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Beach "Police Bay" · Mahé

  • Police Bay, Mahé
    • Fishing
    • Scuba diving
    • Surfing
    • Shade
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly

Highlights:

The beautiful, unique scenery of this bay merits a visit by itself, with rocks, coral formations, sand, and lush vegetation mixing together in close proximity to each other.

Facts:

  • 670m x 25m - often empty
  • Deep water - seaweed present June to September
  • High tide at full moon - tall waves, good for surfing
  • Wild beach in the south of Mahé
  • Good for surfing and scuba diving

Map:

At a Glance:

  • Wild, open bay on the south coast of Mahé.
  • Deep water and tall waves make this beach unsuitable for swimmers and families.
  • Well-suited to surfers and scuba divers, as well as photographers.
  • Natural shade provides protection from the sun.
  • Beautiful natural scenery.

Description:

Police Bay is the larger sister beach to Petite Police, located on the southernmost coast of Mahé, the Seychelles’ largest island. Despite the offshore coral reef, the water here is deep and choppy, making it unsuitable for swimming. The wild, natural scenery here can be rather imposing, contrasting the calm, gentle atmosphere elsewhere in the Seychelles, but providing a welcome change to the ‘traditional’ Seychelles experience.

Getting to Police Bay is simple enough, with parking available at Petite Police, about a five-minute walk away. Alternatively, there is a bus stop at Anse Bazzarca, located along the coast from Police Bay, although the bus service here is infrequent.

As previously suggested, Police Bay is unsuitable for swimming due to the deep, choppy water. That said, it is precisely these conditions that make Police Bay a good spot for surfing, with the waves helping rather than hindering holidaymakers who wish to try this out during their holiday. The area is also suitable for scuba diving thanks to the underwater scenery offshore from the beach. Besides that, it can be hard to see the appeal of the beach, but the incredible scenery of rocks, waves, and the old coral formations that line sections of the beach make for a unique experience.

Like its smaller sister, Police Bay is a different prospect to the majority of Seychelles beaches, but that works in its favour, making it well worth a visit. Fans of surfing will especially enjoy this bay, and photographers will also find plenty of excellent shots to take home with them.

Nearby restaurants:

    • Au Jardin d'Epices
    • creole, international 
    • 4.0 of 5 493 Reviews  
    • 2.5 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 
    •  
    • 2.5 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 
    • 4.5 of 5 98 Reviews  
    • 3.9 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 5 540 Reviews  
    • 3.9 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 
    •  
    • 5.8 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 
    •  
    • 6.7 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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