Mahé Island - The largest island in Seychelles

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.

Mahe Highlights

  • 65 beaches to enjoy including Beau Vallon Bay, Anse Royale and Grand Anse to name a few
  • Walk the capital Victoria - be sure to include a visit to the market!
  • The Morne Seychellois National Park home to the highest point in the Seychelles at 905m
  • Experience traditional Creole cuisine and island-style dining with feet in the sand
  • Luxury properties set in the most beautiful surrounds
  • Take an island tour to see botanical gardens, local crafts and the quiet south-west coast
Constance Ephelia Resort Hilton Seychelles Northolme, north coast of Mahe St Anne Marine Park off the coast of Mahe

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.

Activities in Mahe

  • Fishing & Diving
  • Sailing & Cruising
  • Guided walks & trails
  • Snorkelling & swimming
  • Spa & Wellness
  • Family resorts
  • Excursions to islands in the Sainte Anne Marine Park including Moyenne and Cerf
  • Day-trip excursions to Praslin Island

Selected Mahe itineraries

Our favourite itineraries, showcasing the best of Mahe

Seychelles Twin Island Paradise

Days
10
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $8,580 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Seychelles
Locations
Mahe, Felicite Island

Luxury Cape Town, Kruger and Seychelles Honeymoon

Days
17
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $10,690 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Seychelles, South Africa
Locations
Cape Town, Sabi Sands, Mahe

Masai Mara and Seychelles - Safari and Beach Honeymoon

Days
13
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $5,630 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Kenya, Seychelles
Locations
Masai Mara, Nairobi, Mahe

Chic boutique Carana Beach Hotel on Mahe Island

Days
9
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $3,220 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Seychelles
Locations
Mahe

Boutique and Luxury Twin Island Holiday - Mahe & Praslin

Days
14
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $6,510 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Seychelles
Locations
Mahe, Praslin

Seychelles Duo Island Luxury Honeymoon - Constance Ephelia & Denis Island

Days
14
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $5,760 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Seychelles
Locations
Mahe, Denis Island

Boutique Honeymoon Hideaway on Mahe Island Seychelles

Days
9
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $3,250 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Seychelles
Locations
Mahe

Twin Island Luxury Seychelles Honeymoon - Banyan Tree & Raffles

Days
12
Cost Per Person
Cost Per Person: from $5,910 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Countries
Seychelles
Locations
Mahe, Praslin
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Mahe Accommmodation

  • A stunning resort of suites and villas, The Four Seasons is flanked by lush jungle and overlooks an idyllic bay of white sand and turquoise waters. Relax in luxury with a range of superb facilities including a hilltop spa and a main pool spanning 5,000 square-feet.

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  • Banyan Tree Seychelles Client Score: 4.5

    Set beside magnificent Intendance Bay on Mahe Island, this exclusive resort offers high levels of luxury and service. Stay in stunning villas with infinity pools and enjoy a unique Seychelles holiday experience.

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  • Overlooking the marine national park of Port Launay, Ephelia Resort is set within 120 hectares of land, which encompasses two of the best beaches in the Seychelles. Expect luxury accommodation, strong service and excellent facilities.

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  • The H-Resort Seychelles is a luxury boutique hotel offering a range of suites and pool villas, plus excellent dining options, beside beautiful Beau Vallon beach on Mahe Island

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  • Carana Beach Hotel Client Score: 4

    This boutique Carana Beach hotel on Mahe has an ethos and spirit all of its own. Discover a true island experience, where the Seychelles spirit awaits you.

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  • With stunning views towards the islands of Silhouette and North, the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort & Spa is a lovely boutique hotel on Mahé Island

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  • A 5* resort on the quieter south west coast of Mahé island. Relax amid tropical greenery, beside a white sand beach and enjoy superb facilities at Kempinski Seychelles including a Spa, Kids Club, as well as a range of activities from water sports to nature walks.

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  • Maia Luxury Resort and Spa Client Score: Not yet rated

    Surrounded by 30 acres of lush forest and gardens on a small peninsular, Maia Luxury Resort & Spa commands spectacular ocean views and delivers high levels of luxury and service from exclusive villas and a private butler service.

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