The Island of MAHE

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Mahé covers roughly 150 square kilometers and is 27 kilometers long and 7 kilometers wide. It serves as home to almost 90% of the population of Seychelles. Considering its mountainous interior, covered with lush vegetation, so it is a small wonder that the island’s original name was “Ile d’Abondance” (island of abundance).

The highest point, Morne Seychellois , is 930 metres above sea level. There are plenty of opportunities for walks and hikes through winding paths to appreciate the lush flora and fauna up close, especially in the Morne Seychellois National Park.

Victoria, the national capital, is located in the North of Mahé. This small town is the island’s economic and administrative hub, as well as their only international port. In Victoria you will find the “Clock Tower”, which is a replica of the Vauxhall Clock Tower of London. Erected as a memory to Queen Victoria in 1903, but today it is more associated with the declaration that year of Seychelles as a crown colony. Local crafts can be bought in souvenir shops or kiosk on Francis Rachel Street and on Market Street and local post cards as well .

The airport, situated in the South of Victoria is built on reclaimed land. Landing there is an exquisite experience: offering stunning views of the tropical greens and the coastline as the landing strip is located directly at the shore.

COMMON PLACES TO VISIT ON MAHÉ

  • The National History Museum (guarded by large monuments of a Crocodile and a Dugong ) on Independence Avenue – close by the Post Office.
  • Botanical Garden (Mont Fleuri Road, next to the hospital) can see the giant land tortoises, choice of local plants.
  • The Sir Selwyn Clarke market is known for its noisy and colorful atmosphere especially on Saturday mornings… with a selection of fresh fishes, fresh vegetables, spices and fruits all grown locally.
  • View Point (Fairview) From there you will be able to see Praslin and La Digue on clear day even though they are approx. 50 kilometers far. You can also see Eden Island and central part of Mahe/ Victoria.
  • The Tea Factory at Sans Soucis.

    Other attractions depending on each persons interests such as art galleries, national monuments, religious sites.

For island hopping or excursions the meeting point is at the Marine Charter Association.

POPULAR BEACHES ON MAHÉ

  • Beau Vallon Beach
  • Anse Royal Beach
  • Anse Intendance Beach (very popular for beach weddings: check wedding packages here)
  • Baie Lazare Beach
  • Anse Takamaka Beach
  • Port Launay Beach

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