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Beaches in Seychelles

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Beaches in Seychelles

There are 68 white sandy beaches, the most popular of which is Beau Vallon Beach, a 2 mile (3 km) crescent shaped beach on the north west coast. Gran d'Anse is a good beach for surfing. Anse Royale is a 2 mile (3 km) beach protected by coral reef and located on the southeast coast of the island. There is a better opportunity to find deserted or nearly deserted beaches in the less developed south of the Island than in the north.


Beau Vallon Beach

The Beau Vallon Beach is one of the largest and certainly the most popular beaches in the Seychelles. The sand is good, clean and relatively free of rocks or coral inshore.The waves can sometimes be large as there is a big break in the reef. Off the Coral Strand Hotel are two platforms you can swim out to. Nonresidents can mix freely with residents, even to the point of using the beach loungers. The snack and drinks bars of both hotels are handy, and there are several water sports enterprises operating from the beach. Toward the north end of the beach are restaurants, a supermarket and a couple of shops.

South Mahe

Beaches are the main attractions in the south of the Island. Starting with Anse Royale, south of Pointe au Sel, the beaches along the East Coast are smaller, quieter and prettier than most in North Mahe. They are best for relaxing, lagoon swimming and snorkelling as almost the whole coast is fringed by reef. The nicest area for swimming and snorkelling is opposite tiny Ile Souris. Although the crowds descend on weekends, it is fairly empty during the week. Continuing south, there are good stretches of beach at Anse Bougainville, Anse Parnel, Anse Forbans (also called Pirates'Bay) and Anse Marie Loise. On the west coast, both Anse Boileau and Anse a la Mouche have reef beaches, but are not really suitable for sunbathing or swimming. They are too shallow and too public. The secluded beaches begin at Anse Soleil but the coast here fronts open sea and that means waves, rips and the need to take additional care when swimmimg. There is a rough 2.5 km road down to Anse Soleil and Anse Petite Police which a mini Moke can just about manage with great risk to the underside. Jeeps are better. The trip is almost impossible in private sedan. The rewards, however are worth the effort - there is a palm fringed beach to laze on and granite boulder to dive or snorkel from with extreme caution. You can see some wonderful marine life including barracuda and small shark. The road from Quatre Bornes continues a couple of rough km past Anse Cachee and Anse Corail, but is blocked off for security reasons before you come to aptly named Police Bay. The beach at the end of the public road is wild and beautiful, with high frothing surf, but rogue currents make it unsuitable for bathing.

Cousine Island

The Island has large granitic outcrops, open plains and clean sandy white beaches with beautiful coral reefs just off shore. Wildlife above and below the sea is superb, many rare and endangered species such as brush warblers and giant tortoises may be found right on and around the island.

La Digue Island Beaches

La Digue is a granite island that has a spectacular rock formation and secluded beaches. The best way to travel around this, the fourth-largest island in the archipelago, is by foot, bicycle or ox cart. It is a mellow place with friendly people and tremendous beaches ideal for recharging your batteries.

On the Southern Eastern shore of La Digue are several white sandy bay beaches, swept by waves which have broken past the reef. Beware of dangerous undercurrents. A 3.5 km road crosses the island from La Passe to Grand Anse, the largest and one of the busiest beaches, if you can call La Digue busy. Look and you may see the rock formation known as Le Roi Triste (sad King). To continue from there Near La Passe there is a nice path from L'Union down the coast of Anse Source d'Argent. The track leads through variously shaped granite boulders (look out for turtle's head and the big fort rock) to the splendid beach at Anse Source d'Argent. During high tide the trail can be impassable. Anse Patates is the north of the island must rate as one of the Seychelles finest and most beautiful beaches, and further down the east coast is another magical stretch of beach at Anse Gaulettes. to the next cove, Anse Cocos, requires a little effort to find the path. Near La Passe there is a nice path from L'Union down the coast of Anse Source d'Argent. The track leads through variously shaped granite boulders (look out for turtle's head and the big fort rock) to the splendid beach at Anse Source d'Argent. During high tide the trail can be impassable. Anse Patates is the north of the island must rate as one of the Seychelles finest and most beautiful beaches, and further down the east coast is another magical stretch of beach at Anse Gaulettes.

Felicite Island

Felicite Island is a small granite island with sandy white beaches, reached by a 30-minute boat ride from Praslin or La Digue. This is an exclusive island and only parties of up to eight guests is accomodated at a time

Fregate

Historically it is a haven for pirates, is a granite island 1.5 miles long and a quarter mile wide, situated about 20 minutes east of Mahe by air. The Island has lovely beaches and variety of flora and bird life, including, the Seychelles magpie robin and Seychelles blue pigeon. Here there are also a lot of attractions beside the beaches such as Anse Victorion (considered one of the best beaches in Seychelles), also there is birdwatching, hiking along wooded paths and treasure hunting. There are caves around the island and as at Bel Ombre, some rocks bear mysterious marking awaiting someone to decipher them.

Bird Island

In contrast to the central granite islands of the Seychelles, this is coral island, flat, covered in palms and ringed by white coral beach. The area is good for swimming, diving, windsurfing, deep sea fishing and simply lazing around.Check where you swim as there are dangerous currents in some parts.

Praslin Island

The best beach on Praslin (indeed one of the best in Seychelles) is Anse Lazio, 6.5 km from Anse Volbert on north west side of the Island with glorious white, soft sand a few rounded granite boulders and a magical turquoise colour. There is also a more sheltered area with good snorkelling opportunities at the rocky ends of the bay. You should definetly pay a visit to Anse Lazio the best chance of getting the beach to yourself is in the afternoon and more locals on the weekend. Where the road arrives at the beach there is a restaurant called Bon Bon Plume.The quality of Anse Lazio is consistent, but not for other island beaches. For half year (May - September), the north coast beaches around Anse Volbert are better than those on the south coast around Grand Anse, while the opposite is true from October to April.The long stretch of beach in front of the Paradise Sun Hotel and Berjaya Praslin Beach resort at Anse Volbert is good for sunbathing. The whole beach in fact is called theCote d'or (Gold Coast). The lagoon is shallow and a bit like a bath at times. Walk or wade out to Chause Souris island and try snorkelling around there. On the south coast, the reef is much further out and the beaches tend to be less attractive. There are good beaches in the north west region around Anse Georgette, Pettite Anse Kerlan (one of the locations for the film Castaway with Oliver Reed) and Anse Kerlan, and Anse Marie Loise. There is a nice tide pool and small beach at Anse Marie Loise where the road winds uphill and inland Buses from Anse Kerlan village go past Anse Consolation. Anse Georgette is wilder than Anse Lazio and very remote. To get there from Anse Lazio walk 2.5km south along an overgrown path which runs parrallel to the coast. It is also accessible from the south via the track leading from Anse Kerlan.

Last Updated on Tuesday 24th November 2009

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