Must-Visit Attractions In Mahé Island, Seychelles
PUBLISHED: May 19, 2019
Mahé Island in Seychelles is a beautiful place full of not only scenic ocean views but also lush gardens with unique flora and fauna. Peppered with Victorian architecture and quaint squares, it is also an artistic phenomenon for its people’s contributions. But in between relaxing and finding activities to keep you busy, don’t forget some of these key landmarks that you can only see in Seychelles.
Swing by the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
You don’t need to be an architectural nerd to appreciate the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The cathedral is an imposing giant, but an elegant one, with a lovely portal and a colonnaded façade. An exemplary piece of French colonial style, it is a must-see.
Not only that, but it is directly next to the Tour de l’Horloge, the Clock Tower, the Cathedral’s Domus (a national monument and the priest’s residence), and the Anglican Cathedral. While the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is the largest and most famed, check out all of them! The Seychelles historical site contains information on all of these historic sites.
Hang out with the Aldabra Giant Tortoises at the Botanical Garden
While the Aldabra Giant Tortoises get their name from the separate island altogether of Aldabra, they may also be found throughout Seychelles. While you should visit the Botanical Garden for many of its lush attractions, to Aldabra Giant Tortoises are certainly its most majestic resident.
Capable of living well over a century, these beautiful creatures are a national emblem. They are distinct from other turtles, with a long neck and—as their name implies—a truly impressive size. Fans of nature and animals should absolutely not miss the Botanical Garden.
Enjoy the beauty of Indian culture at the Hindu Temple of Victoria
The Hindu Temple of Victoria, actually titled Arul Mihu Navasakthi Vinayagar in Hindi, is a beautiful and significant landmark. While it is relatively new, having been built in 1992, it has become a major monument. If you haven’t seen the artistic liveliness and elegance of a major Hindu site before, this is a prime opportunity—incredible statues, wall ornaments of striking color, and a façade composed of countless intricate deities all await you.
Visit Port Launay
While some beach-based activity is undoubtedly already on your itinerary, most visitors will probably stick to Anse Royale rather than Port Launay. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with Anse Royale, as it is the longest available beach on Mahe and has calm waters. These are perfectly suited to leisurely swim.
Port Launay, on the other hand, is a pristine beach and known by locals as the most beautiful in Seychelles. While it can be crowded at times, particularly on the weekend, it is absolutely worth visiting for the views and crystal-clear water. The sand is also unbelievably soft, making it perfect for finding a secluded spot to sunbathe or swim in the shallower water.
Feel free to explore its many wonders, including nearby waterfalls. But remember, the pristine nature of this beach is near-sacred to its residents, so be respectfully clean.