Anyone Heard of Mahé?

by Jay Otaigbe on September 8, 2009 · 2 comments

Praslin Beach courtesy of

Praslin Beach courtesy of

Well, you have now. Mahé is the main island in the Seychelles and renown for its timeless beauty and tranquil surroundings.  Mahé was named in honour of the 18th-century governer of Mauritius.  Some of the best beaches in the Seychelles are found here as well as the international airport and the Seychelle’s capital, VictoriaMahé  and it’s satellite islands, Praslin and La Digue, form the hub of the tourism trade and are known as the inner islands.  The international airport in Mahé is where all external flights land before the visitors are forwarded to their particular destination.  I say destination because, the Republic of Seychelles comprises of 115 islands, 41 of them form the worlds oldest mid-oceanic granite islands, the rest are coral and

Beau Vallon - Mahé

Beau Vallon - Mahé

reef islands that appear to have been sculptured for paradise.  The group of islands known as the Seychelles lie between 480km and 1’600 km away from the coast of east Africa.  The weather is lovely, hot enough, but never too hot or cold year round.  The temperature rarely drops below 24 c or above 30 c and the winds are pleasant when you feel them.

The first record of a setttlement here was in 1770 by the French, who led a small party of whites, Africans and Indians.  The population was just 3’500 when Britain took over in 1814 and had risen to 7’000 by 1825.  Seychelles achieved independence from Britain in 1976, becoming a republic within the commonwealth community.

The ethnic mix in the Seychelles is of the creole type, with a French and African blend, including the obvious presence of Indian, Chinese and, in fact, cultures from most corners of the globe.  You will love the pace of life here and relaxing aura.  This is home to some of the worlds rarest species of flora and fauna with 20% of Mahé being taken up by the Morne Seychellois National Park, a must see if you love nature.  In fact, nearly 50% of Seychelles already limited landmass is specifically for National Parks and Reserves. 

Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve

Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve

Two must-sees in the Seychelles are Aldabra, the world’s largest raised coral atoll and Vallée de Mai, in PraslinVallée de Mai Nature Reserve was inscribed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in 1983 and is a natural palm forest left almost undisturbed by human interference. 

UNESCO also inscribed Aldabra as a World Heritage Site a year earlier, in 1982.  Aldabra is probably more world renound for the Aldabra Giant Tortoises, of which 100’000 remain and are thought to be able to live well over 100 years. 
Aldabra giant tortoise

Aldabra giant tortoise

Incidently, they are estimated to weigh around 250kg, do not try to lift one! You will probably be aware that the Latin language has been used to describe every living thing known to mankind.  This creature’s name is ‘Geohelone gigantea’ which I suppose means ‘something really big.’  Just for your information, the oldest known one of these died at the spritely age of 250 years old in an Indian zoo back in 2006. 

Not all of the islands have accomodation available but most of them are available as excursions.  With so many islands available you’ll be spoilt for choice in this luxurious archipelago.  There are so many things to see so for more information on available tours, flights and sights visit:

Seychelles Tours

Seychelles Hotels

Seychelles Flights

Have fun.




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