Mahe, known for its stunning views and lush hilly landscape, is the largest island in the Seychelles and home to the national capital Victoria and is the gateway into Seychelles through its international airport. Mahe is home to just over 70,000 Seychellois, or 90% of the country’s total population.

We recommend a visit to the Venn’s Town Mission Ruins, a site of cultural and historic significance, where children of liberated slaves were kept. The area has an almost haunted air to it. Venn’s Town is part of the Morne Seychellois National Park and affords spectacular panoramas over the island.

A visit to Mahe should also include the Tea Factory and Rum Distillery and a day exploring Victoria City with its Indian Temple, market and Little Big Ben.

Sainte Anne Marine National Park is a short distance from Mahe and the area is home to Bottlenose Dolphin and Hawksbill Turtles. Ste Anne Island was the first settlement in Seychelles and a Royal Marines base during the Second World War. Round Island was once a leper colony and Moyenne is the legendary location of buried pirate treasure. Snorkeling, delicious Creole meals and a fascinating view of Seychelles history and scenery can be discovered on your Sainte Anne excursion.

Perhaps hire a car and simply explore Mahe on your own – it is about 45 minutes at most to anywhere on the island and pristine empty beaches are easy to find!

A fairly wide range of different accommodation styles and prices are available on the island. Some of our favorite properties on Mahe include the Four Seasons, the Banyan Tree, the Hilton Northolme, and Maia. At a lower price point we really like Augerine and the Doubletree Allamanda.

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