Beaches on Mahé Island
Anse a La Mouche
Anse a La Mouche lies in a very long bay and is relatively narrow. Low tide leaves extensive sand flats along the coastline. At high tide there are only two metres of beach left. Various breakwaters divide Anse a La Mouche into different small pocket beaches. Colourful fishing boats are anchored at both ends of the bay. Thick bush vegetation and Takamaka trees provide shade and hide the beach from the nearby road. The beach also offers a panoramic view of mountainous green landscape and the small islets Ile Chauve Souris and Ile aux Vaches. Because of its calm water the 1,700 metre long Anse a La Mouche is popular with families with children. There are several guest houses and self carering villa rentals on offer along the coastal road.
Anse Aux Pins and Turtle Bay
This long stretch of coastline stretching along the south-eastern coast of Mahé and including Turtle Bay, has narrow beaches and shallow waters that lie close to the coastal road. At low tide, it is interesting to walk on the sand and rocky outcrops where you will discover all sorts of marine life trapped in rock pools. Local fishermen also use this stretch of coast to set fish traps and hunt for octopus and can often be seen wading out to the reef at low tide. At high tide it is possible to swim here, but the water remains fairly shallow.
Anse Boileau is a quiet district on the south of the island of Mahé, in the Seychelles. Anse Boileau encapsulates the natural wonders of the Seychelles: it sits at the foot of a steep, very green mountain, it is on the shores of the Indian Ocean, and in its midst are streams, mini-forests, creeks, ponds, and an enchanting array of all that defines the Seychellois landscape. It is often described as a ‘fishing village’ because many of the local residents fish for a living; it has a school, a restaurant, a number of grocery shops, a health centre and a police station. It is a short distance away from Anse La Mouche, a popular tourist destination. Anse Boileau is so-called because of its many coves.
Anse Forbans is a half kilometre long and a narrow stretch of soft sand beach with coral stones scattered across it due to the closeness of the reef, which encircles the bay approximately 100 metres offshore. The beach is considered safe for swimming, except for the southern part past the chalets, where the beach leads onto Anse Marie Louise. Anse Forbans is accessible to the public like all Seychelles beaches.
Perhaps one of the most picturesque beaches on Seychelles, Anse Intendance is also the widest beach on Mahé. Though being impacted by high energy waves constantly, the beach remains very much stable throughout the year. Anse Intendance also displays a massive reservoir of very fine sand, which is a good indicator of a very stable beach.
This secluded beach can be reached by boat trip or by hiking a nature trail from Danzil on the most north-westerly point of Mahé. The walk to the beach and back takes around three hours, but many visitors prefer to take a picnic and spend at least half a day here. Anse Major has a large sandy beach and, to the rear, a small lagoon. Swimming here is safe and it is a good spot for snorkelling. Glass bottomed boat excursions from Beau Vallon Bay, which include snorkelling, also visit this bay.
Anse Royale is considered more or less a stable beach and is well protected by a fringing reef from powerful waves. The beach experiences choppy seas during the southeast trade wind season from May to October but has very calm conditions during the northwest monsoon. It is very good for swimming at high tide but not during low tide. The small Ile Souris (Mouse Island) on the north side is within swimming distance and offers good snorkelling. The length of the beach from the round shaped granite rocks in the north to the newly renovated church in the south is about 2500 paces. On weekends Anse Royale is a very lively beach where many locals meet up for picnics and beach sports.
This small beach is one of the most isolated beaches in the south and very popular with picnickers. Anse Soleil is very much exposed to wave forces especially during the southeast monsoon from May to October.
Nestled in-between the wide and spectacular beaches at Port Launay and Baie Ternay, this tiny cove is well worth a stop. Hemmed in by granite boulders, the small beach is often completely deserted and the sea is suitable for both swimming and snorkelling.
Baie Lazare is a small district, which is located in the Mahe region of Seychelles. It was originally named after the French adventurer Lazare Picault who was the first person to discover Baie Lazare while investigating the whole island of Seychelles. This place from then on was a primary French colony and even in the recent times the place still hold the essence of French living.
Surrounded by National Marine Park waters, this pristine beach is popular with scuba divers and sailors but unfortunately cannot at present be reached by car as the road leading to the beach is closed to the public. Boasting a large expanse of white coral sand it is located in a remote corner of Mahé, which makes it a quiet paradise for those who are able to discover it.
Beau Vallon is the name of the best known, most popular and largest beach of Mahé island. It’s located in the north west coast of Mahé, 3km from Victoria, in a huge bay: Baie Beau Vallon. Across the bay you can see Silhouette island and North Island. The beach stretches for miles from the Hilton Northolme hotel in the north to the Meridien Fisherman’s Cove resort in the south. The water is deep enough for swimming, although you have to be careful not to swim in the areas where the fishermen land in their small boats. In the northern part of the beach there are some excellent places for snorkeling, especially around the big granite rocks. Be careful of the Sea Urchins during low tide though even when wearing foot protection.
In the past there used to be a tourism establishment which operated in the area but since its closure in the late 1990’s no other such development has taken place on location. Similarly to Beau Vallon, Carana beach can be considered as stable in terms of sand movement, due to the balanced accumulation of sand after erosion during the South West monsoon. Again its sheltered location in between two rock heads on each side helps to protect the beach from the direct impact of the currents. The fact that its dunes/berms are well protected by coastal vegetation also means that erosion by wave action has a lesser effect on Carana beach.
Grand Anse (on Mahé)
One of the three longest and widest beaches on Mahé. Characterised by high energy waves and strong currents during most of the year, swimming is not recommended along most of the beach. Even with the powerful waves that crash, the beach itself is more or less stable displaying a gentle slope and similar to Intendance a large sand budget but nevertheless signs of minor erosion is noticeable at certain points along the beach. The beach itself was under the treat of high erosion in the late 1980-1990s due to intensive practice of sand poaching on the beach. This problem has been curbed to a certain extent through a project implemented by the Ministry of Environment in the 1990s to install barriers along the beach to restrict vehicle access on to the beach system as well as a coastal planting to further stabilise the beach against erosion. Overhead boardwalks over the berm system has been put in place so that the impacts of trampling on the beach system can be reduced. The beach at low tide is probably the second widest beach on Mahé after Intendance, with its gently-sloped profile.
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North East Point
The presence of ancient beach rocks in the area indicates that this beach is quite old. Beach rocks are masses of sand which have turned into rocks under pressure and the ones at North East Point can be found exposed especially during low tide during the south east monsoon. The presence of beach rocks is indicative that severe erosion has occurred in the area over the years, strong enough to eventually expose the beach rocks. The coast is of high energy during most of the year generated by the waves and currents, therefore making it very dynamic. The most northern part of the beach has no reef protecting it which means that bigger swells and stronger currents hits this particular stretch of the beach. The area is quite popular with surfers who enjoy the big waves.
Police Bay and Petit Police
On either side of the south-western tip of Mahé are two magnificent bays with rolling waves and soft white sand. These two beaches are best suited for walking and photography as the strong currents here make them dangerous for swimming. Because of this and their remote location, walkers can usually enjoy a solitary stroll along this pristine coastline.
Perhaps one of the most aesthetic beaches on Mahé and one of the best for swimming. It is well protected with stunning granite boulders on either sides. This contributes to its very fine, powdered sand and smooth gradient. It is one of the most popular beaches for picnics and perhaps has the highest concentration of people during the weekends. The beach is equally popular as a stop over for yacht charters.
Beaches on Praslin Island
Large granite rock formations divide Anse Boudin from Anse Takamaka. This very fine sand beach is about 800 steps long. The main beach lies hidden behind some local houses. Depending on the tide, large stones form a swimming pool area within close distance of the shoreline. Takamaka trees, pines and coconut palms shelter Anse Boudin. The beach offers a panoramic view of Curieuse Island. This beach is part of the Curieuse Marine National Park and provides excellent snorkelling.
Widely regarded as one of the most stunning beaches in Seychelles, framed by granite boulders, it offers powder soft sand and magnificent swimming.
Anse Kerlan and Petit Anse Kerlan
These two stunning aquamarine bays are part of the Lémuria Resort. Both have sandy coves surrounded by picturesque granite rocks. Swimming and particularly snorkelling here is excellent. There can be strong currents pushing swimmers out to sea at certain times of the year, but the hotel will advise guests on the suitability of swimming.
The most famous beach on Praslin, and rightly so. Well worth the long winding drive from Côte d’Or, Anse Lazio can claim to be the perfect tropical paradise beach and is often listed among the world’s top ten beaches. Beautifully framed by granite rocks, this dream beach has soft white sands leading gently down to calm clear waters with a gentle gradient absolutely perfect for swimming and snorkelling. The Bon Bon Plume and Le Chevalier restaurants are nearby and can provide lunch and refreshments.
Anse Matelot is a small sandy cove, a short walk away from the L’Archipel Hotel. Its remote location means it is often deserted. Suitable for swimming.
At the east end of Anse Possession local fishermen anchor their small fishing boats. This part of the 1600 step long beach is not ideal for swimming. Further on, large stones in the water form occassional small swimming pools. Granite rocks along the coastline create various pocket beaches. Takamaka trees and bushes shelter Anse Possession and hide it from the nearby quiet street. The silhouette of Curieuse Island can be seen on the horizon.
Anse Volbert / Côte d’Or
Praslin’s main beach, with its many hotels and guesthouses lining the golden coastline is rarely crowded. Anse Volbert / Côte d’Or is a dazzlingly white stretch of beach and the crystal clear sea here is excellent for swimming and water sports. Further out in the bay, around Chauve Souris island and St Pierre islet, the snorkelling is superb.
Grand Anse (on Praslin)
The „Grand Anse“ is one of the longest beaches on Praslin, located on the east coast. Here, you can engage in a lot of different activities, such as water sports, boat tours or fishing trips. In case you should get hungry, there’s a good restaurant located nearby. Yet, this beach is most beautiful during the time of the north west monsoon: the sea is calm and the water is clear.
Beaches on La Digue Island
Anse Bonnet Carré
Many visitors to La Digue walk or cycle to the famous Anse Source d’Argent, but few take the trouble to explore further along the coastline. Anse Bonnet Carré’s reward for those that do; a beach that can only be accessed by foot and so, is often deserted. It has the same white sand as its famous neighbour, with fewer rocks and the same shallow warm waters, more suitable for a relaxing wallow than an energetic swim.
Anse Coco – the most isolated, stunning and unspoilt beach on La Digue. It can be reached on foot either via Grand Anse and Petit Anse or, for the more adventurous, by trekking across the island via Nid’Aigle. The perfect beach for rest, relaxation and solitude.
A bit longer than Anse Patates, which makes it perfect for walking, this beach on the island’s northern end has soft white sand and calm seas. However, dangerous currents make it not good for swimming or snorkeling. Amenities: none. Best for: walking.
Anse La Reunion
The beautiful beach Anse La Reunion is situated in the north of La Digue in immediate proximity to the La Digue Island Lodge. The view from here is absolutely breathtaking as you will be able to spot the neighbor island Praslin afar. This beach with its extremely clear water is especially suitable for snorkeling as you will be able to discover lots of colorful fish and other sea inhabitants here.
The beach Anse Patataes is situated in proximity to the village Patratan in the north east of La Digue. The beach is ideal for swimming and sun bathing, and especially the underwater world is worth exploring with snorkeling equipment. Anse Patates is adjacent to the beach of Anse Gauelettes and impresses with granite boulders and snow white sand that will shimmer red in the light of dusk.
The dream beach Anse Pierrot is located in the south west f La Digue and can be reaches via footpath from Anse de Sourde d’Argent. This is an absolute insider’s tip and there’s no developed road leading here, so there are only few visitors. The beach offers the same pleasantly warm water than the neighboring beach and there’s also a small restaurant where local delicacies are being prepared that are definitely worth trying.
The beach Anse Severe is situated in the north of La Digue in proximity of two Hotels, yet it is never crowded. This beach is great for sun worshippers and is placed in midst of a beautiful and idyllic scenery. You will be able to discover colorful fish in the turquoise colored water or admire the sea anemone or corals. All in all, the Anse Severe is paradisiacal beach that makes a visit absolutely worthwhile.
Anse Source d’Argent
The beach Anse Source d’Argent is counting amongst the most well-known beaches of the Seychelles, since it is the most photographed beach scenery made up of the extraordinary boulder formation, the sparkling blue water and the powdery fine sand. This beach is also idea for children due to the shallow water entrance. You can get here by passing through the plantation “L’Union Estate” and tourists are charged with an entrance fee.
This beach is located in the plantation „L’Union Estate“ in the west of La Digue, yet it is open for public visitors. There is also an old boat builder’s yard that unfortunately had to be closed, but still has a special influence on the beach scenery. Swimming and snorkeling are a lot of fun in the clear water with the super fine sand.
Grand Anse (on La Digue)
This beach is breathtakingly beautiful: impressive waves and Seychelle-typical granite boulders make up a dream beach in the north west of La Digue. Yet, don’t let yourself be deceived: This is not a beach for swimming. Even though the water looks very inviting, there are strong undercurrents, making the water quite dangerous.
Petit Anse (on La Digue)
Petit Anse“ is situated in the north west of La Digue and contrary to the name it is anything but small. It is located next to the well-known beach “Grande Anse and should be avoided for swimming. Yet, because of its remoteness it is perfect for sun bathing or picnics.
Beaches on Desroches Island
Bombe Bay Beach
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Beaches on Frégate Island
A narrow stone staircase leads through a thick green palm forest down to Anse Victorin. This very fine white sand beach has been voted in travel press as the best beach in the world. Anse Victorin is framed by large granite formations. Round granite rocks of all sizes are scattered along this only 230 step long beach. Coconut palms and Vouloutye bushes grow along the shore, creating a rich contrast to the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. Anse Victorin is an ideal location for swimming and snorkelling. A sheltered rest area with a hammock, sunbeds, towels and an ice-box filled with always chilled drinks provide all necessary luxuries for a perfect day on the beach.
Beaches on Silhouette Island
Anse La Passe
The long narrow beach at Anse La Passe borders Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa. The sea here blends itself well for swimming and sunbathing and the beach itself is fringed with trees offering shade close to the hotel.
On the eastern side of the island, Anse Lascars beach can be reached by taking the footpath from La Passe. Sandy and with shells and corals lining its shore, this beach is famous for the fact that behind it there are some ancient tombs, believed to be the final resting place of 30 Arab sailors, whose dhow was wrecked on the island many years before it came to be settled by man.