For all those adventurous people who love exploring various places, here I am giving you little information about an airport and the city’s attractions where this airport is located. If you love Africa and are going to the city of Victoria then do not miss to visit all the interesting sites. Victoria has many attractive locations and to reach there you have Seychelles International Airport which is also called as Aeroport de La pointe Larue by the locals and is situated on the island of Mahe in Seychelles which is close to the capital city of Victoria.
This airport was established on 20March, 1972 by Queen Elizabeth II. A domestic terminal is situated at a small walking distance which is at the northern direction of the International terminal and provides domestic inter-island flights. A plan is also going on to connect the airport with a light railway or tram system. This will run along the east coast of Mahe Island only because of the high transportation density of this region. A cargo terminal is located at the southern direction of the International terminal. It manages freights from all international and domestic movements. This cargo terminal is run by the Air Seychelles which is a national airline. A military base of Seychelles Public Defence Force could be found at the southeastern border of runway 13 within the southern direction on an island that is joined with Mahe when the airport’s construction was on process.
The code of this airport is SEZ and has three distinct terminals out of which two are the passenger terminals and one is the Cargo Terminal. You can reach to the other terminal by walking. The walking distance takes just two minutes from one to the other terminal. You can reach to the airport from the city centre by driving. For that you need to travel towards the southeast direction of Victoria and just go on following the signs of the airport. Once you reach at the airport you can park your car at the airport. There are more than 100 long-term and 40 short-term parking spaces from where you can access directly to the terminal building.
For travelling around there are continuous bus services available from the bus station in the city of Victoria. Taxis could be found outside the terminal that runs to all locations of Mahe Island. You will also get some tour operators coach services like Creole Travel Services and Mason’s travel. These services link passengers to the ferry terminal situated at the Old Port which is referred to as Vieux port for inter-island ferry services. Along with this, it also links to the New Port which is called as Nouveau port for cruise holidays. The airport lies at a distance of 11 kilometre towards southeast direction of Victoria and can be accessed through the Victoria Providence Highway.
Companies like Avis, Hertz and Sixt as well as some local operators could be found at the airport. Car rental desks are situated in the arrivals and departures. Every corner of the Mahe Island can be access through coach. In fact, buses function at a large number in Victoria. Taxis run continuously from the airport for a whole day that is 24 hours. If you get confused or want to seek information then tourist help desk are there at the arrivals and remains open only if there is a flight. From this desk you will get all the details related to the key attractions of the places in Victoria.
All the basic facilities like money and communications, eating and drinking, shopping, luggage, conference and business and others are available. Mail boxes, bank, ATMs, bureau de change, public telephones, internet, restaurants, bars, duty-free shops in the arrivals and departures halls of International terminal, trolleys, left luggages, travel agent and VIP lounge are available at the airport. Besides this, facilities for disabled travellers are also available like toilets and assistance.
For accommodation you need to travel for five kilometre towards northern direction of the airport. You can stay at Wharf Hotel & Marina, Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Beach Resort & Casino and the Coral Strand Hotel. You will get many hotels that are located close to the airport. The airlines that operate from this airport are Air Austral, Air Seychelles, Condor, Emirates, Kenya Airways, Meridiana that are operated by Eurofly, Neos and Qatar Airways.
Mahe Island is a mixture of ancient and modern attractions. If you love to explore history then visit the Clock Tower, Chateau des Mamelles and Bel Air Cemetery. Besides this, you should at least once visit the Le Jardin Du Roi Spice Garden, Tea Factory, Botanical Gardens, French Cultural Center, National Library and Art Gallery, Seychelles National Museum, Cerf Island Private Mini Spa and Petite Anse at Baie Lazare. These are the major attractions of Victoria’s Mahe Island. When it comes about an island, the beaches cannot be stay away. Beaches are the pride of an island so do visit some of the beach around and make your holidays special.
Seychelles has many islands situated in between the Indian Ocean close to Maldives, Madagascar and Mauritius. This place holds two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and is the world’s major Coral atoll Aldabra and Vallee de Mai on Praslin. There are eighteen water sports centers in Seychelles and also has 110 boat charter companies who provide Yachts and boat charters. This is a well-known place for divers. Aldabra is the world’s biggest atoll for diving where thousands of divers arrive to enjoy this activity. Other activities are also undertaken in a huge number like fishing. Enjoy watching the sailfish, marlin, shark, giant barracuda, rainbow runners and wahoo inside the water of Seychelles.
The coral islands have thousand different species of fish which you can explore. Or else got to other marine parks or places and try snorkeling. Seychelles is the best holiday, honeymoon and wedding destination. Its white sandy beaches and beautiful plant nearby attracts tourists from all over the world. Mahe Island has Morne Seychellois National Park that covers 20 percent of the land of this island. This is the most inhabited island from the rest of the islands in Seychelles. This is the best place for bird lovers who can experience various species of birds like Flycatcher, Kestrel, Blue Pigeon, Sunbird, Swiftlet, White Eye or Scops Owl and many others. Also visit the Aride and cousin bird sanctuary. You should also try swimming with the turtles at Coco Island or watch different fishes at Sister Island.
Still there are plenty of attractions or places of interest where you should visit once. Seychelles has many romantic and luxurious hotels and resorts where you can spend your time. Enjoy hiking at the Seychelles islands or at least fully explore the Mahe Island that will give you pleasant memories to hold forever. Do not forget that you can only reach here if you fly to the Seychelles International Airport.