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Beach "Petite Police" · Mahé

  • Petite Police, Mahé
    • Fishing
    • Snorkeling
    • Shade
    • Parking
    • Photo-friendly

Highlights:

The stunning old coral formations that line the beach are really unique to this area of the island, and provide a great contrast to many of the Seychelles’ other more ‘traditional’ beaches.

Facts:

  • 375m x 15m - often empty
  • Deep water, unsafe for swimming - seaweed June to September
  • Beach can disappear at high tide
  • Wild beach on the southern tip of Mahé
  • Excellent scenery - sometimes suitable for snorkelling

Map:

At a Glance:

  • The smaller sister beach to the nearby Police Bay, and located on the southernmost tip of Mahé, the Seychelles’ largest island.
  • Bus stop and parking are both available within walking distance.
  • Shade provides protection from the sun.
  • Generally unsafe for swimming due to the depth of the water.
  • Great for snorkelling when the water is calm (a rare occurrence).

Description:

Petite Police is located on the southernmost-tip of the Seychelles’ largest island, Mahé, just along the coast from its larger sister Police Bay. The beach here is lined with old coral formations that somewhat cover the sand, creating a unique spectacle, but rendering the beach itself unsuitable for children, as the coral can be sharp. This fact, plus the deep water that laps the shores of the beach, means that Petite Police is often empty.

Getting to Petite Police is simple, as there is parking available at the beach. In terms of public transport, the nearest bus stop is at Anse Bazzarca, which is located just along the coast from Petite Police, so this is also an option. Finally, there are a few hotels located within walking distance, although very few visitors come on foot to this beach.

The beach itself is fairly unsuitable for any activities, and venturing into the water is generally too dangerous to even consider. That said, the beach is occasionally calm, and during these moments, the underwater scenery is well worth exploring with a snorkelling mask. Most of the time, however, this is simply a beach for scenery, with the mixture of the old coral and the small pools that appear on the beach providing a uniquely appealing sight. This is also a great beach for photography for the same reason, with Petite Police providing a stark contrast to some of the Seychelles’ other beaches.

It can be hard to see the appeal of Petite Police until you get there, as on paper the beach has little to offer anyone. However, the unique scenery here provides a great contrast to the pristine golden beaches elsewhere in the Seychelles, making it a nice change for those spending a long vacation in the country.

Nearby restaurants:

    • Au Jardin d'Epices
    • creole, international 
    • 4.0 of 5 474 Reviews  
    • 2.0 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 38 35 00
      E-mail:
      reservations@banyantree.com
      Website:
      www.banyantree.com/en/em-seychelles/au-jardin-depices?_ga=1.43884261.13343770.1445509399
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 7.30am - 10.30am
      12.00pm - 3.00pm
      7.00pm - 10.00pm
      Address:
      Banyan Tree Seychelles
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      The wonderful restaurant of the Banyan Tree resort is located in the stunning bay of Anse Intendance on Mahé, and serves its guests a mixture of traditional Creole cuisine and Mediterranean or African dishes. From the terrace, guests can enjoy a stunning view of the turquoise ocean.

    • Saffron
    • creole, international, asian 
    •  
    • 2.0 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 38 35 00
      E-mail:
      reservations@banyantree.com
      Website:
      www.banyantree.com/en/em-seychelles/saffron
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 7pm - 10pm
      Address:
      Banyan Tree Seychelles, Intendance
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      This thai restaurant is a feast for the senses; exotic cuisine, a top-class atmosphere thanks to the layout of the restaurant, and incredible smells thanks to the Asian herbs and spices. The dress-code is smart casual, so shorts or shirts without collars should be avoided.

    • Le Reduit Restaurant
    • creole 
    • 4.0 of 5 90 Reviews  
    • 3.5 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 36 61 16
      E-mail:
      lereduit@seychelles.net
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sat: 11am - 10pm
      (sundays and public holidays closed)
      Address:
      Victoria
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      Le Reduit is a real insiders' tip and is largely frequented by locals. This small, family-run restaurant is surrounded by lush greenery, and offers delicious Creole cuisine to its guests, including flying fox and fresh crab, served in coconut milk; really a must-try for any Seychelles holidaymaker!

    • Surfers Beach Restaurant
    • creole, international 
    • 4.0 of 5 508 Reviews  
    • 4.0 km
    • Phone:
      +248 2 78 37 03
      E-mail:
      surfersbeach@seychelles.net
      Website:
      www.facebook.com/surfersbeachrestaurant
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 11.30pm - 10pm
      Address:
      Anse Parnel, Takamaka
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      This is a good place to meet locals, who often come here to meet up with friends and family in the middle of the day or in the evening, often to enjoy a meal or an evening drink together. The atmosphere is relaxing and friendly, and the food is traditional and fresh. This is really a good place to see the authentic Seychellois lifestyle first-hand.

    • Cap Lazare
    • creole 
    •  
    • 5.4 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 29 70 00
      E-mail:
      info@creoletravelservices.com
      Website:
      www.creoletravelservices.com
      Opening hours:
      Mo-Fri: 3pm - 22pm
      Address:
      Victoria
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      A visit to the Cap Lazare is, for many Seychelles holidaymakers, a real must-do. Through a combination of traditional elements such as bamboo, palm leaves, and granite formations, the luxurious interior of this restaurant makes it a real experience for anyone.

    • Lazare Picault Restaurant
    • creole, international 
    •  
    • 6.3 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 36 11 11
      E-mail:
      lazarpco@seychelles.net
      Website:
      www.lazarepicaulthotel.com
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sat: 6.30pm - 9pm
      (Sundays closed)
      Address:
      Baie Lazare
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      Try a bit of the exotic thanks to the Creole cuisine on offer here. Fish curries, chutneys, and lovingly-prepared seafood dishes are amongst the best dishes you can try here.

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