Mahé Island is Seychelles’ bustling welcoming heart. With stretches of picturesque landscapes of flora & fauna, Mahé is an extraordinary treasure trove that has evolved over centuries of splendid isolation.
British first landed in Mahé in 1609 and then the French explorer Lazare Picault stepped foot in 1742. After that Corneille Nicholas Morphey claimed Seychelles for the King of France by laying a Stone of Possession, the oldest monument, now on display in the National Museum, Victoria.
Mahé is the biggest island in Seychelles; the vibrant and colourful Victoria is the Capital City of Mahé. This multi-ethnic city of Victoria and Mahé as a whole blends cultures from all corners of the globe including Africa, England, France, India, China, Sri Lanka, Arab countries, etc.
Almost 80% of people are Christians or Catholics echoed in the prevalence of number of Churches in and around Mahé. The South Asian presence is reflected in the vibrant Hindu temple located in the centre of Victoria.
This melting pot of cultures is spread throughout the quaint yet charming Mahé Island. It is a worry for some Seychellois that active tourism might diffuse their traditions and culture slowly into westernization.
From the time you land in Seychelles airport in Mahé, you wouldn’t stop noticing the blessings of perfect natural beauty in the country. Fringes of manicured trees and palms and a well-kept country is evidence to prove their genuine efforts of promoting tourism.
Mahé is the commercial centre of Seychelles where you can find all government offices, the banks, University, Museum, library, market, National Garden, International airport, places of worship, cinemas, shops, etc.
According to an officer from the National Botanical Gardens, group of birds were set free to track their direction of travel. Much of the birds landed further away in Sri Lanka rather than the closest Eastern parts of Africa, which is proven by the climatic conditions and prevalence of similar vegetation and the soil formation parallel to Sri Lanka rather than Africa.
There are no skyscrapers in Seychelles; the biggest shopping precinct is the Eden Plaza.
Interestingly, you can also find holiday homes of the celebrities and political leaders in the mountains of Mahé. The one that is strikingly beautiful is the Palace of Khalifa of Abu Dhabi.
This welcoming heart of Seychelles, is famous for its immense beauty which will definitely give you mesmerizing memories to behold and rave about forever.
La Misere View Point: This panoramic masterpiece is arguably the most beautiful viewpoint in Mahé, overlooking the creole suburbs of colourful tropical Victoria.
La Misere viewpoint overlooking the shores of the vibrant Indian Ocean is just magical and offers the best photo opportunities you’ll rave about forever.
This short stop also has an information board detailing and annotating all the spots to see as well as the surrounding green jewel like islands.
The dominating island in the distance is the majestic St Anne mountain island. Off the left, are the edges of other granitic mountains. And Of course, you won’t miss the luxurious Eden Island right in the centre of your view.
Entry is Free.
The address is The observation deck, La Misere Road, Victoria, Mahé.
Beau Vallon is a white soft stretch of sand located in the North-west of Mahé, claiming the title of the most preferred tourist coast lined with star hotels, chic beachfront resorts to the self-catering service apartments.
In its vicinity are the street vendors to the fine dining restaurants serving Western, Eastern and Creole food. You will also find picnic areas, bazaars, stalls and others. Diving, Scuba diving, jet-skiing, fishing, sailing and all water activities are popular here. However, compared to other beaches in the world, this is not crowded at all.
Anse Takamaka, at the bottom part of Mahé, accredits its name to the native Takamaka trees that inhabit the island. This beach is more wavy compared to other areas on the island, but this ultimately depends on the day. The beach also has the typical granite boulders and scenery.
Anse A La Mouche is a serene calm beach in the district of Anse Boileau. The water here is very shallow, so it makes it perfect for children. The water is always crystal clear, and the beach is easily accessible and is very pleasant for walking.
Anse Intendance is arguably the most beautiful beach in Mahé, and some say even in the world.
The beach is a an unmissable sight with a great view of the sunset and beautiful coloured water different to any other beach on Mahé island. With fine soft sands and irresistible background makes this quite a beach.
Remember to note that during southeast monsoon from Jun to Sep, the waves can get rough and have strong currents. So always be wise to take extra care during these periods.
Amenities are limited with very few eating/drinking/shower/toilet options available.
Anse Royale is once again a stunning beach occupying the south eastern part of Mahé.
Anse Royale stretches along the coast for quite a while and encompasses various smaller sections and bays.
The beach is also home to the enchanting pearly sand and granite boulders.
Just off the coast in the middle of the water is an amazing tiny rock island with a few trees in it.