Silversea Luxury Cruises To MAHE

Silversea Luxury Cruises - Mahe
Silversea Luxury Cruises - Mahe

Few places on Earth can claim to have been as blessed by nature as Mahe. Set in the remote Seychelles archipelago over 1,500 kilometres east of Mombasa, Mahe is largest of the 115 islands and is home to so many stunning attractions you won’t know where to begin. For many the Seychelles are the destination of a lifetime. Cerulean seas, miles and miles of beach, lush, tropical jungle and surreal, natural beauty as far as the eye can see. View more

Not only does Mahe boast 68 pristine beaches, it is dominated by the towering peaks of the Morne Seychellois National Park. This splendid National Park takes up over 20% of the island and is home to a vast amount of endemic flora and fauna, including the ultra-rare Seychelles Scops-owl. Unsurprisingly, the crystal clear waters are a diver’s heaven, promising a colourful cornucopia of underwater life, regardless of how experienced you are. Despite the island being visited in 1609 by the British, Mahe did not feature on any maps until 1742, when Frenchman Lazare Picault explored the as yet unnamed islands. However, it took a further 14 years for the French to lay claim to the islands, with the arrival of naval ship Le Cerf, captained by Corneille Morphey who christened the archipelago after Vicomte Moreau de Sechelles. He did this by setting down a Stone of Possession, which is on display in the National Museum. The first settlers arrived in 1770 and 15 years later the population had swelled to 130 – 7 Europeans and 123 slaves. Today, there are 80,000 Seychellois.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.

Excursions in MAHE

A Moment in Time

Enjoy the highlights of one of the world's smallest capitals. Your tour begins with the drive past Independence House which adjoins a large roundabout. A winged sculpture to commemorate Victoria's bicentennial (1770-1970) can be viewed from the coach. The town's central point is the silver-coloured clock tower, erected in 1903 as a replica of the tower at London's Vauxhall Bridge. Around the clock tower cluster bank buildings, the colonial-style law courts and the Anglican Cathedral. Then pass the National Museum, constructed in 1911 with an endowment from the British-born steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie. After driving up the spectacular Sans Souci Road, discover some of the island's cinnamon plantations before reaching your first stop.


Mission Lodge Ruins

Originally known as Venn's Town, the site was established as a school for children of freed slaves. Ruins blanketed with tropical greenery and a magnificent avenue of endemic trees are the only reminders of the school. While the children received a basic education, the adults worked as labourers in the surrounding plantations. A brief walk lets you enjoy this beautiful setting. Following your visit, a short drive brings you to the Tea Tavern where refreshments are served. Then continue the scenic drive along lower Sans Souci Road, with views of mountain slopes covered with tea shrubs. Pass through the coastal villages of Port Glaud and Grand Anse on the south coast and travel through dense vegetation of the La Misère Mountain Pass, enjoying more spectacular views of Victoria and the inner islands.


Botanical Gardens

On the return trip, visit these lovely gardens located at the southern edge of Victoria. The gardens are protected from development by their status as a national monument. Your guide shows you a remarkable variety of rare and colourful plants, including the endemic coco de mar, as well as giant land tortoises and fruit bats. The tour concludes with the return drive to the pier.

Jardin Du Roi & South Coast of Mahe

Discover the exquisite tropical gardens and beaches along the south coast of Mahe during this sun-drenched, half-day sightseeing excursion.


Victoria, Scenic Drive, South Coast of Mahe, Photo Stops, Beautiful Beaches

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately one-hour drive south to the Jardin de Roi. En route, take in stunning panoramic vistas of the south coast of Mahe, and photo stops at beautiful beaches. Situated high in the rainforest valley of south Mahe is the picturesque, approximately 85-acre (about 34.4-hectare) Jardin du Roi. This working plantation grows a splendid variety of spice plants, tropical fruit trees, essential oil plants and endemic palms.


Jardin Du Roi History, Walking Tour, Refreshments

In 1771, the famous Pierre Poivre, or 'Peter Pepper', decided that Seychelles' Mahe Island was situated at the perfect latitude for growing spices, an important commodity in those times. The site at the base of this hill was originally used for 10 years as a spice plantation, but was burnt to the ground in 1780 by Lieutenant Romainville, the commandant of the French military, who feared a British ship was approaching. The site lay dormant until a new plantation was created in 1860 by Mr William Green Sr., who extended the plantation into the virgin rainforest of this valley; descendants of the Green family still manage this operating plantation today. Upon arrival, take a guided walking tour of the Jardin Du Roi, followed by refreshments.


Anse Royale Beach, Free Time, Indian Ocean, Sunbathing, Swimming

Next, re-board your coach and proceed to the nearby Anse Royale Beach, one of the finest beaches in the Seychelles. Upon arrival, some free time is made available to soak up the warm, tropical sun and/or take a dip in the inviting, crystal-clear seas of the Indian Ocean that kiss the shores of the Seychelles. At the conclusion of your visit, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Northern Highlights

Admire the exceptional beauty of the island on Mahe on this half-day panoramic excursion to the largest island in the Seychelles.


Your tour takes you to the northern center of the island where you will appreciate the lush vegetation, the towering granite peaks, the enchanting villages and its world-famous magnificent beaches.


Botanical Gardens

On arrival in Victoria, the small capital of the Archipelago, your first stop is to the Botanical Gardens which host some of the most representative species of local flora and fauna. You will also have a chance to see the colony of giant tortoises, a rare species of fruit bat and the Coco-de-mer, the largest seed in the world, and one of the symbols of the Seychelles.


Victoria Walking Tour

Next, enjoy a walking tour of Victoria where you will see and learn about the National Library, the Clock Tower, the National Museum, and the Cathedral and soak up the lively atmosphere of the local market.


Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort

Next, re-board your vehicle for the short drive to Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort where you will be greeted with a beverage and you will have some free time to relax, swim, take a stroll and soak in the sun near the crystal clear waters that hug the coastline of the Seychelles.


At the conclusion of the tour, re-board your vehicle for the short ride back to the pier.

On the Spice Route

This full-day tour provides an excellent introduction to the Seychelles. Golden beaches stretch beneath spectacular granite peaks, covered in dense tropical vegetation, from which there are breathtaking views over turquoise seas. The tour begins with a guided visit to Victoria, the world's smallest capital. From the antique clock tower and the modern National Library Building to the bustling market, Victoria possesses a special charm. Explore the town with time for shopping before rejoining your coach to the Botanical Gardens.


Botanical Gardens

At the southern edge of Victoria lie some lovely gardens that are protected from development by their status as a national monument. Your guide shows you a delightful variety of rare and colourful plants including the endemic coco de mare. There is the possibility to see giant land tortoises and fruit bats. Following your tour of the gardens, continue your drive up the Bel Eau Road. A photo stop offers an excellent panoramic view of Victoria, including the port, yacht basin and the main buildings of the capital.


Mission Lodge Ruins

After driving up the spectacular Sans Souci Road where you see some of the island's cinnamon plantations, arrive at the Mission Lodge. Originally known as Venn's Town, the site was established as a school for children of freed slaves. Ruins blanketed with tropical greenery and a magnificent avenue of endemic trees are the only reminders of the school. A brief walk lets you enjoy this beautiful setting.

From here, a short drive brings you to a local Tea Factory for refreshments. Then continue the scenic drive along lower Sans Souci Road, with views of mountain slopes covered with tea shrubs. Your sightseeing drive continues through picturesque fishing villages to the Hilton Allamanda Restaurant. Here, savor a delicious Creole lunch featuring local specialties served by the beach.


Craft Village

After lunch, visit the Craft Village, a cluster of colonial-style houses that evoke the island's fascinating past. The buildings' architecture gives a precise idea of how people lived between 1850 and 1950. A Creole house has been beautifully restored and furnished in the old colonial style. As you wander through this charming area, watch local artisans at their trade, such as weaving hats, making jewelry from shells, woodworking, painting on silk and transforming vegetable fibers into hats and baskets. Also found in the Craft Village is La Marine, a centre that makes and sells replicas of old style frigates and galleons that once plied the waters around the Seychelles' islands. Depart the Craft Village for Victoria, driving along the coastal road, and return to the pier.

Silhouette Island Helicopter Discovery


Indulge your senses with the tropical splendour of the Seychelles during this exhilarating, full-day helicopter flight-seeing excursion to Silhouette Island.


Victoria, Mahe, Helicopter Flight to Silhouette Island

Depart the pier for the scenic, approximately 30-minute drive to the helipad in Mahe for check-in, and your awaiting helicopter. Upon arrival, receive your safety and flight instructions, then begin your breath-taking, approximately 15-minute helicopter flight to Silhouette Island. Named after the French Finance Minister under Louis XV, Silhouette is the third-largest granitic island in the Seychelles and has an area of approximately 7.7 square miles (about 20.1 square kilometres).


Silhouette Island, Mount Dauban, Rainforest, La Passe Village, Trails, White-Sand Beaches

The island's white-sand beaches rim its mountainous interior. Silhouette's highest peak is Mount Dauban, which soars approximately 2,428 feet (about 740 meters) above a virgin rainforest filled with rare hardwoods, exotic orchids and carnivorous pitcher plants. The mountain was named for the Dauban family, which owned Silhouette until the 1960s. Silhouette's only settlement is the village of La Passe, on the island's western coast. The island has well-maintained trails, allowing visitors to explore beaches and some of the rainforest. Following your flight-seeing discovery of Silhouette Island, land at the helipad, de-board your helicopter and begin your guided walking tour.


Guided Walking Tour, Old Cemetery, Chapel, Hilton Labriz, Lunch, Beach, Indian Ocean, Free Time

Your guided stroll takes you along the Trail of the Historical Tombs of Dauban. Continue through the Old Cemetery, and hear stories about pirates, treasures and days of yore. Upon arrival in the island's small village, visit the Old Chapel. Following your walking tour, proceed to the Hilton Labriz for lunch at the hotel's Beach restaurant. Afterward, some free time is made available to soak up the tropical sun, relax and unwind on the white-sand beach, and/or take a refreshing dip in the warm, inviting waters of the Indian Ocean. At the conclusion of your visit, walk back to the jetty and helipad for check-in, and your panoramic, approximately 15-minute flight back to the helipad in Mahe. Upon arrival, re-board your coach and commence the approximately 30-minute drive back to the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Mahé at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Mahé at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Mahé at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Mahé at your leisure during your half-day (4-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customize your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.

St. Anne Marine Park Adventure

Explore St. Anne Marine National Park, the first designated marine park in the Indian Ocean. In this protected area, you are introduced to a variety of sea life through the windows of a semi-submersible vessel. The rest of the day is spent relaxing and enjoying the beach on Moyenne Island.

From the pier board your sailing catamaran and head out for St. Anne Marine National Park.


St. Anne Marine National Park

The park comprises the waters surrounding St. Anne, Moyenne, Round, Long and Cerf Islands. After a leisurely cruise around the islands, transfer from the catamaran to a semi-submersible boat for a 30-minute ride. Large viewing ports offer close-up views of over 150 species of tropical fish, including scorpion, parrot and butterfly fish and red gorgonian coral fans. Transfer back to the catamaran for fish feeding; en route enjoy a scenic cruise as your guide points out the sights in the marine park. Depart for Moyenne Island enjoying scenic views of the inner islands of St. Anne, Round and Long.


A sumptuous Creole buffet lunch will be served onboard while local musicians provide entertainment. Your afternoon on Moyenne Island includes time to relax on the beach or swim in the warm turquoise waters.


After this delightful day, re-board the catamaran for the sail back to the port and sip the local rum on the way.

Tour & Airport Transfer - A Moment in Time

This tour with airport transfer is for guests who have flights after 5pm from Seychelles International Airport. Drop off at the airport is approximately 2pm. This tour could be combined with the tour & hotel drop off for guests staying at the Avani Barbarons Resort & Spa.


Enjoy the highlights of one of the world's smallest capitals.


Panoramic Mahe

Your tour begins with the drive past Independence House which adjoins a large roundabout. A winged sculpture to commemorate Victoria's bicentennial (1770-1970) can be viewed from the coach. The town's central point is the silver-coloured clock tower, erected in 1903 as a replica of the tower at London's Vauxhall Bridge. Around the clock tower cluster bank buildings, the colonial-style law courts and the Anglican Cathedral. Then pass the National Museum, constructed in 1911 with an endowment from the British-born steel magnate, Andrew Carnegie. After driving up the spectacular Sans Souci Road, discover some of the island's cinnamon plantations before reaching your first stop.


Mission Lodge Ruins

Originally known as Venn's Town, the site was established as a school for children of freed slaves. Ruins blanketed with tropical greenery and a magnificent avenue of endemic trees are the only reminders of the school. While the children received a basic education, the adults worked as labourers in the surrounding plantations. A brief walk lets you enjoy this beautiful setting. Following your visit, a short drive brings you to the Tea Factory where refreshments are served. Then continue the scenic drive along lower Sans Souci Road, with views of mountain slopes covered with tea shrubs. Pass through the coastal villages of Port Glaud and Grand Anse on the south coast and travel through dense vegetation of the La Misère Mountain Pass, enjoying more spectacular views of Victoria and the inner islands.


Botanical Gardens

On the return trip, visit these lovely gardens located at the southern edge of Victoria. The gardens are protected from development by their status as a national monument. Your guide shows you a remarkable variety of rare and colourful plants, including the endemic coco de mar, as well as giant land tortoises and fruit bats.


This tour concludes at the Seychelles International Airport (After a stop at the Avani Barbarons Resort)

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

The romance of the seas, small ship sizes and intimate atmosphere, Silversea has long been a leader in the ultra-luxury market. Travelling to both iconic and secluded ports, Silversea’s award-winning itineraries inspire wanderlust and exploration. With over 900 destinations, longer port stays and more late-night departures than ever before, even the savviest traveler will find something new. A butler for every suite, a complimentary in-suite bar stocked with your preferences, all-inclusive exquisite dining, award-winning onboard entertainment and an unparalleled space to guest ratio all contribute to the Silversea experience. Not forgetting our famed Italian hospitality, where new faces become old friends. Bienvenuti a bordo.