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Our top ten things to do on Mahé, Seychelles

You could easily fill up a top 10 with just beaches but for the sake of variety we’ve kept just one beach, and another one as part of the National Marine Park. Note these aren’t in any particular order.

  1. A beach! But a special beach. Anse Intendance is possibly one of the most beautiful bays in the world. It can be dangerous for swimming so pay attention to the signs and if you can, try to go from Oct-May when the swimming is better.

  2. Sir Selwyn Market - We love a good market, and okay this is not the best market I’ve been to in the world, but it makes the mark for Seychelles. There is such a colourful variety of produce here and the hustle and bustle on a Saturday morning is a real experience. Make sure to bring change and go early. See our guide to the Fruits and Vegetables of the Seychelles for more information on what you're buying. 

  3. Morne National Park - this hike is beautiful as you walk along the mountains edge with views of the sea. At the end you get to splash out at Anse Major beach which is only reachable by this hike or boat.

  4. Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar Temple - the only Hindu temple on the island, great for photography and extra special if you get to attend a traditional Hindu festival.

  5. Takamaka Rum Distillery - really nice spot with a charming spice garden. They have knowledgeable staff who can teach you all about making rum in the Seychelles.

  6. Baie Ternay Marine National Park -amazing snorkeling where you can see sting rays, eagle rays, sea turtles, and tropical fish like lion fish. It’s reachable by boat trip (for the snorkeling)  which is a memorable excursion, or by car. Just drive as far as you can north from the southwest. It's a 500m walk to the beach through an abandoned Communist training camp. 

  7. Copolia Trail- it’s a 1km steep climb to get amazing views of Victoria and the surrounding area. You might also see some of the carnivorous pitcher plants.

  8. Jardin de Roi - a lovely spot for the senses as you mingle over the spice garden and indulge in some tasty creole food.

  9. Turquoise Horse-riding - this is a spot you won’t read about, but you will love as it is an unforgettable experience getting to horse ride in a beautiful setting with an outstanding owner who absolutely cares for his horses and the environment.

  10. Michael Adams Art - the most famous Seychellois artist and my personal favourite artist here. Check out his unique interpretations of Seychelles life. 

Bonus point! Check out Roots Seychelles for a hippie style session of sun printing on an incredible hilltop with epic views and make your own homemade sarong.

Must Dos on Mahe: Text


This new 5th edition of the Bradt guide to the Seychelles has been fully updated throughout and remains the only travel guide to offer a comprehensive scientific account of the biodiversity of Seychelles in an easy to read format (over 40% of the Seychelles land is under environmental protection).

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