Mahé, the largest island of the Seychelles, was named for Mahé de Labourdonnais, a governor of Mauritius. It is the location of Port Victoria, the capital city. Ringed by steep and magnificent mountains, few capitals can claim a more beautiful backdrop. The nearby reefs and pristine marine national parks are a snorkeler’s paradise
Most Active or Strenuous
Minimal Activity Required
PRICE is per vehicle
This exclusive arrangement is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle. With your private car and the personalized attention of your driver and English-speaking guide, you will have the flexibility and independence to design your itinerary ashore according to your own interests and sightsee at your own pace. See the most famous sights or go beyond to create your own intimate connections and unique cultural encounters.
The Executive Collection is recommended for the single/solo traveler, couples, family, friends, and special interest groups traveling together. It can also be an excellent choice for physically challenged guests.
Capacity: 2 guests
PLEASE NOTE: Private cars/vans/minibuses are ordered per vehicle (not per person), and only one person in the party need order the vehicle. The price shown is the total cost for the vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide. Kindly note, however, that in certain ports only a driver/guide will be assigned (one person), due to limited availability. Entrance fees are not included in this price, in order to provide you with the most flexibility. In many ports, the number of vehicles available is extremely limited; therefore guests are encouraged to make their reservation as early as possible.
Half-day private tours must depart between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 am, or after 1:00 p.m.
Upon embarkation, please consult the Destination Manager onboard to personally discuss your itinerary requirements and set your departure time.
Discover the magic of the Seychelles during this scenic visit to its silent and colorful underwater world.
After embarking your catamaran, you will depart the pier for a coral cruise to Moyenne island. Upon arrival, you will receive your safety instructions and snorkeling equipment, then begin exploring this fascinating underwater world. The waters here are abundant with tropical species that include scorpion, parrot and butterfly fish, and red gorgonian coral fans.
Transfer from your catamaran to the semi-submarine viewer which will provide a window through which you can explore the abundant marine life, and the guide will help you hand-feed the fish.
Please note: Guests are encouraged to wear a swimsuit under a cover-up, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and beach shoes, and bring a towel from the ship.
Victoria's historic beauty is yours to discover during this scenic tour of the city, Botanical Gardens and Mission Lodge.
Depart the pier for the scenic drive through Victoria. Although it is among the smallest capital cities in the world, Victoria possesses a great deal of history and charm. Along the way, you will pass such landmarks as the National Library Building, Old Courthouse, National Museum, other Colonial Era buildings and the silver Clock Tower. The tower, erected in 1903 to celebrate the Seychelles becoming an English colony, is a replica of the clock tower outside of London's Victoria Station. You will also see Victoria's wooden houses, which feature colorful corrugated tin roofs and wrought-iron balconies.
Next, a visit will be made to the Botanical Gardens. Upon arrival, you will see giant Aldabran land tortoises, fruit bats and more than 200 species of indigenous flora, including elephant apple trees, octopus trees and double palms, or coco de mer. From here, you will continue on for a photo stop at a scenic vantage-point offering wonderful panoramic views and photo opportunities overlooking Victoria, its port and yacht basin.
Your tour of Victoria will conclude with a visit to the Mission Lodge. Situated high above the town, Mission Lodge is the site of the ruins of a school for the children of freed slaves. During your visit, you will walk among the the endemic trees that line the walkway, and take in scenic views of Mahe's West Coast before re-boarding your coach for the return drive to the pier and ship.
Please note: This tour involves approximately 1.5 hours of walking over uneven ground and exposed roots. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. Shops are closed on Sundays.
Experience Mahe's exceptional beauty during this scenic drive through the central and northern parts of Seychelles' largest island.
Depart the pier for the drive through Central and Northern Mahe. Seychelles' largest island is renowned for the greatest contrast in scenery found anywhere in the archipelago. You will take in spectacular views and photo opportunities as you pass by towering granite peaks, and through luxuriant vegetation, enchanting villages and magnificent beaches.
Next, a visit will be made to the Botanical Gardens. Here, you will see giant Aldabran land tortoises, fruit bats and 200 species of indigenous flora, including elephant apple trees, octopus trees and double palms, or coco de mer. A stop will then be made at a hotel in Victoria for those wishing to take a quick dip in the Indian Ocean.
While in Victoria, your guide will escort you from the stadium parking lot for a brief walking tour of the town center. Along the way, you will see local landmarks that include the clock tower, a replica of the one outside of London's Victoria Station, the old Courthouse, National Museum, colorful markets, and other Colonial buildings.
Please note: The tour of the Botanical Gardens involves approximately 30 minutes of walking over uneven ground and exposed roots, and a few steps. The tour of downtown Victoria and its markets involves approximately 45 minutes of walking. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility or guests who utilize a wheelchair. On Sundays and public holidays the market and shops are closed in downtown Victoria.
During this idyllic journey, you'll discover the picturesque plantation, rain forest and pristine coastline of Mahe Island.
In 1771, Pierre Poivre (the famous Peter Pepper), decided that the Seychelles' Mahe Island was situated at the perfect latitude for growing spices, important commodities in those times. A spice plantation was established, but burnt to the ground in 1780 by the French military, who feared a British ship was approaching. The site lay dormant until 1860, when William Green, Sr. created a new plantation.
Discover Jardin du Roi, a picturesque, 85-acre working plantation situated high in the rainforest valley of South Mahe. Jardin du Roi is home to a splendid variety of spice plants, tropical fruit trees, essential oil plants and endemic palms. Descendants of the Green family still manage this operating plantation.
Enjoy fresh fruit juice at the plantation, then continue the tour with a scenic cruise towards Victoria by sailing catamaran. Soft drinks and water will be made available onboard, and the pleasant sounds of a guitarist will enhance the ambiance of your cruising experience. Cruise along southwest Mahe's virgin coastline, stopping on the way for swimming, snorkeling or simply relaxing onboard the spacious boat. For those new to snorkeling, the crew will be on hand with lightweight snorkeling vests to provide all guests with the opportunity to participate in this memorable experience.
Please note: The order in which the sites are visited may change. Transfer from the catamaran to the Jardins du Roi is by rubber dinghy, expect a wet landing. At the gardens, the walk takes approximately 45 minutes, mainly over exposed roots and uneven ground. Beach shoes are highly recommended.