Mahe is the largest and main island of the Seychelles. The country's economic and political center is the capital, Victoria. Mahe is home to the international airport and 90% of the country's total population. Mahe is located at 4 degrees south latitude and is 17 miles long by 2 to 5 miles wides wide, covering 58 square miles. The highest point is Morne Seychellois at 2972 feet. The island is alkali granite with inclusions of smokey quartz. Mahe has 68 beaches.

sunset beach children on beach tree roots coconut grove landscape snail land crab red bird

orchids hibiscus flower bird of paradise flower flowers and berries flower queen-of-the-night flower


Skunk anemonefish, Amphiprion akallopisos

skunk clownfish in anemone

Humbug damsel, Dascyllus aruanus

humbug dascyllus in hard coral

Schultz's pipefish, Corythoichthys schultzi

network pipefish

Sand lizardfish, Synodus dermatogenys

two reef lizardfish

Emperor angelfish, Pomacanthus imperator

emperor angelfish

Longfin spadefish, Platax teira

longfin batfish

Common lionfish, Pterois volitans

common lionfish

Zebra lionfish, Dendrochirus zebra

shortfin lionfish

Scalloped torpedo ray, Torpedo panthera

scalloped torpedo ray

Banded sergeant, Abudefduf septemfasciatus

night sergeant

Trumpetfish, Aulostomus chinensis


Rusty parrotfish, Scarus ferrugineus

redlip parrotfish (terminal phase) in coccoon

Parrotfish, Scarus sp.

redlip parrotfish (initial phase)


Spotted butterflyfish, Chaetodon guttatissimus

spotted butterflyfish

Moon wrasse, Thalassoma lunare

crescent wrasse

White-edged soldierfish, Myripristis murdjan

bigscale soldierfish sabre squirrelfish

Moorish idol, Zanclus cornutus

moorish idol

Indian sand wrasse, Coris frerei

unknown wrasse

Semicircle angelfish, Pomacanthus cf semicirculatus

trapeze angelfish


blue triggerfish

Moray eel, Gymnothorax sp.

unknown eel

Giant moray, Gymnothorax javanicus

giant moray eel

Reticulated moray, Gymnothorax richardsoni

whitemouth moray eel

Whitemouth moray, Gymnothorax meleagris

whitemouth moray eel

Pustulose wart slug, Phylidiella pustulosa


White-banded cleaner shrimp, Lysmata amboinensis

cleaning shrimp

Blue sea star, Linckia laevigata

sea star

Octopus, Octopus sp.

octopus octopus

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