Thursday, 5 April 2018

SEYCHELLES: Mahe Is A Paradise But Stray Dogs, Spiders, Bats Do Exist, May Be Frightening At Night

Mahé is the largest and most populous island in the Seychelles, home to 90% of the country's population and its largest airport.

Mahé is the largest island (157.3 km²) of Seychelles, lying in the northeast of the nation in the Indian Ocean.

The population of Mahé was 77,000, as of the 2010 census. It contains the capital city of Victoria and accommodates 86% of the country's total population.

The island was named after Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, a French governor of Mauritius.

Victoria — the national capital.

Beau Vallon — probably the most popular beach in the islands.

Takamaka — the second largest town on the island.

Other destinations

- Cerf Island

- Marnelle Island

- Sainte Anne Island

You can tour Mahe by Bicycle and metered Taxi as well as Bus.

Mahé's tallest peak is Morne Seychellois at 905 m (2,969 ft), which lies in the Morne Seychellois National Park.

The northern and eastern parts of the island are home to much of the population and the Seychelles International Airport which opened in 1971.

The southern and western parts have Baie Ternay Marine National Park, Port Launay Marine National Park, and University of Seychelles.

The Sainte Anne Marine National Park lies offshore, as do Conception Island, Thérèse Island, Anonyme Island and several smaller islands.

Mahé's forests have rare endemic plants found only in Seychelles, such as the critically endangered Medusagyne oppositifolia (the jellyfish tree), the carnivorous Nepenthes pervillei (Seychelles pitcher plant), and many unique species of orchid.

Mahé had a huge land reclamation project due to a shortage of housing, in the areas of Bel Ombre and the Port of Victoria.

Mahé's economy is mainly dependent on tourism. Air Seychelles has its head office on the property of Seychelles International Airport on the island.

The Port of Victoria is home to a tuna fishing and canning industry.

Accomodations in Mahe

Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino, P.O. Box 550, Victoria Mahe, Seychelles. Surrounded by lush greeneries and crystal clear waters, wellness and serenity await you at this resort.

Situated on the Northwest Coast of Mahe Island, the largest island in Seychelles, discover the fulfillment of a vacation filled with excitement and enjoyment.

Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel, Beau Vallon, Mahe, Seychelles. located at Beau Vallon Bay- the best beach on the island with large a stretch of white powder sand and turquoise coloured water.

The hotel provides ocean views with some rooms close enough to toss a coin from your room into the sea and make a wish. Easy walking distance to the convenient stores and the famous Bazar Labrin on every Wednesday.

South Point Villas. Three fully-equipped villas with sea views and 1 - 3 bedrooms. Each villa has wireless internet access, entertainment system, large veranda and Weber barbecue.

Seychelles has a number of restaurants in Victoria that serve fresh food and meats. Juice is slightly expensive at $5USD per cup. Seafood is relatively inexpensive, and island curry meats are as well.

Unfortunately, there are not many stores open later beyond Victoria. Unless you happen to be near 24-hour stores, you will definitely want to stock up on food to eat during your stay or else find yourself late at night without snacks or food.

Mahe's nightlife is concentrated in Victoria.

Seychelles has a cellular service and fees for sim cards and internet/3g service are relatively low, $50.

You should bring a smartphone such as iPhone or even an iPad LTE so you have access to Google Maps and are able to call your hosts if necessary.

During night-time, bus service shuts down. The roads, paths and walk ways are excessively dark and you may want to keep a rechargeable flashlight with you if you have not rented a vehicle.

Some stray animals such as dogs, spiders and bats exist and may be frightening at night.

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