"Mah? : a jewel in the ocean" Top 5 Page for this destination Mahé by Muya

Mahé Travel Guide: 209 reviews and 768 photos

Among all the little green spots lost in the blue of the maps, Mahé is the largest. Maybe this is the reason why many tourists tend to skip it, considering the capital-island only as a transit lounge, the gateway to some more idyllic island of the archipelago. Of course, it's the most "crowded" one, 90% of the entire Seychelles population lives here (72 200 people, approximately). But for sure, Mahé deserves better then a mere "waiting for a transfer" to La Digue, Praslin or some other coralline island like Desroches. This little beauty on the water has got a lot to offer… Just get to know its inside !

A bit of history

When Lazare Picault first discovered Mahé in 1742, he called it the Abundance Island. Two years later, the island was given the name of the French Governor Mahé de la Bourdonnais, who had required this expedition. After being French for a while, the Seychelles fell under British rule, until the independence in1976.
The history of the Seychelles is full of delightful tales and legends about pirates scouring its sees and plundering ships on the route to India. They found in the archipelago safe hideouts for their loot, and today, inhabitants of Mahé still dream about finding the treasure of the famous pirate La Buse somewhere on the island…

Paradisiac beaches and mountainous paradise

More than 70 postcard beaches of inalterated beauty, surrounded by granite boulders, where most of the time you are all alone : just you, soft powdersand, and turquoise water... that's not too bad, huh ? Perfect place to admire the abundance of the submarine world around Mahé, its coral and its marvellous colorful fishes. In some spots, you can even admire giant turtles... sometimes a shark or an octupus if you're lucky.
But Mahé isn't restricted to wonderful beaches, the island is also very mountainous. The mount Morne Seychellois is an ideal place for hikers who like lush vegetation and exotic plants and trees. You can climb up to its highest peak, 907 m, there are trails starting at different points of the road. But you can also pass through the National Park by bus and enjoy a ride with the locals, always willing to explain to you what you see from the bus windows…

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Wonderful landscapes and marvellous people
  • Cons:Expensive
  • In a nutshell:The island of all my dreams
  • Last visit to Mahé: Jun 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 16, 2004
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  • junecorlett's Profile Photo
    Mar 27, 2009 at 7:02 AM

    Great tips for Seychelles, it is a wonderful island, we have not been for many years, but will do so soon!!

  • Kristina1701's Profile Photo
    Nov 4, 2006 at 4:34 AM

    this looks like paradise indeed! hope to visit this place one day too!

  • kenHuocj's Profile Photo
    Aug 16, 2005 at 5:31 AM

    good to note the Mini Mokes are still running & helping adventurues get around the island ;-)))

  • Jul 7, 2005 at 6:27 AM

    great pages thank u

  • Siddha3th's Profile Photo
    Jul 1, 2005 at 2:20 AM

    How very magical! I love your writing - these pages were a joy to read :) Bye-bye... Siddharth

  • BeChar's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2005 at 8:49 AM

    Appealing destination, beautiful pictures and precise Tips. What can we ask more? Thanks. (It's the first time I saw a destination with a tip for all categories ;-)).

  • steventilly's Profile Photo
    Apr 11, 2005 at 4:46 AM

    Lovely page. Would love to visit one day.

  • tak_pap's Profile Photo
    Feb 21, 2005 at 10:08 PM

    excellent ! Bravo

  • Maria_75's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2004 at 1:31 PM

    Seems like a great place! I would love to go there! Thanks for plenty of info.

  • CALSF's Profile Photo
    Sep 6, 2004 at 4:56 PM

    Very beautiful and well-written page filled with idyllic pics. Looks like paradise!

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