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Mahé is the largest island (157.3 km²) of the Seychelles, lying in the northeast of the nation. It contains the capital city of Victoria and accommodates 86% of the country's total population. The island was named after Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, a French governor of Mauritius.

Mahé's tallest peak is

Morne Seychellois

at 905 m (2,969 ft), which lies in the Morne Seychellois National Park. The southern and western parts have Baie Ternay Marine National Park, Port Launay Marine National Park, and the University of Seychelles. The

Sainte Anne Marine National Park

lies offshore, as do Conception Island, Anonyme Island, Read more

Mahe, Seychelles

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Mahé is the largest island (157.3 km²) of the Seychelles, lying in the northeast of the nation. It contains the capital city of Victoria and accommodates 86% of the country's total population. The island was named after Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, a French governor of Mauritius.

Mahé's tallest peak is

Morne Seychellois

at 905 m (2,969 ft), which lies in the Morne Seychellois National Park. The southern and western parts have Baie Ternay Marine National Park, Port Launay Marine National Park, and the University of Seychelles. The

Sainte Anne Marine National Park

lies offshore, as do Conception Island, Anonyme Island,

Thérèse Island

, and several smaller islands. The northern and eastern parts of the island are home to much of the population and the Seychelles International Airport which opened in 1971.

Mahé was first visited by the British in 1609 and not visited by Europeans again until Lazare Picault's expedition of 1742. In August 1801 a Royal Navy frigate HMS Sibylle captured the French frigate Chiffonne on the island. Mahé remained a French possession until 1812 when it became a British colony. It remained a colony until 1976 when Seychelles became an independent nation.

Mahé's forests have rare endemic plants found only in the Seychelles, such as the critically endangered Medusagyne oppositifolia (the "Jellyfish tree"), the carnivorous Seychelles Pitcher plant and many species of unique orchids.

Mahé had a huge land reclamation project due to a shortage of housing, in the areas of Belle Omber and the Port of Victoria.


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Mahe, Seychelles: Port Information


Your cruise liner will dock at Port Victoria. 
You can get to the town center on foot. It will take you 20 minutes. If it is too hot, you can take a taxi. There are plenty of taxis at the pier.

Get around Mahe, Seychelles


You can use a bicycle and metered taxi, as well as a bus.

What to see in Mahe, Seychelles


Visit the beaches. Many of the beaches are seemingly untouched by human influence and are refreshingly uncrowded. They offer clear blue skies and tranquility you will rarely find. 

Victoria the capital on Mahe Island has several good museums including the Natural History Museum, where you can hold the famed coco-de-mer, and the National Museum of History with good photo displays and a video presentation.

What to do in Mahe, Seychelles


Water sports: The warm Indian Ocean waters make Seychelles the perfect place for water enthusiasts. Explore on the board of a yacht, power boat, catamaran or sailboat. Windsurfing is also popular and the best time for this activity is usually around May and 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.

Land sports: Golf, tennis, squash, badminton, horseback riding, biking and hiking are some of the recreational activities available on the Seychelles Islands. Bird watching is also popular and the islands are home to many of the worlds most treasured and rare species of animals. Many unique species can be found at ease on Mahe.

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.

What to eat and drink in Mahe, Seychelles


Seychelles has a number of restaurants in Victoria that serve fresh food and meats. Juice is slightly expensive. Seafood is relatively inexpensive, and island curry meats are as well.

Unfortunately, there are not many stores open later beyond Victoria. Unless you happen to be near 24-hour stores, you will definitely want to stock up on food to eat during your stay - or else find yourself late at night without snacks or food.

Mahe's nightlife is concentrated in Victoria.

Shopping in Mahe, Seychelles


The best place for shopping is Victoria, the capital, and more specifically the market in the city center, Seychelles Buy and Sell. 

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 license. Other locally made souvenirs, although not as unique, can be purchased like seashell and pearl jewelry, textiles and straw hats, in addition to needlework & crochet, paintings by local artists and woodwork.

Safety in Mahe, Seychelles


Seychelles has a cellular service and fees for sim cards and internet/3g service are relatively low. You should bring a smartphone such as iPhone or even an iPad LTE so you have access to Google Maps and are able to call your hosts if necessary. 
Some stray animals such as dogs, spiders, and bats exist and may be frightening at night.

Language spoken in Mahe, Seychelles


Languages spoken in the Seychelles are Seychellois Creole, English and French. With the smallest ability in French you'll be able to get around just fine, and a little effort, even a couple of basic polite words, will go a long way to get a smile from the very friendly and helpful locals.

LOCAL TIME

11:11 am
July 21, 2019
Indian/Mahe

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