Flight tickets from Margate to Mahe

Mahe Island, situated in the Seychelles archipelago in the Indian Ocean, is a serene paradise offering a unique combination of sun, sand, and palm-fringed beaches. Boasting the renowned Morne Seychellois National Park, its landscapes impress with rare flora and fauna, dive sites, and spectacular views over the Indian Ocean. The largest and most populated island of Seychelles, Mahe Island is blessed with tropical forests, rugged mountains, and crystal-clear waters, making it a beloved holiday destination. This guide will explore the highlights of Mahe Island, to help you make the most of your stay on this beautiful tropical paradise.

Getting to Know Mahe Island

Located in the Indian Ocean, Mahe Island is the largest island of the Seychelles archipelago. It covers an area of approximately 155 square kilometres and has a population of approximately 86,250 inhabitants. The official time zone on Mahe Island is 4 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). It is the same time zone that is used in its capital Victoria. The official languages on Mahe Island are English, Creole and French. English is spoken in the majority of the island, while both Creole and French are found in some parts of the island. The Seychellois Rupee (SCR) is the official currency on Mahe Island. It is issued by the Central Bank of the Seychelles and is used throughout the country. The US Dollar and British Pound are also accepted as forms of payment in most parts of the island.

Climate and Weather

Mahe Island is located near the equator and is the largest island in Seychelles. The tropical climate of Mahe island is hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 24 to 32 degrees Celsius all year round. The rainy season on Mahe Island runs from October to May. During this time, temperatures remain the same but there is more rainfall. As the sun sets and the temperature drops, the climate becomes cooler and more pleasant. Though usually warm, Mahe Island can experience ocasional gusts of wind and storms. Despite these moments, the majority of the year remains sunny and pleasant. Crowds of tourists flock to the island in order to get some sun, relax and experience the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean nearby.

Touring Mahe Island: Airport and Transportation

There are three airports on Mahe Island; Seychelles International Airport, Praslin Airport, and Grand Anse Mahe Airport. You can get to downtown Mahe Island from Seychelles International Airport by taxi which can cost around 100-130 SCR ($8-10 USD). You can change money at the banks located at the airport.

Exploring the Rich History and Culture of Mahe Island

  1. Mahe Island is home to the Seychelles largest concentration of indigenous people and is steeped in history and culture. Traditional customs such as storytelling, music, and drumming are still practiced today
  2. The old Catholic mission church in the picturesque village of Anse aux Pins is a popular cultural attraction, as well as numerous other historical sites like the beautiful Valée de Mai nature reserve
  3. Tourists can explore the colorful Creole culture of Mahe Island by visiting markets, eating local dishes like grilled fish, curries, and spicy fruit relishes, or immersing themselves into the different festivals celebrated here throughout the year

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