Travel to Mahé – The Largest Island of the Seychelles
Mahé is the main island in the Seychelles as well as the largest. The island is located in the Northern Seychelles Archipelago and it is where you will find the country’s capital city; Victoria. The majority of the country’s population lives on Mahé.
Despite the fact that most tourists head to other islands for their visit to the Seychelles, Mahé is well worth a look with its stunning white beaches and rainforest clad hills.
The island of Mahé was first visited by the British in 1609 but it was not visited again by Europeans until 1742. In 1812 Mahé left French possession and became a British colony, however, in 1976 it was no longer a colony as the Seychelles became an independent nation at this time.
Why not visit Victoria which is home to several cultural attractions including museums such as the Natural History Museum with its Seychelles wildlife exhibits and the National History Museum. Other attractions in the city include a clock tower, the Victoria Botanical Gardens and several cathedrals. The clock tower is modelled on the Vauxhall Clock Tower in London, UK.
Also on the island you can visit Baie Ternay Marine National Park, Port Launay Marine National Park and the Ste Anne Marine National Park or see several artists’ studios in Baie Lazare. Or spot numerous birds and marine life, as well as native flora such as the Jellyfish tree, the carnivorous Seychelles Pitcher plant and numerous species of orchids.
Head to Beau Vallon for activities such as sailing, waterskiing, windsurfing, parascending and banana boat rides. Or check out numerous beaches where you can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Hiking, horse riding and biking can also be found here in Mahé.
You can also go to Victoria where you can visit the market where you can see locals going about their daily lives buying fresh fruit, fish and vegetables. This lively and vibrant market gives an authentic portrayal of this beautiful colonial city.
Visit the nightclub in the city of Victoria in order to relax, here you will find a diverse mixture of both tourists and locals in a lively and atmospheric club. Or you can simply relax on gorgeous sandy beaches such as the wide expanses of beach at Baie Lazare.
There are plentiful buses which are cheap, however, they may be infrequent. There are also metred taxis or you can rent bikes for an easy way to see the area.
- Explore the country’s capital; Victoria.
- Relax on pristine white sandy beaches.
- Enjoy surfing, sailing, swimming and scuba diving amongst other exhilirating activities.