Seychelles Best Beaches
Best Beaches In The Seychelles
The Seychelles are blessed with what are some of the most breathtaking sandy beaches to be found anywhere on earth. There is not one of its 115 islands that cannot boast at least one beautiful beach. The largest islands are Mahe, La Digue, Praslin, Fregate and North Island and these are where the most notable and visited beaches are.
Every single island in the Seychelles is a picture postcard paradise; ringed with white sands, lapped by clear turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and blessed to be backed by lush green hills. In addition, much of the Seychelles is also made up of protected sanctuaries to preserve the array of flora and fauna.
With the help from our beach guide we have put together this rather subjective list of fantastic Seychelles beaches. We have to point out these are in no particular order, but we did save the best until last...
On the southern coast of Mahe is Intendance Beach; stretching more than 1000 metres of fine white sands, this beach is a real gem in the Seychelles and is one of the most unspoilt beaches of Mahe. The huge swells of the beautiful turquoise sea make it popular with surfers but head to the southern section for an ideal relaxation spot under the shade of coconut palm trees.
Beau Vallon Beach
Located in the north west bay of Mahe Island is Beau Vallon beach, perhaps the most popular beach in the whole of the Seychelles with tourists and locals, and when you see it you’ll understand why. It stretches for over a mile with white sands and the calm waters make it safe for swimming.
Map of Seychelles beaches
Anse Lazio beach, Praslin Island
Anse Source d'Argent beach, La Digue
Anse Georgette, Praslin Island
Beau Vallon, Mahé
Anse Intendance, Mahé
Bird Island beach, Seychelles
Anse Takamaka beach, Mahé
Considered one of the finest beaches in the Seychelles, Bird Beach is a quintessential tropical beach where soft white powdery sands meet calm turquoise waters.
Located on Bird Island, this beach circles the lush greenery of the entire island which runs for approximately 5km and can be accessed via air or boat. The best sands are where boats land and the soft white sandy beach stretches for several hundred metres at one end of the island.
On the eastern side of the island there is a healthy reef which is rich in a variety of sea life including dolphins between October and December and March to May. Perhaps to best sight on Bird Island are the hawksbill turtles which have made the white sands a egg-laying their home in the winter months and it’s possible to see them crawling ashore to lay eggs.
Anse Takamaka Beach on Mahe Island is one of the most popular beach in the whole of the Seychelles with both locals and tourists. Stretching for over 2km in a south west bay of the island, the calm waters are safe for swimming and gently lap up the soft white sands which are backed coconut palm trees.
There are various hotels surrounding this idyllic beach and a variety of watersports, but don’t be worried about crowds, given is wide expanse of sands, Anse Takamaka is rarely busy.
On Praslin Island is Anse Lazio, a long stretch of silvery sands backed by coconut palm trees and granite boulders. Perhaps one of the most idyllic beaches in the Seychelles, it also has shallow and calm waters that make it an ideal beach for families and for swimming and snorkeling. Although some development has taken place with two beachfront restaurants, Anse Lazio has still kept a raw and untamed atmosphere.
Petite Anse on La Digue is perhaps one of the most idyllic beaches in the Seychelles with its almost deserted feeling. Set on the east coast of the island, this remote beach is a 15 minute walk from Grand Anse and the soft white sands and turquoise sands are a breathtaking welcome.
Beautifully positioned in a secluded cove on the western tip of Praslin is Anse Georgette, a heaven for sunseekers with the soft sands backed by palm trees. Hard to access on foot, it is best visited via a taxi boat, and given its isolated location it is one of the most secluded beaches in the Seychelles, only usually visited by honeymooners from the nearby luxury resort.
Anse Source d'Argent
With its naturally sculpted granite boulders, shallow turquoise waters, lush palm trees and white powdery sands, Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue is the epitome of a tropical getaway. The calm sea is home to an array of coral and sealife, perfect for a dip at low tide when the waters are at their most shallow.
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