Take a hike through the Morne Seychellois National Park and you will be rewarded with Anse Major. With the only other access to the beach being by boat, you will likely find yourselves alone at this secluded spot. Be sure to take a picnic with you; there’s no refreshments to be found. Here, there’s just a couple of old abandoned buildings and the hike to reach this spot is more than an hour each way. There is, however, some fantastic snorkelling to be done.
This is the most unspoiled beach on Mahé. Anse Intendance is almost a kilometre long so there is plenty of it to explore. A popular spot for surfers, this beach has waves that can be pretty rough so swimming is not always advisable. It is recommended to avoid swimming from June through September. The Banyan Tree Resort, located here, puts out safety flags daily to indicate the current level of danger which helps you determine whether it’s safe enough to swim. The resort also has a bar on the beach where you can buy drinks until sun down. Look out for turtle-nest hatchings between October and February.
Situated in the north west of the island, Anse Lazio is a truly special beach. Although it is a tourist favourite, it never feels overcrowded. If you’re looking for solitude, arrive early in the morning and you may be lucky enough to get the beach to yourself. Swimming is generally very safe at Anse Lazio, but be aware that waves can be strong even on seemingly calm days. For those who prefer to relax on the sand, huge Takamaka trees provide much welcomed shade along the 500m beach.
It’s an easy drive to Anse Lazio, with signposts helpfully guiding the way and a car park ready for your arrival. A bus can also take you most of the way — but will leave you with a steep hill to walk back up on the way home.
When arriving at Anse Lazio, it is impossible to miss the giant net off to the right hand side. This was placed as a result of the two fatal shark attacks in 2011 — the first in 50 years. Initially, bathers favoured to swim within the parameters of the net after it was set up. Now, people tend to swim across the whole of Anse Lazio again. There are two beach restaurants on the beach, Bonbon Plume and Le Chevalier. The food at Bonbon Plume is some of the best Creole food you will find on the island.
Anse Georgette is hidden away in the grounds of Constance Lemuria Hotel. The hotel does allow a limited number of outsiders to access daily but you must call ahead to do so. Alternatively, you can take a hike from Mont Plaisir down to the beach. It’s not particularly well signposted so seek local advice; people will be happy to help you. The unique thing about Anse Georgette is that there is no coral or rocks in the bay so it is a pure sand beach. This gives the water the most stunning colour.
Frequently topping the best beach in the world lists, Anse Source D’Argent is unquestionably a beautiful beach. It is located on the west coast of the island and within the grounds of L’Union Estate. If you want to get your classic Seychelles beach photo, this is the place to do it: Trademark pink rocks, water in shades of blue you never even knew existed and powder fine white sand are all to be found here.
There are a couple of downsides to this beach. Firstly, it’s really not great for swimming. The water is very shallow and the coral and rocks make it less than comfortable to walk over. If it’s swimming you want to do on La Digue, take a trip to Anse Severe. The other negative is that while watching the sunset would be amazing here, the gates to L’Union Estate close at 5pm so unfortunately you can’t stay to watch.
Cycling to Anse Severe doesn’t take long from the main town of La Passe, but prepare for the steep hill. With the majority of the crowds heading over to the west side of the island, this beach is often very quiet. Head over in the early evening to watch the sunset over Praslin Island.