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About Port Victoria

Port Victoria, the capital of the Seychelles, lies on Mahé, the largest island in the chain. Explore lush tea, coconut and tropical fruit plantations and enjoy great beaches. One of the world's smallest capitals, Port Victoria is a pretty town with fine colonial Law Courts and a silver clock tower, erected in 1903 and modelled on the tower at London's Vauxhall Bridge.

Visit the sensational botanical gardens - home to fruit bats, giant tortoises and a host of rare and exotic plants including the native Coco de Mer palms. At the open-air bazaar, you can buy locally-grown tea and spices, exquisite coral jewellery and intricate wood carvings. Famous for its beaches, Anse Royal is best for snorkelling, while Beau Vallon Bay is the most popular with sunbathers.

 

Shore excursions in Port Victoria

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

Cruise and Spice

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 4 hours

Cruise along the coastline of Mahe and enjoy a visit to the Jardin du Roi spice plantation.

Board your catamaran at the pier and set sail for a leisurely cruise along the south eastern coastline of Mahe. Your Captain will choose the best place to drop anchor for your snorkelling stop, and here you can take to the water in search of marine life. Alternatively sit back and relax as you take in the spectacular coastal scenery of the Seychelles. Afterwards you’ll arrive at Anse Royale, where your cruising portion of the tour will end and you’ll be transferred by dinghy to the shore.

Enjoy a scenic drive into the Rainforest Valley and on to Jardin du Roi. Pierre Poivre, the famous Peter Pepper, chose Mahe island as an ideal location for growing spices, owing to its perfect latitude. The original site was burnt to the ground and lay dormant until 1860, when William Green created the Jardin du Roi you see today. As you stroll through the plantation, you’ll discover a variety of spice plants, tropical fruit trees and essential oil plants. After your visit, rejoin your bus for a scenic coastal drive back to Port Victoria.

During your tour soft drink refreshments will be served.

Essential information

This excursion is conducted by catamaran, minibus and on foot. This tour involves around 30-40 minutes’ walking over some rough and uneven ground, including some slight inclines and steps. Flat, non-slip comfortable shoes are recommended. Snorkel equipment is included. Participants must be competent swimmers. Remember swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. Water shoes are recommended, you may be requested to remove all shoes whilst on board the catamaran. The order of the itinerary may vary. Euros and US Dollars are accepted for purchases.

Mahe Discovery

Activity mediumMeal includedRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 7½ hours

A full day to discover the highlights, flora and fauna and spectacular scenery of Mahe.

Setting off from the port, you’ll reach one of the smallest capitals in the world, Victoria. Enjoy a walk with your guide and catch a glimpse of the main landmarks, including the National Museum, the old Courthouse and the Clock Tower, a replica of the one in Victoria, London.

Afterwards, take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens, where you’ll find a colony of giant Aldabran 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.

Take a scenic drive along the winding Sans Souci Road and on to the Mission Lodge Ruins. Here, you’ll see the remains of the school built to educate the freed slave children, which also benefits from having one of the most spectacular views on the island.

Upon arrival at a local beach restaurant, you may wish to enjoy a quick dip in the inviting waters, before being served a delicious local style buffet lunch.

Finally, as you return to Victoria you’ll visit the Craft Village where traditional artists display their work, before the return drive to the port.

Essential information

This tour is conducted by bus or minibus and on foot. This tour involves around 2 hours of walking, which includes some uneven ground, steps and inclines. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Please remember sunscreen, swimwear and a towel for those wishing to swim. Euros or US Dollars are accepted for purchases. The order of the itinerary may vary.

Mahe Highlights

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

See Victoria, the world’s smallest capital and take in Mahe’s surrounding natural beauty.

Your drive will take you through one of the smallest capitals in the world, Victoria. You’ll pass the National Library and the old Courthouse, the National Museum and the Clock Tower which was erected in 1903 to commemorate Queen Victoria and is a replica of the one in Victoria, London.

Continue along the winding Sans Souci Road, high above the town, and on to the Mission Lodge Ruins. During your visit, you’ll see the remains of the school built to educate the freed slave children.

Afterwards, continue driving along the lower Sans Souci Road, where a short stop will be made for you to enjoy a refreshing drink and take in the lovely coastal views.

Afterwards, continue driving along the lower Sans Souci Road, where a short stop will be made for you to enjoy a refreshing drink and take in the lovely coastal views.

Essential information

Essential information. This tour involves approximately 1 hour of walking, which includes some steps and inclines and uneven ground. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

Mahe Sights and Beach

Activity mediumRefreshments includedShopping

Duration: 4 hours

An opportunity to see some of the highlights of Mahe and enjoy some time on the beach.

Setting off from the port, you’ll take a scenic drive to the Botanical Gardens, home to a rich array of flora including Elephant Apple trees, Octopus trees and the endemic Coco de Mer palm. During your visit, look out for the fruit bats and view the giant Aldabran tortoises as they laze in their enclosure.

You’ll drive into the centre of Victoria, one of the smallest capitals in the world. Upon arrival, your guide will take you on a walking tour, passing the colourful local market and souvenir kiosks. You’ll also pass landmarks such as the old Courthouse, the National Museum and the Clock Tower, a replica of the one in Victoria, London.

To complete your tour, you will head north, taking in spectacular coastal views, and on to Beau Vallon Beach. You’ll have the opportunity to cool off in the inviting waters, stroll along the beach or simply relax on the warm sands. A soft drink refreshment will also be served.

Essential information

This will be conducted by bus or minibus and on foot. Please note that the transportation used on this tour may not be air-conditioned. This tour involves approximately 1 hour of walking, which includes some steps and uneven ground. The order of the itinerary may vary. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended. Please wear swimwear, take a towel and sunscreen. The time spent at the beach is around 1 hour. Euro and US Dollar currency are accepted for purchases.

Sail and Snorkel

Activity mediumRefreshments included

Duration: 3½ hours

Sail along the beautiful coastline of the Seychelles and take to the waters to discover a fascinating underwater world.

You’ll board your catamaran at the pier and set sail towards Ste Anne Marine Park, for the opportunity to enjoy an unpolluted ecosystem, located only a short distance from the capital Victoria.

Upon arrival at Ste Anne Marine Park, the captain will drop anchor ready for your snorkelling experience. A safety briefing and instruction will be given before you don your snorkel gear and take to the inviting waters. Your guide will tempt the fish with some nibbles and you too can join in the fun of hand feeding them.

If you wish to get even closer to this underwater world, you can join the semi-submarine for a short underwater tour of this colorful world. You may also choose to cool off with a quick refreshing dip or head ashore and soak up the sun on the beach. Soft drink refreshments will be available on board throughout your tour.

Afterwards, relax and enjoy the coastal views once more as you sail back to the pier.

Essential information

Snorkel equipment is included. Participants must be competent swimmers. Marine life sightings are dependent on sea conditions and visibility on the day. Remember swimwear, sunscreen and a towel. Depending on sea swells, an alternative anchorage may be used. Water shoes are recommended, you may be requested to remove all shoes whilst on board the catamaran.

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