Mahe

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Mahe Tourism

The largest island in Seychelles, Mahe is home to Victoria, the capital of Seychelles and the International airport, making it the starting part of all trips to Seychelles. With some of the world's best beaches, Mahe is famous as a honeymoon destination and attracts visitors from across the world.

Apart from the beaches, Mahe has its own share of coconut plantations, waterfalls, hiking trails, freshwater springs, dense forests and great resorts for tourists. Visitors typically stay in Mahe for a few days before heading to other islands including Praslin and La Digue Islands.

Mahe's most prominent characteristic is the huge granite mountains that overlook the bays and cover the entire centre, running from north to south and successfully dividing the island into east and west. These two sides of the island consist of several stunning bays that are captivating in their own beauty and look even more mystical with the backdrop of the lush mountains.

The scintillating Mahe island was named after the French Governor, Mahe De La Bourdonnais. Victoria, the capital of Seychelles is in the centre of Mahe and the smallest capital city in the world. Mahe is also the cultural and economic centre of the Seychelles. Mahe is also home to more than 90% of Seychelles population

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Day Trips from Mahe

St. Anne Marine National Park
St. Anne Marine National Park is located 5 kilometres off the coast of Mahe and is named after its main island of Saint Anne. It is the oldest Marine Reserve in Seychelles and is home to some of the most diverse aquatic animals in the world. The reserve is made up of eight islands namely - Sainte Anne, Moyenne Island, Long Island, Cerf Island, Ile Cachee, Ile Seche, Harrison Rock and Round Island. These islands are mainly surrounded by coral reefs which give way to an abundance of flora and fauna. They also provide the perfect conditions for deep-sea diving and snorkelling in the Sainte Anne Channel which has over 150 species of marine life.

Therese Island and L'Islette
Therese Island and L'Islette are islands just off the coast of Mahe that prove to be great destinations for a day trip. Both islands can only be reached by private boats and are secluded areas that provide stunning views of Mahe. Therese Island is also home to a 160-metre peak which is a perfect viewpoint for Pointe I'Escalier or the Star Point which can be reached through mysterious granite rock stairs.

Need to Know About Mahe

Famous Hiking Trails:
1. Danzil to Anse Major
2. La Bastille to Beau Vallon Bay
3. Dans Gallas
4. Cascade River Waterfall
5. Mountain forests
6. Casse Dent

Famous Diving Spots:
1. Brissare Rocks
2. Shark Bank (8km north-west of Mahe)
3. Aldebaran Wreck (ruins of a fishing boat)
4. Shark Point
5. Lost City

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