What to See in Mahe
The island country of Seychelles achieved its independence in 1976. Consisting of 115 islands, Mahé Island is probably the most prominent one, being home to the capital of the Republic of Seychelles, Victoria as well as one third of the total population of the country, Mahé is an economic hub as well and is situated in the Indian Ocean, 1,000 miles from Africa’s eastern coastline.
Mahé Island has a lot to offer in terms of good food and drink. Tourists love to relax along the white-sand beaches or look down upon the dense rainforests from some of the hilly areas. The highest point of the country is the Morne Seychellois.Read More
Bel Air Cemetery
This is monument is the oldest historical structure on the island and was built as the foremost burial site immediately after the French colonized this country. Some of the individuals buried here include Charles Dorothée Savy who was a nine-foot-tall giant and Jean-Francois Hodoul who was a corsair. Savy was poisoned by his family because they were frightened of how tall he was!
- Location: Bel Air
You will find an uncanny resemblance between the Clock Tower in Victoria and London’s Big Ben. This has been a significant landmark since the early 20th century and has been famous since one of the governors of Seychelles, Sir Ernest Sweet-Escott, ordered it to be built as a copy of the Big Ben, due to his fascination with the structure.
- Location: Victoria
French Cultural Centre
Even if you are not a member of the Cultural Centre you can use the French books displayed at the library here. You may also come across events in the evening that take place here and can also purchase very appetizing afternoon meals.
- Location: Independence Avenue Victoria
Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden
If you are looking to visit the Spice Garden, it is often advised to walk there instead of driving, due to the undulating roads leading to it. Finding it is easy if you simply look out for the signposts pointing you in the right direction.
The old lady who owns it serves beautiful homemade Creole style food at the restaurant and ice-cream from the tub that is seasoned with indigenous spices, making it a unique experience.
There is a map provided at the entrance of the garden that should lead tourists to the right spots around the area.
- Opening Hours: 10:00 – 17:30 every day
- Location: Domaine de L'Enfoncement
The Mission Lodge was originally meant to provide shelter as well as education to the children of slaves in the colonial period. Nowadays, it is nothing like it used to be back in the 19th century when the Christian missionaries built it. The working farm and living room for pupils are now destroyed. However, one can still enjoy fantastic views of the western coastline of Mahé Island. Tourists also partake in bird watching here.
- Location: Mont Fleuri, Victoria
Morne Seychelles National Park
Established in 1979, this national park is the largest in the Seychelles, covering a fifth of the area of the Mahé Island. There are 12 separate trails and the 10-kilometre long park is the perfect site for exploration while on vacation.
- Location: Laurier Avenue
National Botanical Gardens
If you are interested to know about the flora and fauna of the Seychelles, the National Botanical Gardens is the place to be. It is a widely known fact that this country is home to some of the rarest indigenous plant species in the world, some of which are in danger of becoming extinct.
Sprawling amidst 15 acres of land, the gardens are the perfect tourist destination. You can have a picnic or you can enjoy genuine Creole cuisine at the nearby restaurant on your visit here.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00 every day
- Location: Victoria
Seychelles Natural History Museum
The museum is located on Independence Avenue in the capital city of Victoria. Not only does the museum have crucial artifacts on the natural history of the Seychelles, but it also educates visitors on ecological issues in the form of dioramas and exhibits as well as documentaries and resource archives. Entry fee is only applicable to those above 12 years of age
- Opening Hours:
* 08.30 – 16:00 from Mondays through Thursdays.
* Closes at noon on Fridays
* Open from 09:00 – 13:00 on Saturdays
- Location: Victoria
The Tea Factory is one of the most famous and popular tourist spots of Mahé Island. A tour of this site will give you a detailed idea of a functional tea plantation and its manufacturing process. You can taste and buy the different teas.
- Opening Hours: 08:00 - 16:00 Monday through Friday
- Location: Sans Souci Road