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With more than 75 dive locales to explore, Mahé in the Seychelles is the most diverse and welcoming of the Inner Islands. Expect to see towering fan corals, rare macro life and even whale sharks.

Diving in Mahé

Quick facts

With over 75 accessible dive sites, Mahé is possibly the most diverse dive location in the Seychelles. 25 of these sites are within an easy boat ride while the other 50 require day trips to nearby islands such as Praslin, La Digue and Silhouette. Mahé is famous for its submerged granitic mountain range which gives it a unique underwater geology. A nice variety of wrecks add a different element to the environment. This Seychelles island is home to heaps of marine species, including the illusive whale shark which frequently graces the shallows from September to November.

Two of the best dive sites around the island of Mahé are Port Launay Marine National Park and Shark Bank. The national park is the perfect area for beginners. Protected lagoons and shallow reefs make for colorful dives. In addition, whale sharks are particularly fond of this area. The beautiful beaches and plentiful marine life mean Port Launay Marine National Park is often on every visitors must-see list. On the other hand, Shark Bank is more suited to advanced divers. Strong currents attract pelagic species, including reef sharks, brissant rays, batfish, barracuda, yellow snapper and occasionally whale sharks.

Because of its warm, sunny climate, diving in Mahé is possible throughout the year. From October to April, the northwest monsoon arrives bringing with it rain and warm temperatures. May to September hosts the southeast monsoon which is known for strong winds and cooler weather. Daytime arir temperatures range from 82-90°F (28-32℃) while water temperatures average between 79-86°F (26-30℃). You are ensured an unforgettable vacation at any time of the year in the Seychelles.

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What to see

Mahé is home to an abundance of rare flora and fauna. You will find all sorts of colorful fish among the healthy coral reefs. Lobsters, octopus, nudibranchs and other macro creatures can be seen hiding away in the granite rock formations. In the deeper areas, bigger life stalks its prey. Species include the Napoleon wrasse, humphead parrotfish, groupers, turtles, eagle rays, tuna and reef sharks. Of course the big drawcard to the island is the elusive whale shark which commonly graces the waters in the months of September to November. Your dive log will be long and varied after a trip to Mahé in the idyllic Seychelles.

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Area

Mahé is the largest island of the Seychelles and is located in the northeastern part of the country. Not only does it dwarf the other islands in size, but it also has the most people, accounting for 86% of the country’s population. Because of this, the capital of the 115 island nation, Victoria, is also found on the island of Mahé. Victoria is one of the smallest world capitals and the only major city and port in the Seychelles.

The history of the island is littered with intrigue and adventure as its strategic location made it a safe haven for pirates until the French invasion in 1756. In 1814, the country was officially ceded to the British after the Treaty of Paris. Seychelles eventually was separated from Mauritius in 1903 and in 1976, the Seychelles gained independence within the Commonwealth.

Today, Mahé is an important biodiversity hotspot. As such, environmental legislation on the island is very strict and Seychelles is a world leader in sustainable development. In 1993, the government in Victoria guaranteed its citizens the right to a clean environment and, in the same breath, charged its citizens with protecting that same environment. Today, with just under 50% of land under conservation, the country of the Seychelles holds the record for the highest percentage of protected land.

Other attractions

Mahé is a tropical destination at its best. The beaches are beautiful and watersports, including diving and snorkeling, abound. Adventure sports like zip lining are also popular with tourists, and hiking trails that crisscross the island offer magnificent views. The National Botanical Gardens showcases some of the rare and endangered trees found on the island and Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden teaches guests about the local gastronomy followed by a delicious meal in a jungle setting. Speaking of food, the morning market in Victoria gives guests a glimpse into local shopping patters. While you may be in Mahé for the diving, don’t miss the chance to explore this gorgeous island.

Getting there

The only airport on Mahé is Seychelles International Airport in Victoria. This airport welcomes direct international flight from Europe, Africa and Asia. It is also possible to enter the Seychelles and dock near Mahé using a private yacht or other vessel.

Once you are on the island, you can to get around by plane, helicopter, boat, car or bus.

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