Beach "Anse Baleine"Mahé
This small beach has a beautiful, calm atmosphere thanks to its shallow water and small waves which brush against the shore.
- 40m x 15m - often empty
- Shallow water - seaweed from June to September
- At high tide the beach can disappear - small, calm waves
- A small beach with shallow water and a calm atmosphere
- Good for swimming and snorkelling
At a Glance:
- Small, oft-deserted beach in the south-east of Mahé.
- Good for families thanks to its shallow water and calm waves.
- Accessible via car or bus, with bus stops nearby on the main road.
- Facilities along the main road at the nearby beaches of Anse Royale and Anse Parnel.
- Good for photographs, but only in the morning. In the afternoon the entire beach is covered with shade.
Despite its name - baleine means “whale” in French - Anse Baleine is a relatively small beach in the south-east of the Seychelles’ largest island, Mahé. With shallow water and plenty of shade, the beach is ideal for couples and children, especially for anyone wanting to splash around in the water or relax on the sand. Despite its calm, inviting atmosphere, the beach is often deserted, meaning you can quite easily be the only visitors here if you time it right. Getting to the beach is simple thanks to the nearby main road. There is parking, albeit limited, next to the main road, so it is possible to come by taxi or rental car. Besides that, there is a bus line that passes by the beach, so it’s just a short walk from the bus stop to Anse Baleine if you decide to come by public transport. Once you get there, you’ll find a beautiful, calm atmosphere, with gentle waves brushing the shore and, likely, no other visitors to share the space with, especially during the week. At the weekend, the beach becomes more popular with the locals, who often bring their children here for a picnic under the sun or in the shade, depending on the time of day. The beach is often covered by shade in the afternoon, so for those who want to lie in the tropical sun, or for any photographers amongst you, it is probably wise to come in the morning. The shallow, calm water lends itself well for swimming and snorkelling, even for children and less-confident swimmers. Sometimes, you may even see people trying to catch a few fish in the water, or playing around the granite rocks that line the beach. For those of you who wish to make a day of it, there are restaurants available at some of the nearby beaches, including Anse Royale and Anse Parnel. This means that you can come in the morning, before enjoying a delicious evening meal in the late-afternoon or early-evening before heading back to your accommodation in the evening. All in all, this oft-deserted beach has plenty of charm to attract visitors, especially those who wish to bathe in the calm, shallow water, or people who prefer shade to sun, as the beach offers plenty of shady spots to relax in. It’s also a great place to see the Seychellois go about their lives, especially at the weekend, when it’s a popular spot for families and children to come for picnics and to play on the sand.