Mahe Island (Victoria, Seychelles)

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Mahe Island cruise port

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2022-08-15 03:59

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Mahe Island's Port Victoria is Seychelles' principal cargo and cruise port, as well as the capital city (population around 25,000). Mahe is the country's largest Island - sized approx 157 km2 (61 mi2) and with population around 80,000 (or ~86% of Seychelles' total). The island's scenery features extensive gardens and tall mountains, while the surrounding beautiful coral reefs provide great opportunities for snorkeling. Tourists are also attracted by the rich heritage of Indian, Chinese, European and African cultures.

Mahe Island (Seychelles)

Seychelles' second largest island (Praslin) is just a 15 min flight from Victoria-Mahe.

Mahe Island was first visited by the Europeans in the early-17th-century (1609, by the British) and again in the mid-18th-century (1742, by the French). In 1756, the island was claimed for the King of France (Louis XV "the Beloved"/1715-74) and remained French until 1812. Between 1812-1976 (Seychelles' independence), Mahe was part of Great Britain.

Due to a shortage of housing, the island was greatly expanded through land reclamation (Bel Ombre and Port Victoria). Before Seychelles' independence (1976), Mahe was largely a private plantation owned by the Frichot family. In 1977, following a coup d’etat, all the Frichots were expelled from Seychelles.

Like most Seychelles islands, Mahe's economy is largely based on tourism, but also on commercial fishing and canning. Principal exports from Port Victoria (locode SCPOV) are vanilla, coconuts, coconut oil, fish, guano.

Seychelles International Airport (1971-opened) is approx 11 km (7 mi) southeast of Victoria. It is the country's principal/largest airport and the homebase of the national carrier Air Seychelles. A number of foreign airlines link via regularly scheduled flights Victoria-Mahe with Reunion (Saint-Denis), Mauritius (Port Louis), South Africa (Johannesburg), Ethiopia (Addis Ababa), Kenya (Nairobi), Sri Lanka (Colombo), Russia (Moscow), France (Paris), Israel (Tel Aviv), Turkey (Istanbul), UAE (Dubai, Abu Dhabi), Qatar (Doha).

Mahe Island cruise terminal

Cruise ships to Mahe Island dock (anchor) at Victoria (Seychelles' capital). Mahe cruise port terminal is located at Port Victoria. It the capital of the island and the region’s deepest harbour located in the north-eastern part of the island. Victoria is famous with its export of good including guano, vanilla, soap, coconut oil, coconuts and tortoise shell.

Port Victoria (Mahe Island, Seychelles)

Mahe cruise port terminal is 20 minutes from the city by walk. You can use taxi, bus services or rent a bike.

The official language is Creole, English and French are widely spoken. The local currency is Seychellois rupee, SCR. The cruising season is all year round. Mahe cruise port terminal is not a dedicated one but offers enough facilities.

Seychelles International Airport (SEZ or Aeroport de La pointe Larue, served by major international airlines) in close and there is frequent bus service from Mahe cruise port terminal.

Mahe Island tours, shore excursions, hotels

City Tours and Shore Excursions

  • Beaches: the main attraction. The island offers 68 amazing beaches with white sands and endless sun. There are two in walking distance from Mahe cruise port terminal. The three top-rated Seychelles beaches are located in Mahe, the most popular one is Beau Vallon Beach.
  • The Natural History Museum: located at the heart of Victoria. You can discover the history and live on the island and see some of its treasures. Some of the displays include extinct Seychelles crocodile and a vessel wreck dating from 1570.
  • The Botanical Garden: it spreads over 15 acres. It is located on the Victoria’s south side and there you can see orchids, giant tortoises and indigenous trees selection.
  • Morne Seychellois National Park: here you can see the highest Seychelles’ peak – Morne Seychellois.
  • Seychelles Tea and Coffee Company: take a tour at the company on the Blanc and Mountain’s top and discover the coffee production process.
  • Take a history glimpse: you can visit the courthouse or the post office near Mahe cruise port terminal. Monte Seychellois houses mission ruins.
  • Kaz Zanana: the former house of George Camille, an artist, is a Creole architectural masterpiece.

Port Mahe Island cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Mahe Island, Victoria, Seychelles. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.

DayShipArrivalDeparture
8 November, 2022
Tuesday
Holland America Cruises cruise linems Zaandam16:0017:00
9 November, 2022
Wednesday
MSC Cruises Cruises cruise lineMSC Orchestra12:0019:00
14 November, 2022
Monday
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises Cruises cruise linems Europa 208:0018:00
22 November, 2022
Tuesday
Ponant Cruises Cruises cruise lineLe Ponant18:00
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