About Mahe Island
Picture a perfect tropical island, with white sandy beaches and turquoise waters ringing a jungle-covered mountainous landscape. That's Mahé island. It's the largest island in the Seychelles, but still easy to cover on foot, and is an ideal place for a peaceful escape. Explore the indigenous flora and fauna, some of which isn't found anywhere else on earth, or relax – cocktail in hand – at one of its beaches; there are 65 to choose from.
Mahé island hostels are built to make the most of the lush forests and pristine beaches. You can stay close to the sands, yet tucked away and surrounded by nature's chorus every morning. Look for a Mahé island hostel with air con to keep you cool, and free Wi-Fi so you can share your island experience with everyone back home. Some hostels in Mahé island have an on-site bar, which is a great way to meet fellow travellers and enjoy your evenings together.
Victoria in Mahé island is the capital city of the Seychelles, and is where you'll find the busiest town centre. It has a bustling market, plenty of shops and many historic buildings, including the 1851 Cathedral of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. Beau Vallon is on the island's northwest coast, and is perfect for watching the sun go down over the sea. Its long, sandy beaches and calm clear waters make the ideal sunset spot, and are known for great diving and snorkelling too. Down in the southwest, Anse Boileau is home to secluded bays and intimate getaways, including the tree-lined Anse Louis.
Mahé island's beaches and far-flung feel are the main attractions, but there's lots to do beyond relaxing on the pristine sands. Head to Silhouette Island for a day trip. It's a protected marine park with hiking trails through virgin rainforest. If you're lucky, you might see some giant tortoises. On Mahé itself, the clear water is ideal for snorkelling, and you can go sea kayaking or scuba diving too. The mangroves and jungles of Morne Seychellois National Park contain several species you won't find anywhere else. The park also has a challenging hike up the 905-metre mountain it's named after.
Seychelles International Airport is on the east of Mahé island, just a 20-minute drive or taxi ride from Victoria. On the island, you can cycle between beaches easily, or walk if you've picked your favourite and are sticking with it. There's also a bus that'll take you between different towns and beach areas, plus taxis if you're feeling flush.