Copolia Lodge Trail, Mahé
This path in the Morne Seychellois National Park leads up to the 497-metre-high Copolia (1,630 feet). The trail leads through a shady forest onto a plateau, from which hikers can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of the Sainte Anne Marine National Park and Victoria, the capital. On particularly clear days, the view stretches all the way across to Praslin and La Digue. Discover numerous spice plants along the way, including cinnamon, vanilla, and pineapple, along with the carnivorous Pitcher Plant. The trail takes about two hours (return trip). To get to the starting point, take the bus from Victoria (number 14) towards Port Launay.
Location: Copolia Lodge, Mahé (-4.646097, 55.452557)
Morne Blanc, Mahé
Anyone wishing to climb Morne Blanc can take this path of medium difficult, which is sure to make you sweat a bit. That said, it's worth the effort, as the end provides you with an incredible view of the western coast of Mahé. The path leads through an old tea plantation up to the top of the mountain. The higher you get, the foggier it tends to be, so you might not see the various plants that grow there, such as bentgrass, moss, or ferns. We also wouldn't recommend straying from the path due to the numerous holes and burrows that can be hard to spot. To get to the starting point, simply follow Sans Soucis Road from Victoria in the direction of Port Glaud. If you didn't book a rental car, then take the number 14 bus towards Port Launay. Alight at the old tea tavern, and follow the road up the mountain. After around 200 metres you will find an information board on the left-hand-side of the road.
Location: Tea factory, Mahé (-4.661193, 55.437733)
Glacis Trois Frères, Mahé
This hiking trail is simple, and well-suited to anyone thanks to its flatness. After a small climb of around 300 metres, hikers will reach a viewpoint, from which there is a widespread view out over the surrounding islands, the Sainte Anne Marine Park, and Victoria. On clear days, you can even see all the way across to Praslin and La Digue in the distance. Bring along sturdy shoes, enough drinking water, and mosquito protection in order to fully enjoy the trail. The return journey leads the same way in reverse, or you can go via Le Niol, from which buses depart until the late afternoon.
Location: Sans Soucis, Mahé
Hikers should make sure that they are properly kitted out for this hike, as it is longer than the others. Bring along plentiful drinking water, some snacks, sturdy footwear, and bathing suits, as the path ends at an idyllic waterfall with a cave. The start of the trail can be found by following Sans Soucis Road from the capital, Victoria, towards Port Glaud. There is then a notice board around 400 metres after the Mission Lodge on the right-hand-side. Or, if you take the bus, the starting point is just a few metres from the bus stop.
Location: Sans Soucis, Mahé
Anse Major Trail, Mahé
Anse Major Trail leads through the Morne Seychellois National Park on the rocky north-west coast of Mahé, before winding down to the small, isolated beach of Anse Major. The starting point is best reached via car or bus; take the bus number 21 from Victoria towards Bel Ombre and then get off at Danzil. From there, follow the road around 200 metres up the mountain. Those who decide to drive will also find parking spaces here. At the fork in the path, head right towards Danzil and follow the yellow markings. The 2.5 kilometre round-trip is then relatively flat.
Location: Danzil, Bel Ombre, Mahé (-4.618753, 55.397537)
Vacoa Nature Trail, Mahé
This short hiking trail takes just 30 minutes, and leads across the Dauban river, alongside a network of mangrove trees, and through to a forest in the centre of the island. The forest is home to the panda nut, a tree that also goes by the name "Vacoa", after which the trail itself is named.
Dans Gallas, Mahé
For those who want to enjoy an incredible panoramic view of the picturesque Beau Vallon, this is the hiking trail for you. The name "Gallas" comes from a group of Ethiopians who lived here in the 19th century, after they were freed from British sailors by Arabs. Along the way, the path becomes rather steep and rocky, but there are wooden steps and ladders to help you along the way. To get to the trail, take the number 32 bus to the "Le Noil" stop, where you can find an information centre for the national park.
Location: Grand Anse, Mahé (-4.68061, 55.455921)
Glacis La Réserve, Mahé
The "Glacis La Réserve" trail leads through the thick forest and over impressive granite floors. After a while, follow the arrows to a lookout platform, which has an incredible view of Mahé's eastern coast. The starting point is on the Montagne Posee Road, which joins Anse aux Pins in the east with Anse Boileau in the west. If you turn into the road from the eastern side, then follow it for a few kilometres to the Cable and Wireless Station, then you will come across the sign which indicates the start of the trail.
Location: Montagne Posée Road, Mahé (-4.707262, 55.506645)
This adventurous trail leads along mahogany trees and tee plantations, greeting you with beautiful wood and tea colours. The latter portion of the trail leads past a water tank into the thick forest where it gets darker and you really get the feeling of being surrounded by trees on all sides. Discover the different plants of the Seychelles along the way, before the trail ends at a private settlement.