Mahé (SEZ)


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Beach "Anse Baleine" · Mahé

  • Anse Baleine, Mahé
    • Fishing
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Parking
    • Bus stop
    • Photo-friendly


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.

Nearby restaurants:

    • Surfers Beach Restaurant
    • creole, international 
    • 4.0 of 5 799 Reviews  
    • 0.2 km
    • Phone:
      +248 2 78 37 03
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 11.30pm - 10pm
      Anse Parnel, Takamaka
      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.

    • Le Reduit Restaurant
    • creole 
    • 4.5 of 5 158 Reviews  
    • 2.9 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 36 61 16
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sat: 11am - 10pm
      (sundays and public holidays closed)
      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!

    • Le Relax Hotel & Restaurant
    • creole, international, indian 
    • 3.5 of 5 136 Reviews  
    • 3.2 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 38 29 00
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sat: 7:30am until late
      Anse Royale
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      A mixture of Indian food, Creole cuisine, and other international dishes awaits you here, along with quality, friendly service. The Le Relax Hotel and Restaurant has many reasons to visit, making it a must-visit for an unforgettable Seychelles holiday.

    • Chez Batista Restaurant
    • creole 
    • 3.5 of 5 437 Reviews  
    • 3.4 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 36 63 00
      Opening hours:
      Tue-Sun: 12pm - 4pm
      Bar: 9am - 9pm
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      The story goes that in 1984, Jean-Baptiste Horter had a dream to open a beach restaurant, something he achieved when he set up the Chez Batista. Over the years, this restaurant has become one of the best-known in the Seychelles, and offers a great selection of fish and other seafood creations. All in all, it's an absolute must-do for anyone staying on Mahé!

    • Le Jardin du Roi
    • creole, international 
    • 4.0 of 5 622 Reviews  
    • 3.5 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 37 13 13
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 10am - 5.30pm
      Domaine de L'enfoncement, Anse Royale, Victoria
      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.

    • Saffron
    • creole, international, asian 
    • 3.7 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 38 35 00
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 7pm - 10pm
      Banyan Tree Seychelles, Intendance
      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.

Nearby accommodation:

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4.5 of 5 7 Reviews

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4 of 5 915 Reviews

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5 of 5 67 Reviews

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