11 of the Best Beaches in Seychelles
Planning to go to the magical Seychelles archipelago? Lucky you! Seychelles offers an array of various tourist attractions, including nature trails, animal protection sanctuaries, bustling markets, cultural centres and many more! One of the main Seychelles attractions though is the beautiful sandy beaches.
Some of them may seem like untouched by human hands, but many are surrounded by cosy restaurants and vibrant beach bars. We created this guide to the best beaches in Seychelles to give you some travel tips about Seychelles and introduce you to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Before you can start touring some of the stunning Seychelles beaches, you will need to take care of a few practicalities. Before arriving in Seychelles, you must fill out the Seychelles Islands Travel Authorization Form.
It is easily accessible online, and apart from standard personal details, you will need to fill in your travel insurance information as well as proof of your COVID-19 vaccination.
When it is approved, the complete form will be e-mailed to you, and we recommend that you either print out the form or have it easily available on your digital device before your flight. Sometimes passengers are asked to show it before boarding their plane.
Exchanging currency beforehand is not necessary. You can use local ATMs in the Seychelles airport to withdraw cash. Credit and debit cards from international issuers are likewise accepted in most restaurants and small grocery shops.
Seychelles best time to visit, even with the relatively stable temperature all year (approx. 30 degrees Celsius), there are still recommended periods for visiting Seychelles.
We suggest you plan your visit either in April or May or later in the year, in October or November to avoid trade wind periods. Even then, however, brief tropical showers and some humid breezes are to be expected. With practicalities sorted, now you hopefully feel prepared to tour the wonderful beaches in Seychelles!
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Best Seychelles beaches Mahe
Let us start on Mahé Island, as you will probably land on, and start your Seychelles explorations from the main island of the archipelago.
Beau Vallon Beach
Beau Vallon is a popular beach in the northern part of the island, and one of the best beaches in Mahé. It is known for its long stretch of white sand and crystalline turquoise water. It is the perfect spot for swimming, snorkelling, and sunbathing, but it is also a good place for water sports!
You can reach the beach by local busses, but we recommend hiring a taxi. If you rent a car during your stay in Seychelles, there is a large car parking by the northeastern entrance to Beau Vallon Beach where you can leave your car parked free of charge.
If you want to enter the beach from the coastal route, keep in mind that some paths are restricted as they belong to a specific resort.
Do not get discouraged though! Ask a local person for an alternative way, and they will show you a public path to Beau Vallon beach. While certain roads may be restricted, there are no private beaches in Seychelles, all are open to the public.
If you are looking for a luxurious place to stay near Beau Vallon Beach, we recommend you take a look at STORY Seychelles.
The resort has several restaurants, one of them partly located on the beach – we promise you a cosy dinners with the sound of ocean waves in the background. If you are looking for more affordable accommodation, we suggest you take a look at privately owned villas, like Beau Bamboo.
Ready for a true treasure hunt? West from Beau Vallon Beach, you will find Anse Major which is a part of the Baie Tarney Marine National Park. One of the most remote beaches on Mahé, Anse Major is inaccessible via road transport, and you can only get there if you hike the trail!
If you do not feel comfortable doing it alone, you can book a guide who will go with you. The trail begins with a climb of a set of steps and continues through a lush forested area. On your way to the beach, you can enjoy the picturesque scenery, and photography enthusiasts should remember their cameras!
Anse Major is secluded, and you can expect a real-life deserted island feel. If you are a comfortable swimmer, go for a dip, but since the beach is located quite remote, we advise caution when going into to water.
For those who need refreshments after a long hike, there is a small bar near the beach that will serve you local food and chilled drinks.
Let us keep exploring Mahé Island, this time its southern areas! Anse Intendance is a beautiful beach known for its long stretch (800 metres), and for large waves, created since there is no protective reef.
Anse Intendance is great for water sports like surfing, while swimming might be challenging and even dangerous, especially during southeast trade winds.
To get to Anse Intendance, you can take the local bus 5A, but we recommend going by car or taxi. The beach is located only 45 minutes from the capital city of Victoria.
Still close to Anse Intendance, but on the opposite side of Mahé Island you will find DoubleTree by Hilton Seychelles which we recommend for those looking for luxury accommodation.
Banyan Tree Resort which is another frequently recommended boutique hotel very close to Anse Intendance. More affordable, and still very atmospheric are the Chalets des Vacances for those who are looking for accommodation at a lower price point.
Ready for more Seychelles beaches Mahé edition? Anse Louis is a small, secluded beach on the west coast of Mahé. It is a great spot for surfers – with relatively deep waters and high waves. Be mindful that from June to September there might be seaweed on the beach!
Since the beach is located on the west side of the island, it is a great spot for sunsets – photography enthusiast should remember their gear!
Thanks to the nearby bus stop and car park Anse Louis is easy to access, no matter where in Mahé you are staying.
For those who wish to live close to the beach, we recommend the popular Maia Resort that overlooks the bay. If you are looking for accommodation in the mid-range, we recommend you take a look at Villa KiKi, just one mile away from Anse Louis.
Best Seychelles beaches on Praslin Island
Are you ready to explore some of the best Seychelles beaches located off the main island? Let us go to the picturesque island of Praslin, located just a ferry ride away from Mahé.
Known for its white sand and crystalline turquoise water, Anse Lazio is a popular beach on Praslin Island. It is long, fine-sanded and surrounded by coconut trees! It will satisfy everyone – those who seek activity, and those who prefer to relax in the sun, as it is an excellent spot for swimming, snorkelling, and sunbathing.
If you decide to hop in, you do not have to swim far to experience the Seychellois underwater kingdom – have your eyes open for red snappers and sea turtles in their natural habitat!
If you want to spice up your visit to Anse Lazio Beach with some extra activity, we recommend you go on a picturesque hiking trail: from Anse Lazio beach to Anse Georgette. We suggest you start early to make sure you have enough sunlight for the entire hike. Also, the sunrise at Anse Lazio Beach is an attraction in itself!
To get there, you can take a ferry boat from Mahé Island, and then hire a taxi that will take you directly to the beach.
However, there are also excellent hotels and resorts near Anse Lazio. For those who long for 5-star luxury, we recommend Hotel Raffles Seychelles, and if you need a more affordable option, we suggest you look into Villa Manoir.
One more gem on Praslin Island is Anse Georgette. The beach is secluded with plenty of shade to protect you from the sun. Professional and amateur photographers tend to like this beach a lot, so take your gear with you if you want to immortalize your trip to Anse Georgette.
The beach is perfect for swimming too, as the waters deepen quickly, and there is no seaweed. If you want to try snorkelling, you can rent the equipment at the nearby Lemuria Resort.
The resort also provides its residents with golf carts to the beach, and if you are looking for luxurious accommodation, we recommend you take a look at Lemuria Resort (also home to the famous Lemuria Golf Course).
If you are looking for cheaper accommodation, you can check out Villa Des Alizes. It is a complex of serviced apartments, less than 2 miles from Anse Georgette!
Anse Volbert (also known as Cote D’Or Beach)
Anse Volbert on Praslin Island is probably the isle’s most popular beach, and surely the longest! With many resorts and hotels located along Anse Volbert, the beach can get busy. So if you are looking for a “deserted island feel”, Anse Volbert should not be your first choice.
With parking spaces all over the nearby road, access to the beach is easy and convenient. Likewise, there are bus stops along the seaside route, so you can also access Anse Volbert by public transport.
Anse Volbert is great for solo travellers, couples and families, as it caters to those who want to swim, relax on the beach or engage in water sports! The beach is known to be a good spot for scuba diving too! Plenty of shade will protect you from the sun, so you can easily plan to spend your entire afternoon on Anse Volbert.
Anse Volbert is conveniently nested between many resorts, and it will be easy to find suitable accommodation for every budget, within proximity of Anse Volbert beach. To those travelling on a budget, we suggest Villa Rafia Guesthouse.
If you are looking for mid-range accommodation with access to the beach and a swimming pool complex, we suggest you take a look at Acajou Beach Resort. And if you want to enjoy and experience luxurious accommodation near Anse Volbert beach, we are sure that the 4-star Paradise Sun Hotel will be to your liking!
Best Seychelles beaches on La Digue Island
A short ferry boat ride from Praslin Island, or even a direct trip from Mahé there is another pristine island that should become a part of your Seychelles itinerary. Let us guide you through some of the most picturesque Seychelles island beaches of La Digue Island.
Are you ready for another jewel among Seychelles island beaches? Grand Anse is a famous beach on the island of La Digue. There is only a little shade at Grand Anse, and if the sun gets too much, you can also hike over to Anse Coco Beach or Petite Anse Beach – both beautiful and worth a visit, and the trail is relatively easy to follow.
To get to Grand Anse, you can take a ferry from the main Mahe Island to La Digue Island (some ferry boats stop at Praslin Island before they get to La Digue) and then hire a bicycle or taxi to the beach.
The bike ride can be challenging for some, and we suggest you avoid biking around noon when the sun is at its highest, and the earlier you get to the beach, the less crowded it will be!
Just 2.5 miles from Grand Anse, on the west side of the island, you will find Le Nautique Luxury Waterfront Hotel that we recommend if you are looking for luxury accommodation.
Slightly further away, towards the northern part of La Digue, you will find The Moonlight Beach Villa hotel which is more affordable, with rooms furnished in a typical Creole style!
Sister to Grand Anse, Petite Anse is another pearl of La Digue Island, and one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles. It is no less beautiful than its “big sister”, and especially fans of water sports can look forward to this one.
Petite Anse is great for surfing! Waters get deep quickly, and there is no coral protection, so the sea can get choppy at times. Petite Anse is not recommended for swimming because of strong underwater currents. This should be kept in mind, especially when travelling as a family with small children!
Petite Anse beach can be accessed by a path from Grand Anse, and there are no resorts that provide direct entry to the beach. For those looking for luxury accommodation in La Digue, we recommend Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort & Spa. The resort is located about 4 miles from both Grand Anse and Petite Anse, but this luxury 4-star hotel will not disappoint!
Slightly cheaper, also located on the west coast of La Digue, and thus providing the best sunset views, are villas Chalet d’Anse Réunion. Surrounded by lush gardens, Chalet d’Anse Réunion are nice bungalows, suitable for travelling couples or small families.
Anse Source d’Argent
Another gem of La Digue Island, and one of the best beaches in the Seychelles is Anse Source d’Argent. It is known as the pink sand beach and is also famous for its picturesque granite boulders and crystal-clear (albeit shallow) waters. National Geographic has crowned Anse Source d’Argent as the most photographic beach in the world!
Apart from the views (do make sure to take your camera with you when you go) Anse Source d’Argent is a wonderful spot for scuba diving and snorkelling.
Anse Source d’Argent is located south of La Digue’s main village, and from there, you can easily reach the beach by bike, or even on foot. And if you get hungry or thirsty, restaurants and fruit stalls are nearby. There are nice local souvenir stores too – great things for everyone to enjoy!
La Digue Island is small, and we have already recommended some places to stay. If you are looking for nice mid-range accommodation, we also suggest you take a look at the La Digue Island Lodge. Situated only 500 metres from the inter-island ferry, it is a very practical location, especially for those who want to only spend a couple of days on La Digue, before they relocate.
Get ready for a beautiful, sandy beach in the east part of La Digue Island! Anse Cocos is a small beach, but there is a natural pool where you can take a swim. Thanks to lush palm trees, there is also some shade, so you do not have to worry about the sun getting uncomfortable or even dangerous.
Access to Anse Cocos is on-foot only, through a path from either Grand Anse or Anse Fourmis. Anse Cocos is especially recommended for those who enjoy hiking as much as lying on the beach. With the trails between beaches, Anse Cocos makes a perfect day trip while on La Digue Island!
With the tricky route to the beach, there are no hotels or resorts that offer direct access to Anse Cocos, but if you want to find accommodation nearby, we recommend you look at hotels and resorts on the east side of La Digue Island, like the mid-range Le Relax Luxury Lodge that also offers restaurants and swimming pools!