Mahe is the largest and most developed island of the Seychelles archipelago. An area of 28 x 8 km is home to approximately 72,000 people, which is 80% of the total population of the state. Nearly ⅔ of the buildings are built on bulk land, as housing needs and infrastructure are very acute for the islanders. The epicenter of life is on the north and east coasts.
Mahe is in great demand among tourists, as the optimal balance between the benefits of civilization with noisy discos, asphalt roads, comfortable hotels, fashionable restaurants and natural beauties is found here. Mountains covered with emerald jungle pass into gorgeous beaches, framed by slender rows of coconut palms.
No tourist can pass the island of Mahe, even if the hotel, booked for a luxurious vacation, is located on another island. The only international airport has been built here. He began work in 1971, the Queen of Great Britain herself was even present at the opening ceremony.
The terminal complex is located at an altitude of only 3 m. Above sea level. A single runway with a length of 2.987 m can accept all types of aircraft.
There are 3 terminals at the airport: cargo, domestic and international. The interior of the latter is designed in a national style. The friendly staff is in no hurry, so if you decide to have a meal in a cafe, you will have to wait patiently for the selected dish. There is Duty Free with a standard set of products.
Citizens of Russia get a visa immediately after arrival at the airport. To pass the migration control, you must present a passport, a voucher confirming the reservation at the hotel, a credit card or cash at the rate of 150 USD per person per day.
From the airport to the capital Victoria you can get a taxi for about 250 rupees. If the driver calls the price higher, it makes sense to bargain.
The municipal bus takes about 30 minutes. However, it is worth remembering that public transport runs from 06.00 to 17.30.
A pretty town, surrounded by greenery and flowers, named after Queen Victoria. The legacy of the British Empire is expressed in a miniature copy of Big Ben, the post office building and even the left-hand traffic, which is regulated by 2 unique traffic lights throughout the archipelago.
The imprint of the French protectorate can be traced in houses and mansions built in the recognizable Creole style, which is characterized by an abundance of decorative elements.
All the sights of the city can be seen in just a couple of hours. Among them are St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Church of the Immaculate Conception and the Botanical Garden.
On the main street of Market Street is the oldest Seychelles market with the complex name Sir Selvin Selvin-Clark. That was the name of one of the governors of the island. On the market you can buy the freshest seafood, fruits, vegetables, souvenirs, spices, clothes and other goods of almost basic necessities.
The capital is considered the center of a glamorous and cultural life. There are discos, bars with live music and as many as 2 casinos. In these institutions you can more often meet tourists than locals.
From all sides, the capital is surrounded by the hills of Niol, Crav-Coeur and Signal. The landscape is complemented by the Three Brothers mountain range and cinnamon plantations. Incredibly beautiful beaches stretch along the entire coast.
In addition to a beach holiday, May offers a lot of options for cultural and exciting pastime.
Royal Garden of Le Jardin-du-Roi
Located 2 km from the beach of Anse Royal, the park invites you to a fascinating walk along the picturesque alleys and paths. Here is the planter’s house. There is a small thematic museum and a restaurant overlooking the coast.
The garden is open Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 17.30 and on Sunday from 12.00 to 15.00. Paid entrance.
This is a small town named after Lazar Pico, who declared Seychelles to be French overseas territory in 1742. Bai Lazar is famous for the artists who are attracted to this place for some special reason. There are several galleries where the works of local celebrities Donald Adelaide, Antonio Philippine and Gerard Deva are represented.
Morne Seychellois National Park
The reserve is located in the center of Mahe and occupies about 20% of the entire island. The main road stretches for 14 km. Many trails for hiking and walking of varying difficulty depart from it. The main attraction – Mount Morn Blanc (905 m.), On the slope of which is broken the only tea plantation in the country. The factory hosts regular tours, after which you can buy a package of your favorite tea.
Bai Ternay Marine Park
The reserve is located in the west of the island between Cape Matoop and Ternay. You can get into it only from the sea.