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The Seychelles are an Archipelago of Islands, with the largest of these being Mahe which is home to the capital Victoria. About 90% of the Seychelles population live on the island of Mahe, which has amazing natural scenery in the form of 3000 foot high mountains as well as an endless amount of fantastic beaches set in magnificent bays.

The capital also hosts the Seychelles natural history museum, the Codevar Crafts centre and the Botanical gardens which are certainly worth a visit. Mahe also makes a fantastic base for those of you intent on exploring the idyllic beaches on the rest of the islands with many of the spots being easy to reach by bus or car.

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Why visit Mahe?

  • A day in the beautiful Beau Vallon Bay is a must, surrounded by the best scenic views of Mahe, it is the perfect place to indulge in the many water sports and grand restaurants
  • For those hiking enthusiasts the lush surroundings of Mahe make for perfect days out along the hiking trails of Morne Seychellois for example, it is simply breathe taking
  • Enjoy a fun-filled day at the National Park in Mahe which unveils crystal clear waters full of tropical colourful fish which make for perfect snorkelling adventures
Seychelles Rupee (Rs)
Dialing Code:
00 + 248 + Local Number
Exchange Rate:
~1 ZAR: 0.92 Rs
Time Zone:
Standard Time, UTC +4 (Mahe and the Seychelles is 2 hours ahead of South Africa)
Drives on the left
Seychelles International Airport
Travel Adaptor:
Type G (Frequency 50Hz: Voltage 240V)

The hottest months fall between December to April and the wettest months fall between Januarys to February. The weather overall is generally pleasant throughout the year and when it does rain it is only for a short period

The languages that are spoken in Mahe consist of English, French, Seselwa Creole French.

  • The Seychelles consist of 100 islands in the Indian Ocean with the principle island being Mahe.
  • Mahé is the largest island in the Seychelles.
  • Mahé was named after Bertrand-Franҫois Mahé de La Bourdonnais, a French governor of Mauritius.

Just 3 Km from Victoria lies the most popular beach on the whole of the island Beau Vallon. The beach itself is located inside a large moon shaped bay, which is covered in Palm and Takamaka trees. The water at this beach is significantly deeper than many of the others in the area hence its popularity. The beach and the surrounding area is indeed somewhat more developed than many other places on the island, though is still an unspoilt holidaying Mecca compared to many other tourist destinations. Evenings at the beach have a special relaxed vibe and fishermen can be seen selling their catch of the day throughout the evenings.

One of the most under explored area of the island, yet undoubtedly worth a visit is the islands rugged mountainous interior. The Morne Seychellois National Park boasts some of the most spectacular sights in the archipelago, and has the most diverse natural environment on the island, from Mangroves to Mountains. Most of these areas see small numbers of tourists, so you are likely to see large and unspoilt open expanses. There are a number of specialist guides offering visitors a series of organised walks throughout the park which is arguably the best way to see the area as most of the park is not accessible by car.

Mahé is generally a safe place to visit with many attractions to fill your holiday experience with great memories. Although it is a fairly safe destination to vacation, it is still advised to remain vigilant at all times. Being a visitor in this place you might not know the lifestyle of some areas so as a precaution do not wander around at night.

The cuisine in Mahé is influenced by African, British, French, Indian and Chinese cuisines. There is no doubt that anything that is tasted in Mahé will be enjoyed. Fish is something that plays a big part in the Seychelles cuisine as there are plenty of fisherman that catch the freshest fish. It would not be right not to try it when visiting. For those travellers who are open to sampling the local culture dishes, Cari bernique; Bourgeoisie grille and bat curry, which are considered to be delicacies in the Seychelles, is a must.

The best restaurants to try in Mahé include:

  • Del Place Bar and Restaurant
  • La Perle Noire
  • La Pause
  • Maria’s Rock Café
  • La Plage Restaurant
  • Roman Catholicism is the dominant religion in Mahé. There is freedom to practice any religion of your choosing, as it is a very diverse destination. The other religions that can also be found in Mahé consist of Muslims, Hindu’s and Bahaï. This place has an island atmosphere, many of the locals are extremely friendly and welcoming, so much so that you will never want to leave.

    South African Passport holders do not need a Visa to enter the Seychelles for a period of up to 30 days. However, you are required to make sure your passport is valid for the duration of your intended stay in the Seychelles.

    Address: 25 Pope Hennessy Street, PO Box 908, Port Louis, Mauritius.
    Telephone: +230-2126925
    Fax: (+230) 213 1171 / (+230) 212 6936
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    Item Cape Town Johannesburg Mahe
    Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant R 90.00 R 100.00 R 157.84
    Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) R 22.00 R 20.00 R 49.98
    Cappuccino (regular) R 19.00 R 20.00 R 47.35
    Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 12.00 R 63.14
    Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) R 35.00 R 35.00 R 168.36

    Seychelles International Airport – SEZ is the commercial airport that's used for Mahe.

    Food and beverage: There are a number of bars and restaurants in both of the airports passenger terminals, which are just a 2 minute walk from one another.

    Currency Exchange: There is a bank, several ATM’s and a Bureau de change scattered across both terminals at Seychelles Airport.

    Lost Luggage: In the event your luggage is lost, report it to your specific carrier.

    Airport Hotels: There are no hotels located inside Mahe Airport itself, with the nearest hotels being mid-way between the airport and the capital city Victoria. The closest of these hotels is the Wharf Hotel and the Marina Hotel; both are luxury hotels. Visitors have the option of using the tourism office in arrivals to book hotels.

    Car Hire: Avis, Hertz and Sixt provide car rental options at Mahe Airport in the Seychelles.

    Airport hub: Mahe Airport (code SEZ) is a hub for Air Seychelles.

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    The information on this page is correct as of August 2016. While every effort is made to keep information as fresh as possible, takes no responsibility for any of the information being out of date or incorrectly noted.

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