The Seychelles have much more to offer than just sailing, sunbathing or swimming. To find out, just go on a hike through the majestic hills of Mahe. While reaching next summits, you will have the opportunity to see squadrons of rare tropical birds and fruit bats, and the breathtaking landscapes will make you wipe your eyes off the impression.
Anse Major Trial
The route to reach this beach is already amazing. To get there, you have to catch a bus going to Bel Ombre, get off at the last stop and head towards Anse Major trail – the trail that leads to this wonderful beach. The road at the beginning leads through narrow streets along which there are residential houses. The attraction of this part of the route is the domesticated “Flying Fox” – a red bat occurring in the Seychelles. After a few hundred meters the road begins to be more demanding. There are stones, path becomes narrow plus a fairly steep approach. After reaching huge granite rocks – the view is unearthly! In the background you can admire another Seychellois island – the majestic Silhouette.
The trail to Mount Copolia is situated in the Morne Seychellois National Park. The summit is around 500 meters about sea level and it takes about two hours to reach it. The trail starts on Sans Souci Road at Val Riche and is marked with blue and yellow markings. The path runs through the cinnamon and vanilla fields. It is not demanding at the beginning, but as you progress it becomes more difficult. At the end you will have the beautiful panoramic view of Victoria.
The Morne Blanc (667 m) is located in the Morne Seychellois National Park in the western part of Mahé. The path leading to this summit goes through an old tea plantation and foggy forest. It is well signposted, however quite challenging and steep in places. The final view is breathtaking and spreads to the Mahé’s western coast. The hike takes around 45 minutes each way.
The Morne Seychellois is the highest (905 m) summit in the Seychelles and is the point which gives its name to the national park. The hike takes around 5 hours. The trails leads through the bumpy roads, slippery rocks and narrow paths. It is recommended only for experienced hikers. The best conditions are where there was not raining day before, as it is less slippery. It is also worth taking a guide. Once you reach the peak the view is incredible!
Vallee de Mai
Vallee de Mai is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can find Coco De Mer – Lodoicea maldivica growing in its natural habitat. This is place really worth seeing. There are three marked-out trail, which take about 1-2 hours. They are pretty easy and enjoyable, as you will stay all the time in shade of the plants. You can also use the offer of guided tours for a small fee.