Mahé / Seychelles

Mahé / Seychelles


The Republic of Seychelles is located east of Kenya in the Indian Ocean. The mini-state consists of around 115 granite or coral islands. Geographically, the archipelago is located south of the equator between the 4th and 10th parallel.

The island state of the Seychelles – facts and figures

The island state claims a maritime area of ​​around 390.000 square kilometers. In contrast, the land area of ​​the Seychelles is just 455 square kilometers, of which 154 square kilometers are on the main island of Mahé. Of the 20 smallest countries in the world, the Seychelles ranks 17th by area.

Mahe - Port Victoria

Mahe - Port Victoria


A quarter of the country is forested. The three most important and most densely populated islands in the archipelago are Mahé and its neighboring islands Praslin (38 square kilometers) and La Digue (10 square kilometers). At the time of the last census in 2022, the republic had almost 120.000 inhabitants, of which Mahé accounted for 105.500 people. According to the census, almost 30.000 Seychellois lived in the capital Victoria on Mahé. The city was named after the conqueror of the island, the Frenchman Bertrand François Mahé, Comte de La Bourdonnais. The official languages ​​of the republic are English, French and Seychellois Creole. Payment is made in Seychelles rupees. Victoria on Mahé is the capital of the country. And – important to know – the Seychelles is not a cheap travel destination.

Mahé – climate

Due to its location, the archipelago has a warm tropical climate all year round. The northwest monsoon blows from December to March, bringing heavy rainfall. The low-rain southeast monsoon blows between May and September. The result: the least rainfall is recorded between June and September. That being said, Victoria receives close to three meters of rain throughout the year; In the mountainous regions of Mahé the amount of rain is significantly higher.

Mahé - tropical forest on the west coast

Mahé - tropical forest on the west coast


History of the Seychelles in a nutshell

British sailors discovered the Seychelles in 1609. Apparently the islands seemed useless to the European colonial powers at that time, because it was not until 1768 that French colonists ensured permanent settlement and intensive plantation farming. As part of the “Peace of Paris” concluded in 1814, the Seychelles were awarded to Great Britain. Under British care, the slave economy previously introduced and practiced by the French settlers was maintained until 1865. In addition, the Seychelles were a place to which unpopular citizens of the mother country could be deported without much fanfare.

Victoria/Mahé - Clock Tower – symbol of British rule

Victoria/Mahé - Clock Tower – symbol of British rule


The Seychelles received the status of an independent colony in 1903. The state of Seychelles only gained its independence in 1976. The islands still 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 percent to national income. The country is a safe travel destination. The main islands offer spectacular nature, beautiful beaches, pure relaxation and remarkable wildlife such as giant tortoises and black parrots.

Victoria/Mahé - Giant tortoises in the Botanical Garden

Victoria/Mahé - Giant tortoises in the Botanical Garden


Most tourists arrive by plane via Mahé International Airport. Planes and fast ferries operate between Mahé and the neighboring islands of Praslin and La Digue.

Mahé for cruise ship guests

Cruise ships also call at Victoria and other Seychelles destinations from time to time. Above all, the ships of “high-end” cruise providers such as Hapag Lloyd, Oceania and Silversea set course for Mahé. But the ships of volume providers such as AIDA, Costa, Norwegian or Holland America sometimes fly their flag in Victoria.

Victoria/Mahé - Costa neoRomantica in Port Victoria

Victoria/Mahé - Costa neoRomantica in Port Victoria


2025 ship calls are planned in Victoria in 15. Other cruise destinations include La Dique, Curieuse Island off Praslin and Silhouette. Victoria's city center with its cathedrals, the Hindu temple or the iconic Clock Tower can be reached within 15 to 20 minutes on foot. We include these and other sights in Victoria and Mahé Mahe attractions .

Update March 2024

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