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*From October 2017

Beach "Anse Matelot" · Praslin

  • Anse Matelot, Praslin
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Photo-friendly

Highlights:

The secluded atmosphere of this beach is unique, largely due to the difficulty of access. The beautiful granite boulders are another highlight.

Facts:

  • 200m x 5m - empty at all times
  • Fairly deep water - seaweed present all year-round
  • Tide changes quickly - small waves
  • Unique, isolated beach that can only be reached by boat
  • Good for swimming and snorkelling

Map:

At a Glance:

  • A strange beach, in that it can only really be accessed by boat.
  • It is possible to reach it by land, but this route is dangerous and should only be attempted by experienced rock climbers.
  • Water can be deep, but there is no sharp drop off so it is safe for swimming.
  • Beautiful rock formations line the beach, however the sand is almost always covered in seaweed due to the currents.
  • Shade provides protection from the sun.

Description:

Anse Matelot is a strange, unique beach on Praslin. It is extremely isolated due to the general difficulty of access to the beach, so visitors to the beach are few and far between. This means that anyone who does reach Anse Matelot will likely find themselves the only people there, great for anyone who wants to get away from it all and relax, swim, or snorkel in peace and quiet.

Getting to the beach is problematic. While it is possible to reach Anse Matelot on land, this way is dangerous, and requires some rock climbing. We would strongly advise against attempting this route unless you are an experienced rock climber and you are accompanied by a guide. Getting to the beach via the sea is easier, with arrival possible by boat or canoe. Anse Volbert is just 10 minutes away by boat, so it is perfectly possible to take a detour to Anse Matelot if you wish.

At the beach there is, as you can imagine, very little. The water here is fairly deep, but is still safe for swimming as there is no sharp drop-off. The sand itself is lined with beautiful rock formations, but there is also a constant presence of seaweed on the beach due to the currents that pass by the bay. In addition, the tide can change quite quickly, so visitors should be careful to stay vigilant.

While it may seem more trouble than it’s worth, Anse Matelot does have plenty to offer, especially the prospect of being the only visitors to this quiet, secluded beach. The beautiful scenery here can be slightly ruined by the near-constant presence of seaweed, but in fact this adds to the natural, secluded atmosphere of the beach.

Nearby restaurants:

    • Feuille d'Or
    • creole, international 
    •  
    • 0.5 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 28 47 00
      E-mail:
      archipel@seychelles.net
      Website:
      www.larchipel.com
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
      Address:
      Hotel L'Archipel, Anse Gouvernement
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      The l'Archipel Hotel restaurant serves up a choice of Creole dishes and international delicacies, as well as a beautiful view of the Cote d'Or bay. There is also live music on offer twice each week.

    • La Gigolette
    • creole, international 
    • 4.5 of 5 19 Reviews  
    • 0.5 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 28 47 00
      E-mail:
      archipel@seychelles.net
      Website:
      www.larchipel.com
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 7.30pm - 11pm
      Address:
      Hotel L'Archipel, Anse Gouvernement
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      The restaurant of the Hotel l'Archipel is located on the beach of Anse Gouvernement, and offers an incredible à la carte menu consisting of local cuisine and international food. Now and then, the restaurant also offers barbeques, Creole buffets, live music, and much more besides.

    • Acajou Hotel-Restaurant "Les Boucaniers"
    • creole, international 
    •  
    • 1.6 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 38 53 00
      E-mail:
      acajou@seychelles.net
      Website:
      www.acajouseychelles.com
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 7.30am - 10am
      7.30pm - 9.30pm
      Address:
      Côte d'Or
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      The main restaurant of the Acajou Hotel serves up excellent local cuisine as well as international delicacies in this unique atmosphere, surrounded by hibiscus plants and takamaka trees.

    • Les Lauriers Restaurant
    • creole 
    • 4.5 of 5 724 Reviews  
    • 1.8 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 23 22 41
      E-mail:
      laurier@seychelles.net
      Website:
      www.laurier-seychelles.com
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 7pm - 10.30pm
      (Wednesdays closed)
      Address:
      Les Lauriers Hotel, Côte d'Or
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      Les Lauriers is a restaurant that serves up traditional grilled Creole cuisine every evening (except Wednesday), including different fish and meat specialties which are prepared before your eyes. Besides that, there is also a buffet where you can help yourself to different salads and curries, and after the meal enjoy a delicious dessert.

    • Villa Anse La Blague
    • creole, international 
    •  
    • 2.0 km
    • Phone:
      +248 2 55 73 12
      E-mail:
      anselablague@outlook.com
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 11.00am – 9.00pm
      Address:
      Villa Anse La Blague, Anse La Blague
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      The concept of the restaurant is one where no fixed a la carte menu is in place, but rather a daily changing variety of fresh fare in which the products are sourced daily from local producers and is skillfully prepared in order to enable diners to enjoy a combination of flavours and textures. Not your typical traditional creole cuisine, but a lighter interpretation.

    • Pirogue Restaurant & Bar
    • creole, international 
    • 4.0 of 5 1039 Reviews  
    • 2.0 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 23 66 77
      E-mail:
      info@piroguerestaurant.com
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 8.30am - 11pm
      Address:
      Cote D’or
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      The excellent Pirogue Restaurant and Bar is located on the Cote d'Or on Praslin, and its Creole cuisine and international delicacies are fantastic. From time to time, local bands perform live music here, which only adds to the atmosphere. Besides the delicious food, the restaurant's bar serve up delicious cocktails and wines.

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