9 best beaches in Seychelles
I only prefer the beaches on Mahe, Seychelles, since I was on a tight budget and could only choose one island to visit. But the neighboring islands of La Digue and Praslin also have some of the most beautiful and unique beaches that you should definitely add to your list when traveling to Seychelles!
I’ve compiled a list of the 9 best beaches in this paradise destination.
Let’s get right into this guide to Seychelles beaches starting with the beautiful Carana Beach. Finding the entrance to this beach can be quite difficult, as it is not visible from the road. Note the small passageway between the trees. When you find the big sign warning of strong waves, you just need to follow the trail and jump over boulders to get to Karana Beach.
Part of the beach belongs to the Carana Beach hotel, but you can still use the beach for free.
Anse Nord D’est Beach
My number one favorite beach in the Seychelles is Anse Nord D’est! Not only is the sand very soft and white, but the massive boulders on the left side of the beach look amazing.
When I was there in September, the waves were very strong, which added to the beauty of the beach, and you could meet some surfers trying to catch them. There are also parking spaces here.
Beau Vallon beach is one of the biggest and most popular beaches in Seychelles. It is the most tourist beach with many inexpensive hotels and hostels, supermarkets and several restaurants.
In Beau Vallon you can also do various outdoor activities such as parasailing, kitesurfing and snorkeling. At night you can try delicious street food on the beach.
Keep in mind that at certain times of the year, algae may appear on the beach. The algae getting on my feet freaked me out a few times, but it wasn’t a big deal.
Part of the fun of visiting this beach is hiking the Anse Major Trail, which offers spectacular views of the Indian Ocean on one side and the mountains on the other.
From the Beau Vallon police station, take the Bel Ombre bus to the end of the road at the last bus stop.
The beginning of the trail is about a kilometer away and goes mostly uphill, but it’s worth the extra effort! Once you get to the main trail, the hike is pretty easy and accessible for everyone.
If you’re not going to hike, you can book a cab boat to Anse Major, but keep in mind that such a service may not be cheap.
Port Launay, where the Constance Ephelia Resort is located, is a small cove located in the northwest of the Seychelles. The calm and shallow water makes it suitable for families with children.
The white sandy beach has enough shady spots to relax and is great if you want to go snorkeling.
Hungry? Go for lunch at the Island Café near Port Glaude for delicious Creole dishes for only 60 SCR ($4.40).
Sunset Beach (SUNSET BEACH).
Sunset Beach is a small cove that, you guessed it, is perfect for watching the sunset. You can get to the beach from the Sunset Beach Hotel or take the small dirt path further down the road. Just tell the security guard you’re going to the beach and he’ll let you in for free.
When I was there in early September, it was almost impossible to swim because of the strong current, so you could just relax in the shade and enjoy the gorgeous sunset and the sound of the ocean waves.
There is no place to park, so if you are coming from Beau Vallon, take the Glacis bus and ask to be dropped off at the nearest bus station.
Anse Intendance is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the Seychelles. The beach is not visible from the road, but can be reached by a small dirt path.
Between May and September, it can be dangerous to swim here because of the very strong waves. Despite this, the white sandy beach and large rock formations are the perfect place to take selfies :).
Anse la Mouche
This beach is not the best place to swim because of its shallowness, Anse la Mouche has several places where you can relax and enjoy the view and the peaceful atmosphere.
If you are already staying in the area or are going further along the south coast, you can stop here to admire the sunset and take some photos.
Anse Royale Beach
Anse Royale is located in the southeast of the Seychelles. Coral reefs protect the bay from strong waves, ensuring safe swimming. You can even swim to several small islands, which are only a few meters from the shore.
Anse Royale is located in a vibrant area with ample amenities such as a gas station, ATMs, hotels, restaurants and parking spaces. Along with Beau Vallon beach, Anse Royale is another beach where you can stay during your stay on the island of Mahe.