What’s the Seychelles most famous for? This gorgeous Indian Ocean archipelago may boast rare wildlife, mountain rainforests and coral reefs, but there’s a clear winner – its beautiful beaches. Picture pristine white sands, clear turquoise waters and blissfully quiet shorelines. And sometimes, you’re lucky enough to get it all to yourself.
If you’re island hopping in the Seychelles, we’ve put together a list of the must-visit beaches to add to your itinerary.
Go there for: family-friendly fun
Beau Vallon beach on Mahé may not be an unspoilt gem, but it is perfect for a carefree family day out. There are no rocks or scary currents to worry about at this beautiful stretch of sand, and the local lifeguard service will keep an eye on the kids. Plus, you can join in with kayaking, diving and other watersports taking place nearby.
Go there for: blissful seclusion
One of the best ways to get a beach all to yourself is to pick one that’s hard to reach. Anse Cocos on La Digue island fits the bill perfectly, as you can only access it by foot.
This sheltered, pretty bay is a little wild and rustic, and it’s not safe for swimming unless you use one of the protected natural pools. But peaceful, tranquil Anse Cocos is absolutely perfect for getting away from it all. Plus, you can discover more about Seychellois culture, heading along hidden trails to see the ruins of abandoned old buildings.
Anse Source d’Argent
Go there for: the perfect Instagram snap
Anse Source d’Argent, also on La Digue, is known as the quintessential Seychelles beach. If you want to make everyone back home green with envy, this is the perfect place to snap a photo.
This beach is nothing short of tropical island perfection. It boasts a world-famous stretch of gleaming white sand, sparkling clear waters and a sprinkling of granite boulders. There’s even a beautiful coral reef nearby, perfect for diving and snorkelling.
As you may expect though from an area of such stunning natural beauty, Anse Source d’Argent can get seriously busy. To avoid the crowds, lay out your beach towel later in the day.
Go there for: magical sunsets
Anse Lazio on Praslin Island is another contender for the best-looking beach in the Seychelles, thanks to its powdery white sand and backdrop of huge Takamaka trees. This makes it one of the busiest beaches you’ll find across the whole of the archipelago, although it’s large enough that it hardly ever feels too crowded.
But we’ve got a little secret to share with you. Step out onto Anse Lazio when everyone else is heading home and you could experience one of the most unforgettable sunsets you’ve ever seen, with hardly another soul around.
Go there for: turtle watching!
During October to February, something magical happens at this southern Mahé idyll – the hatching of baby turtles from the designated turtle-nesting conservation area.
When you’re not wildlife-spotting, hit the waves at Anse Intendance. It has no reef and truly excellent surf, making it a popular spot for surfers and bodyboarders. Just avoid the rough waters between June and September, as its too dangerous for swimming then.
Of course, the Seychelles is packed with far too many mind-blowing beaches to mention here. Other honourable mentions have to go to Anse Marron (perfect for swimming in natural pools) and the wonderfully untouched Anse Georgette.
Book your personalised escape to the Seychelles with your own Blank Canvas travel expert – we’ll help you find the perfect beach for you.