The Seychelles are a group of 115 islands, in the Indian Ocean that lie off the coast of East Africa, in the northeast of Madagascar. It might seem that you’re dreaming, but the Seychelles actually look that stunning. The sand is really white and fine, and the sea is a wonderful cerulean blue backed by lush hills. They are a moderately unknown holiday hideaway, and are not commercial and overdeveloped, even though tourism is the main industry. One of the charms of the Seychelles is that they are the perfect place for a Honeymoon and every island in the Seychelles is ringed with beaches. Given below are the best and the most beautiful beaches of the Seychelles.
- Anse Source d’Argent, La Digue
A picturesque beach with alluring powdery-sand, huge waves with splendidly warm waters and surrounded by large granite rocks, white clouds fluttering in a deep-blue sky, large coral gardens packed with rainbow-coloured fish and palm trees inclined over the shore, the Anse Source d’Argent in La Digue has it all, to call it a nature’s paradise. The best time to come here is in the late afternoon when day- trippers have left and you can have the beach all to yourself. It is amazing for sunbathing and sloshing around, but not really for swimming. The sea looks inviting but there is an awfully strong undertow, so do not be coaxed into the idea of swimming as the sea is unfortunately not for swimming, and there are warning signs on the seashore warning of the dangers of swimming here. Also, at low tide the waters are too shallow to go for a swim.
- Beau Vallon, Mahé
This is Mahé’s most popular resort beach, located on the island of Mahé on the northern side with both visitors and locals alike. This far-reaching and long bay of gleaming white sand and clear waters on the north-western coast of Mahé offer leisure and luxury along with splendid views of North Island and Silhouette complete with takamaka trees and coconut palms on the northwest coast, making it a nature’s paradise and a very clean and safe swimming area. The sunsets behind Silhouette Island are mesmerising. With hotels stretched out along its sand, together with a variety of water sport and diving centres, this is the beach for those wishing to do something a little more energetic than soaking up the sun. Beau Vallon is also very safe for children, as there are no strong currents, no rocks or corals underfoot and there is an area specifically marked out for swimmers and a lifeguard service is supplied. During the south-eastern trade winds, the sea is extremely calm and the beach is at its absolute best, looking like a nature’s paradise. Despite its popularity, it is still surprisingly crowd- free. Another speciality of the Beau Vallon beach is that it is not just about sun and sand either; there is plenty of things for everyone and lots of activities like parasailing, snorkelling, diving, sailing, etc making sure that you are occupied here.
- Petite Anse, La Digue
Contrary to its name, this large and breathtakingly beautiful beach of Petite Anse is located in the North of Grand Anse, and is accessible on foot only. ! This is the sister beach to Grand Anse and can be reached by walking across the rocks from Grand Anse, following the footpath. Strong riptides make it dangerous enough for swimming but you can sunbathe here as it is rather secluded or sit here under a coconut palm, picnicking.
- Intendance Beach, Mahé
Ranked as one of the most unspoilt beaches of Mahé, the renowned Anse Intendance beach in south western Mahé is a very wide beach which offers half a mile of heavenly powder white sand and huge breakers. There is no reef so the waves are much larger than most of the other beaches around the island, and multi-directional currents can make swimming a little challenging at times making this beach more suitable for surfing rather than swimming at most times. During the south-east trade winds the waves can reach fearsome heights, but in the north-west trade wind season the sea is calmer. You can either enjoy a picnic under the shade of coconut palms or enjoy sunbathing here. The northern part of this beautiful beach is occupied by the plush and sophisticated Banyan Tree Hotel, but the southern section is marvellous and quiet, a perfect combination of leisure and luxury.
- Anse Georgette, Praslin
Rated as one of the top ten most beautiful beaches in the world, and therefore regarded as one of the most striking beaches in Seychelles, the Anse Georgette is located at the western tip on the island of Praslin. This is a favorite of Honeymooners because of the intimacy of the private beach as it is very well hidden and quite hard to access on foot and is only accessible by boat. Given its beauty, the beach should be bursting with visitors but its inaccessibility ensures otherwise, adding oodles to the charm of the beach. It is great for swimming as well as snorkelling as there is nothing here but palm trees, shells and a few people on their honeymoon from the nearby resort, the Lemuria Resort that engulfs it.
- Anse Cimitiere, Silhouette Island
Anse Cimitiere is a beautiful beach that is very private and relatively hidden beach with soft sand which is only accessible through the gates of the Coco De Mer Hotel and is a wonderful spot to watch the sunset, a perfect place where you can enjoy both, leisure and luxury. The hotel also has a pier expanding out into the sea from which you can watch the fish in the clear waters below. Swimming might be dangerous in the monsoon from May to October as the ocean is untamed and huge waves make it rather difficult to swim. The beach is only sparingly shaded by various palm trees but you must visit it if you are looking for a pleasant transformation there is the inland forest that can be explored by horses from the Riding Centre Utegangar.
- Anse Lazio, Praslin
Often listed among the world’s top ten beaches and the most famous beach on Praslin, the Anse Lazio is completely worth the long drive from Côte d’Or, and is. This beautiful beach seems like a dream framed by granite rocks is shaded by coconut palms and takamaka trees with its lush vegetation giving it a raw and untamed feel. The beach also has spongy white sands leading tenderly down to serene clear waters with a placid atmosphere. It is a perfect place for families as it has shallow, composed waters most of the year, making it the perfect place for swimming and snorkelling.
- Anse Cocos, La Digue
This beautiful beach on the eastern coast of La Digue is only accessible by foot either by taking a 30 minute walk on from Grande Anse, or in the other direction from Anse Fourmis. Anse Cococs is, in true sense a nature’s paradise, with its gleaming white sands, its cerulean blue waters and if that is not enough, its privacy. It is far more secluded, as only a few people make the trek all the way from Grand Anse. Because of its more secluded aspect, this beach, in contrast to its nearby bays of Grand and Petit Anse, it is safe for swimmers. However, there are still some strong currents, so one has to take care while swimming in the sea.
- Grand Anse, La Digue
A picturesque and a breathtakingly beautiful beach with huge waves and surrounded by large granite rocks, the Grande Anse in the north-west of La Digue, has granite boulder formations typical to the Seychelles. Although the sea may look inviting, don’t let the appearance deceive you as this is not a beach for swimming as there is an extremely strong undertow, making it a dangerous prospect for swimmers. So do not be tempted. The sea is unfortunately not for swimming, and there are signs on the seashore warning of the dangers of swimming here.
- Bird Island
Situated in the Indian Ocean in the northernmost archipelago of the Seychelles, the Bird Island is not only one of the world’s top ten eco- holiday destinations, but also a successful wildlife reserve. It has over five kilometers of the white sandy beaches. It is, in short, a nature’s paradise where visitors can appreciate the preservation of wildlife in the most relaxing and serene setting and break away from the hassle and commotion of everyday life. The Bird Island is encircled by a beach with indigo blue waters surrounding the island, which is circumscribed by a strong reef system on the eastern side, making for breathtaking and thrilling snorkelling opportunities. You can find dolphins from October to December and March to May, and the occasional sharks year-round. Best of all, the beach has become a retreat for egg-laying turtles. Wildlife- watchers can observe hawksbill turtles crawling ashore and laying eggs between October and February. Guests can join an eco tour with the resident conservationist who enthusiastically tells them about the breeding habits of turtles.
So what are you waiting for? go ahead! pack your bags and travel to the amazing islands of Seychelles! Happy Holidays!