The island of Mahé is the largest Seychelles island with an area of about 150 sq kms (27 kms long and 8 kms wide) and home to the capital Victoria. The Seychelles international airport is also located on Mahé.

Running the length of the island is a mountain range (the highest of the Seychelles archipelago) and provides a backdrop to the white sandy beaches. The highest point is Morne Seychellois, with a peak rising to 910 metres.

Mahé is one, of only three islands in the archipelego, with surfaced roads. Hire cars are available and a good way to explore the island although public buses are quite good. Drive on the left in the Seychelles and take care on the hairpin bends.

As well as the beautiful beaches (Beau Vallon is the islands favourite) Mahé is also a paradise for hikers and nature lovers. Morne Seychellois National Park covers more than 20% of Mahé. A network of trails take you through the National Park on a discovery of unique flora, fauna and ruins from colonial times. The panoramic views from the top of some of the trails are not to be missed. Maps of the marked paths can be obtained from the Tourist Office in Victoria.

The market town of Victoria claim to be the smallest capital city in the world. As well as a lively market it is also home to The Natural History Museum, The Codevar Craft Centre and The Botanical Gardens.