15 Best Beaches on Mahè Island
Mahé is the largest island in Seychelles. It also has the only international airport, which is where all trips to Seychelles begin. The islands are in the Indian Ocean and are part of Africa. They are above Mauritius and Madagascar. Up to now, so good.
The island country is made up of 115 islands, but only a few of them have people living on them. Mahé is the largest island in Seychelles, with about 86,000 of the almost 99,000 people who live there.
Mahé Island is Seychelles’ biggest island. It’s about 27 kilometers long and about 8 kilometers wide. There are a lot of different types of scenery on the island, such as granite mountains, tropical plants, and beautiful beaches.
Victoria is one of the tiny capital cities in the world, but it still has a lot of charm and personality. The streets are lined with old buildings, a colorful market, and shops and boutiques.
Mahé is the island with the most excursions and the most variety. Even though buses are a good and cheap way to get around Mahé, it can sometimes be helpful to rent a car to see more of the island.
Mahé has so many dream beaches
Mahé has over 60 beaches, and all of them are beautiful. Some of them are so nice that they have won prizes. Whoever has been to these beaches can tell you why.
But the beaches on Mahé are the main thing to see and do there. Which beach is best? It’s hard to decide because both Anse Soleil and Anse Takamaka are beautiful. Or would Machabée Beach be a better choice? Beau Vallon is the name of what might be Seychelles’ most beautiful beach, and it looks just like a dream beach should.
Mahé has a unique charm, beautiful beaches, a worth-seeing capital, and a landscape that looks like a dream. Even if you spend your vacation on one of the other Seychelles islands, you should still go to Mahé.
1. Petite Anse, Mahé
Petite Anse is a pristine and remote beach that is probably the most beautiful in Seychelles. On the southwestern tip of Mahé, Seychelles’ largest and major island, this jewel is surrounded by an astonishingly dense forest and granite cliffs.
This stunning location, a secluded bay with silver-tinged sand, is a great place for families to swim and snorkel.
The opulent Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is the best place to stay if you want to access this secluded beach easily. The granite slope is covered in treehouse villas with private pools that provide a stunning view of Petite Anse Bay. Your view won’t be obstructed because they were made to mix in with the breathtaking backdrop.
Plan to come early if you aren’t staying at the Four Seasons because parking is limited. Then get ready for a 20-minute climb back down (and a more arduous uphill journey back). If you’re fortunate, a representative of the resort staff may allow you to catch a ride to the beach after you check in with hotel security.
2. Anse Intendance, Mahé
Anse Intendance is renowned for its iridescent turquoise sea and surrounding thick tropical jungle, much like the majority of the magnificent Seychelles beaches. The only thing that is absent is a coral reef, yet this shortcoming is actually a benefit since it makes for excellent surfing.
Anse Intendance is usually a lovely and peaceful place, although it’s not the island’s best family beach. Swimming can be challenging for both the younger generation and other, less experienced swimmers, especially from June to September because of the choppy currents and waves that surfers enjoy.
3. Beau Vallon Bay, Mahé
Dreams are made of the view from Beau Vallon Bay. Overlooking a lengthy stretch of silver, smooth sand, hanging palms swing in greeting and provide a shady hideaway.
Beau Vallon, one of Mahé’s largest beaches, is dotted with beach resorts, eateries, and other retail establishments. The drawback of this is that it makes the beach appear a little more touristy than a top Seychelles beach should, but fortunately, the crowds are kept to a minimum.
Beau Vallon, a place that welcomes families, has some of the island’s safest swimming. It’s simple to swim in and splash around with youngsters because the tide comes in and out gently and there aren’t many waves.
This is one of the best locations for enjoying beach activities. There are many activities available at Beau Vallon, including parasailing, paddleboarding, and banana boating.
Insider’s Advice: Visit the beach at dusk for a truly breathtaking vista. You can see the stunning Silhouette Island off in the distance.
4. Anse Forbans, Mahé
Anse Forbans is the place to go if you want to unwind. This beach is perfect for children, couples, and people trying to unwind because of its shallow, serene, and vivid turquoise sea. Since swimming and tanning are the major activities, many people also like to snorkel and fish in the tranquil bay.
Anse Forbans, a beachfront resort community on Mahé’s southeast coast, has also been overrun by beach resorts such as the four-star Doubletree by Hilton Seychelles – Allamanda Resort and Spa. Although this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it does mean that there are restaurants, lodging options, and opportunities for water sports close by.
This beach never feels overcrowded despite being close to the hotels. In fact, you can frequently almost have it to yourself.
Nature has split this tranquil lagoon into three smaller pieces of the beach. You can look for sea life in the natural pools at low tide or swim and snorkel in the Indian Ocean.
5. Anse Major, Mahé
Anse Major is a secret paradise on Mahé’s northwest coast that can only be reached on foot or by boat. Since there are no roads leading to this remote paradise, you must park and hike in, which might take between 30 and 60 minutes.
The payoff: stunning coastal views from atop a granite cliff, as well as a serene setting that is difficult to match.
You’ll understand that your journey was worthwhile as your feet touch the soft, pristine sand. The coastline, which is enveloped by lush green vegetation, is caressed by the region’s renowned blue ocean. The tranquil ocean makes this one of the island’s safest spots to go swimming, making it the ideal location for a relaxing swim.
Insider Tip: Since there isn’t much shade on the walk, go to the beach early in the day (before 9 am) to avoid the intense sun. Additionally, because there are no amenities nearby, make sure to carry lots of water, food, and other necessities for the beach.
6. Anse Louis, Mahé
Anse Louis has been taken over by a vacation destination, like the majority of the finest Seychelles beaches. On the verdant hillside are discrete villas from the magnificent Anatara Maia Seychelles Villas, each with a private infinity pool.
This is a benefit for other travelers because you won’t have to contend with crowds at this wonderful, pristine beach because hotel guests are too busy living it up in luxury.
Anse Louis is situated in a small, protected cove on Mahé’s west coast, which contributes to the upscale appeal. It has 500 meters of coastline and is strategically located between Anse à la Mouche and Anse Boileau, two more excellent beaches.
The big, granite rocks that have made this area famous may be found near the beach’s northern end, along with a tropical forest that is just waiting to be explored.
The north side has stronger waves that are suitable for surfing, while the south end is better for swimming and relaxing. You can anticipate seeing seaweed wash up on the shore from June through September.
7. Anse Royale, Mahè
Anse Royale is another stunning beach on Mahe’s east coast.
One of the most beautiful beaches in Seychelles is here. Due to the calm, shallow seas and a barrier reef of coral, beachgoers can peacefully enjoy swimming here.
Additionally, this is a terrific choice if you’re seeking a beach where you can go snorkeling. It’s quite beautiful here because of the azure waves, especially during high tide.
With a frequent bus service running down the east coast and a stop just a short walk from the fine, white-sand beaches, you’ll find that it’s also pretty simple to get to Victoria or Eden Island.
8. Port Glaud, Mahè
The picturesque cross-island route that links Victoria with the west coast ends in Port Glaud.
This small settlement on Mahe Island is quite charming and a lot quieter than other areas.
Although the Port Glaud beach itself is frequently empty, the vista of Port Launay National Park is particularly breathtaking. In addition, some of the best snorkeling beaches on the island may be found in the stunning Port Glaud and Port Launay National Park. You should search for small sections of coral reefs along the shore, particularly around L’Islette Island.
Advice: Port Glaud beach is a great place to cool off whether you’re going to the Mission Lodge or hiking the Morne Blanc Trail. Be sure to include a stop at Sauzier Waterfall as well as perhaps a later meal at Del Place Restaurant.
9. Baie Lazare, Mahé
Discovered and named after navigator Lazar Picault, this mile-long, family-friendly beach offers a beautiful setting. Ideally suited for snorkeling and swimming, the shallow-sloping beach is protected by a coral reef.
Normal tides, small waves, turquoise waters, granite rocks, and coconut trees dominate the scene. From June to September there can be sea grass. Parking, bus stop, and public toilet are available.
10. Anse Takamaka, Mahé
Shady Takamaka trees and palms dominate the picture of this dreamlike beach. With normal tides, now and then high waves can happen, this is an ideal beach for snorkeling, swimming, and surfing.
Parking, bus stop, and public restroom are available. Enjoy beautiful sunsets and visit the beach bar of the accommodation Chez Batista.
11. Anse Soleil, Mahé
This small, powder-fine white sand beach is located southwest of Mahé. The beach is a popular destination for tourists but also for locals. It can hardly be surpassed in elegance.
You can enjoy the crystal clear water, have enough shade under the palm trees and listen to the sounds of nature. Parking and public toilets are available.
Difficult to reach the beach by public transport. Therefore, a rental car is an advantage.
Unique color spectacle at sunset, but also at sunrise is guaranteed and the beach thus lives up to its name. You should not miss Anse Soleil in any case.
12. Glacis, Mahé
Very idyllically situated beach, often deserted, which is separated by rock formations into two sections.
Since there is no reef in front of it, you feel the tides and the waves more than on the neighboring Beau Vallon. Nevertheless, the beach is suitable for families and perfect for snorkeling and swimming.
Parking, bus stop, and public toilet are available. Seagrass can be washed up from November to March. Enjoy beautiful sunsets here and watch the fishermen coming back with their catch.
13. Carana Beach, Mahè
Carana Beach is in the northeast corner of the island of Mahé. This 300-meter-long beach is probably too small to be mentioned in a travel guide, so you won’t find it there. But that’s what makes Carana Beach so appealing.
In addition to a small stretch of sand, the beach has a lot of granite rocks that, as is common in Seychelles, reach into the water, this is also a beach where you can see Seychelles Weddings.
If you like things to be a little quieter, this beach is for you. But because there is no offshore reef, swimming should be done with care.
14. Anse Bazarca, Mahè
One of the very quiet beaches on Mahé is definitely Anse Bazarca in the south. The beach is relatively remote and only accessible by rental car.
You won’t find big tourist crowds here. This is mainly due to the fact that Anse Bazarca is not suitable for swimming. The reason is the big waves and the depth of the sea.
Because of the granite boulders, the Anse Bazarca is a great photo motif, and because of the solitude and the 350 m long fine sandy beach an absolute dream beach.
15. Police Bay, Mahè
You have to drive off the road for a few minutes and then walk for another ten minutes. If you want to park your car on the main road, you can walk the whole distance in 25 to 30 minutes, but it’s worth it.
Police Bay is a long, beautiful beach with granite boulders and palm trees at both ends. Best of all, not many people get lost here, so you’ll have the place to yourself. There aren’t many places to sit in the shade, but because there aren’t many people there, it’s easy to find one! We went to the bay’s left end and found a nice place.
Discover Mahe’s beaches by Car
A rental car is the best way to get around the island of Mahé. There are now so many car rental companies popping up like mushrooms, which is good for the price. A longer rental period is also a good reason to try to negotiate the final price.
You can’t drive all the way around the island in a car, so this needs to be taken into consideration when planning your beach trips. Even though the island is small, you shouldn’t underestimate how long or long it takes to drive somewhere. Due to the way the road winds along the coast, it takes a long time to drive from the north to the south of the island.