Mahé is home to the vast majority of the population of Seychelles, most of which is concentrated around the capital, Victoria. This is the commercial centre of the islands and also includes a bustling port as well as the main airport. Victoria is full of Creole character including its colourful market, two cathedrals and botanical gardens. Mahé island offers a wide choice of Seychelles hotels from luxury resorts to boutique hotels, perfect for a luxury Seychelles holiday or great for a beach holiday after an African safari.
Many tourism facilities are located towards the north of Mahé island along Beau Vallon Bay; the quieter south and west has picturesque villages, but also a number of modern, purpose built resorts. Off the eastern coast of Mahé, close to the capital, lies the Sainte Anne National Marine Park with its series of small islands, several which have private island hotels including J A Enchanted Island Resort. Wherever you are on Mahé, lush tropical mountainsides cascade down to idyllic white sand beaches.
While Mahé is Seychelles' largest island, it is only 28km long by 8km wide and packed with a great choice of luxury hotels and spectacular natural attractions. The fact Mahé is so small becomes a handy advantage, with lush jungle, pristine beaches, water sports and superb diving extremely close to one another; driving around the whole island takes a leisurely 3 hours. Mahe also makes a perfect starting point if you are planning a Seychelles island-hopping holiday.
Much of the vegetation found on Mahé is rare and endemic, thanks to its isolation from other continents. Keep your eyes peeled for unique plants such as the Seychelles Vanilla Orchid, Jellyfish Tree and the meat-eating Seychelles Pitcher Plant, all of which are found no-where else in the world. A good place to search for such rare flora is the Morne Seychellois National Park, encompassing towering granite peaks and ethereal mangrove forests. Take a hiking trail to explore this densely forested wilderness and reach the highest point in the Seychelles, Morne Seychellois.
Mahé's main attraction, however, will always be its white sandy beaches. The stunning coastlines are utterly captivating and the resort hotels provide the perfect place from which to relax and enjoy the idyllic surrounds. Mahe Island is a great choice for a Seychelles family holiday since no hotel is more than a 45-minute car transfers from the international airport; several of the larger resorts also include Kid's Clubs, with most having daily activity programmes that incorporate the local nature and wildlife.
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