Renowned for its natural beauty and incredible flora and fauna, the beaches that hem Seychelles turquoise blue and warm waters are a draw unto themselves. From secluded powder-soft crescents to long stretches of palm and vouloutier-fringed strands, every island holds its secret ‘anse’.
With well over 120 beaches to choose from just on the three main islands of the Seychelles, here are five beaches which should absolutely be on every visitor’s stopover list.
An idyllic hideaway spot, on La Digue, Anse Cocos is located on the eastern coast of the small island and is only accessible by a 30-minute hike, either by taking a path from Grand Anse or in the other direction from Anse Fourmis. Less well-known than the much photographed Anse Source D’Argent, with which it shares similar features, picturesque Anse Cocos is all the more prized for its secluded aspect, which makes all its charms.
Known as the most famous beach on Praslin, Anse Lazio is often listed among the top ten beaches in the world.Age-old granite sentinels stand guard at both ends of the picture perfect stretch of soft white sands leading to clear waters, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. A must on every visitor’s list, Anse Lazio remains agreeably soothing and will not disappoint.
Another favourite on Praslin, the superb Anse Georgette is well worth the 30-minute hike through the grounds of the luxurious Constance Lemuria Resort. Alternatively, it is accessible by boat. If you make it to Anse Georgette, you will definitely be conquered by powder soft sand fringed by lush tropical flora, as well as an amazing snorkelling spot.
ANSE SOURCE D’ARGENT
Reputed to be the most photographed beach in the world, and accessible by a bicycle ride through La Digue’s L’Union Estate, this unique landmark is treasured for its huge granite boulders but also its soft white sand and clear turquoise waters. Sheltered by the reef, the sea is endlessly calm at Anse Source D’Argent, making it a favourite for families and couples who just want to be rocked by the waves or try their hand at snorkelling. A must, if you are on La Digue!
Often described as ‘breathtaking’ or even ‘outstanding’, Anse Takamaka is one of Mahé’s most stunning beaches. Located in the south of Mahé, Anse Takamaka epitomises the postcard-perfect beach, where the wild waters of the Indian Ocean come to shore.