On Seychelles, you can literally walk in any direction and end up on a breathtaking beach.
However, Seychelles is an archipelago of about 115 islands, so some guidance could be helpful.
Seychelles is the smallest independent nation on the African continent, situated off the continent’s eastern coast, in the Indian Ocean, close to the equator.
It gained independence from Great Britain in 1976, and its culture is heavily influenced by its colonial past, which includes both the Queen and an earlier French occupation.
The island nation now has a majority Creole population and a thriving tourism industry.
If you want to contribute to the local economy while swimming in the crystal clear waters and do not know from where to start, here is our list of the best beaches in Seychelles.
A breathtakingly gorgeous beach with fine white sand and a bay surrounded by granite boulders.
It may not be the ideal beach for swimming because of the rip currents, but it is a perfect place for taking stunning photos.
Grand Anse and Petite Anse
Grand Anse and Petite Anse, which are placed on the east side of La Digue and are just a 15-minute walk apart, offer large beaches with sandbanks exposed during low tides.
These peaceful beaches are perfect for fun activities and sunbathing, but if it becomes too hot, there are several driftwood huts at the beach’s edges to hide from the sun.
One of the few untouched beaches in Seychelles, Anse Georgette is a small and secluded beach with lovely palm trees.
Most visitors instantly fall in love with it.
Because of the colourful fish, the waters are ideal for snorkelling.
Photographers especially enjoy visiting Anse Georgette since there is an accessible hill with a panoramic view of the beach that can be reached after a small hike.
Another well-known beach on Praslin Island is Anse Lazio.
It was rated the world’s sixth-best beach in 2015.
This beach offers ideal swimming conditions, on-duty lifeguards and easy access by car.
And that means it becomes crowded from early in the morning.
This beach is at risk of disappearing, so visit it while you can.
Unfortunately, Seychelles is being severely affected by climate change and the water is rapidly devouring beaches.
The erosion caused by rising waters is causing more damage to Anse Kerlan than to the rest of Praslin Island.
This is a less crowded beach with bigger waves than in most of Seychelles and a popular windsurfing location.
It is not one of the best known Seychellois beaches among tourists, but it is one of the most popular among locals.
Here visitors can experience authentic culture because Anse Boudin serves as a launching point for numerous native fishermen and sometimes as a sandy soccer pitch for local players.
There are a few restaurants near that serve delicious, fresh seafood.
This is probably the most popular and most visited beach in Seychelles.
Beau Vallon, situated on the capital island of Mahé, is a tourist and local favourite.
There are many fun options available, like parasailing, banana boat rides, jet-skiing, but also waves for beginning surfers and a coral reef for scuba divers and snorkelers.
After a day full of fun, just sit, do nothing and watch the sunset.
Anse Source D’Argent
Another beach that should not be missed is Anse Source D’Argent, located in La Digue Island.
It is also known as Seychelles’ most photographed beach and it has gained popularity as a filming location for films such as Castaway and Crusoe.
Beautiful golden sands, crystal clear water that reveals underwater reefs, boulders and much more.
However, in order to fully enjoy this piece of paradise, you should visit it early in the morning, because the beach can be too crowded during the day.
Another beach worth seeing on Mahé is Anse Intendance.
Much of the beach’s natural vegetation has remained untouched, making it wild and visually appealing.
Actually, the real sign of human intervention is a nearby resort.
There is also a small beach bar where you can fully experience the beach life with rum in a coconut.