Mahé the biggest island of the 115-strong archipelago and Victoria (the smallest capital in the world) is your first stop when you land in Seychelles. Whether you are looking to spend your days basking on a beach, hiking through the mountains, immersing yourself in the local culture, or indulging in scrumptious Creole cuisine, it is all possible here in Mahé. The beaches of Mahé are lined with luxury resorts and BNBs. It is very easy to drive straight to your hotel and spend an entire week on the island without even venturing out. But by doing so you would miss out on the experience of the charms of the island life. We’re sharing our 2 cents on the must-see places and top things to do in Mahé Island, Seychelles.
Top Things to do in Mahé Island Seychelles
Hit the Beaches:
Believe us, there are just too many beaches on the island. From the happening Beau Vallon to the secluded Anse Major, chances are high that you will stumble upon the prettiest of the beaches dotted all along the coastline every now and then. The striking feature of all the beaches is that they are pristine and mostly deserted.
Our suggestion would be to rent a car and go beach hopping. Don’t forget to pack your snacks or lunch along with your snorkeling gear.
Beaches worth visiting: Anse Intendance, Petite Anse (Baie Lazare), Anse Takamaka Beach, Anse Forbans, Beau Vallon and Anse Major
WaterSports & Adventure Activities at Beau Vallon Beach
Diving, snorkeling, paragliding are common water sports activities. Tours are organized on a daily basis and can be booked from the numerous kiosks at the beaches or also can be arranged by the resort.
Zip lining and mountain trail hiking are also quite popular. The most popular hiking trails are Copolia Trail and Anse Major Trail.
Overlooking the entire town of Victoria at a height of 905 m, Morne Blanc offers sweeping views of the southwest coast of Mahé. The hiking trail starts from the village of Danzil and leads you to Baie Ternay, Port Launay Marine Parks, Bel Ombre and the isolated beach at Anse Major.
The island is full of unique flora and fauna, so take some time and wander through the 15 acres botanical garden in Victoria which is home to some exotic plants, giant tortoises, and unique flowers.
Stroll around Victoria
Victoria Market – Head to the local market where everyday life unfolds with bewildering variety, locals sell fish, vegetables, and the many craft shops offer souvenirs, hats, soaps, jewelry, and clothes.
Art Studio & Museums – Explore the art studios and learn about the history and culture of the island. Don’t miss visiting The Kenwyn House which is famous for French architecture.
Hindu Temple – Visit the only Hindu temple in the entire island which was set up in 1992 and is dedicated to the Lord Vinayagar.
Clock Tower – Take a snap of the mini version of Big Ben of London which is situated in the busy streets of Victoria.
Visit Port Glaud Waterfall
Tucked in a sleepy village of Port Glaud, the waterfall is just 10 minutes walk from the road.
Visit Takamaka Distillery
Take your time, sip, and savor the experience of different types of rums produced at the distillery. The locally produced Takamaka is the most famous rum sold in Seychelles.
There are many kiosks that offer island hopping trips from Mahe.
Day Trips from Mahé:
Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette Island, Bird Island, Moyenne Island, Cerf Island, St Anne National Marine Park. However we highly recommend you to stay in La Digue and Praslin islands as they have so much more to offer and it cannot be enjoyed in a day’s time.
Visit Beau Vallon Market
Beau Vallon is a popular beach in Mahe that hosts a lively Wednesday evening market. Stalls are lined up near the beach selling a wide array of stuff like sarongs, kaftan, fridge magnets, perfumes, soaps, and oil.
Eateries are also lined selling seafood, chips, fresh juice, quail eggs, and a lot more.
Getting Around In Mahe Island, Seychelles
The island is very well connected with bus service which is extremely affordable but the only problem is that you need to keep a track of bus timings and plan things accordingly.
Taxis can be fairly expensive when compared with the price of a rented car. Hiring your own car is one of the best ways to enjoy Mahe. Nothing can beat the mood to discover it at your own pace.
Where To Stay
Based on our experience below are the three resorts that get our vote.
For all-inclusive resort: Kempinski Seychelles & Resort
For ultimate luxury: Four Seasons Resort & Spa
( Read our Review : Four Season Resort & Spa )
Accessible to Markets/ Attractions: Savoy Resort & Spa
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