Introducing Mahé Island

Brimming with tropical flora and fauna, Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles. Where from your luxury boutique beach resort you can simply relax on pristine soft sand. Take a dip in the calm, shallow sea. Discover intriguing national monuments and the warm Creole culture in the country’s capital and local villages. Or leave the world far below as you stroll through coastal mangrove forests, before hiking your way up to the mountain peaks. 


Things To Do

Both under the sea and on land, Mahé is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Explore the 905 metres-high Morne Seychellois National Park covered in a blanket of wild forest. You might come across the aptly named Jellyfish Tree and a number of rare and unique orchids. Further inland, the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens in Victoria are filled with Takamaka and Coco de Mer trees – famous for growing the world’s largest coconut. Then as fruit bats fly overhead, spend a few minutes feeding the ancient giant tortoises that live here.

The stunningly clear azure waters of this island retreat are wonderful for swimming, snorkelling, diving and watersports such as sea kayaking. Take your pick from over 50 renowned dive sites, boasting giant boulders, granite slopes covered in colourful coral, a myriad of tropical creatures and even the odd shipwreck. Between August and November is the best time to experience the world’s biggest fish, the majestic Whale Shark, glide slowly past you.

African, Asian and Arab traders were the first to visit the once uninhabited Seychelles. The French took over in 1756 and Mahé was named after their Mauritian governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais. 1814 saw Queen Victoria become head of the British colonial government and she gave her name to the capital. Today, you still get a sense of its Victorian past amongst the narrow streets and dilapidated colonial buildings in the old part of the city. Make sure you visit the Victoria Clocktower that looks like London's ‘Big Ben’ and has kept on ticking since 1903. 

Top Tip from SLH

From picking to packing, discover how tea is made at a working tea factory, 3km above Port Glaud.