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*From October 2017

Beach "Anse Boileau" · Mahé

  • Anse Boileau, Mahé
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • WC
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly

Highlights:

Here, visitors have the chance to see some of the Seychelles fishermen go about their daily business, tying up their boats in the shallow waters of the bay.

Facts:

  • 2000m x 15m - not many visitors
  • Shallow water - seaweed present June to September
  • Beach disappears at high tide - small waves
  • Fisherman’s bay near a small town
  • Lots of nearby facilities

Map:

At a Glance:

  • Fisherman’s bay on Mahé. The water here is really too shallow to swim, and the local fishermen sometimes leave their boats harboured in the bay.
  • Safe for families thanks to the shallow water and calm waves.
  • Police station, school, shops, supermarkets, and hiking trails can all be found nearby.
  • Great for sunset views.
  • Natural shade provides protection from the sun.

Description:

Anse Boileau is a long, curved bay on the west coast of Mahé, just along the coast from Anse à la Mouche. This is also one of the Seychelles’ administrative regions, so the area is home to a number of facilities including a police station, supermarkets, and shops. The water here is often too shallow to swim properly, but local fishermen use this to advantage, tying up their boats in Anse Boileau. This means that visitors to the bay can catch a glimpse into the everyday life of Seychellois fishermen.

Getting to the beach is simple thanks to the nearby bus stop, on the main road bordering the beach. Getting here by car is also simple, and there are several parking spaces next to the beach, so holidaymakers who decide to rent a car can certainly get to Anse Boileau with ease. The surrounding area is home to a number of different buildings, including a fire station and a police station, and there are also some guesthouses nearby, so some will simply arrive at Anse Boileau on foot.

The beach itself is suitable for swimming and snorkelling thanks to the small waves and the shallow water. While some parts of the beach are a bit muddy, in general the seabed is sandy and the beach itself clean. There can be some seaweed from June to September, and the beach itself may disappear at high tide, but in general there is much to like about the bay. Sometimes, you may also see windsurfers enjoying the calm ocean surface, and the beach is also great for sunset views, especially for photographs.

All in all, Anse Boileau has a few tricks up its sleeve that make it worth a visit, including nearby facilities and accommodation, calm, shallow water, and easy-access via car or bus. The beach is also the start of the cross-island Chemin Montagne path, which is great for anyone who wants to walk across the island.

Nearby restaurants:

    • Chez Plume Restaurant
    • creole, international 
    • 4.0 of 5 187 Reviews  
    • 0.8 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 35 50 50
      E-mail:
      plume@seychelles.net
      Website:
      www.aubergeanseboileau.com
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sat: 7.15pm - 11pm
      (closed on Sundays & June)
      Address:
      Anse Boileau
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      In the beautiful garden of the Auberge Anse Boileau lies the Chez Plume restaurant, which serves up delicious dishes, prepared by the Mauritian head-chef. The restaurant was set up in 1986, and is well-worth a visit thanks to specialties such as the Smoked Swordfish, or Fish Filet in Passion Fruit Sauce. The restaurant could also easily claim to be the best on the island!

    • Veranda Café & Restaurant
    • international 
    • 4.5 of 5 131 Reviews  
    • 3.7 km
    • Phone:
      +248 2 59 49 87
      Website:
      www.facebook.com/VerandaCafeSeychelles#_=_
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sat:11am - 6pm
      (Wednesdays closed)
      Address:
      Barbarons Grand Anse, Barbarons
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      Good coffee, tea, cakes, and desserts can be found in the Café in Barbados, located near to Grand Anse. The chef and owner, Jenny, serves up evening meals consisting of fish dishes, curries, and much more besides. This is definitely an insiders' tip on Mahé! Reservations are strongly recommended.

    • Anse Soleil Café
    • creole 
    • 2.5 of 5 374 Reviews  
    • 4.2 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 36 10 85
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 10am - 8pm
      Address:
      Anse Soleil
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      The Anse Soleil Café is located on one of the most beautiful beaches on Mahé, and draws its guests in thanks to its incredible Creole cuisine, the aroma of which is carried by the sea breeze all around the restaurant. Guests can also enjoy the breathtaking view from the restaurant as they eat.

    • Le Jardin du Roi
    • creole, international 
    • 4.0 of 5 462 Reviews  
    • 4.4 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 37 13 13
      E-mail:
      brymich@seychelles.net
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 10am - 5.30pm
      Address:
      Domaine de L'enfoncement, Anse Royale, Victoria
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      Surrounded by a spice garden which started up in the eighteenth century to provide herbs and spices for the French colony, is the beautiul Jardin du Roi restaurant. Fans of nature will feel right at home here, and can enjoy a wander through the botanical garden, followed by a delicious meal, prepared using the very spices they find in the garden! The menu is à la carte.

    • Café Lazare Restaurant
    • creole, international, asian 
    •  
    • 4.6 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 38 66 66
      E-mail:
      cafelazare.seychelles@kempinski.com
      Website:
      www.kempinski.com/en/baie-lazare/seychelles-resort/dining/restaurants/cafe-lazare/
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 7am - 10.30am,
      7pm - 10.30 pm
      Address:
      Kempinski Seychelles Resort, Baie Lazare, Victoria
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      The Open Air Restaurant is located in the Kempinski Seychelles resort, and is the ideal place to enjoy exquisite cuisine in beautiful surroundings. Whether you partake in a delicious breakfast, varied buffet, or simply a coffee, you'll find that this restaurant has something to offer everyone.

    • Restaurant L'Indochine
    • creole, asian 
    • 4.5 of 5 75 Reviews  
    • 4.6 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 38 66 52
      E-mail:
      lindochine.seychelles@kempinski.com
      Website:
      www.kempinski.com/en/baie-lazare/seychelles-resort/dining
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 7pm - 10.30pm
      Address:
      Kempinski Seychelles Resort, Baie Lazare, Victoria
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      This restaurant is located in the Kempinski Resort in the south-west of Mahé, and specialises in seafood. Anyone looking for first-class cuisine should try this restaurant out. Reservation recommended.

Nearby accommodation:

Guesthouse · Mahé · Distance: 0.2 km · Map

4 of 5 65 Reviews

Resort · Mahé · Distance: 1 km · Map

4.5 of 5 270 Reviews