Whether you’re a “destination traveler” looking to hole up in a single place to relax for the duration of your vacation; or you’re seeking a little tropical island hopping to sample a variety of warm locales, the Seychelles has you covered.
Some 2,000 kilometers east of the Africa mainland, the island country of Republic of Seychelles owns claim to the most amazing beaches on the entire continent. While it’s impossible to definitively list *the best* Seychelles beaches, we think these five would certainly make the cut:
#1: Intendance Beach (Mahé Island)
Situated on the northern tip of Mahé, Intendance is often regarded as the best beach on the island. Multi-directional currents cause an endless barrage of waves to crash on the shore, making it difficult to swim, but excellent to surf. Bonus: it’s an excellent destination for turtle-spotting.
#2: Anse Georgette (Praslin Island)
Anse Georgette is often rated among the top ten beaches in the world. And with good reason: that it’s only accessible by boat from the luxurious Lemuria Resort make this an ideal spot for honeymooners and travelers seeking seclusion. It’s the kind of idyllic tropical getaway you might see in a movie: picture-perfect palm trees dotting nearly untouched white sand with turquoise waves crashing on the shore.
#3: Beau Vallon Beach (Mahé Island)
Also on the northern side of Mahé, this beach is one of the most popular on the entire island. Its long stretch of golden sand provides excellent views of Silhouette Island and the whole of North Island. The crystal clear waters are ideal for swimming, diving, snorkeling, and fishing. Bonus: the beach boasts some of the best hotels in all of Seychelles, including Le Méridien Hotel, Berjaya Beau Vallon Hotel, and Hilton Seychelles Northolme Hotel.
#4: Anse Bois de Rose (Praslin Island)
Yet another Seychelles “must-visit” with perfect turquoise waters and fine ocean sands, Anse Bois de Rose is a destination amongst travelers for fishing and swimming. Bonus: the beach’s large, dramatic granite boulders make this a hotspot for filming, photo shoots, and other media production.
#5: Anse d’Est Beach (North Island)
On the eastern side of North Island, Ans d’Est beach’s clear waters and intricate coral beds make it ideal for swimming, sunbathing, diving, and snorkeling. The southern side is bordered by a large granite mountain and tall palm trees making for dramatic photo opportunities. Bonus: the facilities at the nearby North Island Lodge include a restaurant, library, full diving center and swimming pool.