White sand beaches, blue waters and luxurious accommodations combine for an exquisite tropical paradise you might not instantly identify with Africa. A trip to the Seychelles is the stuff of vacation dreams. It’s worthwhile to see the island whether you’re on a stopover in the Seychelles or arriving in Mahé before flying to Praslin or La Digue.
Here is our one-day Seychelles road trip destinations to explore, which highlights the top activities in Mahé. If you take the direct route, it takes about three hours. You’ll want to take your time, too, as there are over 20 beaches, vistas, dining establishments, and a rum distillery nearby. Using Kreol Services is a wonderful choice for island hopping since we provide dependable car rental services allowing visitors to have a special and private experience when visiting the Seychelles.
Start your Seychelles road trip at Victoria, the capital of the nation, which is still Africa’s smallest capital city despite housing a third of the nation’s population. Before leaving, take a stroll around Victoria’s attractions. Early in the morning, the market is very crowded with fishermen selling their catch beside stands selling fresh produce, fragrant spices, crafts and souvenirs. The Victoria Clocktower, which resembles a miniature version of Big Ben can also be seen here. A church, a museum of natural history, a vibrant Hindu temple and botanical gardens featuring a spice grove and a miniature rainforest are also nearby
The East Coast
Mahé’s east coast is where the island is most developed, but as you pass the airport and the Eden Island community, the pace of life begins to slow down. This might have something to do with the location of the Takamaka Rum Distillery. This building is a piece of a 200-year old estate that was used to produce coconut oil and distil cinnamon and patchouli. The plantation house has been brought back to its former splendour and serve as both the distillery’s headquarters and a restaurant. From Anse Royale to Anse Bougainville and Anse Parnel to Ansel Forbans, a string of beaches extends further down the coast.
The beaches on this island aren’t among the best because they’re a bit narrow and occasionally get seaweed washed up, but by Seychelles standards, even the less desirable beaches have golden sand, palms, and crystal-clear turquoise waters. As a result, there are still some stunning areas to visit, such as the tiny inlet at the far northern end of Anse Royale, which is divided from the main beach by a group of immaculately placed granite boulders.
The West Coast
The island becomes narrow at this point, so if you move inland from Anse Forbans, it will take you around 10 minutes to reach the west coast. The beaches on this side of the island are flanked by hills covered in green forest and are quieter and wilder. One of the most popular things to do in Mahé is to unwind on one of the many amazing beaches that are available. Since they are generally located off the main road, you will need to take a detour and travel down one of the small, twisting roads in order to get to them. Anse Intendance located to the south, contains the Banyan Tree resort at one end but is typically uninhabited and ideal for swimming and snorkeling at the other. The next two are Petite Anse, which requires passing past the Four Seasons Hotel, and Anse Takamaka, which has the Chez Batista bar and restaurant – complete with a pen of enormous tortoises.
When you reach Port Glaud’s outskirts, turn inland and continue up the Sans Souci road towards the mountains. A fifth of Mahé is occupied by Morne Seychellois National Park, which features a variety of landscapes, from lush jungle summits to coastal mangroves. Soon after the road ascends sharp hairpin curves, it begins to provide panoramic vistas of the coastline back down.
Along the route, you can stop at a few locations, including an abandoned missionary school from the 1870s and a functional tea plantation where you can have a free 20-minute factory tour and buy some of their teas. Additionally, you pass the beginning of a few of Mahé’s best hikes.
There is the path leading to the Trois Frères cliffs and the path leading from the tea factory to the top of Morne Blanc. Both offer breathtaking views and take around two hours one way. If that’s too strenuous, the road back down offers a wonderful perspective of Victoria and the east coast.
The Far North
Follow the signs for North Point once you’ve returned to Victoria’s outskirts. This leads you to the island’s farthest north on the peninsula. The beaches at Anse Étoile and Anse Nord d’Est are passed along the way. Around Northeast and North Points, the road follows the edge of the cliff, offering glimpses of little, secret bays nestled away at the base of the cliffs.
Finish in Beau Vallon and then return to Victoria. Although Beau Vallon is Mahé’s most well-known beach, there aren’t a lot of sunbathers and high-rise hotels there. This long sandy bend is spacious and lined with shady palm and takamaka trees. Usually, there are vendors selling fresh coconuts and regional produce at the end of the beach. Alternatively, you can get curries or grilled fish at the evening market if you visit on a Wednesday.
Kreol Services is the best option if you’re looking to travel while on holiday in the tropics. Our collection of rental cars, which also promises exceptional support, caters to every taste and budget. If you have any questions or require more details on driving in the Seychelles, don’t hesitate to contact us.Share This Post