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Top Places to Visit in Mahe - 3 Essential Island Shenanigans in Mahe

Mahe is Seychelles' largest island. The ambience here beats that of almost all other tropical islands. The island's granite cliffs and wild rainforest are just a few of its highlights.

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Victoria (Busy streets and iconic landmarks)

This is usually the first stop tourists make. Victoria has established itself as the commercial hub of the country and it is a small wonder, where walking through the streets during the rush hour traffic is much like trying to make it past a swarm of hungry bees. That being said, the city has a lot to offer in terms of architectural intrigue and the like. What can be called 'Old Victoria' is essentially the stretch of land at the bottom of the mountains and skirts narrow streets with unconventional pavements which might help you over storm drains in one instance and into a gutter the next. There are also some sophisticated constructions from the French Colonial era which are pleasant attractions especially for tourists with a love for vintage buildings in their original state. Some other spots that are a must-see are the Sir Selwyn Clarke Market, the Seychelles National Museum, the Clock Tower and the Botanical Gardens.

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Beau Vallon (Watersports and beach time)

This is an experience possible only by leaving the safety of your resort in Seychelles. While the hustle and bustle of the modern capital is an essential part of the Seychelles holiday experience, even more so is the little shortcuts you can make in your route that might lead you to the beach or up the rocky mountains. It is easily the most popular beach in the whole of Seychelles and here's why. Located northwest of the capital, within proximity of AVANI Seychelles Barbarons Resort & Spa and other tourist spots, this beach has two of the top diving centres in the country. Here you can find a whole list of watersports you might try out. There are the usual options like windsurfing and waterskiing but paragliding is very popular. The beach is also perfect for a simple sea bath. The sand is soft and the beach is free from dangerous current with a gentle slope and few big waves.

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Ste Anne Marine National Park (Marine life and scenic views)

The magnificent island of Mahe lies large as ever against the far tinier islands which surround it. It is for this very reason that the Portuguese called the country of Seychelles the Seven Sisters. Of Mahe's surrounding islands, six lie on the edge of the east coast right around the grand Victoria natural harbour. The Ste Anne National Park which was constructed in the year 1973 has all these islands within its perimeter. This is the first park of its kind to ever exist in the Indian Ocean. Any activity here that may disrupt the delicate environment like fishing and coral collecting has been prohibited. However, tourists can still spend a pleasant afternoon watching the beautiful marine life of more than 200 species before breaking for a tasty meal at one of the peaceful and picturesque island restaurants that can be found here.

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