There are not many places on earth where every corner, every centimetre, is a continuous eye-opening emotion. The Seychelles is one of these places. If you think about it, there are not many places in the world where sea turtles feel so safe that they can go and lay their eggs on the shore in the middle of the day. And where, in every corner, the waters are crystal-clear and uncontaminated, whle the beaches are white and sandy.
The Seychelles are a group of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of East Africa, north east of Madagascar. They are mostly uninhabited, and almost all the residents live on the larger islands: Mahé, Praslin, La Digue, Silhouette Island and Inner Corallines. The inhabitants speak English and French, so communication is no problem for the tourists that come here to visit each year.
The Seychelles are literally paradise on earth. Each year, millions of people decide to come here to spend a dream holiday, with its crystal-clear waters, mangrove trees and white sands. The Seychelles are also the perfect place to satisfy the tastes of the most varied travellers: there is room for fans of water sports such as surfing and kite-surfing, and for those who want to spend a quiet, relaxing holiday. The coral reef makes these islands an ideal place for snorkelling and admiring the sea flora and fauna in this enchanted place. You still don’t believe us? Allow us to show you the best beaches in the Seychelles.
Anse Source d’Argent
So, this is the beach you were probably dreaming about when you decided to go to the Seychelles. Anse Source d’Argent is very probably one of the most photographed beaches in the world, and the protagonist of many films and television adverts thanks to its white sand and clear waters. Here, you can see fish on the sea bed around the coral reef with the naked eye. If you are lucky you may even see a sea turtle! The waters of Anse Source d’Argent are shallow and it is therefore a good place for children to play and to go snorkelling.
As it is one of the ten top beaches in the Seychelles, Anse Source d’Argent is generally much frequented by tourists. If you love peace and quiet, put your alarm clock on early, although you should check tide times. Anse Source d’Argent Beach is also one of the best places to enjoy the sunset over the Island of Praslin, that is right in front of you.
Anse Source d’Argent Beach runs beyond the first group of rocks that you see when you arrive: if you continue southwards along the beach, walking in the shallow waters or taking the long back at the rear of the beach, you will come to a much larger bay. The spaces are more sheltered and it is possible to have more privacy compared to where most tourists stop.
If you are booking a trip to the Seychelles, you have to come to Beau Vallon. Why? Easy to say: if you close your eyes and think of paradise, what will come to mind is not even remotely comparable to this beautiful beach. Beau Vallon is popular with tourists and locals alike, thanks to the mixture of wonderful landscapes, the range of activities, the amazing surrounding infrastructures and an attraction of times gone by. The beautiful sand and clear, shallow water are ideal for spending relaxing days on the beach, swimming or sunbathing. The amazing underwater world is perfect for snorkelling or scuba diving, even if the bay is also good for surfing, kite-surfing or wind-surfing, without disturbing other people. Given its size, there is no limit in Beau Vallon, you can do what you want.
This Seychelles beach is worth a visit in the evening thanks to the wonderful view of the sun setting over the water, and also for the local restaurants and bars, including a night club, all near to the beach. With a variety of such different things to do, it is no wonder that Beau Vallon is so famous among tourists and locals, to the point that each year it attracts thousands of enthusiasts who want to see this corner of paradise on earth.
Petite Anse is on the south east cost of the island of La Digue, and can be described - in no half measures - as the beach of dreams for tourists who want to experience the wild side of sea and sands. It is close to Grand Anse Bay and can be reached on foot along a path bordered by lush vegetation that will make you feel as if you were in the middle of a jungle. So, there is not much else to say: if you one of those people who love adventures and wild landscapes, Petite Anse is a place you must visit on your trip here.
Fine white sand, rocks and turquoise blue waters that make it one of the top ten beaches in the Seychelles. Imagine entering another world, one that you only see in films, or that you never believed you would see in your entire life: and instead here it is in front of you, with its riot of colours, rugged soul and explosive nature. Step foot in this place and you will fall in love, as millions of people before you have done.
Anse Georgette is one of the best beaches on Praslin. The ocean’s water that laps the beach here is turquoise in hue, while the sand is white and the palm trees are so beautiful they make your jaw drop. There are few beaches that can boast of having such a landscape and such a riot of colours. Anse Georgette is not just one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles: the bay is just perfect for snorkelling and admiring the marine flora and fauna, in its waters.
The water becomes deep quite quickly, so be careful when going for a swim. Anse Georgette is one of the true "uncontaminated" beaches of the Seychelles, with its natural, surprising beauty: it is no coincidence that it is a favourite destination for photographers from all over the world, who all want to immortalise this paradise in their work.
Enclosed in a charming small bay, protected from the wind, the white-sand beach of Anse Severe is one of the more accessible and well-liked on the island of La Digue. Located less than one kilometre north of the village of La Passe and from the harbour, it provides access to a famous snorkelling spot. Once you have gone beyond the coral reef, you can see so many tropical fish above the banks of sand and coral, the real jewel in the crown of this beach. From here it is possible to enjoy a wonderful view of the beach of Praslin: we recommend waiting for sunset and watching the sun's rays dip into the crystal-clear waters.
Anse Severe is a quiet beach, just perfect if you want a relaxing day thinking about nothing... other than how lucky you are to have found such a place, of course. Also, it is the ideal place to shelter from the sun a little, as there is plenty of shade. If you love animals, you will be happy to know that turtles can approach people sometimes on this beach, and you can see these wonderful creatures close up.
Located on the north-east cost of the Island of Praslin, Anse Volbert is the most popular place on the island. In many ways it is a typical Seychelles beach: vanilla-colour sands sloping gently towards the clear waters, where it is possible to see the coloured fish and coral, and is surely one of the best places to take photos. Nearby, there are bars and restaurants, therefore there is no risk of being too thirsty or hungry if you want to drink or eat. It is also the perfect place for snorkelling lovers, who really mustn’t leave their masks at home.
If you are a curious traveller, a nature lover and you want to see every amazing corner of the Seychelles with your own eyes, Anse Volbert is the place for you. Don’t miss this place, it is a true corner of paradise, straight out of a dream. You will find it right in front of your eyes.
Anse Lazio è definita da molti come la spiaggia più bella di Praslin. Situata a nord-est del Madagascar, a est di Zanzibar e a sud di Socotra, nel mezzo dell'Oceano Indiano, ha acque limpide e paesaggi meravigliosi, che ne fanno una delle mete turistiche più popolari delle Seychelles. La spiaggia è delimitata da grandi massi di granito. Tuttavia, a differenza di altre spiagge delle Seychelles, Anse Lazio non è protetta da una barriera corallina. Per questo ha onde molto alte, ed è diventata negli anni una baia frequentata dagli amanti degli sport acquatici come il surf, il kite e il windsurf.
Ma attenzione, perché Anse Lazio ha una sorpresa: nelle sue acque nuotano le tartarughe marine, quindi portati la maschera per fare snorkeling se non vuoi rinunciare a questa incredibile visione. La vista da Anse Lazio è bellissimo e infatti è anche una delle mete predilette dalle coppie in viaggio, che così possono farsi delle foto ricordo meravigliose delle loro vacanze.
Deep, blue waters, white beaches and perfect facilities that provide a relaxing day at the beach. Grand Anse is one of the calmest places in the Seychelles. The bay is exceptionally beautiful, even if there is no coral reef at this point of La Digue, therefore you are in the open ocean if you venture in for a swim. There is a strong current and this is why it is perfect for water sports fans and a little less for for swimmers: it is wise not to venture too far from the shore. There is not much shade in Grand Anse, and you want a tan, it is the perfect place to get an enviable colour.
One word to describe Grand Anse? Wild, uncontaminated and quiet. If you want to experience the peace and quiet of the Seychelles, this is the beach for you: it has nothing less than the others and seems like it has been lifted straight out of a painting. Those who come here are looking for sport and entertainment, and reflection and rest: it is a good idea to have both on holiday, that is why you should visit both the busier and the quieter beaches in the Seychelles. And guess what? They are often the ones that turn out to be the real jewels of your holiday.
Can you remember those forests that you would see in videos and television documentaries when you were little? So, Anse Major surely finished up in one of these. It is one of the most unspoilt beaches in the Seychelles, and if there is one thing that characterises it, it is the lush, green landscape surrounding it. The waters are clearly like the waters of all the Seychelles beaches, crystal clear and turquoise blue, full of fish and sea plants. The flora is unique, and it is one of the favourite places of nature lovers and trekking enthusiasts.
Anse Major is located on the wild northern coast of Mahé. To get here, you must travel through the forest in the Morne Seychellois National Park for one hour. Don’t worry, it is a very pleasant walk. Once you have reached the small beach, you will see that the walk was worthwhile! Anse Major, in fact, has a wonderful coral sea bed and lots of underwater life. It is excellent for snorkelling.
Anse Soleil is a wonderful place, a destination chosen by thousands of tourists from all over the world each year. You can’t leave without coming here and spending a day on the golden sand of this sunny, heavenly beach. Unlike most of the long beaches in the south east, Anse Soleil is a small cove, closed on one side by wonderful pine trees, almond trees and palm trees that offer lots of shade from morning until sunset.
Amidst tropical vegetation, Anse Soleil is a tiny oasis of peace adored by Seychelles locals and tourists alike. The beach is 300 metres long, and it is easy to find a place to lie down and relax, in a couple, with your friends or with your family. It has perfectly conserved coral beds and a rich, varied marine life. Anse Soleil is one of the best places to go snorkelling on the coast of Mahé.
Petite Anse Kerlan
Are you ready to visit one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles? Petite Anse Kerlan is – as its name says – a small bay, but not lacking anything that the other beaches in the area have. Petite Anse Kerlan is a charming small cove with gentle waters and a steep beach that makes swimming pleasant, and is also a perfect place for snorkelling around its rocks.
The beach is next to the village has suffered considerable erosion over the years and therefore a number of breakwaters have been built to reduce the impact of the rising water levels. This makes Petite Anse Kerlan less wild than the other beaches in the Seychelles, but the area is beautiful and almost free of tourists. This entire area of the island is famous as it is not only frequented by travellers, but also by sea turtles, who come here to lay their eggs. And guess what? If you are lucky, you may have the amazing experience of see these incredible animals hatching.
St. Josè Bay
Saint José Bay is on Curieuse Island, a wonderful place where mangroves and lush trees grow, in contrast with the white sands and blue waters that surround this beautiful beach. Although there is no coral reef, the colours are breath-taking and make it the perfect place for amazing photographs. There are enormous rocks in the bay, where it is possible to sit and watch the waves that break onto the beach.
Like in all the Seychelles, Saint José Bay has crystal-clear waters where it is possible to go snorkelling and admire the island’s underwater flora and fauna: this is an unforgettable experience that is well worth having. However, if you so wish, you can also just rest and spend the day sunbathing.
Anse Cocò is such a beautiful beach that it almost seems artificial. It is, in fact, completely natural: and this is its strength, that makes it one of the favourite places for travellers who want to see dreamy beaches and enchanting places that so far they have only seen in films. Anse Cocò lies east of La Digue. Golden sand, shallow, crystal-clear waters, therefore perfect for children who want to throw themselves into the water. The waters here are usually calm, although they may become a little agitated during the trade winds.
Anse Cocò is a quiet beach, just perfect if you don’t like chaos or crowded places. One of its main characteristics are the ruins of abandoned buildings: Anse Cocò, in fact, was one of the first settlements on La Digue and it is still possible to breathe the atmosphere of times gone by and dive into the past. This is a detail that makes it popular with photographers.
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