The beautiful beaches of the Seychelles …
If your idea of paradise is a really pretty beach, then you’re in good company.
It’s a widely held belief that Praslin in the Seychelles was the original ‘Garden of Eden’. Given that the Seychelles is composed of 115 tiny islands, there is probably more shoreline in this country than most. And a lot of it is just perfect natural beauty. So which are the best beaches in the Seychelles? This is a hotly disputed topic.
The beaches and Islands:
One of many notable beaches is Anse Intendance on the largest island of Mahé. It’s wide with fine powder sand and the characteristic drooping palms that seem to stretch longingly toward the glass-clear turquoise waters. The large swells and strong currents suits surfing more than swimming. For safe swimming and snorkeling with no strong current, try lively and popular Fairyland beach in the south-west of Mahé, close to Anse Royale. La Pleine beach in the Port Launay marine park is also pretty with calm waters.
The three largest islands in the Seychelles are all granitic. The characteristic feature of all those unbelievably gorgeous beach shots from the Seychelles in glossy coffee table books are the sculpted granite boulders. They do occur on several of the nicest beaches. But the ones most often featured are the fabulously photogenic weathered granite of Anse Source D’Argent on La Digue. This is quite conceivably the most beautiful beach in the world, certainly one of the most photographed. The pale pink sand contrasts nicely against the quirky boulders with the lush greenery as a foil behind.
These great worn granite domes also feature on one of Praslin’s best beaches, Anse Lazio on the north-west coast. This is a perfect ark of soft pale gold sand, shaded by palm and takamaka trees and good for swimming and snorkelling. Nearby is one of the choicest little beaches for honeymooners, the isolated little cove of Anse Georgette, accessible only to guests of the Lemuria Resort.
Another good bet for a dip on Praslin is Anse Volbert. The beach shelves gently and there are no strong currents so it is safe to swim and snorkel.
Contact us if you are interested in a white sand and turquoise blue ocean holiday in the Seychelles.