Mahe island is the most developed island of Seychelles, and is home to the country’s capital, Victoria, and to about 90% of the Seychelles’ population. Therefore, it is as busy as the Seychelles gets, and home to the largest selection of activities and resorts, and endless possibilities of swimming, snorkeling, diving, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, golfing, dining, gambling, dancing, shopping and sightseeing of national tourist attractions.
Our West coast, from top to bottom, is one long string of stunning beaches, and there are plenty of secret gems everywhere – only a short walk, bus or car ride…will bring you to fabulous natural attractions.
The Seychelles is by far one of the most breath taking tropical rain-forest islands in the world –with the most amazing diversity in landscapes.
Here are some of our recommendations:
Some top beaches on Mahe.
- Anse Soeil – A small beach but worth a visit
- Anse La Mouche – Long beach strip great for long walks
- Interdance – Banyan Tree hotel is located on this beach and it is a hawksbill and green turtle monitoring beach
- Anse Forbans – A hawksbill turtle-monitoring beach and snorkeling beach
- Anse Major – Well worth the hike
- Port Launay- A nice beach for walking and a picnic
- Sunset beach- A small, lovely bay beach
- Anse Royale – A nice beach for swimming and a picnic
Boat charters in Seychelles:
Why not hire a boat via one of the Seychelles Boat Charters on Mahe to experience a full day dive or snorkelling trip around Mahé, Praslin and La Digue or why not try a number of dive courses and dive excursions, including live aboard trips. This is a great way to explore some of the outer island around Mahe that make up the 115 Islands of the Seychelles. Day Trips to the islands like Praslin and La Digue are also possible.
Seychelles is made up of over 115 different islands and each is unique in its own right. Most of the clients at Hillside Retreat Villas do a day trip excursion to Praslin and La Digue where they are able to take in all the sites including the famous Vallei de Mer on Praslin and the most photographed beach of Source d’ Argent on La Digue. You can either fly with Air Seychelles or take a boat trip across to Praslin and then onto La Digue.
Creole/ Seychelles Restaurants:
If you enjoy tasting exotic foods when you travel then you need to experience the local creole cusine.
If you fancy a nice thrill of winning some money while on holiday in the Seychelles then try one of the local casinos. The closest casino is Kempinski hotel with blackjack and slot machines as well as a fully licensed bar. You can relax and enjoy the gaming or watch many others enjoying themselves while having an exotic cocktail.
If the night-life is something you would like to try out when in the Seychelles then you would need to make a visit to Katiolo. Katiolo, is an unique open-air nightclub on Mahé it offers its varied clientele evenings of enjoyment with a distinctly Creole touch and a lively ambiance. Katiolo is about 10 minutes drive from the Seychelles International airport.
Why not go out and catch your own fish and come back to your beach villa to have a great BBQ. Whether you fancy big game fishing or deep sea fishing the choice is yours with local Seychelles operators happy to assist you. Mahe also has some wonderful spots for fly fishing or why not just take a fishing rod on the beach sit back relax, sip your Seybrew and watch the sunset.
Glass Bottom boats trips around the Seychelles Marine National Park:
This must be one of our highly recommended excursions- a glass bottom boat trip in the St Anne National Marine Park. You get to snorkel with the fish and feed them as well. Do not forget to bring along some bread.
If you are an avid golf fanatic then the Seychelles Golf Club which is a nine-hole course built on a old coconut plantation, would be part of your agenda for your holidays in the Seychelles. The course is situated at Anse aux Pins just off the road leading to the Reef Estate. This is approximately 15 minutes from the Seychelles Airport. Praslin also has its own Golf Course.
Horse riding on Mahe Island:
Why not try a Horse Riding while on your holiday in Seychelles. Enjoy Mahé’s west coast – Barbarons and Grand Anse area on an Arabian horse. The stables are close to Le Meriden Barbarons hotel.
Seychelles Walks, hikes and trails and tours:
A diversity of walks with different degrees of endurance are available. You can also obtain individual trail brochures produced by the Seychelles Ministry of Environment which can be purchased at the Antigone book store in Victoria and at the Seychelles Botanical Garden situated about 10 minute walk from Victoria.
Listed below are some of the Mahe walks, hikes and trails with the respective level of difficulty:
- Anse Major- Mahe: Easy
- Cassedent- Mahe Moderate — Copolia- Mahé Moderate — Dan Gallas- Mahé Tough — Glacis La Reserve- Mahe Moderate
- Glacis Trois Frères- Mahe: Easy — Mare aux Cochons- Mahe: Tough — Mission Lodge –Mahe: Easy — Morne Blanc – Mahe: Moderate
- Salazie- Mahe: Moderate — Vacoa Nature Trail –Mahe: Easy
Beau Vallon beach hosts a two different companies that offer motorised as well as non-motorised watersport equipment including pedaloes, canoes, windsurfs and sailing equipment.
The local artists are so inspired by the local Seychelles beauty you will be lost in time as you see the diversity on offer. One of the most famous artists Michael Adams who has his studio at Baie Lazare, which is just a few minutes away from us, is well worth a trip.
Why not enjoy a trip to Tom Bowers Sculpture Studio and view his wall mounting in our reception area.
The famous Jardin du Roiss is a great favourite with our guests. It is located in Anse Royale The spice gardens are a must see when in the Seychelles. Wonder around the tropical garden and smell the diverse scents of the Seychelles spices or else sit back and enjoy a creole meal in the lovely restaurant with fantastic view of Anse Royale Bay.
Mission Lodge is another highly recommended spot to visit. Situated just below the summit of Sans Soucis, the Mission Lodge affords one of the most extraordinary views of Mahé’s west coast.
Marine National Parks:
Port Launay Marine National Park is famous for its whale shark sightings. The reefs on both sides of the bay provide a wonderful opportunity to use your mask and snorkel.
The Natural History Museum situated in Victoria has wonderful exhibitions that not only illustrate the flora, fauna and geological history of Seychelles, but also enlightened you to the major environmental concerns of the Seychelles Islands.
If you would like to learn more about the history of the Seychelles then the National Archives is the place to visit. The archives are located in the Seychelles National Library located in Victoria.
The Seychelles National heritage sites:
Patrimwann is the marketing umbrella-name that encompasses four of Seychelles’ cultural attractions that highlight the country’s Kreol heritage. All of the Patrimwann attractions are located on the island of Mahé. They include Kreol Institute, Domaine de Val des Près (Craft Village), La Bastille and the Ecomuseum (or Ecomusée La Planie St. Andre) which is currently under renovation. The word “Patrimwann” is a Kreol word meaning “Heritage Trail”. The craft village hosts a number of small shops with curios. Worth a trip and a walk about.
Seychelles National Landmarks:
To really get a feel of the local culture then a visit to the colourful market situated in the heart of Victoria is a must. The Sir Selwyn Clarke Market which was built in 1840 and renovated in 1999, it remains the bustling heart of the capital Victoria and definitely the best place to buy fresh fruits, fish, vegetables and spices. You have to go to the market or else your trip in Seychelles is not complete. You can purchase items in the local Seychelles currency – Seychelles Rupees.
Big Ben- Seychelles is famous for its own Big Ben. You will not miss it based in the centre of the Capital Victoria close to the Seychelles Post office. Your Seychelles holiday is not complete if you until you have a glimpse of the Big Ben
The most famous of the Nature reserves in the Seychelles has to be the Morne Seychellois Park. The Morne Seychellois Park is the largest in Seychelles and was created in 1979. It covers a total surface area of 3,045ha, more than 20% of the area of Mahé. It is 10km in length and between 2km and 4km wide and equipped with an extensively trail network covering more than 15km. A total of 12 different trails can be explored either by half or full day excursions.
The Sanctuary at Roche Caiman:
The Sanctuary is a great place to visit if you are interested in the Nature of the Seychelles. The Sanctuary is an artificial wetland site (2.9 ha) resulting from reclamation work done on the east coast of Mahé in 1986.The Seychelles Sanctuary also boasts an information kiosk and a bird hide for the twin purpose of providing information and a good view of the wetlands faunal and floral spectacles.
This would be a must on your list when on holiday in the Seychelles. Established in 1962, the factory is responsible for growing and manufacturing tea in the Seychelles. The Tea Factory enjoys a splendid view of the western slopes of Mahé and is undoubtedly one of the finest viewing points on the island
Botanical gardens in Victoria a great place for a picnic and walk around to see the local flora and fauna of the Seychelles.You can also see the famous giant Seychelles tortoises, the most fruitful coco de mer tree, Seychelles Birds, 50 different species of palm trees as well as a collection of fruit trees and so much more.