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Mahé

Travel Guide Africa Seychelles Mahé

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Introduction

Worth the hike!

Worth the hike!

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Mahé is the main island and the largest one of the Seychelles.

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Cities

  • Victoria - the capital of Mahé and the Seychelles

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Weather

Mahé have a warm and humid climate but as the distance to the sea is never more than a few kilometers in most places, there usually is nice and cool breeze during most of the year. Temperatures are around 30 °C during the day and still above 20 °C at night most of the year. The best time to visit Mahé is during the southeast monsoon season which lasts from late May to September when both temperatures and rainfall are lowest. The warmer and wetter season is during the northwest monsoon which lasts from March to half May.

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Getting There

By Plane

Air Seychelles is the national airline of the country and is based at Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) near the capital Victoria. It has flights to and from Bangkok, Johannesburg, London, Milan, Munich, Paris, Port Louis (Mauritius), Rome and Singapore. Doha (Qatar Airways), Dubai (Emirates), Nairobi (Kenya Airways), Frankfurt and Munich (Condor) and Reunion (Air Austral) have flights to the Seychelles as well.

Domestically, Air Seychelles flies between Mahé and Praslin at least 20 or 25 times a day. Smaller planes fly to La Digue and the islands of Bird, Denis, Fregate, Desroches and Alphonseand and Assumption Island and Coetivy can be reached by air charter. To end, there also are many VIP charters to private islands. Helicopter Seychelles also flies between the main islands Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and has some charter flights to and from other smaller islands.

By Boat

There are several daily round trips between Mahé and Praslin with a high speed catamaran, taking around one hour. Cat Cocos now offers fast and reliable transport between the two islands.

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Getting Around

By Car

Renting a car is possible and can be surprisingly cheap. Most international as well as local companies have rental cars at the international airport on Mahé. You can get anywhere with a car and with so many beaches and viewpoints to explore, this is probably the best way to get around if you are with at least 2 people. Most roads are paved, but roads on Mahé can sometimes be narrow and winding. Traffic drives on the left and your national driver's license is sufficient.

By Bus

The SPTC (Seychelles Public Transport Corporation) runs daily bus services on during most of the day except late evening and night times. Most buses usually pass by every 15 minutes or so along the main roads. These buses are an excellent and cheap way of getting around but don't give you the opportunity to go everywhere.

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