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*From October 2017

Beaches on Mahé

Anse à la Mouche · Mahé

  • Anse à la Mouche, Mahé
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse à la Mouche is an open, curved bay in the south-west of Mahé with extremely flat, calm, shallow water, as well as beautiful scenery and a wonderful relaxing atmosphere. Great for families, snorkelling, and swimming, the beach is rarely empty, but never crowded.

    Facts:

    • 1450m x 12m - some visitors
    • Shallow water, calm water
    • Family-friendly beach
    • Good for snorkelling and swimming

Anse aux Poules Bleues · Mahé

  • Anse aux Poules Bleues, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Restaurant
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
  • Anse aux Poules Bleues is an oft-deserted bay in the south-west of Mahé, just along the coast from Anse à la Mouche. While not the most attractive beach on the island, the shallow, calm water and nearby art studio provide a few reasons to make a trip worthwhile.

    Facts:

    • 715m x 15m - often empty
    • Shallow water - small waves
    • Oft-deserted beach near a fishing village
    • Suitable for swimming

Anse aux Pins · Mahé

  • Anse aux Pins, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
  • Anse aux Pins is a long, shallow bay on the east coast of Mahé, the Seychelles’ largest island. With nearby shops and restaurants, as well as a 9-hole golf course, the surrounding area offers plenty to keep you busy during your visit to this beautiful bay.

    Facts:

    • 1100m x 15m - not many visitors
    • Shallow water - small waves
    • Beautiful unique beach
    • Swimming, snorkelling, windsurfing possible

Anse Baleine · Mahé

  • Anse Baleine, Mahé
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse Baleine is a small, oft-deserted beach in the south-east of Mahé. The shallow water and calm waves that lap the shores here create a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere, evidenced by the locals who often come here at the weekend to enjoy a beach picnic.

    Facts:

    • 40m x 15m - often empty
    • Shallow water - small, calm waves
    • Small, peaceful beach
    • Good for swimming and snorkelling

Anse Boileau · Mahé

  • Anse Boileau, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse Boileau is a long, stretched bay on the west coast of Mahé, just north of Anse à la Mouche. The surrounding region is relatively built-up, including a police station, shops, guesthouses, and supermarkets, and the beach itself offers calm, shallow water that is great for swimming, snorkelling, and windsurfing.

    Facts:

    • 2000m x 15m - not many visitors
    • Shallow water - small waves
    • Fisherman’s bay near a small town
    • Lots of nearby facilities

Anse Bougainville · Mahé

  • Anse Bougainville, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
  • Anse Bougainville lies in the south-east of Mahé, near to Anse Baleine and Anse Royale. The shallow, calm water here is protected by a coral reef, making it suitable for unconfident swimmers and children. The beach also benefits from close proximity to shops and restaurants.

    Facts:

    • 800m x 15m - often empty
    • Shallow water - small waves
    • Small, secluded beach on Mahé
    • Suitable for swimming and snorkelling

Anse Forbans · Mahé

  • Anse Forbans, Mahé
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse Forbans is a popular beach in the south-east of the Seychelles’ largest island, Mahé. With shallow water and close proximity to a number of accommodations, this beach is great prospect for families who have children looking for a relaxing beach day.

    Facts:

    • 1000m x 15m - moderately busy
    • Very shallow, calm water
    • Family-friendly beach
    • Good for snorkelling

Anse Intendance · Mahé

  • Anse Intendance, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Surfing
    • Shade
    • Restaurant
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse Intendance is a well-known, wild beach in the south of Mahé. The incredible white sand is framed on both sides by granite boulders, making this beach one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles. During the south-east trade winds (May to September), swimming can be dangerous, and is not to be recommended.

    Facts:

    • 1000m x 25m - some visitors
    • Water gets deep quite quickly
    • Beautiful wild beach on Mahé
    • Great for photographs

Anse l'Ilot · Mahé

  • Anse l'Ilot, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse L’Ilot is rather difficult to find, hidden behind the thick vegetation in the north-west of Mahé. That said, for anyone who manages to reach the beach, there is a beautiful, serene, undisturbed bay just waiting to be discovered. Just make sure you go at low tide, as the beach can disappear completely at high tide!

    Facts:

    • 110m x 20m - very few visitors
    • Quiet, hard-to-spot beach on Mahé
    • Restaurant, spa, and small shops close
    • Good for swimming and snorkelling

Anse Louis · Mahé

  • Anse Louis, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Surfing
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse Louis is a beautiful sheltered bay in the west of Mahé, near to Anse Boileau. The waves here make the beach a great location for surfers, and the nearby bus stop and car park ensure that arrival at Anse Louis is unproblematic for everyone.

    Facts:

    • 500m x 20m - not very busy
    • Deep water at high tide
    • Small, beautiful bay on Mahé
    • Good for surfing

Anse Machabée · Mahé

  • Anse Machabée, Mahé
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Scuba diving
    • Shade
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse Machabée is a small, oft-deserted beach in the north of Mahé. Often overlooked by tourists and locals, Anse Machabée nonetheless offers a stunning, peaceful bay that offers plenty of variety, including beautiful sand, as well as swimming and snorkelling possibilities.

    Facts:

    • 135m x 20m - often empty
    • Gradual increase in water depth
    • Quiet beach in the north of Mahé
    • Good for swimming and snorkelling

Anse Marie-Louise · Mahé

  • Anse Marie-Louise, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse Marie-Louise is situated in the south-east of Mahé, right next to Anse Forbans. While not particularly well-known amongst tourists, it’s not uncommon to see small groups of locals here, either enjoying picnics or a few drinks on this beautiful sandy beach.

    Facts:

    • 425m x 15m - often empty
    • Normal tide and calm waves
    • Tranquil beach next to Anse Forbans
    • Good for snorkelling between Oct. and May

Anse Parnel · Mahé

  • Anse Parnel, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse Parnel is less famous than other beaches on Mahé but every bit as charming and beautiful. With gorgeous white sand and stunning clear water, Anse Parnel offers plenty to keep the Seychelles holidaymaker occupied.

    Facts:

    • 275m x 15m - few visitors
    • Shallow water, generally calm waves
    • Beautiful white sand and crystal-clear water
    • Good for swimming and snorkelling

Anse Royale · Mahé

  • Anse Royale, Mahé
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Scuba diving
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse Royale is one of Mahé’s most popular beaches thanks to its wide variety of activities, beautiful scenery, and proximity to a number of different hotels and guesthouses. Located in the south-east of Mahé, it could even be described as the Beau Vallon of the south, due to its excellent range of activities and facilities.

    Facts:

    • 1500m x 15m - often busy
    • Fairly shallow water, about 2m deep
    • Busy, beautiful beach with lots to see
    • Good for numerous activities

Anse Soleil · Mahé

  • Anse Soleil, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Surfing
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse Soleil is a beautiful bay with crystal-clear water and pristine white sand. As the name suggests, this beach is often bathed in sunlight, making it a bright, welcoming prospect for your holiday on Mahé.

    Facts:

    • 210m x 20m - frequent visitors
    • Deep water at high tide
    • Popular beach on Mahé
    • Restaurant next to the beach

Anse Takamaka · Mahé

  • Anse Takamaka, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Surfing
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse Takamaka is a beautiful, picturesque bay in the south-west of Mahé. Here, visitors can enjoy pristine sand and incredible turquoise water, as well as the stunning takamaka trees that give the beach its name. Finally, Anse Takamaka is a snorkelling paradise.

    Facts:

    • 500m x 20m - frequent visitors
    • Shallow water - tall waves
    • Picturesque beach on Mahé
    • Ideal for snorkelling

Baie Lazare · Mahé

  • Baie Lazare, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Baie Lazare is well-known thanks to its name, which it shares with French explorer Lazare Picault, who is credited with claiming the island for France in 1742. These days, it offers beautiful scenery and a vision of colour for the Seychelles holidaymaker.

    Facts:

    • 1000m x 20m - lots of visitors
    • Shallow water - small waves
    • Named after French explorer Lazare Picault
    • Good for swimming and windsurfing

Beau Vallon · Mahé

  • Beau Vallon, Mahé
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Scuba diving
    • Surfing
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Beau Vallon is perhaps the most famous beach in the Seychelles, well-known throughout the country by locals and tourists alike thanks to its beautiful atmosphere, extensive facilities, stunning sandy surface, and proximity to some of the Seychelles’ best-loved accommodations.

    Facts:

    • 1750m x 30m - often very busy
    • Shallow water and lifeguard on duty
    • The most popular beach on Mahé
    • Extensive facilities and activities

Carana Beach · Mahé

  • Carana Beach, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Surfing
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Carana Beach can be found in the north of Mahé. This small, oft-deserted bay possesses incredibly beautiful scenery, including lush vegetation, crystal-clear water, and perfect white sand. Beyond its looks, the beach doesn’t offer too much, but its picturesque air makes it well-worth a visit.

    Facts:

    • 300m x 20m - often empty
    • Shallow water - high waves
    • Beautiful quiet bay on Mahé
    • Good for swimming from November to July

Grand Anse · Mahé

  • Grand Anse, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Surfing
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Grand Anse on Mahé is one of the island’s longest beaches, and certainly the longest stretch of sand on Mahé's western coast. The beautiful beach scenery contrasts nicely with the surrounding mountainous landscape, making for a truly spectacular location. The nearby Avani Barbarons Resort offers restaurants and much more.

    Facts:

    • 1335m x 30m - not very busy
    • Relatively deep water and high waves
    • Long, sprawling beach on Mahé’s west coast
    • Good for swimming and surfing

Anse Nord d'Est · Mahé

  • Anse Nord d'Est, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Surfing
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse Nord d'Est is best described as a collection of small beaches spread across two kilometres of coastline on Mahé. The water here is deeper than many other places on the island, and the sea is choppy due to the lack of offshore coral reef. This makes it a good beach for surfers, although it is still suitable for strong swimmers.

    Facts:

    • 2200m x 20m - moderately busy
    • Water can be deep and rough
    • Large, popular beach on Mahé
    • Suitable for surfing

Northolme Beach · Mahé

  • Northolme Beach, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Northolme Beach is the small, private beach of the Hilton Seychelles Northolme Resort and Spa, and is almost exclusively frequented by patrons of the resort. This bisected beach is suitable for swimming and especially good for snorkelling, with equipment rentals available to guests of the resort.

    Facts:

    • 165m x 10m - visited by guests of the hotel
    • Calm, relatively deep water
    • Small beach of the Northolme Resort and Spa
    • Good for snorkelling; rentals available

Pointe au Sel · Mahé

  • Pointe au Sel, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Pointe au Sel is the name for this peninsular that juts out of the eastern coast of Mahé. The water here is shallow and calm, and the atmosphere of the beach in general is peaceful and relaxing. Suitable for swimming, snorkelling, and windsurfing, this beach perhaps best serves as a quiet spot for couples or families to enjoy a picnic.

    Facts:

    • 500m x 15m - few visitors
    • Shallow water - small waves
    • Beach on the eastern tip of Mahé
    • Suitable for swimming and snorkelling

Port Glaud · Mahé

  • Port Glaud, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Port Glaud Beach is a small and oft-deserted beach, located on Mahé’s west coast, just along from the large national park of Port Launay. In fact, the beach shares much of the appeal of Port Launay’s south beach, with calm, shallow water, beautiful scenery, and stunning views of some of Mahé’s nearby neighbouring islands.

    Facts:

    • 100m x 15m - often empty
    • Shallow water - small waves
    • Attractive, small beach in the west of Mahé
    • Good for swimming and snorkelling

Port Launay North Beach · Mahé

  • Port Launay North Beach, Mahé
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Scuba diving
    • Surfing
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • North Beach in the Port Launay Marine Park is located close to one of Mahé’s most popular resorts, the Constance Ephelia. Thanks to this, it is very popular with guests of the resort, but anyone can find something to keep them busy here thanks to the incredible beauty of the bay, as well as multiple activities and good facilities.

    Facts:

    • 415m x 25m - many visitors
    • Shallow water that gradually deepens
    • Popular beach in a Marine Park
    • Great for a range of activities

Port Launay South Beach · Mahé

  • Port Launay South Beach, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • South Beach in the Port Launay Marine Park is less popular than the beach on the other side of the park, but still offers plenty to attract visitors from all over the island. The unique views of smaller offshore islands, as well as the calm, shallow water and the pristine sandy surface of the beach make South Beach every bit as appealing as its cousin.

    Facts:

    • 670m x 25m - few visitors
    • Extremely calm, shallow water
    • Peaceful beach with stunning views
    • Great for swimming and snorkelling

Fairyland Beach (Relax Beach) · Mahé

  • Fairyland Beach (Relax Beach), Mahé
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
  • Fairyland Beach is located at one end of the larger Anse Royale bay, and shares many characteristics with its neighbour. The shallow, calm water here is protected by an offshore coral reef, so the waves are almost always small. Easy-access, beautiful scenery, and excellent snorkelling conditions round off the beach nicely.

    Facts:

    • 50m x 15m - often busy
    • Beach may disappear at high tide
    • Popular beach in the south of Mahé
    • Good snorkelling and swimming spot

Sunset Beach · Mahé

  • Sunset Beach, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Scuba diving
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Sunset Beach is a small yet popular beach, located in the north-west of Mahé, close to the Sunset Beach Hotel. With picturesque scenery, crystal-clear water, and nearby shops and restaurants, there are a number of reasons to take a trip to Sunset Beach during your stay on Mahé.

    Facts:

    • 120m x 15m - often busy
    • Shallow water - small waves
    • Small, popular beach next to the Sunset Beach Hotel
    • Good for swimming and snorkelling

Turtle Bay · Mahé

  • Turtle Bay, Mahé
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Turtle Bay is a popular, shallow-watered beach in the south of Mahé, on the east coast of the island. Thanks to the offshore coral reef, the water here is protected, making it extremely flat and calm, perfect for swimming and snorkelling. This beach shares its bay with Anse aux Pins.

    Facts:

    • 725m x 20m - often empty
    • Very shallow, calm water
    • Popular family-friendly beach
    • Great for swimming and snorkelling

Tusculum Beach · Mahé

  • Tusculum Beach, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • WC
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly
  • Tusculum Beach is a small, beautiful beach in the north-west of Mahé, about 1.5km north of Beau Vallon. With nearby shops and accommodation, easy-access thanks to proximity to the main road, and beautiful scenery, there is much to like about this small beach, making a trip well worthwhile.

    Facts:

    • 70m x 15m - often empty
    • Shallow water - small waves
    • Small, beautiful beach in the north of Mahé
    • Good for sunbathing

Glacis Beach · Mahé

  • Glacis Beach, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Photo-friendly
  • Glacis Beach is more two beaches than one, with the two distinct sections separated from each other by rocky formations. The water here is deeper than elsewhere, but still safe for swimming and snorkelling. There is also an excellent view of Beau Vallon and Silhouette Island from the beach.

    Facts:

    • 320m x 15m - divided into two halves
    • Deep water at high tide
    • Beautiful bay with multiple sections
    • Good for swimming and snorkelling

Anse l'Amour · Mahé

  • Anse l'Amour, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse l’Amour is a secluded bay on the west coast of Mahé, about 300m from the popular region of Port Launay. This small cove offers beautiful views of the beach at Port Launay, as well as the offshore island of Conception. Besides that, the rocky formations and palm trees of Anse l’Amour make it worth a visit for anyone in the area.

    Facts:

    • 100m x 20m - often empty
    • The beach can disappear at high tide
    • Calm, secluded cove in the west of Mahé
    • Offers beautiful views

Anse Marie-Laure · Mahé

  • Anse Marie-Laure, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
  • Anse Marie Laure is a small beach in the north-west of Mahé. Due to its close proximity to the island’s most popular beach, Beau Vallon, Anse Marie Laure is virtually always deserted, lending it a peaceful, quiet atmosphere that stands out compared with the other beaches in the area.

    Facts:

    • 300m x 25m - often empty
    • Normal tide - waves are larger than average
    • Small beach near Beau Vallon
    • Some facilities nearby

Baie Ternay · Mahé

  • Baie Ternay, Mahé
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Photo-friendly
  • Baie Ternay beach is located in the Baie Ternay Marine National Park. This area is well-known for its beautiful underwater scenery, so the beach is particularly popular amongst snorkellers. With relatively easy-access thanks to its close proximity to Port Launay, Baie Ternay is well-worth a visit if you’re in the area.

    Facts:

    • 400m x 30m - often empty
    • Shallow water
    • Nature-friendly beach
    • Good for swimming and snorkelling

Anse Barbarons · Mahé

  • Anse Barbarons, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Photo-friendly
  • Anse Barbarons is a beautiful bay on the west coast of Mahé, located in front of the AVANI resort. Great for families at low tide and for swimming at high tide, the beach offers something for everyone, making it well worth a visit for patrons of the hotel, and certainly worth consideration for anyone staying in the west of Mahé.

    Facts:

    • 900m x 15m - mostly visitors from the hotel
    • Water depth depends on tide
    • Beautiful beach next to the AVANI resort
    • Good for swimming and snorkelling