Port Victoria

Botanical garden and creole houses
A white and tiny Big Ben
Sainte Anne Marine National Park

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Port Victoria

The small – but great – capital of the Seychelles

When you arrive to the Seychelles with an MSC cruise, you will dock in Victoria, the capital of this country composed of 115 islands dotting the Indian Ocean. As you will discover during your holiday, Victoria is located on Mahé, one of the archipelago’s largest, most important and busy islands.
Victoria is one of the smallest and youngest capital cities in the world; founded as late as 1770 by a group of Frenchmen, whose influence is still strongly felt on the island, in spite of the long occupation by the British, which ended with the islands independence in 1976. Victoria has been reconstructed several times but its original colonial style can still be seen in the lines of the Palace of Justice and of the Clock Tower of the Roundabout, a reduced-scale reproduction of the Big Ben constructed in 1903 in honour of Queen Victoria.

For those who prefer not to venture into the forest but would still like to learn about the local biodiversity, we suggest an excursion to the Victoria Botanical Garden. The park spans six hectares of land and is home to the Aldabra giant tortoises as well as to 200 species of plants, including interesting examples of trees not found anywhere else, such as the coco-de-mer.

While in Victoria, also don’t miss out on the centre of every-day life: the bazar, a market offering typical local products, spices, fish, fruit and vegetables; and on the delightful shops selling crafts flanked by beautiful Creole houses.

If you would like to drink a local cocktail, the place to go is the Pirate’s Arms: located at the top of a hill, it is the most famous bar of the entire archipelago. Next, go on an excursion to the Sainte Anne Marine National Park, which covers six islands. Here, mangroves, tropical trees and even the infamous crocodiles are abundant. To relax in the sun, go to Mahe Beach; here, a few kilometres from the city, you will find everything you need to pass a pleasant day by the sea.

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    • Drink included

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level

    • Duration
      4 h

    • Adult price starting from72Price per person

    • Child price starting from 52Price per person


    Join us on a pleasant excursion unveiling us the wonders of Ste Anne Marine National Park. Leave the port and reach the Park, just 5 km away from the capital city of the Seychelles. As you enjoy the lovely landscape of Victoria Harbour with its lush mountainous backdrop, your guide will introduce you to the story of the Park. Encompassing six small islands, the Park was created in 1973 for the preservation of the wildlife. Have fun by feeding fish from your own hands and enjoy interacting with various species of fish before boarding a semi-submarine. Get ready to enter an amazing world that you will admire through the semi-submersible windows: exotic coral formations, abundant fish life perfectly preserved in an underwater ecosystem. You will also have the opportunity to do snorkelling (equipment supplied) or simply relax on Moyenne beach and get tanned. Return to the port. Please note: guides available only in English. This tour is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.

    SEA & SUN
    • Drink included

    • No guide available

    • Possibility of swimming

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adult price starting from39Price per person

    • Child price starting from 29Price per person


    Beach time beckons at one of the most beautiful beaches on Mahé island, so pack your beach bag and first board a coach at the pier. You’ll then be taken on a short drive-by look at Victoria – the capital city of the Seychelles – en route to Berjava B/Vallon Bay Hotel. Soft sand, the hot sun and the crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean provide a setting that is as comfortable as it is scenic – perfect for chilling out to your heart’s content. Your time at the hotel includes a complimentary drink and the tour later comes to a close with your return to the ship. Please note: beach chairs and sun umbrellas not guaranteed; the resort is equipped with showers and toilets.

The excursions in the programme are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this programme is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise. 
Shore excursions programs and itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour.
Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, it is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.


The splendour of the atolls
The splendour of the atolls

A cruise to the Seychelles will introduce you to the 115 islands which have only been permanently inhabited for 200 years. Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, 500 miles from the nearest mainland, their striking environmental and cultural diversity amaze visitors.

The external islands are coral atolls with immense pure white beaches which emerge from waters that change shades from light blue to turquoise. 

Arriving at the Seychelles on an MSC Grand Voyages cruise means walking into a life sciences manual, it’s not without reason that 50% of their territory is part of a national park or natural reserve

Two sites are protected by UNESCO: Aldabra, the largest raised coral atoll in the world, where you can find the world’s biggest seed, the sea coconut, in the Vallée de Mai in Praslin, a real earthly paradise

On these islands you will also find the only eight examples in the world of the jellyfish tree, as well as the black parrot or the Seychelles nightingale, the smallest frog on the planet and the heaviest of the giant tortoises. 

And if all these natural wonders seem too many to take in, you can also have a break and relax on the white beaches and the warm waters of one of the countless bays of this archipelago.