Mahé Travel Guide

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Mahé Highlights

  • Pro
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     Wonderful landscapes and marvellous people 

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     Dangerous curves 

  • In a nutshell
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     a good place to take a boyfriend/girlfriend to get away! 

Mahé Things to Do

  • Swim in the Indian Ocean

    Swimming was one of our favorite activities at this resort especially in the ocean. The water here is crystal clear and many shades of blue and green that changes throughout the day. Water temperatures are a little colder than the water in the Caribbean but much warmer than the beaches back home. Depending on the tide and the wind; surf can be very...

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  • The Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market

    This famous market is named after a distinguished English man. He qualified as a doctor, served in WW1 and was awarded the Military Cross. Later he became a Medical Officer in Hong Kong where, in WW2 he was interned during the Japanese occupation in solitary confinement for three years. After his repatriation at the end of the war he was appointed...

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  • Visit Mahé's Capital - Victoria

    Said to be the smallest Capital in the world and Capital of the largest island in the Seychelles Group, it is named after Queen Victoria. There are echoes of colonial architecture to be seen here - on a small scale. You will hear English, French and Seychellois spoken reflecting both the original French colonisers of the Islands and the British who...

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Mahé Restaurants

  • Delicious Indian Food

    Mahek is the only Indian restaurant on the island of Mahe as well as the only restaurant with air conditioning. The restaurant is located in the Coral Strand Hotel behind their main dining room/buffet. The restaurant is small and cozy with tables scattered throughout. We arrived a little after 7pm and were greeted warmly by the hostess. We were...

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  • The Local Pizza Joint

    Baobab is the local pizza joint. It's located right on Beau Vallon Beach with a street entrance as well as a beach entrance on the sand. I had heard great reviews of this place from fellow travelers and had to try it out. My wife and I decided to walk down the beach from our hotel to have some lunch here. We arrived a little after 1pm and found the...

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  • Snacks and Drinks with a Beach View

    The Coral Strand Bistro is located in the Coral Strand Hotel at Beau Vallon Beach. After enjoying the Market at Beau Vallon Beach we decided to stop here for some drinks and a snack. The Bistro has some lovely outdoor tables overlooking the beach. We had a seat at a nice table for two right at the edge for the perfect water view. It was a Wednesday...

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  • Nightime Cocktails with a Beach View

    The Ocean Bar is located right on the Hilton Northolme Resort Property. The Bar is a nice open space with comfy seats and tables that extend out onto a large deck over the beach. During our stay at the Hilton we often found ourselves here for an afternoon or after dinner drink. The bar has a good selection of cocktails, beer, wine, champagne and...

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  • Drinks with a View of Beau Vallon Beach

    The Coral Strand Hotel is located right on Beau Vallon Beach. The Hotel's Pool Bar is right on the beach end with plenty of tables overlooking the pool and ocean. I definitely suggest coming here in the late afternoon when it is less crowded to ensure you have a nice table on the beach edge. The menu here consists of a variety of beer, wine,...

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  • Flying foxes

    As the sun goes down in Seychelles, you may see the appearance of some strange, enormous dark creatures swooping in to land in the trees, their noisy squeals breaking the nighttime silence.These are Seychelles fruit bats. They have excellent eyesight and they live on fruit not insects.Every evening we could see them flying across the bay, going out...

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Mahé Transportation

  • Hellicopter Seychelles

    Hellicopter Seychelles is another option if you desire to island hop or just have a scenic tour from the air. Although this sounds great is is super expensive and is charge by the hour. A twin engine helicopter ride is 2,800 Euros an hour...Whoa!

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  • Emirates to Mahe

    Emirates is one of the best airlines I have flow to date. We flew Emirates from London to Dubai then on to Mahe. The airline was excellent. Service was top notch, food was very good, entertainment options were vast and the plane was incredibly clean. Flight attendants were the best I have seen of any airline. They passed out special packets for...

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  • Walking the Island

    Walking around the island can get rather interesting with the absence of sidewalks once you get out of Victoria. Many times during one of our roadside walks from the hotel we had near misses as trucks and cars sped up around turns and curves cutting it rather close to us. Many of the roads are along high cliffs that leave you no option but to jump...

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Mahé Shopping

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  • Eco Friendly Tee Shirts

    Maki is a tee shirt/clothing store that specializes in Eco-friendly merchandise. Whenever we travel I like to pick up a tee shirt so this was the place I came to look. The shirts were well made and nice quality. I found a grayish green tee shirt with a map of the Seychelles on the back. The prices are a bit higher than a regular tee shirt but I...

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  • Grocery Shopping

    Food on the island is expensive even more so now with those Somalian pirates. Every supply ship coming into the island needs an escort to ensure safety and that costs money. This added security is reflected in the prices of food and other imported items such as liquor. Many people that are staying at resorts chose to shop at the grocery stores...

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  • seychellois images

    The Seypot Factory coop produces a wide range of ceramics from local materials.You can find ceramics in images with typical Seychelles scenes.I bought several pieces but sorry to say, I gave them all away as gifts.

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Mahé Local Customs

  • Bottle Palm

    Bottle Palms originate from Mauritus but can be grown in any warm climate. The bottle palm is very sensitive to cold and needs the heat of a year round warm climate to thrive. The plant gets its name from its bottle shapped trunk.

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  • Hurricane Palm

    The Hurricane Palm is another species of plants we found in the Botanic Garden. This Palm gets its name from being exceptionally tolerant of high winds and salt spray that occur during a hurricane.

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  • Giant Aroid:Aqautic Banana Tree

    During our visit to the Botanic Garden we came upon these large plants sticking out of a watery pool of water. Come to find out that they are Aquatic Banana Trees; Wow never heard of them but they are very interesting specimens.

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Mahé Warnings and Dangers

  • It's a Bugs Life

    There are plenty of bugs here; the kind that flies as well as the kind that crawls. If you don't have a fondness for these creatures wear insect repellent and spray your beach towel as well. We encountered a variety of creatures during our trip:ants, spiders, mosquitoes, sand fleas and roaches. We viewed some Harry Potter sized arachnids hanging...

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  • Slippery and Jagged Rocks

    Many of the beaches have jagged and slippery rocks both in and out of the water. Your best bet is to wear water shoes and be careful when entering the water. We saw many a person during our trip walking out of the water with bloody legs and feet due to carelessness.

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  • Wear Sunblock!

    Mahe is only four miles from the equator and the sun is very strong. Eventhough my wife and I lathered on the sunblock, wore hats and avoided the noon day sun we still got a bit pink during our vacation.

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Mahé Tourist Traps

  • Pre-book your hotel

    If you plan to spend the night when you arrive in Mahe, it is best if you can book your hotel before you land at the airport. If you do not have a booking, but can prove that you have funds, you'll be asked to book at the hotel booking counter right there. You get to stay for as long as you have a booking only. No looking around after you...

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  • Travel agencies

    Even if people at travel agencies are very nice and always available if you have questions or need something, it is better to try and find your trips by yourself, you will get a much better price. Take the bus or rent a car and circle around the island. Boat trips to La Digue and Praslin are expensive too if you ask agencies. Just take the boat to...

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Mahé What to Pack

  • Bring a Good Guide Book

    Every good trip starts with planning. Getting a good book is essential. We had a hard time finding any guide book about the Seychelles for a few months. Fortunately we paid a visit to our favorite travel bookstore in New Hampshire(sadly it has closed) and found this gem of a book. It was full of valuable information about local currency, food,...

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  • A Hat is a Good Idea

    Wearing a hat is essential if you are light skinned and prone to burning. I know my face, head and ears have been saved thanks to my hat.

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  • Comfortable Shoes

    My wife and I packed comfortable walking shoes as well as beach appropriate foot wear. I brought both sneakers for walking and my Tommy Bahama flips for the pool. My wife brought a pair of Havianas for the pool and her Tommy Bahama sandals for walking about as well as a pair of dress sandals for evening.

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Mahé Off The Beaten Path

  • The Bel Air cemetery of Victoria

    The Bel Air cemetery of Victoria is a bit outside of the cityand we passed by it on our way to Jardin du Roi. In this cemetery you will fiond the graves of the pirate Hodoul and of Pierre-Louis Poiret, who was said to have been the son of Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI

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  • The tourist information in Victoria

    The touristinformation of Mahe and the Seychelles is inside one of the bureaus at the crossing of independance Avenue and 5th June Avenue,next to a roundabout with the monument of the "3 moons", that are symbolizing the 3 main religions of the Seychelles : Christianity, Islam and Hinduism.The touristinformation of Mahe is open for visitors :Monday...

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  • Cascade - south-east of Victoria

    Cascade is a village next to the airport and they also have quite an impressive christian church that I could see from the distance, when passing by in the tourbus to Jardin du Roi.Once that you have left the busy town of Victoria, there are wide streets with almost no trafic for easy driving.

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Mahé Sports & Outdoors

  • Dive Mahe

    Dropping down into the crystal clear Indian Ocean at Shark Bank a minute later a Whitetip Reef Shark emerged. This was followed by the sighting of a Bull Shark, a few minutes later a Grey Reef Shark said hello. Suddenly someone made a noise behind me and as I looked up a massive 9 meter Whale Shark cruised by. An amazing dive - and one of the best...

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  • Secluded beach

    If you are looking for a secluded beach where you can swim, this is it.Anse Soliel is a pretty little small bay with a wide sandy beach, The water is clear, a good place for snorkeling or swimming. There is also a wide variety of fish here if you want to try your luck at fishing.

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  • Beau Vallon

    This is the most popular beach on Mahe. It is the place to go for watersports. You can rent wind surfers and small cataramans here. You can also paraglide.Water skiing and the water sausage ride( you sit astride an inflatable tube and are towed behind a speedboat) is available nearby.

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Mahé Favorites

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  • A Great Birthday Surprise

    During our stay at the Hilton we were celebrating my 38th birthday. The day of my birthday it seemed that everyone from the pool attendant to the security guard knew it was my Birthdays and greeted me with a "Happy Birthday". When we arrived back to the room after swimming there were two towel animals on the table, bamboo spelling out Happy...

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  • Cocktail Time

    A favorite activity of the day was relaxing and enjoying a late afternoon or pre-dinner cocktail. Nothing better than beating the heat by having an ice cold beer or drink while gazing out at a beautiful ocean view.

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  • Wow We're Here.................

    One of my favorite memories was when we first arrived in Mahe. After seeing pictures in books and on-line we were amazed that it was even better in real life. Our ride to the hotel was filled with Wows, Ohh and Look at that. Arriving at the resort was another Wow moment. Starting our adventure with cold cocktails, snacks and cool hand towels was...

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