As a country that’s made up of 115 islands, it’s pretty obvious that it packs in some pretty choice beaches. Floating in the Indian ocean, right off the coast of East Africa, the Seychelles are lightly inhabited and heavily visited by travelers seeking out the world’s best beaches.
People take beach vacations all of the time, but most of them balance out sun and sand with cultural experiences and history. The Seychelles however, are most loved by the diehard beachcombers. If getting a tan, falling asleep to ocean waves, and cooling yourself off in salt water are your main vacation concerns, check out the best beaches in the Seychelles.
Situated on the northern end of Mahe island, this beach is most loved for its panoramic views. Beach goers here are a mix of tourists and locals, who all come to enjoy the calm tide. In fact, it’s one of the most popular beaches on the island as it’s shaded from the sun and has plenty of activities.
While visiting, guests can snorkel, scuba dive, surf, jet ski, wind surf, and kite surf. After a day filled with activity, nestle up to one of the bars or restaurants to watch the sunset over the sea.
Found on the island of Mahe, this busy beach offers visitors a lot more than natural beauty. OK, Anse Royale is notoriously pretty, but it’s also the beach with the most activities on the island. Unlike most of the secluded coastline on Mahe, this beach is situated right next to a town, which gives it an advantage when it comes to amenities.
There are all kinds of accommodations nearby, and the Seychelles University is in walking distance too. Like most university towns, there are plenty of restaurants and places to grab a drink. Characterized by the calm waters, Anse Royale is a sought after spot for snorkeling and swimming.
Located on the island of La Digue, this beach makes the perfect oasis. It has golden sand, shallow water, and plenty of shade thanks to the palms. The water here is generally quite calm, but just be careful because sometimes the trade winds can come in and really shift the sands.
Be warned that this isn’t the easiest beach to get to, and is better for a day trip than a longer stay. However, if you do make the trip, you can expect to be met with a whole lot of beauty and a lot of coastline that you won’t have to share with others. And, since this was one of the first settlements on the Seychelles, there is a small, abandoned village and kiln that can still be seen from the beach.
Anse aux Cedres
This La Digue getaway is unique destination as its natural features come together perfectly to paint a beautiful picture. There are granite rock formations and plenty of seashells to decorate the soft sands and frame the blue waters. The beach is technically private, so you will need to pay an entrance fee and expect a decent walk on foot to reach it.
While swimming here isn’t really the best of ideas due to the choppy waves, hanging out under one of the famous cedar trees, for which the island is named, is a great idea.
You can find this beach on the south side of La Digue island. The water here is deep and not so great for swimming. However, this beach is not that well-known, and it makes a beautiful spot for a romantic stroll or a picnic. It only gets a handful of visitors each day so you would have most of it to yourself.
While this isn’t exactly a spot to swim, the beach itself can be an adventure as it’s full of drift wood forts and tall trees. There are restaurants and bathrooms quite close by for how secluded this area is, so don’t worry too much about being in such a wild place.
This La Digue beach is pretty famous around the Seychelles. It’s located on the south end of the island and has been said to be the most beautiful beach in the world. With this kind of reputation, you can expect the sand to be pretty crowded. However, it’s worth the crowds just to check out the beauty of this beach for an afternoon.
A perfect spot for families, it packs in the opportunities for fun activities like snorkeling and swimming. There are plenty of nearby restaurants and fruit stands if you get hungry, and when you get tired of sunbathing, you can check out some of the more famous spots of this beach. In fact, part of its fame is due to its appearance in movies like Castaway and in Bacardi advertisements.
This beach can be found on the north end of La Digue island and is the second largest in all of the Seychelles. While the water is typically mellow and shallow, the beach often disappears during high tide. Getting here is easy by car or bike and there are actually some pretty great amenities that makes it a favorite for travelers.
Check out the snack bar on the northern end of the beach, as well as the boutique while you visit with your family. The coral reef under the surface helps to keep the swimming area shallow and relatively safe for children.
This is La Digue’s southernmost beach and is especially loved for its shallow saltwater pool. Because of the granite rocks and boulders that sprinkle this beach, the shallow pool is able to exist, while the beach itself is more scenic than the others. This spot is one of the more secluded coastal options, and it can be a little difficult to reach it. It’s not recommended for families with young children, and appeals more to the adventurous visitors.
The ocean itself gets deep pretty quickly, which is why the saltwater pools are so important to visitors. If you’re a photographer, jump on the chance to visit. And, if you really want to see the beauty of this beach without the hassle of getting there, you can always hire a local guide.
Located on the island of Praslin, Anse Lazio is one of the most famous beaches in the Seychelles because of its boulder formations, crystal clear water, and golden sand. Because of its popularity, this beach is much busier than the others around the islands. However, it shouldn’t be missed because its beauty is seriously worth it.
Since the swimming area is surrounded by net, guests won’t have to worry about sea creatures getting too close. There is often a lifeguard on duty as well, making this place a great destination for families with young children. Towards the end of the beach, there are a few bars and restaurants, the most interesting of which is called Honesty Bar. As you might have guessed from the name, this establishment doesn’t employ any bartenders or servers. Instead, it relies on the honor system, allowing guests to take what they want and pay for what they took.
This beach is said to be the most beautiful on the island of Praslin. It has everything that you would expect from a beautiful beach-the white sand, palm trees and deep blue water. Snorkelers will be sure to love the underwater scenery while photographers have been known to fall in love with what they see through their lens.
The beach is a popular one and there are plenty of resorts nearby if you want to stay longer than a day. However, don’t be scared away, it doesn’t usually get that crowded.
If you’re looking for postcard perfection, this beach is it. Located on the island of Mahe, this retreat is characterized by powdery, white sand, lush green mountains, granite rock formations and dreamy, turquoise water. With high waves and a shore line that plunges deep quite quickly, this isn’t the best beach for swimming. However, it’s beauty makes it a popular spot for photographers or anyone who loves a pretty view.
While this beach is pretty wild, there are still a few restaurants and a beach bar around to grab a quick drink. And, if you’re adventurous and have experience with rough waves, this beach can be ideal for surfing.
Located on the southwest side of Mahe, this beach is often described as stunning and breathtaking. You can probably picture it; white sands, crystal clear water, and a lineup of palm trees to keep the whole place nice and shady. The bay has the perfect balance of being secluded yet having enough amenities around that it’s easy to visit.
If you’re an avid snorkeler, this is your spot! Don’t forget to bring along your own gear though because you won’t be able to rent any once you’re there. Take a swim in the shallow water, dine on some Creole food at the nearby restaurant, and check out the pen of giant tortoises that can be seen in walking distance from the beach.
Located on the island of Praslin, this beach is actually set in the larger bay that makes up Anse Bois de Rose. Visitors here might notice that the beach is split into two sections, one of which is in front of some of the popular resorts, and the other which is cut off by a series of rocks and is much less popular.
The calm atmosphere is met with a variety of shade giving trees and shallow waters. Snorkeling and windsurfing are especially recommended here.
As the name suggests, this beach is one of Mahe’s longest. While the beach itself is nearly perfect, the backdrop is even better. Visitors here will get a view of towering mountains and a velvety blue ocean for miles. Beachcombers on Grand Anse can swim and surf, but just be careful because there can sometimes be a strong undertow.
It is relatively easy to get to, with hotels and plenty of parking nearby. Fan of exercise? Grand Anse has the length for a nice jog or walk along the shore.
Petite Anse Kerlan
Sitting at the northwest area of Praslin, this beach is frequented mostly by guests at the nearby hotel and resorts. The beach here may be small but it certainly is a destination for snorkelers and those looking to sail. Sail and snorkel rentals are available on the island so you won’t have to bring your own.
Enjoy the shade of the coconut trees and then pop into one of the nearby resorts to grab a nice cocktail. Nearby Lemuria Resort offers the island’s only 18-hole golf course, so if you want to play, this might be the perfect place to stay during your visit.
Port Launay South Beach
This beach is situated in the marine park on the island of Mahe. It’s not the most popular bay on the island by it can be considered a gem. Visitors will get plenty of views of mountains, nearby islands, and lush forest.
During high tide, the beach here can disappear, so if you head there without realizing this, you might be in for a lot of confusion. Come during low tide and you will get some shallow swimming water and easy access to the nearby Islette Island, which you can basically walk to. If you plan on being more active, try out windsurfing, or kitesurfing.
This peaceful little bay is another gem located on Mahe. With clear water, white sand, and plenty of privacy, just a glimpse of this beach can inspire with its beauty. The water here is quite shallow and there are very little in the way of waves, making it perfect for children and mediocre swimmers.
You won’t find many facilities nearby this mellow beach, but there are a few restaurants dotted around the area so that you don’t feel too stranded.
The Seychelles have so many beaches that you probably are overwhelmed just thinking about sunbathing. Don’t worry though, whichever one you choose, you won’t be disappointed. Every single beach is picturesque and you will surely find some water activities and new ways to relax no matter which one you choose. For more inspiration, you can check out these itineraries or if you still can’t decide, have a look at these other things you can do in the Seychelles.
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