115 islands of huge granitic rocks, pure white sand beaches and wonderful lagoons, characterise the Seychelles archipelago, it is hard to do better. In the Seychelles, the beach remains strongest argument but the interior land is not outdone. Beyond a generous nature, there is also a beautiful population, testimony of a harmonious blend. Tourism and tuna fishing are the main economic activities of the country but tourism is controlled to preserve the archipelago’s ecosystem. Mahé, Praslin, Silhouette, La Digue and 111 smaller islands delight travellers and tourists from all over the world.
Located in the northeast of the Indian Ocean, the whole Seychelles archipelago lies beyond the cyclone belt, making it an all-year round destination. On whichever island you decide to stay on, you will find warm crystal clear waters alongside some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Seychelles is a paradise for so many reasons and diving is one of them. The islands of the archipelago are partitioned by coral reefs, a wonderland for Scuba diving! No doubt, you are going to love the Seychelles and its main island, Mahé!
With its international airport, Mahé is a must check-point for tourist visiting the Seychelles. This mountainous island is the largest of the archipelago and is said to be a great starting point to visit the Seychelles. With its 70, 000 inhabitants, Mahé is also the most populated island, representing 9 Seychellois on 10. The island measures 27km long for 8 km wide and though it might be the most urbanised, Mahé offers no less than the other islands in terms of scenery and wild landscapes. In fact, Mahé has over 60 breath-taking beaches while lush greenery completes the inner part of the island. Mahé is home to the capital city, Victoria (said to be the smallest capital in the world) as well as the main administrations and commercial institutions of the Republic of the Seychelles. Here are the main attractions on Mahé:
Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke Market
To really get a feel of the Seychellois culture one has to visit this colourful market of Victoria. Built in 1840, this market is the magnet of the capital Victoria and certainly the best place to buy fresh fruit, fish, spices and original Seychellois souvenirs. You will have all the time to visit the best beaches of the island, first soak yourself up in the pleasant Seychellois culture. You will discover the atmosphere of an exotic market, outlandish colours and most probably you will be seduced by the enchanting scent of spices of the local cuisine. Unlike in other places of the world, no trader will ever swindle you, prices are always displayed and be sure to have some change of Seychellois Rupees (local currency)
Anse Intendance Beach
Anse Intendance and its half-mile arc shaped milky white sand beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Mahé and the Seychelles. Enclosed by a lush forest and a turquoise lagoon, the beach of Anse Intendance offers a vibrant and colorful scenery to its visitors. With its surging rolls of waves this beach is famous for surfing and is also a delight for advanced swimmers. There is no coral reef and the waves are much higher than other Seychelles beaches, the ideal place to perform leisure water activities and sports.
Beau Vallon Beach
The bay of Beau Vallon is located on the north western coast of Mahé and is the most appreciated beach by tourists and locals alike. The beach of Beau Vallon spreads over 3.5 km long, lined with white sand, crystal clear water and Takamakas trees. Bounded by a beautiful coral reef, this beach is a very safe swimming area, no strong currents and therefore safe for children also. The beach of Beau Vallon is the only beach in Seychelles where motorized water sports is allowed, this probably explains the beach’s popularity. The beach never lacks entertainment, beach restaurants, diving spots, touristic bars, it has everything for the well-being of the visitor. Don’t forget to bring your camera as this beach gives an astonishing view over the islands of Silhouette and North Island.
This breathtaking beach is located on the northwest coast of Mahe. The beach is part of a national marine park and is accessible by Port Glaud. The beach is reputed for snorkeling and scuba diving, and swimming because of its warm waters. For amateurs of diving, this beach is a must-visit, you will discover a wide variety of colorful fish and natural coral sights. It is important to note that, it is strictly forbidden to collect corals and shells along the shore, as the beach is a National Park property.
The exceptional beach of Anse Takamaka is located in the complete south of Mahé and just for the view it offers, this beach is well-worth a visit! The beach is one of the most famous because it is one of the longest in Seychelles and is revered for its pure white sand beach and sparkles of turquoise water. As indicated there, swimming is not advised, with its big waves and rocks, this beach has retained its natural and wild facets. Though you could have a bath close to the shore, this beach is better suited for surfing.
Tips for visiting Mahé
If you want to really enjoy your stay on Mahé, the best way to discover it is by hiring a car. Car rental companies are easy to find on Mahé, and their prices are very competitive, this can cut down your travel cost by half (compared to taxi travelling). A coastal road allows you to do almost a full circle, through the coastal roads while discovering some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.