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Beaches in Seychelles

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L’anse aux Poules Bleues – Mahe island

A quiet and shady beach next to Anse à la mouche that disappears with the tide; Anse aux poules bleues is well worth a visit. Parking is available under the tall takamaka trees and the water is shallow and perfect for families or divers.

Anse Forbans – Mahe island

Perhaps in the days of buccaneers, pirates actually visited this beautiful beach on the south-east coast of Mahé. Today, Anse Forbans is very popular with visitors to hotels along the coast.

Anse Major – Mahe island

Winding along the rugged northwest coast of Mahé, this fairly easy trail takes you to the small, remote beach of Anse Major. Beginning in the fishing village of Belombre, the walk to the beach is very short, but the protected cove there at the end is well worth it.

Anse Gouvernement – Mahe island

The twin beaches of Anse Soleil and Petite Anse, Anse Gouvernement are an ideal picnic spot. With shallow waters, a shaded car park and an equestrian centre located right on the beach, there is no shortage of activities. The beach is accessible via a winding road that passes the Kempinski seaside resort. The beach is protected by a reef and features granite rocks that form a small lagoon with clear water.

Anse Takamaka – Mahe island

Located southwest of Mahé, Takamaka Cove is a picturesque combination of clear water, a large expanse of sand and beautiful mountain scenery. Often featured on postcards, it represents one of the most beautiful beaches on Mahé, which offers opportunities for swimming, snorkelling and even boating in calm, shallow waters.

Anse l’Ilot – Mahe island

Off the beaten track, Anse L’Ilot emerges through dense vegetation in the north-western region of Mahé. It is known by those who have seen it for its beauty and tranquillity, but the beach disappears when the water rises at high tide. It is therefore preferable to visit it at low tide.

Marie Laure – Mahe island

Located close to Beau Vallon, north-west of Mahé, Marie-Laure is a relatively small beach, considerably less crowded than its more populous neighbours, which is characterised by a quiet, exclusive atmosphere.

Anse Glacis – Mahe island

Glacis Beach is actually more than just a beach, with two distinct sections separated by rock formations. The deep water is great for swimming and snorkelling, and also offers magnificent views of Beau Vallon and Silhouette Island.

Anse Barbarons – Mahe island

Better known as the beach opposite the Avani Resort on the west coast of Mahé Island, Anse Barbarons, this beach is family-friendly and ideal for swimming at high tide, making it a popular destination for hotel guests and tourists seeking an exceptional beach experience.

L’Anse Des Anglais – Mahe island

Just a short walk from Port Launay beach and right next to Pointe Paul, L’anse des Anglais is a secluded cove with spectacular rock formations and perfect for photography. Not accessible by road, you would have to walk there or take a boat from nearby Port Launay beach.

Lans Trusalo – Mahe island

This secluded and isolated cove is close to Anse L’islette and is easily accessible via a path. It offers interesting rock formations that are ideal for photography.

Anse L’Amour – Mahe island

Anse l’amour, on the west coast of Mahé, is a little less than half a kilometre from Port Launay. This tiny cove offers excellent views of Port Launay beach and Conception Island. A unique combination of rock formations and palm trees give it a character all its own.

Lans Angle – Mahe island

Overlooking Therese Island, Lans Angle is a private beach secluded enough for those who want to relax in peace. It is easily accessible from nearby Lans Trusalo by simply negotiating the rocks, and is definitely worth a visit.

Fairyland Beach – Mahe island

This picturesque beach is located on the lower slopes of the hill as you leave Point au Sel towards Fairyland. A popular spot for swimmers and sunbathers, this beach has the added attraction of granite boulders adorning its sand.

Petite Marie Louise – Mahe island

South of Anse Marie Louise is Petite Marie Louise, accessible only by a gravel road and forest track. This secluded beach is short and surrounded by huge granite boulders. Small coral stones are scattered across the beach due to the proximity of the reef, while the rocky seabed can make swimming difficult and requires beach sandals.

Anse Marie Louise – Mahe island

To the south-east of Mahé and next to Anse Forbans is Anse Marie Louise. The pretty sandy beach is a little off the beaten track and is an ideal place for a picnic.

Anse Louis – Mahe island

Located on the picturesque west coast of Mahé in the area of Anse Boileau, Anse Louis has a sheltered bay with large wave formations while being conveniently located near a bus stop.

Anse L’Islette – Mahe island

Opposite L’Islette Island, one of Constance Ephelia’s two main beaches, Anse L’Islette is a picturesque cove overlooking a small island and with water so shallow that it can be reached on foot. Although it is a very attractive beach, swimmers will prefer Port Ternay because of the deeper water and the opportunity for snorkelling. Access to the beach is preferably via the resort of Ephelia.

Anse Corail – Mahe island

Located near the police bay of Grand, it is accessible via a small path and only 5 minutes walk from the main road. The aspect of this remote and little-visited beach is rather wild and is not suitable for swimming, but rather for sunbathing or resting under the coconut trees.

Anse Capucins – Mahe island

This southern beach, which can be reached by walking in the forest and caves or by boat, has powdery white sand and large coconut palms with rocks. A short walk from Petite Marie Louise, this beach offers the ultimate Seychelles wedding experience.

Anse Bougainville – Mahe island

Anse Bougainville is located south-east of Mahé, close to Anse Baleine and Anse Royale. This sheltered beach with calm waters enjoys the protection of a coral reef and is safe for swimming and snorkelling. It is also conveniently located for nearby shops and restaurants.

Anse Bazarca – Mahe island

Located south of Mahé, Anse Bazarca is a spectacular beach with deep and rough waters that are not suitable for swimming or snorkelling. However, the wilderness aspect of this remote beach is well worth a visit.

Anse Baleine – Mahe island

With its shallow waters and plenty of shade, Anse Baleine is a fairly small beach on the southeast side of Mahé, which is the largest island in the Seychelles, making it ideal for couples and children. Despite its quiet and welcoming atmosphere, the beach is often uncrowded. Parking at the beach is limited, but there is a bus shuttle available.

Anse Soleil – Mahe island

Located on the southwest coast of Mahé, Anse Soleil is a stunningly beautiful bay perfect for swimming and snorkeling, with an extensive sandy beach encompassed by tall, shady trees. This beach is very photogenic and is a popular picnic spot for weekends. To get there you have to go off the beaten track, but it is worth the extra effort. There is also a small café by the sea that serves excellent seafood.

Anse Souillac – Mahe island

Nestled between the vast and spectacular beaches of Port Launay and Baie Ternay, this little cove is well worth a stop. Surrounded by granite boulders, the small beach is often completely deserted and the sea is ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

Sunset Beach – Mahe island

Located in Le Glacis, north-west coast of Mahé, this little beach is only a short walk away from the Sunset Beach Hotel and is accessible either from a path off the main road, or by going down to the ground floor from the hotel car park.

This beautiful, palm-fringed beach is great for swimming and snorkelling. Snorkelling is particularly good around the rocks below the hotel and it is not uncommon to see turtles. The sea has a sudden drop in depth near the shore, so small children need close adult supervision.

Anse Severe – Mahe island

Anse Severe is a quiet place, good for sunbathing and swimming. It is the first beach you reach along the road as you turn left from the pier. There are two small hotels along the shore, but the beach is never very crowded.

Anse Source d’Argent – La Digue

L’Anse Source d’Argent is considered the most photographed beach in the world. With its soft white sand, clear turquoise waters and huge granite boulders sculpted by the elements and time itself, it’s not hard to see why photographers and filmmakers still love coming here. Protected by the reef, the sea is very calm and shallow, with only sand underfoot, making it safe for children. Access to the beach via the Union Domain requires an entrance fee of SCR 100 for non-residents.

Petit Anse – Mahe island

This stunning cove is located near Anse Soleil. Smaller than its more popular neighbour, it is difficult to access but well worth the trip for tranquil swimming and sunbathing against a spectacular backdrop of granite rocks and lush forest. The powdery sand and turquoise waters of this bay will simply take your breath away.

Police Bay – Mahe island

Two spectacular bays with undulating waves as well as soft white-sand are on both sides of the south-western tip of Mahé. These two beaches are ideal for walking and photography, as the strong currents make them dangerous for swimming. Because of this and their remoteness, hikers can usually enjoy a solitary stroll along this pristine coastline.

Port Launay – Mahe island

A charming beach, which is also a marine national park, is situated on the north-west shore of Mahé and is accessible via road to Port-Gloude.

Swimming and especially snorkelling are excellent here, with a huge variety of colourful fish to be seen in and around the shores of the stunning bay.

The beach itself is large and wide, with white sand and many shady trees. At weekends it is popular with picnickers, but during the week it is much quieter. There are often beautiful shells and corals along the shoreline, but remember that this is a national park area and it is strictly forbidden to take corals and shells.

Anse Union – La Digue

A part of the L’Union property, this beach is open to the public. Lying on the shore is the private villas of the L’Union estate, where celebrities such as Tony Blair, have their  holiday.The small shipyard, a traditional La Digue craft that also shared the shore, is now sadly closed. The sea is ideal for swimming and snorkelling.

Anse Victorin – Fregate Island

Repeatedly recognized as the world’s most beautiful beach, this award-winning beach is a breathtaking view of dazzling white sand that is surrounded by lush vegetation and granite monoliths. It is an endless expanse of dazzling white powdery sand, surrounded by lush vegetation and granite boulders, and a translucent sea mouth. It is perfect for swimming and snorkeling.

Anse Volbert – Praslin Island

Praslin’s main beach, with its many hotels and guesthouses along the golden coast, is rarely crowded. L’Anse Volbert / Côte d’Or is a brilliant white beach and the crystal clear sea is perfect for swimming and water sports.

North East Point – Mahe island

This part of the coast is a windswept, rocky contrast to the quiet sandy bays on the opposite shores of the island. Near the main road, the beaches are narrow stretches of white sand with rocks and a reef near the shore. Only one or two other sheltered coves along this coast are suitable for swimming, but the main beaches are ideal for long exploratory walks.

Petit Anse – La Digue

This is the sister beach to Grand Anse and can be reached by crossing the rocks from Grand Anse and following the path. Swimming is equally dangerous, but it is a secluded beach for sunbathing or picnicking.

Anse Forbans – Mahe island

Perhaps in the days of buccaneers, pirates actually visited this beautiful beach on the south-east coast of Mahé. Today, Anse Forbans is very popular with visitors to hotels along the coast. Most of the beaches are considered safe for swimming, with the exception of the southern part leading to Anse Marie Louise.

Anse Gaulettes – La Digue

In the north of the island, Anse Gaulettes is a long, narrow strip of sand located near the coastal road. The beach is not considered safe for swimming.

Anse Georgette – Praslin Island

Known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles widely, surrounded by granite boulders, it offers soft and powdery sand.

Anse Gouvernment – Praslin Island

On the edge of the Côte d’Or coast, this small white sandy bay is located between the Lodge de la Côte d’Or and the L’Archipel hotel. Swimming is safe and water sports are nearby.

Grand Anse – Praslin Island

On the east side of Praslin, near the airport, Grand Anse is the longest beach on Praslin. This large bay has several hotels overlooking the beachfront. Grand Anse is a large and wide beach, and the sea is good for swimming and water sports.

The beach is best during the north-westerly trade winds when the sea is calm and clear. During the southeast trade wind season, seaweed can sometimes drift into the bay; when this happens, many hotels around Grand Anse offer their guests a free transfer to the Côte d’Or or other beaches.

Anse Bonnet Carré – La Digue

While many travelers to La Digue walk or ride bicycles to the famous Anse Source d’Argent, very few are motivated to explore further along the coastline.

The reward of Anse Bonnet Carré for those who do: a beach that can only be reached on foot and is therefore often deserted. It has the same white sand as its famous neighbour, with fewer rocks and the same warm, shallow water that invites a relaxing rather than energetic swim.

Anse Boudin – Praslin Island

Anse Boudin is located near the coastal road that leads to Anse Lazio. It is a long, narrow beach with very soft sand and calm seas for swimming and snorkelling. Refreshments can be bought from a small shop at the T-junction on the road to Anse Lazio.

Anse Cocos – La Digue

This pretty cove on the east coast of La Digue can only be reached on foot, either via a path from Grand Anse or in the opposite direction from Anse Fourmis. Thanks to its fairly secluded position, this beach appears safe for swimmers, in contrast to the nearby Grand and Petite Anse bays, although there are still some powerful currents, so caution must be taken.

Anse Intendance – Mahe island

The famous Stewardship Beach, south of Mahé, offers half a mile of powdery white sand and huge breakwaters. With no reef, the waves are much bigger than at most other beaches on the island, making it more suitable for surfing than swimming most of the time.

During the southeast trade winds, the waves can reach frightening heights, but during the northwest trade wind season, the sea is calmer.

Grand Anse – Mahe island

Grand Anse, on the southwest coast of Mahé, is, as its name suggests, an imposing bay of sand. Although not suitable for swimming because of the strong counter-current, this spectacular beach with its undulating waves and long coastline is ideal for a relaxing stroll.

Anse Boileau – Mahe island

Located on the southwest coast, Anse Boileau beach is a narrow strip of sand bordering the shallow waters near the main coastal road. Fishermen are often seen unloading their fish traps and small boats on this beach.

Anse Royale – Mahe island

The best places to snorkel are around the rocks of Fairyland and up to the small island just offshore, where you can find a variety of colourful coral fish. Here the water is surrounded by a reef that keeps the big fish out and is shallow. The currents can be deceptively strong, so swimming too far is not recommended. This part of the coast is best enjoyed during the northwesterly trade winds when the water is translucent, soft and calm.

Turtle Bay – Mahe island

At low tide, it is interesting to walk on the sand and rocks where you can spot all kinds of marine life trapped in rocky pools.

Local fishermen also use this part of the coast to set up fish traps and hunt squid, and you can often see them wading to the reef at low tide. At high tide it is possible to swim here, but the water remains quite shallow.

Anse Kerlan – Praslin Island

These two beautiful aquamarine berries are part of the Lemuria Resort. Both have sandy bays surrounded by picturesque granite rocks. Swimming and especially snorkelling are excellent here. At certain times of the year there can be strong currents that push swimmers out to sea, but the hotel will inform guests of the opportunity to swim.

Beau Vallon – Mahe island

This is the most popular beach on Mahé, for visitors and locals alike. This expansive bay of white sand and clear water on the northwest coast of Mahé offers a very safe swimming area. With its sandy hotels, water sports and diving centres, it is the ideal beach for those who want to do a little more than sunbathe. During the southeast trade winds, the sea is extremely calm and the beach is at its best.

Bombe Bay – Desroches Island

This huge expanse of white sand is located on the other side of the island, opposite Desroches Island Resort, and is accessible on foot or by bicycle. It is the best beach on the island for swimming during the southeast trade wind season and a wonderful place to explore, walk and sunbathe all year round.

Carana Beach – Mahe island

The small but secluded Carana beach, north-east of Mahé, offers a sandy beach lined with hewn granite boulders. This beautiful beach is a popular place for sunbathing. As there is no reef, the waves can be bigger than on other beaches on the island, making it a popular spot for boogie boarding and careful swimming.

Anse à la Mouche – Mahe island

Anse à la Mouche, situated on the southwest coast of Mahé, is a large, peaceful, sparkling bay with crystal-clear, shallow waters. Swimming here is very safe and child-friendly since the water is shallow and without strong currents, even at high tide.

Anse La Farine – Praslin Island

Perhaps so named because the sands here are as soft as dust and look like flour. This small and beautiful beach is unfortunately not accessible by road, but can be reached by boat.

Anse Matelot – Praslin Island

Anse Matelot is a small sandy cove just a short walk from Hotel L’Archipel. Due to its remote location, it is often deserted. Suitable for swimming.

Anse Patates – Mahe island

At the northernmost tip of La Digue, Anse Patates is near the village of Patatran and adjoins the longest beach of Anse Gaulettes. Blessed with soft white sand and calm seas, it’s good for swimming and snorkelling.

Baie Ternay – Mahe island

Surrounded by the waters of the National Marine Park, this pristine beach is popular with divers and sailors, but unfortunately it is not currently accessible by car as the road leading to the beach is closed to the public.

With a large expanse of white coral sand, it is located in a secluded corner of Mahé, making it a quiet paradise for those who can discover it.

Anse Gaulette – Mahe island

Anse Gaulette is a wide, family-friendly beach that ends with the iconic Copra Rock. This is a very popular place for swimming, snorkeling as well as family picnics.

Anse La Passe – Silhouette Island

The long, narrow beach of Anse La Passe borders the Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa. The sea here is good for swimming and sunbathing and the beach itself is lined with trees that provide shade near the hotel.

Anse La Reunion – La Digue

Digue Island Lodge is located along the coast. Anse la Reunion is an attractive, long, curved beach that basks in the sun and offers beautiful views of the neighbouring island of Praslin.

Anse Lascars – Silhouette Island

With shells and coral on the beach, this beach is well known due to some ancient tombs behind it, said to be the final resting place of 30 Arab sailors who were settled by humans years after their canoes had been wrecked on the island..

Anse Lazio –  Praslin Island

Praslin’s most famous beach, and rightly so. Worth the long and winding journey from the Côte d’Or, Anse Lazio can be described as the perfect tropical paradise beach, frequently regarded among the top 10 world beaches. Beautifully framed by granite cliffs, this dream beach has soft, white sand that gently leads into calm, clear waters that are absolutely perfect for swimming and diving with their gentle slope. Bon Bon Plume and Le Chevalier restaurants are nearby and offer lunch and snacks.

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