When you think of Seychelles you think of Takamaka Rum, of course, but also powder white sandy beaches. Seychelles has some of the best and even award winning beaches in the world offering ideal spots for swimming, snorkelling, diving and boat chartering. Whether you’re the adventurous type or prefer soaking up the sun whilst sipping a Takamaka Rum cocktail, there’s a beach for you!
Here are our top picks for must-see beaches on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.
1. Anse Royale
Anse Royale is one of Mahé’s most popular beaches. Lined by striking coral reefs and granitic boulders, the sea is usually calm and ideally suited to swimming and snorkelling year round. Anse Royale is also a favourite amongst kayakers and paddle boarders – the tranquil aqua-blue waters offer the perfect vantage point to gaze at the sealife below. When the South-East trade winds blow in, so do the kite and windsurfers.
2. Beau Vallon
Mahé’s most busy and vibrant beach – this long sweeping bay on the north-western coast of the island offers a safe swimming area and activities for the whole family. With a large selection of restaurants, bars, shops, weekly markets, water sport and dive centres, this is the beach for those looking for a little more than just laying out in the sun. Bustling with locals and tourists day and night, the sheer choice of different activities coupled with shallow clear waters makes Beau Vallon a must-see for any holidaymaker.
3. Anse Intendance
During the north-west trade wind season, Anse Intendance is one of the most picturesque beaches on the island. Half a mile of powder white sand combined with the most breathtaking turquoise waters and stunning granite formations makes it the ideal location to snap that postcard-perfect photo. Large waves with strong currents can strike the bay at certain times of the year, so it is best to avoid swimming and stick to sunbathing on the beach instead. The tranquil surroundings also make for a great romantic picnic spot.
1. Anse Lazio
Repeatedly ranked amongst the world’s top beaches, Anse Lazio is a true tropical paradise. Boat charters love dropping anchor at this picture-perfect beach. With an incredible mixture of pristine golden sand, crystal clear water, luscious greenery and boulder formations it easy to see why locals and tourist rank this bay as Praslin’s best beach. You’ll also find two restaurants tucked away at the end of the beach known for their excellent creole cuisine and feet-in-the-sand dining experience.
2. Côte d’Or
Anse Volbert, more commonly known as Côte d’Or is Praslin’s longest and most popular beach. Beside swimming and snorkelling in the shallow, safe waters, beachgoers can also enjoy a range of restaurants, shops, beach activities with plenty of rentals and excursions available.
1. Anse Source d’Argent
One of Seychelles’ most famous attractions, Anse Source d’Argent requires no introduction. This stretch of soft white sand, clear shallow turquoise water and huge granite boulders perfectly sculpted by the hands of time is reputed to be of the most photographed beach in the world with several prominent photoshoots and films having been shot there. If you weren’t planning a trip to La Digue during your stay in Seychelles you might want to think again, as this must-see beach is well worth the visit. Word of warning, arrive early as it can get busy even on the greyest of days. Access to the beach via L’Union Estate requires an entrance fee for non-residents.
2. Grand Anse
After a lengthy and at times strenuous cycle up and down the hill lies a beach that gives Anse Source d’Argent a good run for its money. Much less visited, Grande Anse is perhaps the most underrated beach on the island. At the right time of year, it is one of the most stunning beaches in our books. When the large waves ride in, you’ll no doubt find surfers and bodyboarders lining the beach for a piece of the action. On days when the currents are too strong, there is a lovely beach bar perfect to sit back, relax and sip on a Takamaka Rum cocktail while enjoying the picturesque views.
It’s no secret that some of the most beautiful beaches on the islands are actually those hidden away only accessible by boat. If you are lucky enough to get out on the ocean be sure to ask your skipper to let you in on his secret spot.
Less popular but definitely at the top of our list is Au Cap beach. Located right across from the Trois Frères Distillery, this stretch of beach is a truly pleasant spot for a stroll or picnic. If you are not quite ready to drive back to your hotel or guest house after a tour and rum tasting at La Plaine St André, the shallow aqua-blue waters are ideal for a relaxing dip whilst the effects of one too many taste tests or cocktails from our Rum Shack wear off.
Overall all beaches in Seychelles boast beautiful scenery and lukewarm water, and wherever you set off to for for the day, don’t forget your cooler with your newfound favourite bottle of Takamaka Rum and mixer.