Mahé is the main island of the Seychelles group and has
over 60 idyllic beaches.
The capital city, Victoria, is the seat of the Seychelles government and has a
population of about thirty thousand - which represents just under half of the
entire population of the islands. Also one of the most impressive islands of the
group, it has the highest mountains in the archipelago - stretching 900 meters
into the blue Seychelles skies, and setting a dramatic backdrop to more than
sixty white-sand beaches.
In the markets one can sample a vast selection of fresh fruit and fish,
or just chat to the locals - who are always happy to tell you a tale about the
"whale-sized" fish that was caught last week.
Mahé is also the cultural capital of Seychelles: The Natural History Museum
and The Codevar Craft Centre are located there, and local artists such as
Tom Bowers and Michael Adams exhibit their work informally all over the island. The Botanical Gardens, with
their fantastic collection of tropical plants, are a must for every nature
lover. There are about 75 plant species native to the rain forest that are
found nowhere else in the world.
And finally, Mahé enjoys an average temperature of 27°C all year round - the perfect climate
for sailing, water-skiing, windsurfing... or just soaking up the sun.