Far east of Kenya in the Indian Ocean are the 115 Seychelles Islands. The Republic of the Seychelles covers a sea area of more than 400.000 km². The three most important and most densely populated islands of the archipelago are Mahé and the neighboring islands of Praslin and La Digue.
Mahé - landscape on the west coast
Geographical location and climate
The archipelago is located between the 4th and 10th southern latitude and therefore enjoys a warm tropical climate all year round. In the period from December to March, the north-west monsoon, associated with heavy rainfall, blows. The rain-poor southeast monsoon blows between May and September, which is why the least rainfall is recorded between June and September. Apart from that, almost three meters of precipitation is measured in the capital Victoria throughout the year; In the mountain regions, the amount of rain is significantly higher.
Mahé Bay on the west coast
The population of the Republic of Seychelles is estimated at around 95.000. About 87.000 people live on Mahé alone, 25.000 of them in Victoria. The official languages of the republic are English, French and Seychelles Creole. Pay with Seychelles rupees. The Seychelles are not a cheap travel destination.
Mahé - Domaine de Val des Pres / east coast
History of the Seychelles in a nutshell
British seafarers discovered the Seychelles in 1609. Apparently the islands seemed to be useless to the explorers at that time, because it was not until 1768 that French colonists ensured permanent settlement and intensive plantation economy. In the course of the Peace of Paris (1814), the Seychelles were awarded to Great Britain. Under British care, the slave economy previously introduced and practiced by the French settlers continued until 1865. In addition, the Seychelles were a place to which unpopular citizens of the mother country could be deported without much fuss.
Mahé - Gran Kaz plantation house
The Seychelles received the status of an independent colony in 1903. The Seychelles state only gained independence in 1976. The islands belong to the British Commonwealth.
Economy, transport and tourism
The islands of Mahé, La Digue and Praslin form the cultural and economic center of the country. Tourism contributes around 70% to the national income.
Mahé - stretch of coast in the northeast of the island
Most tourists arrive by air. That is why Mahé has an international airport. Airplanes and fast ferries operate between Mahé and the neighboring islands of Praslin and La Digue. From time to time cruise ships call at Victoria, especially the ships of high-class cruise operators such as Hapag Lloyd, Oceania or Silversea. But also the ships of volume providers such as AIDA and Costa are flying the flag on Mahé.
Costa neoRomantica in the port of Victoria / Mahé
Update March 2021