Must see attractions in Mahé

  • Top ChoiceSights in Victoria

    National Museum of History

    Housed in Victoria's restored colonial-era Supreme Court building (1885), this terrific museum opened in late 2018. While the architecture itself is worth admiring, the museum's exhibitions are outstanding. Downstairs is an informative journey through 300 years of Seychelles history, with plenty of information to put the model ships, old cannons and other historical pieces in context. Upstairs focuses on Creole culture, with displays on music, clothing, fishing and architecture.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Victoria

    Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market

    No trip to Victoria would be complete without a wander through the covered market. It's small by African standards, but it's a bustling, colourful place nonetheless. Alongside fresh fruit and vegetables, stalls sell souvenirs such as local spices and herbs, as well as the usual assortment of pareos (sarongs) and shirts. Early morning is the best time to come, when fishmongers display an astonishing variety of seafood, from parrotfish to barracuda. It's at its liveliest on Saturday.

  • Top ChoiceSights in East Coast

    Takamaka Bay

    On this popular tour you learn the story behind the island's main distillery and about the rum-making process. The tour runs for between 30 and 45 minutes and concludes with a tasting and an opportunity to purchase bottles of rum. There is also a forest walk and a small stand of sugar cane. It features a highly regarded restaurant.

  • Sights in Mahé

    Morne Seychellois National Park

    One of Mahé's highlights, the splendid Morne Seychellois National Park encompasses an impressive 20% of Mahé's land area and contains a wide variety of habitats, from coastal mangrove forests up to the country's highest peak, the Morne Seychellois (905m). Choked in thick forest formation, the enigmatic, central part of the park is virtually deserted and can only be reached by walking trails; you don't have to go far before the outside world starts to feel a long, long way away.

  • Sights in Morne Seychellois National Park

    Mission Lodge

    Close to the highest point you can reach on Mahé by road, Mission Lodge has a superb lookout with spectacular views of central Mahé and the west coast, and some low-slung stone ruins slowly returning to the forest (a school was built here by the London Missionary Society in the 19th century to care for slave children who had been dumped on the island after the abolition of slavery). Queen Elizabeth II took tea in the small pavilion in 1972.

  • Sights in West Coast

    Petite Anse

    This pristine curve of white sand is accessible via the Four Seasons Resort; wait at the gate and a buggy will take you down to the beach. Come late afternoon: as the sun lowers, the sky deepens to orange. This beach just might be heaven, despite the fact that it has been partly privatised by the hotel. Visitors can use the hotel's beach-restaurant for food and drink.

  • Sights in East Coast

    Fairyland Beach

    Most of the Seychelles' postcard-stunning beaches are on Praslin and La Digue, but Fairyland Beach when seen from the south is a real looker, with a lovely arc of sand fringed with palm trees and granite boulders. Sadly, it's not a great beach for swimming – waters are shallow and there's plenty of algae, Mahé's east coast curse. There's good snorkelling around tiny Île Souris, just offshore.

  • Top ChoiceSights in Beau Vallon & the North Coast

    Beau Vallon Beach

    A beautiful semi-circle of sand backed by palms and takamaka trees, Beau Vallon beach is Mahé's most popular. The swimming is excellent, but there can be strong waves from June to November. For day visitors, beach bed rental costs Rs 75/150/225 per one/two/four hours, or Rs 325 per day.

  • Top ChoiceSights in West Coast

    Anse Soleil

    The idyllic little beach of Anse Soleil is a pocket-sized paradise. You can pause here for lunch – there's a beach restaurant – but beware, you may never want to leave. It's accessible via a secondary road (it's signposted).

  • Sights in West Coast

    Grande Anse

    Grande Anse is an immense swathe of sand that glimmers with a fierce but utterly enchanting beauty. No other beach provides the same opportunities for long, solitary walks. It's not suitable for swimming, though, due to strong currents.

  • Top ChoiceSights in West Coast

    Anse Major

    One of the most beautiful beaches on Mahé, Anse Major is only accessible on foot from Danzil – few visitors to the Seychelles make it here. The setting is a match for any beach in the Seychelles, although swimming can be dangerous.

  • Sights in West Coast

    Anse Port Launay

    Close to the Constance Ephelia, just 50m beyond Port Launay Bus Terminal, this gorgeous circle of sand can feel like paradise with its overhanging trees, turquoise waters and lovely views.

  • Top ChoiceSights in West Coast

    Anse Takamaka

    The gently curving Anse Takamaka is a gorgeous strand for walking unfettered on white sand and gaping at sunsets. Facilities include Chez Batista's bar-restaurant.

  • Sights in East Coast

    Le Jardin du Roi

    Located 2km up in the hills above Anse Royale, this lush spice garden owes its existence to Pierre Poivre, the French spice entrepreneur. There is a self-guided walk around the 35-hectare orchard-crossed-with-forest. The planter's house contains a one-room museum and there's a pleasant cafe-restaurant with smashing views down to the coast. Homemade jams, marmalade and spices are available at the gift shop.

  • Sights in Victoria

    Botanical Gardens

    The manicured botanical gardens, full of streams and birdsong, are about a 10-minute walk south of the centre. Star attractions are the coco de mer palms lining the main alley. There's also a spice grove, a pen of giant tortoises, a patch of rainforest complete with fruit bats, and a cafeteria.

  • Sights in Morne Seychellois National Park

    SeyTé Tea Factory

    At the working tea factory, about 3km above Port Glaud, 20-minute tours take you through the tea-making process. It's best to visit before noon, when you can see the whole process from drying to packing. There's also a gift shop where you can sample and purchase the fragrant SeyTé and citronnelle. There are fine west-coast views from the car park and you can watch the spectacular white-tailed tropicbirds take flight from here.

  • Sights in Victoria

    Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

    This imposing cathedral is noteworthy for its elegant portal and colonnaded facade – the interior nave is long and airy with some stained-glass windows. The extraordinary building immediately west of the cathedral is the Domus – it's the priests' residence and a national monument.

  • Sights in East Coast

    Église Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours

    Consecrated in 2009, this graceful church is simplicity itself and is all the better for it. Instead of stained-glass windows, the massive windows are slats that catch the sea breeze and lend the whole structure a lovely tropical Creole personality. Even if it's not open, it's worth stopping to admire the exterior.

  • Sights in West Coast

    Anse Intendance

    A top-end resort lines the northern portion of this high-profile beach. The southern end is almost deserted and offers good swimming and snorkelling. The sunset views are some of the best in the Seychelles. From the police station at Quatre Bornes, take the 1.7km concrete road that leads down to Anse Intendance.

  • Sights in West Coast

    Anse Louis

    To the north of Anse à la Mouche the coast is a bit less glamorous but appealing nonetheless. If you can find access to Anse Louis, where the superswish Maia Luxury Resort lies, you'll be rewarded with a superlative beach of singular, quiet beauty.