A compete and up-to-date travel guide to the island of Mahe in the Seychelles featuring the 26 best things to do on your next trip.

White sand, turquoise water, abundant wildlife and soaring granite peaks– Mahe Island is a dream travel destination that is a true tropical paradise. There are so many amazing things to do on Mahe Island, from unwinding on the beautiful tropical beaches to hiking the incredible nature trails in Morne Seychellois National Park.

In order to get help you narrow down your itinerary and get inspired, I’ve formulated this travel guide to Mahe! I’ve included the 26 best things to do based on my personal experience, published photos, and included a useful accommodation guide, transport tips and other useful logistical information to get you ready.

COVID UPDATE FOR SEYCHELLES
Currently, you need to show proof of a negative PCR test to enter the Seychelles. Upon departure, you can book a rapid antigen or PCR test with Seychelles Medical on Mahe, La Digue or Praslin.
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About the Island of Mahe in the Seychelles

Mahe is the largest island in the inner islands in the Seychelles. It’s also the main island of the archipelago, with the country’s capital Victoria found on the east coast. Approximately 90 percent of the Seychelles 98 000 people live on Mahe!

People and Culture

This remote island has a rich and diverse history, being settled by Arab merchants, British and French colonialists, Chinese and Tamil traders and African slaves. As a result, the modern Seychellois or Creole culture is rich and unique, abundant with lively customs, foods, dance, and art. The vast majority of Seychellois speak three languages; their mother-tongue Creole, as well as excellent English and French. As a result, travel on Mahe and in the Seychelles is very easy for native English and French speakers.

Location

Mahe Island is located approximately 1000 miles off the east coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. It’s likely that Mahe is going to be your first stop when traveling through the beautiful Seychelles islands since most land at the Mahe Island Airport. From here, it’s easy to visit both La Digue and Praslin Island via a scenic flight or public ferries.

Landscape

Mahe Island is a granitic Island. This is a unique feature of the Seychelles and exists nowhere else on earth. The coast has sections of coastal mangrove forests and is lined with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The Mahe beaches attract countless visitors each year thanks to the impressive granite boulders, soft white sand and crystal clear waters.

You’ll also find plenty of nature reserves including the Morne Seychellois National Park (Morne Seychelles National Park), which is abundant in tall granite peaks and well-maintained walking trails. Morne Seychellois is located in this park and is the highest peak in the Seychelles at 2,969 ft or 904 meters.

Fact: In this travel guide, I’ve written Mahe without the accent as this is how most foreigners write it. However, the island should be written as Mahé and pronounced mah-heh, with an emphasis on the “e” (é).

Mahe Island coastline

Mahe Island Map

If you’re planning your vacation and looking for things to do on Mahe, check out this useful map. Here, I’ve pinned all of the highlights, attractions, and must-see landmarks listed in this travel guide.

Mahe map with things to do

Tip: If you’re arriving at Mahe Island Airport, book a private airport transfer in advance. This is only €30 and will save you money instead of trying to organize a taxi to your resort or hotel at the airport.

Option: Mahe Island Tour: Best things to do in a day

Before we get into this list of things to do on the island of Mahé, you’ll want to consider this particular tour on Get Your Guide.

This is a unique tour as it is fully customizable with a fixed rate that is very competitive. This means you can choose your own highlights for what to do on Mahe and the driver and guide will combine it into an amazing day-trip. Furthermore, being a local licensed guide, your driver can also make recommendations and take you to places you might not know about!

Book: Customizable day-trip tour (highest rated on the island)

Best Things to do on Mahe Island

Without further ado, let’s get into this list of the best things to do on Mahe Island in the Seychelles. This list is based on my personal experience traveling around Mahe and the Seychelles. And, like always the photos (unless listed otherwise) are all taken by me.

1. Hike to One of the World’s Most Beautiful Beaches: Anse Major

When you think Mahe or the Seychelles, blue-water beaches and palm-lined white-sand beaches spring to mind. In fact, beaches like the Anse Source D’Argent on La Digue put the Seychelles on the map as a travel destination.

However, in my opinion, the most beautiful beach in the Seychelles is not Anse Source d’Argent nor is it the world-class Anse Lazio on Praslin.

Instead, my pick is Anse Major, an incredible white sand beach tucked away beneath lush green granite mountains on Mahe Island’s northwest coast. This beach is absolutely stunning. However, a large part of its allure is its remoteness. There are no roads leading to this section of Mahe, so eager visitors will need to hike a scenic nature trail through the jungle to reach it.

Don’t let the photos scare you off though. The hike follows a relatively easy trail along the coast!

Book: Anse Major Guided Trail Hike

Anse Major Drone photo from the Northwest of Mahe Island, the Seychelles

2. Mahe Island Hopping & Snorkeling at Sainte Anne Marine Park

If you’ve come to the Seychelles to explore the underwater world, then there’s no better place to do it than at Sainte Anne Marine Park. This area has the richest marine life and is home to over 150 species of fish and other magnificent underwater life.

The marine park is the first of its kind in the West Indian Ocean and consists of six small islands and several coral reefs. These include St Anne Island, Ile Moyenne, Ile aux Cerf, Chachée Island, Ile Ronde, and Ile Longue.

The location is perfect if you’re staying at Eden Island, Victoria, or on the West Coast as it is easily accessible via boat trips from Victoria.

Highlights of this amazing marine national park include

  • Visiting the historical giant tortoise sanctuary on Moyenne Island
  • Snorkeling at Cerf reef
  • Relaxing on the sandbar near Ronde Island (Round Island)
  • Spotting sea turtles

Book: Sainte Anne Marine Park Excursion

Sainte Anne Marine National Park boat and snorkeling excursion from Mahe
Mahe coral reef

3. Visit the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens

Due to the remote location in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is abundant with unique and endemic species. Its tropical climate has allowed some incredible plants that are found nowhere else. This includes the famous coco de mer palm from Vallée de Mai on Praslin, which produces the largest seed on earth.

For those visiting Mahe Island, wonder down to the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens in Victoria. Here, you’ll find many endemic plants, excellent examples of tropical flora from around the world and even a giant tortoise enclosure.

Mahe botanical gardens
Giant tortoise eating palm leaves on Mahe Island the Seychelles

While I’ve already recommended Anse Major, there are actually many, many more popular beaches on Mahe Island. Depending what you are looking for, or what mood you’re in, there’ll be a perfect spot for you. Whether you want to sit back and soak in the rays, or enjoy some wild water sports or surfing, you’ll find it right here on Mahé.

At many of the amazing beaches, you’ll often find small shops and beach shacks selling fresh fruit, Creole BBQ fish, and even cocktails!

I’ve written a comprehensive guide summarizing the 12 best beaches, but here are my top four, not including the (spoiler) two pristine beaches on this featured list of things to do on Mahe.

  • Grand Anse
  • Beau Vallon Beach
  • Anse Takamaka
  • Anse Royale

Book: 5 Beach Seychelles Day Tour

Anse Takamaka Beach on Mahe
Petite Anse on Mahe Island, the Seychelles (Four Seasons Resort)

5. Visit the Mission Lodge

The Mission Lodge at the historic Venns Town is a UNESCO World Heritage listed cultural site. There are ruins here of a 19th century school dedicated to children dumped on the island following the abolition of slavery.

The school itself was built by the London Missionary Society but is now in rubbles. There are information plaques throughout the site which details the history. Furthermore, if you continue on you’ll find an amazing viewpoint overlooking Morne Seychellios National Park. Entry to the Mission Lodge Venns Town is 100 SCR for tourists.

Mission lodge ruins at Venns Town, Mahé, Seychelles
View of Mahe Island from Mission Lodge

6. Dine at Eden Island

Eden Island is an artificial island located just off the coast of Victoria on the east coast of Mahe Island. This island is referred to as reclaimed land by Seychellois and was constructed during the 2000s by funds from Dubai investors.

Today, Eden Island is a luxury area complete with beautiful villas, luxurious hotels, shopping complexes, and a high-class marina full of super yachts. If you’re looking for things to do on Mahe before departing at the airport, go for a stroll at Eden Island and sit down at one of the incredible restaurants. Alternatively, stay here a night or two at one of the amazing hotels.

In fact, I chose to stay at Eden Island at the incredible Eden Bleu Hotel overlooking the marina with the amazing granite peak backdrop. I couldn’t recommend this enough if you are looking for a Mahe resort or hotel near Victoria.

Eden Island, Mahe
Eden Island Marina in the Seychelles

7. Go Catamaran Sailing on Mahe Island

One of the most popular activities on Mahe Island is to charter a yacht or jump onboard a catamaran sailing trip. The amazing Indian Ocean surrounding the Seychelles is prime for sailing, with many small islands reachable within hours.

One of the top-rated catamaran day trips is onbard the Starfish. This is a great way to enjoy a cruise through the Sainte Anne Marine Park and discover the vibrant marine life of the Seychelles.

Book: Starfish – Odezir Catamaran Sailing

Catamaran sailling in the Seychelles

8. Hike the Morne Blanc Trail in Morne Seychellois National Park

For the adventurers chasing amazing viewpoints or a once-in-a-lifetime sunrise or sunset spot, make sure to check out the Morne Blanc Trail in the Seychellois National Park.

Morne Blanc is one of the highest peaks on Mahe Island and offers arguably the best views of the west coast. The summit is reachable via a short but steep nature trail hike. You’ll find the trailhead on Sans Soucis Road, which is the cross-island road connecting Victoria to Port Glaud.

If you’d prefer to hike this one with a guide, you can call or text my friend Roddey on Whatsapp: +248 20259 206425.

Roddey is an amazing guide and knows absolutely everything about the history and nature of Mahe Island and the Seychelles.

Read More: Morne Blanc Nature Trail

Hiking Morne Blanc, Mahe
Morne Blanc Viewpoint Seychelles

9. Go Scuba Diving on Mahe Island

Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner looking to immerse yourself in the underwater world of scuba, Mahe Island is a great place to go diving.

That’s because the Seychelles is the only place on earth where you can dive at a granitic rock site, since this geology is unique to the archipelago. There are dozens of great dive sites on Mahe, ranging from 8 meters to 30 meters in depth.

I went diving with Big Blue Divers and was taken to three amazing sites. Each was unique, including a wreck dive, a coral reef dive and a granitic rock slope dive. Highlights for me were the dozens of turtles outside Beau Vallon Bay, as well as spotting a huge Manta Ray on the northwest tip of the island near Anse Major.

If you’re visiting Mahe Island during the months of October and November, you can even experience a whale shark dive! Whale sharks are not stationary in the Seychelles but migrate here every year.

Wreck diving on Mahe Island
Scuba diving in the Seychelles

10. Explore the Island Via Beach Buggy

Looking for a unique way to explore Mahe island? Why not book a full-day tour via beach buggy?

This is a famous tour on the island ran by Francois. This man has been running this tour for over 20 years and grew up on the island. He speaks several languages, including English, French, and German and will show you some great spots you might miss otherwise!

Book: Island day trip via beach buggy

Beach buggy tour

11. Stay on a Private Island

Are you visiting Mahe Island and the Seychelles for your honeymoon? You’re not alone. The Seychelles is one of the best places to enjoy a tropical honeymoon and one of the best ways to do it is to enjoy your stay in complete privacy on a private island!

One of the best private island experiences on Mahe is the Ja Enchanted Resort. This resort is located on Round Island (Ile Ronde) in the Sainte Anne Marine National Park. This is a five-star resort with some of the best reviews in the Seychelles! Each suite features amazing, sweeping views of the incredible Indian Ocean and the rich coral reef systems below.

Alternative: Stay on Silhouette Island

Seychelles private island and catamaran

12. Hike the Mare Aux Chochon Nature Trail

Private islands not your thing? Prefer to adventure and hit the hiking trails? I hear you.

Due to the mountainous topography and rich biodiversity, hiking on Mahe is easily one of the best things to do on the island. For a challenging but rewarding hike, consider the Mare aux Chochon trail. This hike begins from the villages near Beau Vallon and crosses the island to finish at Port Glaud.

Along the way, you’ll pass amazing mountain wetlands, dense forested areas and clear mountain plateaus. You might also get a chance to spot the very rare and unique jellyfish tree!

I completed this trail with my good friend and guide Roddey in roughly 4 hours (Whatsapp number above). We took our time as Roddey taught me everything about the rare and endemic plant and wildlife species we discovered along the way.

If you search the Mare aux Chochon trail on Google, it states that it’s permanently closed. However, this is not the case and the trail is actively maintained. With that said, I’d certainly recommend a guide for this one, not just because navigation can be tricky, but you’ll enjoy the experience much more with a local guide who adds a whole lot more to the experience than just the directions.

Mare Aux Chochons trail

13. Unwind at Sauizer Waterfall

Located at Port Glaud, on the west coast of Mahe Island (coincidentally where you finish the Mare aux Chochon trail), is the best waterfall on Mahe. This waterfall is called Sauzier and is easily accessible via the village at Port Glaud.

To get to the falls, you’ll only need to complete a very short walk on even ground. The nature trail is only 5-10 minutes and at the end you’ll discover an amazing jungle waterfall complete with a deep swimming hole.

Entry fee: 50 SCR

I highly recommend visiting Sauzier Waterfall if you’re wondering what to do on Mahe Island and want to experience a freshwater swim in the jungle!

Read More: Sauizer Waterfall Guide

Sauzier Waterfall on Mahe Island, the Seychelles

14. Day Trip to Port Glaud

Suazier Waterfall isn’t the only draw to the west coast of Mahé Island. The small village of Port Glaud is absolutely beautiful and a relaxed, quiet alternative to Beau Vallon Bay.

Port Glaud has beautiful beaches and is considered as one of the best places for snorkeling on the island. Furthermore, you’ll find a beautiful small island just off the coast called L’Islette that is great for photos. If you’re stopping by, make sure to check out Del Place restaurant. This waterfront restaurant is rated as one of the best on the island and I couldn’t agree more!

Port Glaud and L'Islette island Seychelles

15. Check Out the Hindu Temple in Victoria

If you trace your steps back to the capital, you’ll find that there are many unique attractions and hidden gems in Victoria!

One of the most interesting Mahe landmarks is the Hindu Temple located right near the market street. This amazing architectual building is called Sri Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple and it’s a site you won’t miss if you’re strolling through the streets of Central Victoria.

The building is much smaller than those you’ll find in India or Sri Lanka. However, this small but brightly painted monument is very attractive and stands out as it is the only Hindu temple in the Seychelles archipelago.

Tip: If you enter the temple, be sure to remove your hat and shoes.

 Sri Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple Hindu

16. Wander Through The Victoria Market

The most famous market in Mahe and all of the Seychelles is the Sir Selwyn Selwyn Clarke markets, also simple known as the Victoria Markets. Wandering through the narrow streets of this sprawling market is a great way to immerse yourself in the culture and everyday life of the Seychellois community.

Tourists can take the opportunity to pick up some souvenirs or keepsakes at the market. Furthermore, if you’re staying in self-catering lodging, the Victoria Markets are an excellent spot to stack up on fresh fruit and local produce, seafood and spices. If you wander down Market Street, you can also purchase local food and Creole BBQ’d fresh fish.

Alternatively, I took the opportunity to stroll through the markets on an early Sunday morning before my flight out and captured some photos as my personal keepsake.

Fun fact: Victoria on Mahé Island is one of the smallest capital cities in the world and boasts some incredible colonial architecture.

Victoria Market in Mahe, the Seychelles
Victoria Market in Mahe, the Seychelles

17. Learn the Traditional Art of Seychelles Sun Printing

Looking for a unique and cultural activity to add to your list of things to do on Mahe Island or in the Seychelles?

Why not take an interactive class to learn the traditional art of Seychelles Sun Painting? This unique and interesting art form involves using the sun to print patterns onto textiles. It has been used for centuries by local communities in the Seychelles, who use native plants to paint colorful fabrics.

Tourists can join in on a fun interactive workshop class where you can make your own take-home printed textile design by booking on Viator on the link below.

Book: Seychelles Sun Painting Class

traditional sun painting on textiles in mahe

18. Hike The Copolia Trail

The Copolia Trail is an excellent nature trail hike on Mahe Island that offers spectacular views over Victoria and Eden Island on the east coast. Similarly to the Morne Blanc trail, the Copolia Trail begins on Sans Soucis Road, but this time closer to Victoria than Port Glaud.

Also similarly to Morne Blanc, this hike is fairly steep and finishes at an amazing viewpoint atop a granite peak. This out-and-back hike isn’t too difficult and only 1.9 kilometers (1.2 mi) return.

If you’re game, I highly recommend heading up the Copolia trail early for sunrise for an incredible view. Again, my friend Roddey can organize the trip for you.

Copolia trail in the Seychelles

19. Meet an Aldabra Giant Tortoise

Nature and animal lovers have to see a giant tortoise when visiting Mahe Island! These tortoises are endemic to the Aldabra atoll, but are now found throughout the Seychelles archipelago. These tortoises are among the largest in the world and can live up to 200 years!

You can spot giant tortoises on Moyenne Island, at the Jardin Du Roi Gardens, the Takamka Rum Distillery, or at the Seychelles Botanical Gardens in Victoria.

Alternatively, if you’re planning to visit Praslin, then make sure to include a Curieuse Island day-trip. This is the largest tortoise sanctuary within the inner islands and a place where the tortoises are free to roam in the wild.

Giant tortoise eating palm leaves on Mahe Island the Seychelles

20. Swim in the the Ros Sodyer Rock Pool

One of the most unique things to do on Mahe Island in the Seychelles is to cliff jump into a deep, circular tidal pool called Ros Sodyer.

This amazing turquoise water rock pool is located Mahe’s southwest coast near the breathtaking Takamaka Beach (Anse Takamaka). To reach it, you’ll need to complete a short nature trail hike through the jungle and around the coast.

If you arrive during low tide and with calm ocean conditions, you can swim in this private little pool sheltered by an impressive, sloping granite slab. I did a depth check and found that this little pool was super deep so decided to do some cliff jumping into the pool from the rock above.

Book in advance: Rock Pool Organized Trip

Jumping into the Mahe Rockpool

21. Visit the Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden

Due to its strategic geographical location between East Africa and India, the Seychelles has long been part of an important trading route for spices. This, combined with a tropical climate that is perfect for growing crops like vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, means that spice gardens are very common.

However, one of the best examples of a Seychellois spice garden is at Jardin Du Roi. This is a beautiful colonial-style plantation and gardens is open to the public and tourists are free to wonder through the fruit and spice gardens. At the Jardin Du Roi, you’ll find everything from bananas to breadfruit trees, and even a giant tortoise pen!

local creole food on Mahe Island
Jardin Du Roi, best things to do on Mahe
Jardin Du Roi, Mahe Island

22. Sip Rum at the Takamaka Rum Distillery

Want to channel your inner pirate? They say that if you’re visiting the Seychelles, you have to drink the local Takamaka Rum! While this is available in almost every Mahe Island resort, bar, and liquor store, visiting the Takamaka Rum Distillery is easily one of the best things to do for rum-enthusiasts.

A guided tour of the distillery is a great way to learn about the history of the famous Seychelles rum and includes free tastings. The distillery is located on the east coast of Mahe, south of Victoria. The site where locals distill the rum is called La Plaine St. André, which is an iconic heritage site. Here, you’ll find a museum, medicinal garden, historical ruins, and even two Giant Aldabra tortoises– Taka and Maka.

Book in advance: Shared Island Tour Including Takamaka Rum Distillery

Visiting the Takamaka Rum Distillery, one of the best things to do on Mahe
Takamaka Rum on Mahe Island

23. Photograph the Victoria Clock Tower

The Victoria Clocktower in Mahe is one of the most iconic historical monuments in the Seychelles. It’s an exact replica of the one at Victoria Station on Vauxhall Bridge Road in London and was erected way back in 1903!

If you’re passing through Victoria, make sure to stop by the famous Victoria Clock tower located at the end of Independence Avenue.

24. Sunset at Petite Anse

Of course, the Mahe beaches are going to be the biggest attraction for many tourists visiting the island. While I’ve touched on a few already in this Mahe travel guide, make sure to add Petite Anse to your beach-hopping list.

Situated on the west coast, Petite Anse is a beautiful small beach at the bottom of a hill. While the beach is owned by the famous and very popular Four Seasons Hotel situated at the end of the beach, it is free to visit for the public! The trip out here is well worth it as it’s an incredibly scenic drive.

The view over the magical Indian Ocean during sunset at Petite Anse is unmatched and should definitely be added to your list of what to do on Mahé!

Petite Anse on Mahe Island, the Seychelles (Four Seasons Resort)

25. Snorkel at Port Launay National Marine Park

Tropical island life is all about the underwater world! While you can certainly get some great snorkeling in at Sainte Anne, make sure to also visit Port Launay Marine National Park.

This is a quieter alternative and offers great snorkeling on coral reefs right off the shores of Port Launay Beach. Here, you’ll get to swim with hundreds of fish species and even get a chance to spot a cruising green turtle!

Tip: Also visit Baie Ternay Marine National Park, located just beyond Port Launay.

Snorkeling with fish in Mahe Island, the Seychelles

26. relax in a Private Pool

After all that exploring, one of the best things to do on Mahe Island is to simply sit back and relax in your very own private swimming pool.

If you haven’t noticed by now, the Seychelles is a travel destination very much catered to the luxury crowd. Mahe Island is a favorite vacation spot for everybody from honeymooners to luxury couple and business travelers.

So, as you’d expect, there are dozens of great hotels, resorts and even guest houses that include private plunge pools during your stay. If you want complete privacy and ultimate relaxation, keep reading on for an up-to-date accommodation guide for a run-down on where to stay!

Where to Stay on Mahe: Accommodation Guide

Mahe is the main island and home to Victoria, the capital city of the Seychelles. It’s the largest of the inner islands and has several great places to stay. Here is a quick area guide with some recommendations.

  • Victoria and Eden Island for nightlife
  • Beau Vallon for beaches and restaurants
  • Private islands for the ultimate island experience

Top Picks

Top pick on Mahe: Eden Bleu Hotel (Eden Island)

The Eden Bleu Hotel is one of the best places to stay if you’re looking to be close to the Victoria and on Eden Island. It’s an amazing contemporary hotel on the foreshore of Eden Island’s prestigious marina.

Visitor’s love the infinity pool, clean, modern rooms and world-class restaurant. I stayed at the Eden Blue Hotel for 3 nights and it was my favorite accommodation in the Seychelles!

Eden Bleu Hotel, Seychelles

Mid-range resort: Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort

This beautiful, beachfront resort and casino combo offers elegantly furnished rooms with all the facilities you could ever want. Here, you’ll find a large pool, three restaurants, a pizzeria, fitness centre, PADI diving a centre, and tennis court.

The location is great as it’s away from the hustle and bustle of Victoria with plenty of beautiful beaches and restaurants around.

Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort and Casino, Seychelles

Budget self-catering Studio: Precious Residence

If you want to explore Mahe on a budget, then a self-catering accommodation is your best bet. Precious Residence is an apartment with excellent reviews (9.5/10), offering budget apartments equipped with free WiFi, air conditioning, and a kitchenette on Grand Anse (west coast).

Precious Residence Self Catering Resort on Mahe Island, The Seychelles

Ultimate getaway: JA Enchanted Island Resort

Looking for the ultimate Indian Ocean getaway? JA Enchanted Island Resort is an impeccably beautiful resort located on a tiny private island on the footsteps of the St Anne Marine Park.

The French colonial-style villas have a private infinity pool, a terrance with panoramic views and a private walkway to the beach. If you’re looking for a one-of-a-kind honeymoon getaway, this is your best bet.

Ja Enchanted Resort, Private Island Accommodation on  Mahe Island

Alternative: Stay on the mysterious Silhouette Island (Hilton).

Silhouette Island Private Resort, Seychelles

Mahe Island Travel Guide

Now that you have all the information you need on things to do and where to stay on Mahe, let me help you out with even more travel and logistical advice.

How to Get to Mahe Island

Unless you’re coming in on a cruise ship or private vessel, the only way to get to Mahe Island is via the Seychelles International Airport.

This airport is located just south of Victoria. As you’d expect for a nation of only 98 000 individuals, this airport is very small.

The Mahe Island airport serves as the international gateway to the Seychelles and the most popular routes stop via Dubai.

When booking flights, make sure to first check CheapOAir, where you’ll often find the cheapest and best fares available to the Seychelles.

Flight from Mahe to Praslin, Air Seychelles

Getting Around

Since Mahe is the largest island in the inner island group, getting around is best done by car. Depending on what you’d like to do and see on the island, you can either rent a car, book organized tours, ride the bus, or take a taxi.

Rental Cars on Mahé
If you’re going to be doing a lot of exploring, it might work out cheaper and easier to simply hire a rental car. DiscoverCars is going to be your best resource for finding cheap and reliable cars on Mahe. Most car rentals can be picked up in Victoria once booked online.

Book organized Tours
In this Mahe travel guide I’ve included links to only the best and top-rated tours for many of the attractions and things to do on the island. All of these tours include private or shared transport, which is going to save you money. Alternatively, if you want a flexible way to explore, remember to book the customizable tour to add all your must-see destinations to your itinerary.

Public Buses
There’s also a regular bus service connecting several points on the island. These buses are very cheap at only 14 SCR per trip. There are bus stations around Mahe and the best way to find routes is to ask locals and the driver once you board.

Taxis
Uber, Lyft, Grab and other ride-share services do not exist on Mahe. Therefore, old-fashioned taxis are going to be your best bet for getting around. These taxis are often metered but you can also barter a price for a day-trip as well.

Best Time to Visit

Situated near the equator within the subequatorial climatic zone, the Seychelles enjoys a tropical and stable climate with a constant temperature range between 25-35°C.

Mahe Island weather is a little wetter than some of the other inner islands due to the higher mountains. In saying that, you can generally expect sunny weather year-round with no risk of cyclones. However, there are periods of seasonal rainfall which tend to begin in December and finish in March.

Many sources say that the best time to visit Mahe Island is during the months of April and May and October and November. However, I visited in December and as you can see from the photos, I enjoyed excellent weather!

Beaches on Mahe Island, the Seychelles

FAQS: Visiting the Island of Mahe

Q. What language do people speak in Mahé?

The mother tongue in the Seychelles is Seychellois Creole. However, nearly all locals speak excellent English and some level of French as well. Since tourism makes up 90% of the Seychelles’ economy, you can expect many local guides to speak several languages, including German and Arabic.

Q. What is the Seychelles Currency?

The currency used in Mahé and the Seychelles is called the Seychelles Rupee (SCR). However, due to the large amount of tourism stemming from Europe, tourists can often pay in Euros at major resorts, hotels, and even bars.

Q. What do people of Mahe do for fun?

The people of Mahe live in one of the most beautiful destinations on earth. Seychellois enjoy the same activities as you’d likely want to do on your vacation, from beach hopping, to hiking, to shopping in the capital.

Q. How long should I spend on Mahe Island?

There are so many amazing things to do on Mahe Island that I’d suggest staying at least a week here! However, if you’re short on time or want to island hop to some of the other inner islands like Praslin or La Digue, then 3 days would also be a good amount of time.

Q. Can I go to La Digue or Praslin from Mahe?

As Mahe has the only international airport in the Seychelles, the only way to get to Praslin and La Digue is by first landing in Mahe. For both islands, you’ll have the options of taking the ferry called Cat Cocos at the Victoria ferry terminal, or the scenic island-hopper flight operated by Air Seychelles.

If you’re planning to visit several islands, make sure to read my detailed guides on how to get to La Digue and how to get to Praslin from Mahe as well.

Q. Which Country is Mahe Island?

Mahé is located in, and is the capital of The Republic of Seychelles.

Q. Is Mahe Island safe?

Mahe Island and the Seychelles in general is considered very safe. The country has some of the lowest crime rates of any African country and very little crime involves tourists. You are arguably going to be safer in Mahé than you would be taking public transport in New York city or wandering the streets of Berlin.

Q. Why is Mahe Island attractive to tourists?

Mahé is very attractive to tourists looking for amazing beaches, beautiful nature trails, and a luxury vacation.

Q. Mahé has how many islands?

Mahe is considered one of the 115 islands of the Seychelles. However, surrounding Mahe are 10 smaller islands. The most notable include Conception Island, Therese Island, Saint Anne, Moyenne, and L’Islette.

Eden Island, Mahe

More Seychelles Travel Ideas & Inspiration

And that’s a wrap for this comprehensive and detailed Mahe Island travel guide featuring the 26 best things to do on Mahe! I hope that it has better prepared you for the vacation of a lifetime, or inspired you to visit this amazing travel destination.

While you’re here on my blog, make sure to check out some of my other articles as well. I’ve spent a great deal of time compiling the most up-to-date and inspiring travel guides and content for the Seychelles. Below you’ll find a handful of other relevant articles, with more of my photography and guides to lesser-visited hidden gems!

Mahe Island in the Seychelles

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