Seychelles is a dream destination not only for honeymooners but for anyone who loves beaches with powdery soft sand, turquoise clear water, palm trees providing shade from the warm sun, and stunning sunsets. In Seychelles, there is so much to do if you wish to have an active holiday, but also you can just relax on any of the gorgeous beaches that Seychelles offers. Due to the 115 islands that Seychelles consists of, you have a variety of beaches to choose from, whether you wish to swim, snorkel, relax or take wonderful photographs. You can pick from this list of the 13 best beaches in Seychelles to make your dream holiday.
1. Anse Lazio, Praslin
Anse Lazio is located on the second largest island, Praslin, and is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Turquoise water, soft and white sand feels like walking on flour, symbolic granite rocks, and palm trees will take your breath away. This beach is perfect for romantic holidays as well as for families with children with the possibility to swim and snorkel. There are car parks close to the beach, but the bus stop is a little bit farther. On each side of the beach, you can find restaurants and shops. Let me not forget to say that this beach is also a great place for photographers and the sunset here is spectacular.
2. Anse Intendance, Mahe
Located on Mahe, well known and one of the most stunning beaches in Seychelles. The beach has soft white sand, coconut palm trees behind, and granite rocks from each side. This beach is a perfect spot for photographers. The water here gets deep very quickly and also waves are much stronger than on other beaches, particularly between May and September. Therefore, this beach is not suitable for swimming but is a great place for surfers. Also, no snorkeling is possible as there are no coral reefs here. The beach can be accessed by bus or car within a few minutes’ walk. Alternatively, you can stay at Banyan Tree Resort.
3. Petite Anse, Mahe
Petite Anse is a little bit isolated beach located on the southwest of Mahe Island, the main and largest island of Seychelles. This beach is perfect for sunbathing or picnicking, with a gulf, soft white sand, and rich forest. During high tides, it is not recommended to swim or snorkel as there are strong currents here. Due to this fact and also the distance which is 20 minutes walk from the closest parking, this beach is very quiet most of the time. If you like this beach, you can stay at Four Seasons Resort Seychelles which is located just above the beach.
4. Anse Georgette, Praslin
Anse Georgette is located on Praslin Island. This beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The crystal clear turquoise water with powder white sand and palm trees will make you feel you are in paradise. It is an ideal beach for swimming, snorkeling, or sunbathing. However, the water gets deep very quickly, therefore unconfident swimmers should be under supervision. In case you would love to stay at this beach, there is Lemuria Resort located here. Another way to get here is by a 30 minutes walk and you should inform the resort about your visit as they try to keep a limited number of people here. Another way is to take a boat tour to this beautiful beach and enjoy the day here.
5. Beau Vallon
Beau Vallon is the most famous, longest, and busiest beach in Seychelles. This beach is very popular among tourists and locals due to the many hotels and restaurants located here. It is ideal for families with kids, couples, and friends. The water is shallow, suitable for swimming and snorkeling. Soft white sand under your feet will make you walk along the beach from one side to another, where you can take stunning pictures with granite rocks. There are a lot of activities to be done here, like diving, snorkeling, fishing, jet skis, kitesurfing, surfing, and many more with rental possibilities. A lot of tours and excursions can be bought here. If you are not staying in the hotel at this beach, there is easy access by car or by bus as bus stops are on the road along the beach.
6. Anse Louis, Mahe
Anse Louis is home to the luxurious Maia Resort on Mahe Island. Anse Louis is a small bay with soft white sand and deeper water than on other beaches. On one side the waves are bigger, therefore, it is an ideal beach for surfers. If you are not staying in the resort, you can come by bus or car as the road is close by.
7. Anse Forbans, Mahe
Anse Forbans is a gorgeous beach with shallow water due to the coral reef that is protecting it from the ocean. Therefore, it is an ideal beach for families with children. There are several guest houses or hotels, like Hilton Allamanda Resort. This beach is moderately busy and can also be reached by bus.
8. Grand Anse, La Digue
Grand Anse is a wild beach, empty most of the time. This beach provides beautiful scenery, powder white sand, and turquoise water. However, the water here is quite deep and waves tend to be very strong. Therefore, this beach is more suitable for surfers as swimming is a little bit dangerous. Also, the shade doesn’t reach the sand, so you will not be protected from the strong sun for the whole day. However, this beach is quiet, perfect for photos and romantic walks. You can come here by bike. If you like to spend the whole day here, restaurants and toilets are available here.
9. Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue
La Digue is a small island where bicycles are the most common way of transportation. Anse Source d’Argent is the most popular beach here. It is a magnificent beach with powder-soft sand, granite rocks, crystal clear water, and coconut trees. The water here is very shallow with coral reefs making it a great place for swimming and snorkeling. Therefore, this beach is a great place for families with children. There are some restaurants nearby and some fruit and drink stand on the beach. This beach is also popular among photographers and became famous due to some movies, like Crusoe. This beach tends to get very busy and should not be missed when visiting Seychelles. The entrance to the beach is through the Union Estate, which I mentioned in my previous article. The fee is 115 Rupees.
10. Anse Cocos, La Digue
Anse Cocos is a gorgeous beach with shallow natural pools. However, when it is windy, waves can be quite high. The crystal clear water, powder sand, palm trees, and lovely scenery are the reasons to visit this beach and spend your day here. The only disadvantage is that it is reached only by foot from Grand Anse beach, about 30 minutes walk. There are also no facilities at the beach, the closest is on Grand Anse beach.
11. Anse Marron, La Digue
Anse Marron is another paradise on La Digue Island. However, it is a hidden treasure. Meaning, it is not easy to find and most tourists are hiring a tour guide to visit this beach. It is a long tour with slippery and not easy terrain, therefore it is not suitable for children. Once you reach the beach you will be gifted with gorgeous scenery of soft white sand, and granite rocks that form small natural pools around them from the seawater. It is not advisable to go behind the pools to the open ocean as the water gets very deep and it is not safe. Fascinating pictures will be your memories from this lovely beach.
12. Anse Volbert, Praslin
Anse Volbert is the most popular beach on Praslin Island. Not only is it the most popular, but also the longest. This beach is perfect for families with children as the water is calm and shallow. You can swim, snorkel, dive, surf, fish, or sail here. The equipment can be rented here too. The palm trees provide shade from midday strong sun. There are several accommodations available here. If you are not staying in the hotels located here, you can easily come here by car, bus or boat. Not only hotels but also restaurants and shops can be found here. If you wish to take a tour or excursions, you can also purchase them here.
13. Anse St. Sauveur, Praslin
Anse St. Sauveur is a small usually empty beach on Praslin Island. This beach has soft white sand, crystal clear shallow water ideal for families with children. More than swimming, the beach is better for snorkeling with an underwater coral reef and it is also popular for fishing. Fishing equipment can be rented in small shops located nearby. This beach is an amazing spot for photographs thanks to the most beautiful coconut trees. Access to this beach is fairly easy due to the main road with bus stops and a car park.
13 Best Beaches in Seychelles for your Dream Holiday
Whether you are a couple, family with children, a photographer, adventurer, surfer, or just wish to spend a lazy day on a beach, one of the 13 best beaches in Seychelles will make your dream come true. The beautiful scenery includes white sand, turquoise water, coconut palm trees, and granite rocks are the perfect choice for your next vacation.