The main island of the Seychelles. The international airport is also located here. The island is about 28 x 8 km and with just under 80,000 inhabitants 90% of the population live on it. Mahé has a relatively well-developed bus system, the timetable can be downloaded here: Busfahrplan Mahé
However, taking the bus is a bit of an adventure and a bit time-consuming, especially if you don't know exactly where the bus is going.
A rental car for a few days is definitely a good idea.
Alternatively, book a day tour with a guide who will show you the island, viewpoints, hotspots and you don't have to concentrate on driving.
Mahe has a variety of deserted beaches, especially in the south. Not all beaches are suitable for bathing and it is essential to heed warning signs!
Water sports are also possible on Mahé, at the "Ballermann" of the Seychelles, Beau Vallon beach, you can go water skiing & jet skiing, banana boat, parasailing, etc.
Beau Vallon is a popular destination for locals, especially on Sundays and holidays (same as Anse Royal).
On Wednesday evenings, the "Bazar Labrine" takes place there, a small market with stalls and delicious food (various curries, prawn skewers, etc.). On the other days, there are usually 2-3 takeaways there as well.
Here you usually have a great sunset with the islands Silhouette and North in the background
Sightseeing on Mahé:
⇒ the Sir Selwyn Clarke Market in the center of Victoria:
Here you can find fresh fish and fruits, various spices (vanilla, cinnamon, curry, chilli etc). Some souvenir stalls for key rings, beach towels etc. The colourful hustle and bustle is definitely worth a visit.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 07a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. , Sunday and Public Holidays closed
⇒ Hindu Tempel & ClocktowerIf you are in Victoria, you should definitely take a photo of the Hindu Temple at the end of Market Street. The Clocktower is a miniature replica of the Big Ben.
⇒ Favourite Beaches:Anse Major (great hike there) , Sunset Beach, Carana Beach, Anse Intendance,Anse Bazarca, Anse Soleil -> Beaches
⇒ Mission Lodge, a viewpoint high up in the mountains
located in the middle of Sans Souci Road, about 20 minutes from Victoria. Parking is available just before the viewpoint
more infos: Mahé Trails
⇒ Takamaka Rum Distillery :here you can taste the famous Takamaka Rum and buy some souvenirs
Guided tours are usually available Monday to Friday at 11.30a.m. and 1.30p.m and cost 150Scr per person.
Opening hours. Monday to Saturday 10a .m. to 4 p.m.
⇒ Jardin du Roi : the spice garden in the south of Mahé not far from Les Canelles Street, here you will find all kinds of medicinal and spice plants from pineapple to cinnamon, pepper, nutmeg and jackfruit. Opening hours: daily 10a.m. - 5 p.m., the entrance fee is 125 Scr per person and includes a map of the paths and a list of the plants incl. use.
⇒ Michael Adams Gallerie at Anse aux Poules Bleues. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 10a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10am. to 12p.m
⇒ Trails: On Mahé there are many easy to difficult trails marked by SNPA. There is always a sign at the beginning of the trails. These trails can easily be done on your own, e.g. Trois Freres (up to the lookout hut, we strongly advise against the path up to the cross), Anse Major, Morne Blanc, Copolia, La Reserve ->Mahé Trails
⇒ Waterfalls: Sauzier Waterfall in Port Glaud (entrance fee 50 SCR per person)
Grand Anse Waterfalls & the small Bel Ombre Waterfall, more infos: Mahé Trails
⇒ Islandtour with guide more infos: Islandtours Mahé