Virgin rainforests cascade down rugged granite hills to meet the unspoiled sandy white beaches and pristine turquoise seas which surround the island of Mahé.
The largest and most populous island in the Seychelles, Mahé is the gateway for excursions to all other islands, making it the perfect base from which to explore the rest of the area. Pleasantly compact, at once delightfully rustic and elegantly refined, the island is developed enough to offer all the sophistication and cosmopolitan luxuries you could desire, whilst still managing to feel as charmingly secluded, pure and unblemished as the most remote desert isle. Fringed by a multitude of famous beaches, many of them practically untouched, this is the ideal retreat for travellers seeking the ultimate escape.
With sheltered coves and idyllic warm waters, a wealth of exciting water sports are always at hand. Peaceful marine reserves and national parks make this a sanctuary for wildlife, providing homes to rare species of plants and animals found nowhere else in the world. Set off on a hiking adventure in search of the bizarre Jellyfish Tree, the carnivorous Seychelles Pitcher Plant or the fragrant Seychelles Vanilla Orchid which adorn Mahé’s mist-shrouded granite peaks, or slip beneath the waves to scour exotic coral reefs for manta rays and angelfish. Sure to be the highlight of any trip, the coastline provides the perfect setting for dives, with hidden coral reefs and submerged shipwrecks, nesting turtle populations, and visiting pods of dolphins and whales to discover.
Mahé is the quintessential place in which to immerse yourself in unique Seychellois culture. Renowned Creole hospitality takes centre stage, whilst world-class dining experiences attract travellers from far and wide. Due to the island's small size, most locations of note are only ever a short journey away. Those in search of extra indulgences should head to the Seychelles' capital city, Victoria, with its busy markets, colourful carnivals and vibrant restaurant and bar scene.
Approx. 10 hrs 15 mins
Best Time To Go
April to November
Blessed with plenty of sunshine and a warm, stable climate, the temperature in the Seychelles rarely drops below 25°C or rises above 32°C. Lovely to visit the year round, between the months of April and May, or October to November are the best times to visit as the prevailing trade winds are gentler. A tropical climate means that the weather can be somewhat unpredictable, but the cooling rain showers are usually brief. December through to March, the Seychelles' northwest monsoon season, typically sees more rainfall than the much drier southeast monsoon from May to October. The weather generally remains pleasant and hot, and the seas wonderfully calm, during the period from May to September.