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The very name ‘Seychelles’ seems to whisper Paradise.  As your aircraft homes in on those tiny specks of land in the glittering waters of the Indian Ocean – far away from the strains and pressures of modern life – prepare to witness a miracle.

Seychelles beaches are indeed exceptional and each island possesses its own particular gem. Many beaches make regularly make it into the list of the world’s top strands and several, just as often, top that list.

If you are a worshipper of great beaches, here are just a few beaches to enjoy.


Anse à la Mouche

Situated on the south-western side of Mahé, Anse à la Mouche is a sparkling, large and calm bay with shallow clear waters. Swimming here is very safe and suitable for children as the water remains shallow even at high tide with no strong currents.

Anse Royale

The stretch of small rock-fringed coves along the coast of Anse Royale on the south-eastern coast of Mahé, from the area known as Fairyland down to the Anglican church at Anse Royale, is an enchanting place for swimming and snorkelling. The best areas for snorkelling are around the rocks at Fairyland and up to the small island just off the coast where there are myriad brightly coloured coral fish.

Anse Soleil

Anse Soleil on the south-western coast of Mahé is a stunningly attractive bay, good for swimming and snorkelling, presenting a wide stretch of sandy beach, surrounded by large shady trees. This beach is very photogenic and a popular place for weekend beach picnics.

Baie Ternay

Surrounded by National Marine Park waters, this pristine beach is popular with scuba divers and sailors. Boasting a large expanse of white coral sands it is located in a popular and picturesque corner of Mahé – paradise for those who discover it.

Beau Vallon

This is Mahé’s most popular resort beach with both visitors and locals alike. This sweeping bay of white sands and clear waters on the north-western coast of Mahé offers a very safe swimming area. With hotels stretched out along its sands, together with water sport and diving centres, this is the beach for those wishing to do something a little more energetic than soaking up the sun.

Carana Beach

On the north coast of Mahé, this wide sandy bay is suitable for swimming. The waves here are large, but swimmers can safely go beyond the breakers to the calmer deep blue waters beyond. Not suitable for small children as the seafloor does fall away steeply.


Intendance beach in southern Mahé offers half a mile of powder white sand and huge breakers. There is no reef so the waves are much larger than most of the other beaches around the island, making it more suitable for surfing than swimming. In the north-west trade wind season the sea is calmer here and better suited for swimming.

Petit Anse

This bay is close to Anse Soleil and can be reached by taking the minor coastal road from Baie Lazare and then turning into a left hand fork before reaching Anse Soleil. This pretty beach is more than worth the journey as it offers great swimming and sunbathing.

Port Launay

This breathtaking beach, which is also a National Marine Park, is on the north-western coast of Mahé and can be reached by taking the road past Port Glaud and Ephelia Hotel. Swimming and especially snorkelling here is excellent, with a wide variety of colourful fish that can be seen in and around the edges of the impressive bay. 


Anse Gouvernment

On the edge of the Cote d’Or coastline this smaller white sandy bay is situated between the Cote d’Or Lodge and the L’Archipel Hotel. It is safe for swimming and there are water sports facilities nearby.

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.

Anse Lazio

The most famous beach on Praslin, and rightly so. Well worth the long winding drive from Anse Volbert, Anse Lazio can claim to be the perfect tropical paradise beach and is often listed among the world’s top ten beaches.

Anse Volbert and Côte d’Or

Praslin’s main beach resort, with its many hotels and guesthouses lining a golden coastline is rarely crowded.  Anse Volbert is a dazzlingly white stretch of beach and the crystal clear sea here is excellent for swimming and water sports. 


Anse Cocos

This pretty bay on the eastern coast of La Digue is only accessible by foot, either by taking a path from Grand Anse, or, in the other direction, from Anse Fourmis. Because of its more sheltered aspect, this beach, unlike its neighbouring bays of Grand and Petit Anse, is safe for swimmers, but there are still some strong currents, so care does need to be taken.

Anse Gaulettes

On the north of the island, Anse Gaulettes is a long narrow stretch of sand close to the coastal road. The water is suitable for swimming, and cyclists on a tour around the island often stop here for a quick cooling dip.

Anse Patates

On the northernmost tip of La Digue, Anse Patates is close to Patratran Village and borders the longer beach of Anse Gaulettes. Blessed with soft white sands and calm seas, it well suited for both swimming and snorkelling. 

Anse Source D’Argent

This is reputed to be the most photographed beach in the world. With its soft white sands, clear turquoise water and huge granite boulders sculptured by the elements and time itself, it is not difficult to see why photographers and film makers still love to come here.                                                                        *

When you have exhausted Seychelles’ world-beating beaches, remember that there is so much more still to do on these island where the fun never stops and where you are only ever one step away from your next adventure.

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