Mahé is the largest of the Seychelles’ 115 islands, and home to its capital Victoria. But visitors should not be fooled by this, as Mahé is only four miles wide and 16 miles long. Not only is Mahé the biggest in size, it’s also the most populated and busiest of the Seychelles’ islands, with over 90% of the nation’s population residing there. Mahé is the gateway to the Seychelles, with the country’s only international airport sitting on the island, and this is where all visitors to the archipelago will get a taste for island life before starting their Seychellois sojourn.
Mahé is the perfect Seychelles starting point for those who enjoy a faster-paced lifestyle. Victoria’s streets are colourful and bustling and there is much to do in the capital, such as shopping in the famous Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market, filled with local fruits and fish, or paying a visit to the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens.
Those looking to slow down a little will find no shortage of spots to relax – Mahé is lined by countless beaches, such as Petite Anse, regarded as one of the best swimming spots on the island. Visitors to Mahé will also be treated to the stunning views of the Morne National Park
, which covers over a fifth of the island. Here, you’ll find thick forests and sky-scraping mountains, the highest reaching over 3,000 feet.