Having a rental car when visiting Mahé makes your life much easier. The impressive scenery of the north coast or the beautiful bays in the west need to be seen to be believed. A drive up over Sans Souci, through the Tea Plantations, followed by a trip to the capital, Victoria, will also be worth your while. You can see the entire island in one day, including stops at beaches and anything else that catches your eye. Driving is by far the easiest way to pick up groceries if you go with a B&B or self-catering option for your accommodation.
A car will also help you access the stores. This is where locals do their regular shopping. The prices are more reasonable compared to the small shops located along the coastline. You shouldn’t miss the Botanical Gardens in Victoria. There’s a broad collection of exotic plants within five acres of landscaped tropical gardens where you can see giant tortoises.
Then, on the north west coast you’ll find Beau Vallon beach, one of the most populated and lively beaches on Mahé. For a session of surfing and massive waves, we recommend Anse Intendance or Grand Anse. The romantic ones need to visit Anse Takamaka beach. Its golden sands and blue waves represent the right background for honeymooners. The roads on Mahé are low-traffic, mountainous and narrow, so caution is generally advised.