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Located in the Indian Ocean, the granite island of Mahé is the largest of the Seychelles islands. A heavenly destination if ever there was one! A small paradise of 27 km long and 7 km wide lined with beaches and coconut trees, with a picturesque coastal road. Mahé is home to the country's capital, Victoria, and its highest point, the Morne Seychellois (905 m). It is a land and sea destination. The island of Mahé is as suitable for hiking in the Morne Seychellois National Park as it is for snorkeling in the Sainte-Anne National Marine Park, which is 5 km away, not to mention lounging on one of the 70 beaches on the island. The capital Victoria is home to Creole stores and craft galleries, but also, among other attractions, a beautiful museum of natural history and a lush botanical garden where you can measure the island's biodiversity. Take the back roads to admire this biodiversity in its wild version. Visit old colonial houses and snorkel with exotic fish, the national sport. Paradise is also a grilled fish in the shade of flamboyants in the scent of frangipani trees in bloom. To stay, you have the choice, according to your budget, between affordable guest-houses, comfortable hotels and charming villas. Ready for paradise?

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When to go to Mahé?

The best periods to go to Mahé are the months between the dry and wet seasons, i.e. April and especially October. Light wind, fleeting showers, calm ocean, ideal heat: the beautiful weeks are here! Whatever the date chosen, the heat is never overwhelming (25 to 32°C during the day, at least 24°C at night). The humidity level is always bearable (about 80%). Maximum rainfall is generally observed between mid-December and mid-January. The high tourist season generally corresponds to the European vacation periods, i.e. July and August, Christmas, February and Easter. You have then all the tourist offer available (restaurants, diving clubs, souvenir stores...). However, you can go to Mahé all year round as there is no off-season. You should also know that from November to April, the sea is ideal for diving and sailing. The climate is warm and humid, the wind is weak and the sea is calm. And if you come in March, you will attend the International Carnival of Mahé and its parade of floats representing the different participating countries. And in October it is the Kreol festival, very colorful, in the three islands of the archipelago.

How to go to Mahé? Our advice & tips

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Many agencies offer trips to Mahé, which often combine the three granite islands (Mahé, Praslin, La Digue) and a coranian island, in 10 to 12 days. It is possible to discover Mahé by coastal cruises organized for small groups on board comfortable sailing boats or catamarans. The trips to Mahé are generally oriented more or less towards the beach, nature, diving, hiking and always include a discovery of Victoria and its points of interest.

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Visitors usually approach the Seychelles via Mahé and Victoria airport. No need to worry about landing alone. Moreover, French is quite frequently understood so you can easily organize your trip on the spot. But it will not necessarily be cheaper than going through a travel agency. You can choose the discovery package on a sailboat which allows you to plan your stay à la carte and to save on accommodation and car rental.

Renting a car at the airport is the best way to discover the beauty of the island at your own pace and convenience. The road network is of good quality. Be careful however, the roads are often narrow and winding, driving is on the left and pedestrians are numerous, including at night. The French driving license is sufficient locally. It is possible to take cabs in Mahé (price to be negotiated before). Private companies provide catamaran cruises in the archipelago

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Vue aérienne de la plage de l'Intendance. - Barbara & Hartmut Röder - Office du tourisme des Seychelles
Plage de Beau Vallon. - Gerard Larose - Office du tourisme des Seychelles

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When to travel?

The best periods to go to Mahé are the months between the dry and wet seasons, i.e. April and especially October. Li...
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Weather forecast

The climate of the island of Mahé is equatorial, with pleasant temperatures all year round, varying little between 2...
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Budget

Given the price of a plane ticket (from 750 € to 1 300 € in economy class) and the duration of the flight (10 hou...
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Formalities

To stay in Mahé you must have a passport valid for at least another six months, a confirmation of the reservation fo...
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Health

Good news: a tropical country without health problems! Health conditions are good in Mahé, no malaria, no diseases s...
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How to travel by yourself?

Visitors usually approach the Seychelles via Mahé and Victoria airport. No need to worry about landing alone. Moreov...
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How to get organized?

Many agencies offer trips to Mahé, which often combine the three granite islands (Mahé, Praslin, La Digue) and a co...
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Getting around

Renting a car at the airport is the best way to discover the beauty of the island at your own pace and convenience. T...
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