Mahé (Seychelles)

Mahé (Seychelles)

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Mahé is the largest island and cultural and economic hub of the Inner Islands, and the international gateway to the Seychelles. It’s the home of the nation’s capital, named Victoria.

The island retains its idyllic beauty, with 3,000-foot mountains and scores of gorgeous beaches.

The island Mahé is home to almost 90% of the total population (or approximately 72,200 people) reflecting Seychelles’ diverse ethnicity and descent from African, Indian, Chinese and European populations, and is the seat of government and the chief centre of commerce.

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CountryRepublic of the Seychelles
Culture & history

Culture


Music and dance have always played a prominent role in Seychelles culture and in all types of local festivities. Rooted in African, Malagasy and European cultures, music is played to the accompaniment of drums such as the Tambour and Tam-Tam and simple string instruments.



Painters have traditionally taken inspiration from the richness of Seychelles’ natural beauty to produce a wide range of works using mediums ranging from water-colours to oils, acrylics, collages, metals, aluminium, wood, fabrics, gouache, varnishes, recycled materials, pastels, charcoal, embossing, etching, and giclee prints. Local sculptors produce fine works in wood, stone, bronze and cartonnage.



History


Seychelles is a comparatively young nation which can trace its first settlement back to 1770 when the islands were first settled by the French, leading a small party of whites, Indians and Africans. The islands remained in French hands until the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo, evolving from humble beginnings to attain a population of 3,500 by the time Seychelles was ceded to Britain under the treaty of Paris in 1814.



During this period Seychelles came to know the enlightened policies of administrators such as Pierre Poivre, the brilliant politicking of Governor Queau de Quinssy and, of course, the terrible repercussions of the French Revolution.



Under the British, Seychelles achieved a population of some 7,000 by the year 1825. Important estates were established during this time producing coconut, food crops, cotton and sugar cane. During this period Seychelles also saw the establishment of Victoria as her capital, the exile of numerous and colourful troublemakers from the Empire, the devastation caused by the famous Avalanche of 1862 and the economic repercussions of the abolition of slavery.



Seychelles achieved independence from Britain in 1976 and became a republic within the commonwealth

Transport

Mahé is is the home to the international airport and the transportation hub for island-hops and day excursions to neighbouring islands and all other islands within Seychelles.

All scheduled domestic flights by Air Seychelles originate from Mahé to the serviced islands.

On Mahé you are well advised to rent a car, due to both traffic and size of the island. A leisurely tour of the island by car will take 2 to 2 1/2 hours and reveal the lion’s share of Seychelles’ accommodation facilities, places of cultural interest and other attractions. Alternatively, those with more time and less money take a taxi or the local bus.

The primary means of public transport throughout the principal islands of Mahé is by bus with shorter or longer versions of the vehicle being employed according to road conditions. Please note that on Mahé buses don't take you if you carry more than a daypack! Please notice: After 7 p.m. there are hardly any buses running.

Launched in May 2007, a modern 35-metre catamaran with a capacity of 350 passengers now operates up to four times a day between Mahé and Praslin in one hour at the speed of 35 knots.

Geography

Mahé is measuring 28km long by 8km wide with an area of 154.7 sq.km. The island is divided into east and west by the Morne Seychellois National Park, a mountain range with peaks as high as 905 metres clad in thick tropical forest.






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Sports

The warm Indian Ocean waters make Seychelles the perfect place for the water enthusiasts. Explore on board a yacht, power boat, catamaran or sailboat. Windsurfing is also popular and the best time for this activity is usually around May then in October, at the start and end of the trade winds.



Scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing are also extremely popular and can be done almost anywhere in Seychelles. Baie Ternay is superb and easily acccessible by glass bottom boat tour from Beau Vallon beach - leave yourself an empty day and walk the beach for a 'last minute' booking - great deals can be bartered.



Snorkeling (provided you have your own gear - some hotels lend masks, snorkels and fins to guests) is FREE and there are many great spots: off some of the small beaches at Glacis, past Mouse Island at Anse Royale, along the reef at Port Launay (near Ephelia Resort). Often spotted are a wide array of tropical fish, sea turtles, eagle rays and more!



But also on the island Mahé itself you can do a lot of activities like walking a trail. On Mahé there are many beautiful walks around the "Morne Seychellois" National Park. Please check the tours on Mahé



Most of the hotels has a variety of sportactivities (land and water) like golf, tennis, squash, badminton, horseback riding, and hiking. There are several maintained hiking routes on the main island of Mahé.



Or just enjoy a beach volleyball match around 4pm with other guests of the hotel.



On Mahé it is not advised to ride bicycles, and there are no rental shops within sight.


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Tourist places

Please note that shopping in Seychelles is not one of the major attractions.



Seychelles also has numerous markets, art galleries and shops, colonial Creole-style plantation houses, and the main island of Mahé has six museums, a botanical garden, and several national monuments.



The market downtown Victoria has a good selection of local produce, and spices for sale that are all grown locally and 100% authentic. Otherwise, you will find small shops (mostly owned by Indians) that will cater for your needs.



Notice: Regular items you will find on the island of Mahé but if you need a specific item like an adapter for your laptop dont be surprised that it will not be available on the island. Larger hotels have boutiques with specific items fot that specific hotel.



Mahé has a number of Island Hopping posibilities to: Aldabra Atoll, Alphonse, Anonyme, Bird Island, Cerf, Cousine, Denis Island, Desroches, Félicité, Frégate, La Digue, Moyenne, North Island, Praslin, Silhouette, Ste. Anne



Throughout Seychelles, there are many artisans producing works of art that are as varied and diverse as their surrounds and which include stained glass, products made from coconut shell, husk, seashells and corals, clothing, gold, silver and other forms of jewellery, recycled materials, fibres, bamboo, metal and pottery.


While visiting, be sure to buy the classic and traditional Seychelles souvenir, the coco-de-mer, or the 'nut of the sea,' a nut from trees native to the islands in the Seychelles - but this requires an export licence.



Other locally made souvenirs, although not as unique, can be purchased like sea shell and pearl jewellery, textiles and straw hats, in addition to needlework, or paintings by local artists and woodwork.


Tourist places
Anse Soleil Beachcomber

Anse Soleil Beachcomber

Mahé (Seychelles)
The Anse Soleil Beachcomber is a romantic hideaway for anyone looking for an escape to paradise. The More info
Anse Soleil Beachcomber self-catering

Anse Soleil Beachcomber self-catering

Mahé (Seychelles)
Located at Anse Soleil, and adjacent to its sister property the Anse Soleil Beachcomber hotel, this More info
Au Fond De Mer View

Au Fond De Mer View

Mahé (Seychelles)
Au Fond De Mer View is a Seychellois-family run establishment, who will ensure that you get the pers More info
Augerine Hotel

Augerine Hotel

Mahé (Seychelles)
The Augerine Small Hotel is situated a few short steps from the beach in the beautiful Beau Vallon B More info
AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa

AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa

Mahé (Seychelles)
Refreshing European heritage with a contemporary vibe, tropical island holidays at AVANI Seychelles More info
Beau Vallon Villa

Beau Vallon Villa

Mahé (Seychelles)
Ideally situated on the North side of Mahé island, and within walking distance from the famous Beau More info
Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino

Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino

Mahé (Seychelles)
Surrounded by lush greeneries and crystal clear waters, wellness and serenity await you at Berjaya B More info
Bliss Boutique Hotel & Spa

Bliss Boutique Hotel & Spa

Mahé (Seychelles)
The Bliss Boutique Hotel & Spa is situated on the beachfront of Glacis along Mahe’s northwest co More info
Blue Lagoon Chalets

Blue Lagoon Chalets

Mahé (Seychelles)
Blue Lagoon Chalets, overlooks the wide sandy bay of Anse à la Mouche in southern Mahé. Its’ very sp More info
Bord Mer Villa

Bord Mer Villa

Mahé (Seychelles)
The 9 rooms of this self catering establishment are situated just a few steps away from Beau Vallon More info
Casadani

Casadani

Mahé (Seychelles)
From Bel Ombre in the northwest of Mahé, Casadani overlooks Beau Vallon Bay and the islands of Sihou More info
Chalets d'Anse Forbans

Chalets d'Anse Forbans

Mahé (Seychelles)
Chalets d’Anse Forbans is located on the magnificent sandy beach of Anse Forbans on the South More info
Coco D'Or Hotel

Coco D'Or Hotel

Mahé (Seychelles)
Coco D’Or Hotel is nestled in a lush tropical ambience in the heart of Beau Vallon, only coupl More info
Constance Ephelia

Constance Ephelia

Mahé (Seychelles)
Overlooking the Port Launay National Marine Park, Ephelia is a luxury resort on the beautiful west c More info
Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel

Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel

Mahé (Seychelles)
Located along the popular Beau Vallon Beach, the Coral Strand is among the Seychelles original hotel More info
Crown Beach Hotel

Crown Beach Hotel

Mahé (Seychelles)
On the beachfront of Pointe Au Sel along the eastern coast of Mahé, the Crown Beach Hotel comprises More info
Daniella’s Bungalows

Daniella’s Bungalows

Mahé (Seychelles)
Daniella’s Bungalows is one of the renowned hotels for the visitors of Bel ombre, looking for a home More info
Diver’s Lodge

Diver’s Lodge

Mahé (Seychelles)
The Diver’s Lodge is a small guesthouse of 4 rooms on Beau Vallon beach (north coast of Mahé) , surr More info
DoubleTree Allamanda Resort & Spa

DoubleTree Allamanda Resort & Spa

Mahé (Seychelles)
DoubleTree Resort & Spa by Hilton Seychelles Allamanda Resort & Spa is located in the south More info
Glacis Heights Villa

Glacis Heights Villa

Mahé (Seychelles)
Surrounded by local vegetation, Glacis Heights Villa is a new luxurious four bedroom villa in Glacis More info
H Resort Beau Vallon Beach

H Resort Beau Vallon Beach

Mahé (Seychelles)
This new Boutique resort situated at the end of the infamous Beau Vallon beach, offers outstanding a More info
Hanneman Holiday Residence

Hanneman Holiday Residence

Mahé (Seychelles)
Hanneman Holiday Residence is situated in the village of Beau Vallon, just 5 minutes from its famous More info
Hilltop Boutique hotel

Hilltop Boutique hotel

Mahé (Seychelles)
The Hilltop Boutique hotel offers spacious self-catering accommodation that is centrally located nea More info
Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa

Mahé (Seychelles)
Nestled among the hills and the coves of Beau Vallon Bay on the northwest coast of Mahé, Hilton Seyc More info
Hotel Bel Air

Hotel Bel Air

Mahé (Seychelles)
This family-owned establishment overlooking the Port of Victoria and the Sainte Anne Marine Park off More info
Hotel La Roussette

Hotel La Roussette

Mahé (Seychelles)
Hotel La Roussette is surrounded by lush tropical vegetation and provides 10 Chalets. La Rousette is More info
Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Kempinski Seychelles Resort

Mahé (Seychelles)
Kempinski Seychelles Resort is located in the South of Mahé, directly on the famous beach of Baie La More info
La Fontaine Holiday Apartments

La Fontaine Holiday Apartments

Mahé (Seychelles)
Offering elegant accommodation in a tranquil setting with a superb panoramic view of rich tropical f More info
La Résidence

La Résidence

Mahé (Seychelles)
Pamper yourself on your terrace with a view on Anse la Mouche on the southwest coast of Mahe, the ma More info
Le Bonheur Villa

Le Bonheur Villa

Mahé (Seychelles)
Well-placed on the white sandy beach at the tip of North East Point is Le Bonheur Villa,  a luxury v More info
Le Jardin des Palmes

Le Jardin des Palmes

Mahé (Seychelles)
Situated on the South Western Coast of Mahé in a magnificent lush tropical garden, this small hotel More info
Le Relax Hotel & Restaurant

Le Relax Hotel & Restaurant

Mahé (Seychelles)
Set between the sea and the mountainside is Le Relax Hotel and Restaurant. Situated in the south coa More info
Pieds dans L'Eau Holiday Apartments

Pieds dans L'Eau Holiday Apartments

Mahé (Seychelles)
Les Pieds dans L’Eau Holiday Apartments is a family run property on the south east coast of Ma More info
Reef Holiday Apartments

Reef Holiday Apartments

Mahé (Seychelles)
Reef Holiday Apartments offer self catering accommodation with 14 studios and apartments, just one-m More info
Residence on the Rocks

Residence on the Rocks

Mahé (Seychelles)
Situated atop a ridge that overlooks both Takamaka Bay and Intendance, Residence on the Rocks is a c More info
Romance Bungalows

Romance Bungalows

Mahé (Seychelles)
Romance Bungalows is a charming small hotel situated in in the heart of Beau Vallon on the northwest More info
Royal Bay Villa

Royal Bay Villa

Mahé (Seychelles)
Royal Bay Villa is a four-bedroom ‘hacienda’ style villa with Mediterranean accents situated towards More info
Sables d'Or Luxury Apartment

Sables d'Or Luxury Apartment

Mahé (Seychelles)
Sables d’Or, a self-catering property, are considered to be amongst the most beautiful apartments in More info
Savoy Resort & Spa

Savoy Resort & Spa

Mahé (Seychelles)
Situated right on the well known Beau Vallon beach, Savoy Resort & Spa, a  five-star property, f More info
South Point chalets

South Point chalets

Mahé (Seychelles)
South Point Chalets is the ideal venue to get away and experience the very best of what the Seychell More info
Sun Resort

Sun Resort

Mahé (Seychelles)
Just a couple of minutes’ walk from the glorious two-mile stretch Beau Vallon Beach, Sun Resort is a More info
Sunset Beach Resort

Sunset Beach Resort

Mahé (Seychelles)
The Sunset Beach Resort is situated on a granitic presque d’ile with a pristine golden beach on the More info
Surfers Selfcatering Chalets

Surfers Selfcatering Chalets

Mahé (Seychelles)
Situated along the secluded white-sand-beach at Anse Parnel on Mahe, the main island of the Seychell More info
Treasure Cove

Treasure Cove

Mahé (Seychelles)
The Treasure Cove Hotel & Restaurant is a small family establishment, set against a rocky outcro More info
Valmer Resort

Valmer Resort

Mahé (Seychelles)
Valmer Resort is a family-run luxury establishment nestled in the heart of Baie Lazare, located on t More info
Villa Batista

Villa Batista

Mahé (Seychelles)
In the relaxed and beautiful south coast of Mahé, on the stunning beachfront at Anse Takamaka, amid More info
Villa Koket

Villa Koket

Mahé (Seychelles)
Villa Koket is located on the northern coast of the main island – Mahé in a quiet surrounding More info
Discovery Tour of Mahe

Discovery Tour of Mahe

Mahé (Seychelles)
Experience the diversity and inspiring scenic beauty of Mahé, Seychelles’ largest and most populated More info
Explore Mahé Island's magnificent North Coast

Explore Mahé Island's magnificent North Coast

Mahé (Seychelles)
Peaks of Paradise Explore Mahé Island’s magnificent North Coast, with Mason’s Travel as More info
Private tours Mahé

Private tours Mahé

Mahé (Seychelles)
Whether it’s a helicopter ride to your own private mountaintop picnic, or an exclusive guided island More info
Reef Safari

Reef Safari

Mahé (Seychelles)
 Explore the Sainte Anne Marine Park on this exciting full-day excursion, jam-packed with activities More info
Visit to Praslin and La Digue

Visit to Praslin and La Digue

Mahé (Seychelles)
Visit the best of two islands namelyVallée de Mai, a UNESCO World Heritage site and untouched bios More info