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Seychelles as a whole is “interesting” to the average person living an average life- it’s not an island as many seem to think. Oh no- it’s 115 islands. Indeed quite a lot of islands one may say, still not intrigued enough to visit it, are you? Well, the Seychelles Islands also happen to be the celebrity of islands worldwide. You must have heard of Bali, of the Maldives but those beaches of Seychelles? They have an impressive list of awards that have been allocated to them throughout the years and mark my words- these beaches have deserved each and every one of them!

On top of all that, Seychelles has an underwhelming population size of just under 90000 people. Imagine that- 115 islands and just 90000 people! But the most impressive fact is actually that 90% of them all live in Mahé! The island is home to the locals, expats and most considerably- the tourism industry. It is the island where you first land on your journey to Seychelles. This is where it starts- Victoria, Mahé.

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Let’s start with that itself- the airport. It is a fairly recent one, only a couple of decades old with the honour of having been inaugurated by Her Majesty herself. It is the home base to Air Seychelles and provides a warm welcome to hundreds of thousands of tourists yearly. People have raved about its cleanliness and good service among other facilities such as wifi and lounge for layovers. However, you might want to bring a snack bar or two if you are going to be at the airport for longer than a few hours since it is not big on food shops. For others simply having a layover in Seychelles while en route to other countries, bear in mind that one cannot leave the airport without proof of residence arrangements! So, book a hotel in case you want to tour the island(s) for the few hours spent there instead of simply lazing in the airport lounge!

Concerning hotels in Seychelles, that will be a fairly easy task. Victoria has an abundance of hotel which cater not only to longer term tourists but also people who are just stopping over. So worry not, you will easily find a perfect fit to stay in Seychelles for however long you plan to. Especially with most hotels having their own websites and online booking facilities, this is doubly easy now. Victoria is a curious place to visit. It is the largest city of the largest island in Seychelles but simultaneously, the smallest capital of any African country! Filled with magnificent hotels, quaint houses, pretty little shops and an awesome bazaar- Victoria makes itself a highly interesting possibility for exploration. The island itself is home to a diverse group of flora and fauna as well as a very rich history. Having been previously colonised by the British gave Victoria its name in honour of Queen Victoria. To learn more about this vibrant past of the islands, a visit to the national museum is in order! Located in the city itself, it ha an affordable entry fee for the average holidayer. The descriptions and labels are mostly in French, a result of the more frequent use of creole over its official language which is English. However, the guides and locals are usually very helpful to the polite and inquisitive visitor. So, do not hesitate to ask questions and let your curiosity spread- you will thank yourself when you are back home with a quasi encyclopedia of knowledge to accompany your beautiful island memories.

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About these island memories- what’s a Seychelles holiday without a healthy dose of the beach, sea and sun? Mahé is ever warmed by the tropical sun, being a pleasant place to lazy and tan all year round. April is famed for being the hottest month while July is supposedly the coldest. In Seychelles, “cold” doesn’t even warrant a quilt at night! The temperature remains mild and comfortable- so do not be afraid of extreme temperatures- it will take a natural calamity for that to happen in Seychelles!

About natural calamities, Indian Ocean is well-known for its cyclones. It is something to be expected, a big bad cyclone attack on a near yearly basis. However, these cyclones somehow always manage to evade Seychelles apart from some few exceptions including in 2016 very recently. Though small, the islands got back on their feet in a remarkably short time and got back to business as usual. And hotels in Praslin are as amazing as any other! Hence, your holidays are unlikely to be marred by any sort of extreme reaction of Mother Nature. She seems to like this cluster of paradisiacal islands…

Beau Vallon is reputed for its white, refine sand and calm blue sea. It just begs for a swim actually. Your holidays in Seychelles will be practically incomplete if you do not set foot on Beau Vallon. One of Mahe’s pride, it is where you take your family or significant other for a fun day at the beach. If you have a camera handy, bring it along- you will want to capture that perfect sunset! To be rather honest, every sunset in Seychelles with its red and orange sky is beyond perfection but it is still worthwhile to take a more tangible memory of all of them with you when it’s finally time to go home. Go to the beach, rock that beach body, make new friends, buy ice cream from the local vendor and take some wonderful pictures. They happen to also make great post cards!

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Let’s not forget the academic side of life! Being in Seychelles is another big opportunity to learn about so many things. The botanical garden in Mahe is a good place to start. You will visit palms endemic to the Seychelles which are older than even your grandparents among other trees with equally impressive characteristics. The surprises don’t end here- ever seen a tortoise extend its neck for nearly 1 metre out of its shell? Well, it is indeed time to go to Seychelles! That very sight is of the Giant tortoise of Seychelles- they are a mighty impressive breed!

All in all- Mahé might be an invisible dot on the world map but it is more than worth a visit on its own. Book your ticket now!

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?

Seychelles Turquoise water
Seychelles Turquoise water

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.

Seychellois golf course
Seychellois 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.

Water sports

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.

"Jardin Du Roi" Spice Garden Seychelles
“Jardin Du Roi” Spice Garden in Mahe Seychelles

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

Creole Restaurants

If you like to enjoy exotic foods when you travel, you need to experience the Seychellois cuisine.

You will come across many world class golf courses in Mauritius. The golf enthusiast will certainly not be disappointed. The Mauritian courses are not only beautiful; they are challenging championship courses, spread all over the island.

If you are lodging at a hotel owning a golf course you will find that they usually do not charge Green Fees or that there is a nominal charge to play. Players lodging in villas or in other hotels can still arrange tee times at any of these courses whilst they are in Mauritius.

The astonishingly high number of golf courses dotted all over the island, range from basic 9 holes courses to world class championship golf courses with 18 holes designed by the world leading golfers such as Ernie Els, Bernard Langer sprawls and David Leadbetter. And here are some of the best you will come across if you are choosing Mauritius as Golf Destination:

Le Touessrok

Le Touessrok Golf Course is located off the east coast of Mauritius, separated from Le Touessrok mainland resort by a shimmering turquoise lagoon.   The course, designed by Bernard Langer, covers 38 hectares and is the second longest in Mauritius. All 18 holes have views of the ocean – some with sights of clearings through the trees.

Le Touessrok Golf Course
Le Touessrok Golf Course

Facilities such as the Club House, restaurant, on-course refreshments, caddies, golf carts, locker rooms, bag storage clubs and shoe rental are available. For those feeling sceptical about their game, they might require some fine-tuning and the good news is that Le Touessrok Golf Academy and practice area offers appropriate courses, so there is no need to worry.

The Mauritius Gymkhana Club

Mauritius Gymkhana Club
Mauritius Gymkhana Club

The Mauritius Gymkhana Club is the oldest golf course in the southern Hemisphere and the fourth oldest golf in the world (1844). Mauritius is the 3rd country in the world where golf was played after UK and India. Found in the center of the island, in the district of Plaines Wilhems, it is easily accessible and gives an ideal setting for some golf playing. You should rather play there in summer, since in winter the weather rarely permits.

The Legend

‘The Legend’, the first of its kind in Mauritius, designed by South African champion, Hugh Baiocchi, is the crowning achievement of Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort. It is located along one of the most superb beaches on the island and each of the 18 holes has unique characteristics.

The Legend Golf Course
The Legend Golf Course

Built to USPGA specifications, all 18 greens have been rebuilt using Tif Dwarf grasses to ensure a perfect surface. This course is a feast for the eyes and a test for the nerves. Good luck golfers!

The Links Golf

Links Golf Course
Links Golf Course

The Resort Championship Golf Course, designed by Rodney Wright and Peter Allis is an 18-hole golf course. It was conceived as a result of the success and demands encountered by Hotels Constance’s first course, ‘The Legend’. Sitting beneath the clubhouse which faces the setting sun, the course is 5,942 m long and has a par of 71. This 18-hole course is set in a location which appears to have been logically created for a Golf Holiday in Mauritius.

One&Only Golf

The 9-hole One&Only Golf course is a chef d’oeuvre of Gary Player which has the One&Only Golf Academy attached to it. The use of the course is complimentary and expert golf tuition is provided by the Academy’s Pro for a minor fee.

One & Only Golf Course
One & Only Golf Course

This 9-hole golf course is unique in Mauritius since it is the only course using local grass on the fairways and on the greens. The course is surrounded by thousands of coconut and palm trees. The local grass not only highlights the exotic feel of the place but it also creates a challenge to all golfers. One of the particularity of this course is the fact that its sixth hole run along the beach and offers magnificent views of the Indian Ocean to the golfers.

Paradis Golf Club

Paradis Golf Course
Paradis Golf Course

Paradis golf course is the sole course in Mauritius to be built within a resort’s grounds and ranks among the most spectacular of the island. The 18-hole Par 72 stretches to the foot of Le Morne Mountain and curls back along the edge of a peaceful lagoon. The greeneries are planted with Seashore Paspalum, an ideal grass for the tropics.

Shandrani

Shandrani Golf Course
Shandrani Golf Course

Shandrani, the first 5-star Fully-Inclusive resort of Mauritius features a 768-metre golf course in a beautiful garden running along the banks of the lagoon. This 9-hole, Par 30 “Pitch and Putt” is free of charge and ensures a play surrounded by gorgeous scenery. The difficulty resides in its small size, which suits calculated and accurate swings.  It is the ideal course for beginners or those who wish to improve their short game.

Tamarina Golf Club

Tamarina Golf Course
Tamarina Golf Course

An 18 holes Championship Golf Course designed by international design company Wright Golf Design and headed by Rodney Wright himself, Tamarina has already been much acclaimed for its distinctively pleasant and rewarding golfing terrain. The course measures 6886 meters making Tamarina a true championship test. The golf course lingers alongside and crosses “Riviere Rempart” thus many holes have to cross this river. Holes have particularly been designed to provide picturesque views of Mount Rempart and the surrounding ranges.

Golf du Château

Golf du Château is a championship golf course located in the heart of the south of Mauritius. It is attached to two hotels, namely, the Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort and the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort. The superb 18 holes golf course covers 100 hectares and is the masterpiece of Peter Matkovich and Hayes the world renowned South African architectural practice.

Golf Du Chateau
Golf Du Chateau

Located between the mountains and the sea in a rippling landscape combined with lakes, streams and tropical trees, the championship course is both technically challenging and varied. It provides golfers with unique possibilities for a game with incomparable moments and memories. The splendid Château of Bel Ombre and its gardens has been inserted into the design at the heart of the golf course. This course is certainly one of the most beautiful on the island with an amazing view over the glistening lagoon of the south and players have unique panoramic views at each hole.

Mauritius is indeed, one of the best golf destination.

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