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Mahe Travel Guide
Find the archetypical island paradise on your holiday to Mahe. Towering granite peaks set the impressive backdrop of the island, dropping dramatically into lush jungles and palm-fringed, white sand beaches. We love driving the spectacular coastline to discover some of the 60 heavenly beaches and sandy coves Mahe has to offer, seeing topaz bays set like jewels around the coastline, crystalline waters lapping at the silky sand. Search no longer. You have found paradise.
The capital of the Seychelles, charismatic Victoria charms with its colonial architecture and Creole atmosphere. Set under the beautiful Morne Seychellois, the highest peak on Mahe, Victoria can be explored by foot in about two hours. Be sure to check out the clock tower modelled after the Vauxhall Clock Tower in London. Head to the Victoria Museum, located near the post office, to see exhibits on indigenous flora and fauna and original documents listing slave arrivals on the island, then spend some time at the Victoria Market, where you can buy fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, and locally made crafts.
Seychelles National Botanic Gardens
Explore the tropical luxury of the Seychelles National Botanic Gardens. This 100-year old site is located in the heart of Victoria and preserves 50 palm species, unique and endemic plants, fruit bats, native and endangered birds, and giant tortoises.
National History Museum
The National History Museum exhibits artefacts showing the elaborate history of the Seychelles. See a map dating from 1517, ship wreck items, and the Stone of Possession, the Seychelles oldest monument which was laid by French Captain Nicholas Morphey in 1756 in order to claim the island from pirates.
The Creole Institute
Seychellois are proud of their African and Malagasy heritage and built the Creole Institute to preserve and promote Creole traditions and cultures. Check out the range of cultural exhibitions, language and literature workshops, song recitals, and documentation about the Creole culture.
The largest raised coral atoll in the world, Aldabra Atoll includes more than a dozen islands bordering a vast lagoon. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to the world's largest population of Adabra Giant Tortoises, as well as hammerhead sharks, barracuda, hawksbill turtles, green turtles, manta rays, and numerous exotic birds.