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Overview

Mahe is the largest of the Seychelles islands, and although La Digue and Praslin are often in the spotlight for having the best beaches, Mahe is where to come if you want a little more variety and choice of activities. That isn’t to say you won’t some have beautiful sandy spots to sunbathe the days away on, but you can also explore towns, try out watersports and go hiking if the mood takes you.

Beaches

Beau Vallon is Mahe’s most popular beach with tourists and locals, equipped with plenty of facilities and offering watersports and snorkelling. It even had a busy night market, selling local food, spices and crafts every Wednesday from about 4pm. Other popular beaches are Anse Royale, Mahe’s longest beach with beautiful scenery, and Anse Forbans, which is conveniently close to hotels and services for families with children.

Things to Do

The Seychelles capital, Victoria, is on Mahe, and is a great place to spend a day exploring and soaking up the laidback atmosphere. There’s a great market here, selling fresh food, cheap clothes and souvenirs, and you can visit Aldabra giant tortoises at the botanical gardens. A fun afternoon pastime is a trip to the Takamaka Bay Rum Distillery, where you can take a tour and enjoy a tasting of their spiced rum.

Outdoor Adventure

Thanks to the clear water, coral reefs and colourful fish, the Seychelles is a dream destination for scuba diving, snorkelling and watersports of all kinds! Snorkelling with whale sharks is a particularly memorable experience, which you can do between August and November when they gather offshore. However there are also lots of fun activities to indulge in on dry land; why not try rock climbing, zip lining or hiking in one of the national parks?

Location of Mahe

Key Facts

  • Language: Creole, French, English
  • Currency: Seychellois Rupee
  • Time Difference from UK: 4
  • Flight time: 11 hours
  • When to go: Year-round