Best Things to do in Mahe, Seychelles

Panoramic View over Anse Major Bay in Mahe island, Seychelles

Mahé is the largest island and the administrative center of Seychelles archipelago on the Eastern part of the African Continent. Around 80% of the total population of Seychelles lives in Mahé. The country’s only international airport is located here, that’s why Mahé is considered the gateway to the tropical paradise of Seychelles. Compared to other islands, Mahé also has more facilities such as bars, restaurants, and entertainment. There are many things to see in and around Mahé, that’s why you should stay here at least 3-4 days or longer. I recommend staying here at the beginning or at the end of your vacation, depending on your flight schedule.

Morne Seychellois National Park
Morne Seychellois National Park

Morne Seychellois National Park – Morne Blanc Trail

If you, like me, can’t lay all day long on the beach and need some action, I highly recommend checking out Morne National Park. It covers more than 20% of Mahé island. The main attraction in the National Park is the highest peak in Seychelles, the Morne Seychellois 905m (3,000 ft) mountain. There are many beautiful hiking trails in the park and probably the best in Seychelles.  Here you will find indigenous flora and fauna and breathtaking views.

Morne Blanc Trail in Mahe island in Seychelles
Morne Blanc Trail

Anse Major Trail

Anse Major Trail is a 6.0-kilometer coastline trail that leads to the bay of Anse Major. It was built during the 19th century and was used mainly to transport locally produced vanilla and cinnamon oils. During the day it can get very hot and humid on the trail, so I recommend starting your hike early in the morning and bringing enough food and drinks. There are no shops and restaurants on the way. You can enjoy stunning views throughout the entire hike.

Panoramic View over Anse Major Bay in Mahe island, Seychelles
Panoramic View over Anse Major Bay

Tea Factory

The tea factory in Mahé is responsible for the tea production for the entire Seychelles. It is located on the foothill of the Morne Seychellois (the highest peak of Seychelles,) within 20 minutes from Victoria. You can freely walk around the tea factory and see the whole tea making process. The factory is quite small but it offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the western slopes of Mahé. There is also a nice gift shop at the entrance where you can buy some tee and take it home.

Tea Factory in Mahe island, Seychelles
The tea drying process in the tea factory in Mahé

Beau Vallon Beach

Even though Mahé doesn’t have such beautiful beaches as Praslin and La Digue,  it doesn’t mean you should give up on the beach vacation while in Mahe. Beau Vallon is probably the most popular and one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. Unlike most of the other beaches in Seychelles, Beau Vallon beach has some restaurants, takeaways and even some bars with live music where you can chill in the evenings. I recommend staying around the Beau Vallon beach area while in  Mahé and use it as your base to explore the island.

Sunset in Beau Vallon Beach in Mahe
Sunset in Beau Vallon Beach

Victoria Market

If you want to buy some fresh vegetables, fruits, and fish than there is no better place than Victoria Market. Here you can also buy some souvenirs and local spices and herbs. Considering the high prices in Seychelles, this is probably the cheapest place to buy some souvenirs or have a quick lunch in a local bistro.

Shopping in Victoria Market in Mahe, Seychelles
Buying herbs and spices in Victoria Market

Seychelles National Botanical Gardens

Located on the outskirts of Victoria, the Botanical Gardens of Seychelles provide a good opportunity to see the endemic island species such as famous coco de mer and giant tortoises. It has a huge palette of exotic plants which you can see during a relaxed walk through the gardens.

Gigantic tortoises in Seychelles Botanical Gardens
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