G’day mates! English Marie here. Are you ready for some surf, sun and sand? Have you been dreaming of lazy days on white beaches and turquoise waters? Well, the Seychelles has all that and more. Made up of 115 islands surrounded by the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles boasts yearlong tropical climates and scenery only found in paradise. Not only will you lose your self in the wonders of your surroundings, but there are plenty of fun things to do on the islands as well. Despite year round lovely weather, there are certain times of year that may best suit the activities you enjoy most. Below is a list of awesome activities and the best corresponding time of year to go, check it out!
- Bird watching– April (breading season), May-September (nesting of Sooty Terns) and October (migration)
- Diving– March-May/September- November
- Fishing– October-April
- Hiking– May- September
- Sailing– Year-round
- Snorkeling– Year-round
- Surfing– May – September
All of the islands in the archipelago are gorgeous and praise worthy, and out of 115 it’s kind of difficult to choose where to go and what beaches to visit. There are three main islands in the Seychelles: La Digue, Praslin, and Mahe. We’ve compiled a list of some of the Seychelles best beaches and their corresponding islands.
Anse Source D’argent– Located on La Digue, it is one of the best beaches in the Seychelles and also one of the most popular. You’ll find that the coastline is a series of small crescent pink sand beaches, separated by gigantic granite boulders famous for their unique weathered curves. This beach is also surrounded by a reef and is ideal for snorkeling and sun bathing.
Anse Lazio-Located on the north-west corner of Praslin- the second largest island in the Seychelles- and also the most popular with tourists. Here you’ll find soft white beaches and crystal clear turquoise waters. Lose yourself amongst the lush Takamaka & palm trees, and the warm waves of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy the Seychelles sunset from this gorgeously situated vantage point.
Anse Major– Located on Mahe, this beach is a hidden treasure. The only way to get here is by walking on the Anse Major trail or by hiring a fisherman to give you a boat ride. If you want to be surrounded by beauty while being secluded from the rest of the world, you’ll be in paradise here. Overwhelmed by a lush jungle covering the slopes of the island, lose yourself amongst the tranquility and beauty of Anse Major.
Anse Aux Pins and Turtle Bay– Along the southeastern coast of Mahe, including Turtle Bay, you’ll find a long stretch of coastline with narrow beaches and shallow waters. Not far from the coastal road, with easy access, Anse Aux Pins is a wonderful place to explore at low tide. Find tide pools full of sea life and wade out to the reef. Keep in mind at high tide, swimming is a possibility but the water is still rather shallow.
Anse Bonnet Carre– Further along La Digue’s coastline, you’ll find Anse Bonnet Carre, only accessible by foot and often deserted- you’ll find that your trek will be worth it. With the same white sands as Anse Source d’Argent, and shallow warm waters, Anse Bonnet Caree is perfect for relaxing and wallowing in the water.
Anse Intendance– Are you up for a bit of surf? This famous beach is located in southern Mahe, and offers a half-mile of gorgeous white sand and humungous breakers. With no reef to break upon, the waves are much larger than most of the other beaches around Mahe, making it perfect for surfing (but not so much for swimming). When the southeast trade wind season arrives, the waves can reach terrifying heights, a drastic difference to the calmer sea that the northwest trade wind season provides. This beach is also a fantastic for catching some rays and relaxing in the sand.
Beau Vallon– This is Mahe’s most popular resort beach, both visitors and locals agree. Located on the northwestern coast of Mahe, this gorgeous beach offers an extremely safe swimming area. Surrounded by hotels, water sports and diving centers, this beach is perfect for those who want to spend their days doing something a little more than just sunbathing. This beach is great for families with children, as there are no strong currents, rocks or corals underfoot and there is always a lifeguard on duty.
Keep in mind this list is just some of our favorites, there are many, many more amazing islands to visit. Remember, you can always take a day trip from your resort to another island and enjoy your own private bit of paradise. For more information on the Seychelles and Seychelles vacations, give us a call at 312.951.8517, and we’ll help you plan the trip of a lifetime!