If you like white sandy beaches, palm trees swaying in the ocean breeze, and glimmering turquoise water, you will love Seychelles.
Seychelles will provide you with a memorable experience, from the fine dining, breathtaking sights, to its plethora of water activities.
If you love tropical excursions and adventure, you will love Seychelles!
Seychelles is made up of 115 granite (inner) and coral (outer) islands scattered amid an enormous area of the Indian Ocean.
The Inner Islands can be found in the Seychelles plateau, right around the corner from the east coast of Africa. The Outer Islands are low-lying coralline and reefs scattered among the outer portion of the plateau, south of the equator.
For over 200 years, the islands have kept their rich traditions and globally diverse cultures. Of the 115 granite islands, 41 make up the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on the planet.
Now that you have a little backstory, let’s take a look at the best beaches in Seychelles.
1. Petite Anse · La Digue
The Petite Anse lies beside the Grand Anse in the south-east region of La Digue. The smaller beach shares traits with its larger relative, such as deep water, no coral reef, privacy, and steadfast beauty. The Petite Anse tends to have fewer visitors on most days than the Grand Anse, so if you want to sunbathe, have a quiet lunch or secluded family time, the Petite Anse is for you.
Although the Petite Anse may be smaller than Grand Anse, it’s enormous in its beauty. For avid trekkers, simply take a hike over the hill from the Grand Anse to the Petite Anse, which should take no more than 15 minutes. Simply park your bike at the Grand Anse and walk over. The hill climbing is for your more able-bodied visitors! Similar to the Grand Anse, the deepwater makes for treacherous swimming. But because you may fall so in love with the beach, you may want to stay and relax! There are plenty of shade trees, driftwood shelters, and warm soft sand for kids and families, and other extended areas. Perhaps one of the most welcome perks for families is that restrooms are located at the Grand Anse, a short walk away.
2. Anse Marron
Anse Marron is a quiet expanse of covert rocky beach for the hardy traveler who loves to explore the natural world. You can tread through the forest, hike over boulders, serpentine through the spaces in between the rocks, and get your feet wet. Once you arrive, take advantage of the breathtaking views of the ocean, dip in the nearby natural pools, and seek shade beneath the granite blocks rich with vegetation. This beach is a peaceful haven for the traveler who loves adventure!
Because there is no coral reef off the southern coast, the water at Anse Marron gets deep quickly. However, the protected saltwater pools are perfect for paddling. Large granite formations give this beach its stunning beauty. And because it is secluded, you will want to ask for a tour guide at your hotel. The path to the beach is slick and rocky, so you may wish to keep kids with grandparents at the hotel. Once you arrive, prepare to be awestruck by the golden sand and eyecatching boulders.
3. Anse Lazio · Praslin
The Anse Lazio is perhaps the most well-known beach on Praslin because of its striking beauty, which includes towering palm trees, soft white sand, and crystal turquoise ocean–it’s like a true-to-life advertisement for beaches. In 2015, Anse Lazio was ranked the sixth-best beach in the world. With its shallow water and coral reef, this beach offers snorkeling and swimming. Bear in mind, the waves at Anse Lazio can be strong even when the water looks calm.
Luckily, although Anse Lazio is well-loved by tourists, even when busy the beach still feels open. For the best experience, and to have solitude, show up early in the morning and secure your spot. Anse Lazio sits in the northwest corner of the island and is a truly special beach. If you like to relax on the sand and enjoy a bit of shade, the giant Takamaka trees will do the job. Anse Lazio is easy to get to by car. Just watch for the signs. If you take a bus, be prepared to trek a steep hill.
When you arrive at Anse Lazio, you will notice the giant net to the right, placed in 2011 after two fatal shark attacks. (There had been no attacks in 50 years.) And while bathers originally swam inside the net, now you can join the others who swim the entire expanse. And when you want to get a bite to eat, try some of the best Creole food on the island at Bonbon Plume.
4. Grand Anse · La Digue
Grand Anse is one of the longest beaches on Mahé and definitively the longest on its western coast. It also serves the entrance to the Chemin la Misère, which takes you to the other side of the island and the BBC Indian Ocean Relay Station.
While the giant bay of white sand and turquoise clear water is lovely in itself, you will be stunned by the landscape of mountains that serve as the backdrop to this beach. Enjoy swimming and surfing, however, stay mindful of the strong current and surprisingly deep water. Visitors to the Grand Anse often remark that it’s the most beautiful beach on La Digue.
The Grand Anse is located along the coastal road on Mahé, which makes it easy to visit. It has ample parking and bus routes, and with the Avani Barbarons Resort and Spa nearby, you can walk to the Grand Anse pretty easily. The beach provides space for relaxing, sunbathing, and family fun. All in all, the Grand Anse is an enormous expanse of beach with unique qualities that make it a Don’t Miss!
5. Anse Cocos · La Digue
The Anse Cocos is breathtakingly beautiful and provides opulent sand and crystal clear water. If you want a day to chill, this is the beach for you. Natural shade and cool water make this beach the perfect place to worship the sun and take casual swims.
Interestingly, Anse Cocos was one of the first settlements on La Digue where there was once a large production of copra and a small village. Take a break and veer off the beach to see abandoned buildings and the remains of a kiln used to dry coconuts. The natural beauty of this beach is great for the photographer.
6. Anse Georgette · Praslin
Anse Georgette is among the most beautiful beaches in Praslin. The shimmering blue water has a unique hue because of the absence of coral or rocks. And because the water is very deep, a lifeguard is always on duty. With its sugar-white sand and swaying palms, it’s one of the most stunning beaches in Seychelles.
The Anse Georgette offers a haven for the avid snorkeller. It’s also great if you like to lie on the beach, lean back and admire the scenery. Anse Georgette is a secluded beach at the Constance Lemuria Hotel, and you’ll want to call ahead if you need privacy. Ambitious vacationers hike down to this beach from Mont Plaisir.
7. Anse Intendance · Mahé
The Anse Intendance is a mostly unspoiled beach known for its surfing and sunbathing in Mahé’s south region. Granite boulders frame the white sand and create an amazing view of the Seychelles. During the spring to early fall months, we recommend you refrain from swimming because the heavy south-east winds create dangerous waves–although they make for happy surfers!
The Anse Intendance is over a mile long and part of the Banyan Tree Resort. The staff places safety flags where it’s safe to swim. If you prefer to relax, you may enjoy a drink at the beach bar that stays open until sunset. And if you’re a nature lover, between October and February you can witness baby turtles hatching.
8. Anse Source d’Argent · La Digue
The Anse Source d’Argent is the most famous beach in Seychelles, mostly because of its enviable location. If you’re wanting a memorable vacation, take a walk along the powder-like sand and admire the water as blue as a diamond. The immense granite boulders demand a second look, and the out-of-this-world pink rocks will leave you breathless.
The Anse Source D’Argent often hovers at the top of the lists of the Best Beach in the World. The beach sits on the west coast of the island within the region of L’Union Estate. And if you want a picture-perfect beach postcard of Seychelles, the Anse Source D’Argent is the place to bring your camera.
9. Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach has everything you expect, shimmering clear water and palm trees, but as an added bonus, the vintage coral formation makes this a gem of a beach. Photographers will love the natural beauty, and with the calm water, it’s great for swimmers, kayakers, and snorkelers.
Sunset Beach has a pleasing tide November through July. It’s lumbering palm trees offer respite from the sun enabling you and your guests to relax in the shade. Because of all of its lovely features, this beach is popular with guests of the Sunset Beach hotel. So, although it’s a small beach, it’s busy! Sunset Beach is good for families, couples, and people who like to travel alone.
10. Petite Anse Kerlan · Praslin
The Petite Anse Kerlan provides shallow calm water, and very little seaweed, which means it is great for swimmers of all ages! Although the beach is small, you can take advantage of a large number of fun activities, such as snorkeling, swimming, and sailing. The nearby Anse Georgette and Constance Lemuria Resorts offer shops and a restaurant.
Enormous rocks line the edges of the bay, and overhanging coconut trees add to its jawdropping beauty. Like most of the beaches at Seychelles, the Petite Anse offers amazing scenery for photographers. Visitors to the beach often take advantages of its private atmosphere, since most of the people who visit are resort tenants.
While these are the best beaches in Seychelles, there are so many other wonderful beaches, activities, and sights to see. No matter which beach you choose, a Seychelles vacation will be a memorable experience.