Mahe, which is the largest of the islands that make up the Seychelles archipelago, is really small. And when I say small, I mean that you can drive all around the island in a matter of hours (including stops at several points). I went on an excursion last weekend just to see for myself what the island of Mahe had to offer at a glance.
We started off at Butchers Grill (Unity house, Victoria); the Seychelles’ very own McDonald’s-style fast food joint. After all, what’s an excursion without sinful delights, right? Our first stop (after our tummies were happy, that is), was the view point in La Misere. Two words; breath taking! From this remarkable vantage point, you get a panoramic view of the town, port area and neighbouring islands. Whether you visit the View Point during the day or at night, the view will undoubtedly take your breath away.
Next stop was the gorgeous Eden Island; an exclusive development located just off Mahe which boasts of luxury accommodation, fancy restaurants and bars, a world-class shopping centre and a full-service, deep water marina, among other things. Eden has so much to offer that it probably deserves an article of its own (coming soon). We spent a lot more time at Eden than we’d planned which ate into the little time we had left to see as much of the South as we could before heading North to catch the sunset.
We then drove south, past Anse Royale, Ans Aux Pins and a few other places whose names I can’t remember, stopping briefly in Taka Maka and Grand Anse because the water looked too nice not to. The water at this point is apparently deep (I can’t confirm as I did not go in) which was the explanation we were given by the locals for why the beach was mostly deserted which is unusual for a Seychelles beach on a Saturday afternoon (or any other day of the week, for that matter).
We followed the road, ending up in La Misere, from where we went to the northern part of the island (through town). The good news is, we got to Beau Vallon in time to catch the unbelievable Seychelles sunset. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves…
Things to note:
- The main mode of transport in the Seychelles is the public buses which can get you to any part of the island for 5 SCR. Cabs are ridiculously expensive here. Hiring a car, though, which is what most tourists do is surprisingly inexpensive. Most car hire businesses rent their cars out for as low as 500SCR per day.
- The entire trip cost us less than 300SCR in fuel.
- Beau Vallon beach is the most popular public beach on Mahe. There are lots of other beaches, though, so I would highly recommend a drive around the island to see which one works best for you.