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
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.