Map of Seychelles: The Island of Mahé

Constance Ephélia, Seychelles
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Famed for its pristine beaches and laid-back island charm, the Seychelles archipelago boasts a jewel in its crown: Mahé, the largest island.  

Immerse yourself in the vibrant energy of Victoria, the Seychelles’ capital city, before escaping to the secluded coves and breathtaking panoramas that fringe Mahé. Explore beyond the bustling markets and colonial architecture with our detailed map, your guide to uncovering Mahé’s hidden gems. 

Mahé Island: The Crown Jewel of the Seychelles

Mahé, Seychelles

Mahé, Seychelles

Mahé, the largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, is a paradise waiting to be exploredHome to roughly 95,000 inhabitants, it comprises a whopping 86% of the country’s total population. 

Island of Abundance: A Legacy of Beauty 

Named after French Governor Mahé de La Bourdonnais (though originally dubbed “Ile d’Abondance” or “Island of Abundance”), Mahé lives up to its historical title.  

Beyond the postcard-perfect images of white sand and turquoise water, the island boasts a surprising 154 square kilometres (59 square miles) of diverse landscapes. This 28 km (17 mile) long and 8 km (5 mile) wide island even holds the distinction of housing the world’s smallest capital city, Victoria.   

This means that a visit to Mahé offers a chance to immerse yourself in the heart of Seychellois culture and life with must-see sights 

Small in Size, Big in Diversity: A Landscape for Everyone

Despite its relatively small size, Mahé offers a surprising variety of landscapes.  

Explore the lush rainforests teeming with life, hike the dramatic granite mountains for breathtaking panoramas, or simply relax on the pristine beaches lapped by turquoise waters.  

Whether you’re seeking relaxation on the shore or adventure in the hills, Mahé’s diverse landscapes cater to every taste. 


Mahé’s North Coast: Pristine Beaches and Bustling Victoria


Victoria, Mahé

The north coast of Mahé is where most visitors first set foot on the island.  

Home to Seychelles International Airport and the capital city, Victoria, this region is a vibrant hub. Victoria, the smallest capital city in the world, boasts charming Creole architecture, a bustling market selling fresh produce and local crafts, and a handful of museums.  

Beach Bliss: The North’s Sparkling Gems

But the true stars of the north coast are some of the best beaches in the Seychelles. Beau Vallon, with its powdery white sand and calm waters, is a popular choice for families and sunbathers.  

Here, you can soak up the sun, build sandcastles with the little ones, or try your hand at water sports. 

Secluded Beauty: Anse Major’s Allure

Further east, Anse Major offers a more secluded and dramatic setting, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. 

Mahé’s West Coast: Wild Beauty and Untamed Shores

The west coast of Mahé is a haven for nature lovers. Here, towering granite peaks plunge into the turquoise ocean, creating a rugged and untamed landscape.  This side of the island receives more rainfall than the others, making it home to lush vegetation and cascading waterfalls.  

A Nature Lover’s Paradise: Exploring Morne Seychellois National Park

If you’re feeling adventurous, hike through the Morne Seychellois National Park, where wildlife thrives amidst the lush greenery. Lace up your boots and embark on a journey through cascading waterfalls, dense rainforests, and hidden trails.  Keep your eyes peeled for rare birds and admire panoramic views of the island that will leave you breathless. 

Secluded Tranquillity: Unwind in Hidden Coves

For a relaxing afternoon, head to one of the secluded coves that dot the west coast, like Petite Anse or Anse Soleil.  These hidden gems offer a chance to escape the crowds and truly soak up the tranquillity of the island.  

Mahé’s South Coast: Untamed Beauty and Historical Gems

The south coast of Mahé offers a unique blend of natural beauty and historical intrigue.  

Untamed Beauty with a Historical Twist: The South Coast’s Allure

This region is known for its wilder, more rugged coastline which makes it a deserted paradise for walkers, nature lovers and those looking for solitude with a view. Dramatic granite boulders jut out from the turquoise waters, creating secluded coves ideal for swimming and snorkelling.  

A Glimpse into the Past: Historical Gems

History buffs will appreciate the historical sites scattered along the coast. Visit the ruins of La Misère, a plantation house that once belonged to French settlers, or stop by the Constance Ephelia Resort, where remnants of an old lime kiln can still be seen.  

Untouched Paradise: The Southernmost Tip

The southernmost tip of Mahé is the least developed, with secluded coves like Anse Baleine and Anse Parnel. This untouched beauty makes it a haven for nature enthusiasts seeking a true escape.  

Hike along untouched trails, explore hidden coves, and get into the raw, untamed beauty of Mahé’s southernmost reaches. 

Mahé’s South East Coast: Rugged Charm and Local Flavour

cooking class spices

The southeast coast of Mahé strikes a balance between tranquillity and accessibility. Compared to the luxurious east coast resorts, the southeast offers a more relaxed atmosphere with a touch of local charm.  

Family Fun in the Sun: Anse Forbans‘ Allure

Here, find beautiful beaches like Anse Forbans, popular with families for its calm waters and gentle waves.   

A Slice of Seychellois Life: Exploring Anse Royale

Further south, Anse Royale boasts a selection of guesthouses and beachfront restaurants, perfect for experiencing a slice of Seychellois life.  

There, you could find the working spice plantation Le Jardin du Roi with its beautiful Creole restaurant looking out over the island. 

Mahé’s East Coast: Island Life and Local Charm

Kayaking in the Seychelles

The east coast is where most of the residents of Mahé live and is home to the nation’s small capital Victoria. 

Tranquil Shores and Local Delights

The beaches on this side of the island, such as Anse Aux Pins and Turtle Bay tend to be shallow and not quite as picturesque as those on the west. However, they are a great place to visit at the end of the day for a walk and to watch the fishermen bring in their daily catch or wade for octopus in the shallows. Here, you’ll find calm waters ideal for diving, swimming and snorkelling, with plenty of opportunities for water sports like kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. 

 A Taste of Local Culture: Exploring Beyond the Beach

Take the time while you’re on the east coast to visit the Takamaka Bay Distillery to sample the local rum and find out how it’s made. Also visit the Domaine de Val des Près, an old plantation showcasing traditional Creole culture. 

Victoria’s Vibrancy: A Capital City Escape

Further up the coast lies Victoria, the historic capital of Seychelles.  This charming city boasts a distinctive 19th-century, London-style clock tower, a reminder of the island’s colonial past.  

Make sure while you’re here you visit the vibrant daily indoor food market, sensory experience filled with colourful fruits, fresh seafood, and local delicacies.. 

A Touch of History and Breath-taking Beauty

If you’re looking for more touch of history of the island, visit the Seychelles National Botanical Gardens, home to a diverse collection of plants and flowers  indigenous to the islands.   

End the Day in Style: Delectable Cuisine and Scenic Views

In the evening, enjoy a delicious meal at one of the many beachfront restaurants, offering stunning views of the Indian Ocean. 

Mahé’s interior: Lush Rainforests and Hidden Gems

Hiking Views at Constance Ephelia

Hiking Views at Constance Ephelia

Driving over one of the roads that crosses the islands’ mountainous interior is a beautiful journey through lush verdant rain forest, home to an abundance of endemic flora and fauna, cloak the island’s mountainous spine.  

Hiker’s Haven: Exploring Morne Seychellois National Park

The Morne Seychellois National Park encompasses much of the interior, offering a network of hiking trails that wind through dense foliage and past cascading waterfalls.  

Hike to the park’s highest point, Morne Seychellois, for breathtaking panoramic views of the entire island.  

Panoramic Paradise: Conquering Morne Seychellois

Explore hidden gems like Mission Lookout, a historical site with a restored tea plantation. Take a step back in time and learn about the island’s agricultural history. 

You can also visit Sans Souci, a sprawling estate with colonial architecture and lush gardens.  Wander through the manicured grounds, admire the grand architecture, and soak up the atmosphere of this historic landmark. 

Adventure Awaits: A Paradise for Outdoor Enthusiasts

The island’s interior is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts seeking adventure and a glimpse into the natural heart of Mahé.  

Hike through the rainforest, climb to breathtaking viewpoints, and discover hidden waterfalls.  Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a casual explorer, Mahé’s interior offers something for everyone. 

Book an excursion before you arrive at Constance Ephélia, Mahé, with ouronline concierge service. 

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