islands separated by turquoise lagoons. One of the most amazing ways to discover the Seychelles and specially Mahé is to rent a boat. Sailing is great as there are different landscapes, one more picturesque than the next. Then why not rent a boat through one of Mahe Island’s boat charters for some days and go on a trip around Mahé, Praslin and La Digue. It’s a great way to explore some of the islands around Mahé that make up the 115 islands of the Seychelles. Excursions to the islands like Praslin and La Digue are also possible.
Fishing in Seychelles: Mahé Island
Why not go fishing and go back to your villa and have a nice fish barbecue? Whether you want to make big game fishing or just fishing on the calm shores, local operators will be happy to help you. There are also some wonderful places to practice some fly fishing on Mahé. Another way to fish is simply to sit on the beach with your cane. You can sort the fish while admiring the scenery and enjoying your Seybrews (Seychellois Beer)
Glass bottom boats on Mahé Island
This has to be one of the tours we strongly recommend: a ride on a glass bottom boat in the marine park of St Anne. You will feel like swimming with the fishes … You can also feed them, so do not forget to take some bread with you.
Golf on Mahé island
If you are a golf enthusiast, the “Seychelles Golf Club”, located in Anse aux Pins, is a nine-hole course built on a former coconut plantation. It’s about 15 minutes from the International Airport of Seychelles. The island of Praslin also has its own golf course.
Trails on Mahé
A variety of walks and trails with different degrees of difficulty are to discover in Mahé. Check with the Chalets d’Anse Forbans for more information. You can also get maps of each path, produced by the Ministry of Environment of the Seychelles.
The Mission Lodge is also a highly recommended place to visit. This amazing piece of lush vegetation offers one of the most extraordinary views of the west coast of Mahé in the Seychelles.
Beau Vallon Beach hosts two companies that offer motorized water sports and non-motorized water sports equipment including canoes, sailboards and sails.
Jardin Du Roi
The famous “Jardin du Roi” is one of favorite tourist destination. This spice garden is located in Anse Royale, about 3 km from Anse Forbans. Wander through the tropical garden and enjoy the scent of various spices Seychellois. The “Jardin du Roi” also offers local dishes often cooked with garden produce. From the terrace you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Anse Royale bay.
Museums on Mahé
The Natural History Museum in Victoria this illustrate the flora, fauna and geological history of the Seychelles. Recently, the museum begun campaign about the environmental concerns of the Seychelles islands.
If you want to learn about the history of the Seychelles, the National Archives is the place to be visit. The archives are at the National Library of Seychelles in Victoria. Regular buses go to Victoria and past the Wharf and Jardin des Palmes hotels.
The Seychelles National Heritage sites:
“Patrimwann” is the marketing name that encompasses four of Seychelles cultural attractions that showcase the country’s Creole heritage. All Patrimwann attractions are on the island of Mahé. They hold the Kreol Institute, the Domaine de Val des Pres (Craft Village), La Bastille and the Living Museum (or The Living Museum Planie St. Andrew), which is currently under renovation. The word “Patrimwann” is a Creole word meaning “Path of Heritage”. The craft village hosts a number of small shops.
Seychelles National Culture
To really get a feel for the local culture, visiting the colorful market in the heart of Victoria is a must. The “Sir Selwyn Clarke” market which was built in 1840 and renovated in 1999, is the bustling heart of the capital Victoria and certainly the best place to buy fresh fruit, fish, vegetables and spices. This market is a place of obligatory passage to discover the Seychelles. You can buy items with the local currency of the Seychelles: the Seychelles Rupee.
The Mahé’s Big Ben
Seychelles is also famous for its own Big Ben. You cannot miss it since it is found in the center of the capital Victoria next to the Seychelles Post. Your visit to Seychelles will not be complete if you do not see the Big Ben.
Mahé’s Nature reserves
The most famous nature reserves in the Seychelles is the Morne Seychellois Park. The “Morne Seychellois Park” is the largest Seychelles park and was established in 1979. It covers a total area of 3,045 hectares, more than 20% of the area of Mahé. It is 10 kilometres long and about two to four kilometreswide. The park has a wide network of trails covering more than 15 km. A total of 12 different tracks can be explored with trips ranging from a half day to a full day.
The Sanctuary of Roche Caiman
The sanctuary is a great place to visit if you are interested in the nature of the Seychelles. The sanctuary is an artificial wetland (2.9 ha) resulting from restoration work in 1986 on the east coast of the island of Mahé in the Seychelles.
Mahé’s Tea factory
This would be a must on your list during your holiday in Seychelles. Established in 1962, the plant is in charge manufacturing tea in the Seychelles. The Tea Factory enjoys a splendid view of the west side of Mahé and is undoubtedly one of the finest views on the island. Tea lovers will be in heaven.
The Botanical Garden is a great place for a picnic and / or a walk to discover the flora and fauna of Seychelles.
Best Mahé Beaches
1. Anse Forbans – one of the few breeding grounds for turtles.
2. Anse La Mouche – A great beach for long walks.
3. Anse Intendance – Like Anse Forbans, you can watch sea turtles according to season
4. Anse Major – worth a hike
5. Port Launay – a beautiful beach for walking and picnics
6. Sunset Beach – a charming little beach and a few meters walk down from the road.
7. Anse Royale – Pictureque scenery
8. Anse Soeil – A small beach, but worth a visit
If you like to enjoy exotic foods when you travel, you need to experience the Seychellois cuisine.