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List of Things to Do in Mahé, Seychelles - Top Activities in Seychelles Tourist Hub Mahé

As the largest island in the country, Mahé is a tourist Mecca for the masses. Regardless of the duration of the holiday, here are some of the top things to do in this paradise island.


Shopping Spree at Sir Selwyn-Clarke Market

Often regarded as one of the best ways to spend one's time in Mahé Island, enjoying a shopping spree at the iconic Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market is a must for all first-time visitors. With a rich history that dates back to 1840, the main thoroughfare in Victoria is not only the best place to purchase fresh vegetable and fruits but a range of exotic spices and seafood items. The market is also the best place to pick up tasteful souvenirs at affordable rates. Open on all weekdays and Saturday from the wee hours of the morning to 5 pm, the market is only closed on Sunday.


Splash around in the Island's Beaches

Start with the breathtaking Beau Vallon Beach which occupies the northeastern shores of Mahé. The stunning bay and the coral reef in the area make the location a prime snorkelling hotspot. The crystal clear waters also make the area a popular haunt for snorkellers while Anse Royale is another beach worthy of spending a day in during a Mahé holiday. As the longest beach in the entire isle, the beach area is perfect for swimming activities especially during the period from May to October. The western shores of the island, on the other hand, is home to Port Launay, which is arguably the most visually stunning beach in the country.


Tour the National History Museum

A tour of Mahé's National History Museum is not just reserved for culture buffs as the illustrious institution serves as the best authority on the evolution of the country's identity and legacy. Housed within the confines of an ancient colonial structure, entrance to the attraction is granted free of charge. Visitors should not forget to examine the cabinets showcasing various insects, beetles and bugs endemic to the country.


Tour the Island's Tea Estates

Visitors based in Mahé Island hotels whether it's the Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino or any similar accommodation hub should take the time to explore the country's tea plantations. The picturesque estates stretch on for miles and visitors can understand the process of creating tea bags from tea leaves after the leaves are dried, sorted and processed. Don't forget to purchase a few boxes of tea as a keepsake of the visit and as gifts for loved ones back home.


Discover Victoria

The capital of Mahé Island deserves a tour of its own, as the smallest African capital in the world. Having been first established during British colonial rule, the city named after British monarch Queen Victoria is a thriving metropolis. The colonial heritage of the city alone makes the city worthy of exploration as the sculptures of Queen Victoria and the Little Ben clock tower clearly demonstrate. Nature lovers can also catch their breath in the city's idyllic botanical garden which not only contains colourful blooms but towering trees and quiet reading nooks.