MAHE ISLAND - NEIGHBORHOODS
Anse Aux Pins
Anse aux Pins is a district of Seychelles located on the island Mahe, Soleil Island is a part of the district and nearby attractions include a golf course, and the Domaine de Val des Pres craft village situated along the bay. Anse aux pins sit on the east coast of Mahe nestled on a long bay stretching along the Indian Ocean with a vibrant coral reef just offshore that protects the bay and creates calm, clear shallow waters. There’s a nice selection of hotels and other accommodations dotted along the shores along with restaurants and shops to explore. Water Sports are popular in Anse aux Pins where snorkeling, windsurfing, and kite surfing are among the activities to enjoy.
Anse Boileau is a district on the southern end of the island of Mahe, nestled on a long, curved bay close to Anse a la Mouche. The beautiful location of Anse Boileau sits at the foothills of the verdant green mountain decorated with mini forests, streams, creeks, and ponds. The area is filled with upscale beach resorts and luxurious private villas to suit all traveler's tastes and budgets. Anse Boileau offers visitors a relaxed family beach holiday, with a great selection of accommodations, restaurants, grocery stores, and shops. Authentic local fishing boats are tied up along the shoreline, visitors can catch a glimpse of the local fishermen bringing in their fresh catch of the day. Small waves on the beach are great for swimming, and snorkeling, windsurfers often enjoy the calm ocean surface and sunsets from this beach are breathtaking.
Anse Royale is the second largest town on the island of Mahe and home to one of the most popular beaches on the island. Anse Royale is situated on the south-east coast and contains accommodations and facilities including dining, shopping, and entertainment opportunities. The beautiful area is decorated with spectacular tropical scenery and the beach features clear shallow waters. Many of the accommodations are located within walking distance to the beach and restaurants and bars dotted through the village. The area has something to offer everyone including plenty of fun and activities for families with children, and romantic settings. The historic spice gardens are located in Anse Royale dating back to 1772.
Baie Lazare is a district of Seychelles located on the island of Mahe, named after the explorer Lazare Picault. Situated on the southern end of the island and home to the luxurious Kempinski Seychelles Resort, an indulgent retreat with a huge variety of activities and facilities. This town is a gem home to some incomparable beauty and stunning scenery. The pristine stretch of white sand is lapped by turquoise tropical waters and dotted with massive granite boulders creating a stunning beach environment. The waters here are so welcoming and swimming, snorkeling, windsurfing and more can be enjoyed here.
Beau Vallon is located on the north-western coast of Mahe, in a beautiful bay that sits opposite Victoria. This is one of the most popular and frequented beaches on the island, a great place for snorkeling and diving with crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reefs. There’s a great variety of different activities here including swimming, water sports, boating, and fishing, along with plenty of restaurants, shops, and hotels close to the shore. Plenty of rental companies offer equipment for hire along the beach and there are tour companies for boating and fishing trips available. Beau Valon is one of the longest beaches on the island and offers some spectacular surrounding scenery and clear, current free waters, great for families with children. Sunsets are simply stunning here and local restaurants and bars line the shores offering delicious food and tropical drinks to accompany the soothing colorful skies.
Bel Ombre or Belombre is situated on the northwest coast of Mahe, a quaint fishing harbor where small boats line the shores. The beach is close to Beau Vallon Bay with some accommodations, local restaurants and shops close by. The waters here are great for swimming and snorkeling.
Glacis Beach is located in the northern region of Mahe island with views of Beau Vallon Bay to the south and Silhouette island to the northwest. The beach here features a mixture of tiny Brisan Rocks and swaying palm trees creating the perfect location for a pleasing beach day with a laid back tropical vibe. The popular Bliss hotel sits on the shores with a restaurant on-site, there are other accommodations within walking distance to the beach. The beach is divided into two sections separated by rock formations, the waters here are safe for swimming but get quite deep during high tide.
Grand Anse is a picturesque beach on the south-western coast of Mahe, a stunning sandy bay surrounded by verdant hills and mountains. The beach features rolling waves and a long stretch of sand great for walks and surfing. There is a horse riding center located close to the beach offering horseback rides on the beach. There area is a sprawling beautiful bay with excellent sand and gorgeous turquoise waters with a spectacular scenic backdrop. There are nearby accommodations including the large Avani Barbarons Resort and Spa oozing with amazing amenities, relaxing vibes, and lush tropical grounds. Grande Anse sits at the entrance to the Chemin La Misere, a path that leads across to the other side of the island.
Petite Anse is also called Anse La Liberte, located on the southwest coast of Mahe. The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles sits on the shores and the Anse Soleil Cafe is close by and visitors can access the beach through the hotel entrance. Petite Anse is one of the best beaches in Seychelles and the Four Seasons Resort is built into the surrounding hillside with treehouse villas. The water is great for tranquil swimming and there is some shade on the beach for sunbathing with beach chairs nestled under thatched palm umbrellas.
Pointe Au Sel
Pointe Au Sel is an attractive stretch of sand situated on the east coast of Mahe Island towards the south. The waters here are shallow, calm, and clear, ideal for swimming and snorkeling, the beach offers shade under the trees, a great place to snooze or picnic. It is a quiet beach, great for families and there are accommodations, restaurants, and shops nearby along with great facilities for a day on the sands. Windsurfers sometimes visit this beach when the waves and winds are just right.
Takamaka Beach is located on the southern shores of Mahe Island, a natural, wild and wonderful area. Anse Takamaka is described as breathtaking with picturesque scenery, stunning trees that give the beach its name, and sparkling clear waters combine to create an incredible beach location. The Banyan Tree Resort and other accommodations are found close to the beach, and there is a scenic short walk to the little bay nearby. The waters are great for snorkeling with such clarity and abundant marine life, swimming can be enjoyed in the shallow waters. There is a popular restaurant named Chez Batista serving up delicious authentic Creole cuisine right on the beach.
Victoria is the capital of Seychelles, it is one of the smallest capital cities in the world. The quaint city is backed by towering granite mountains and is the only major port in Seychelles, home to the courthouse, and post office in the heart of the city. Interesting sights and attractions in this petite city include the National History Museum, the clock tower (a replica of Big Ben), the Cathedral, and a Hindu Temple. The Sir Selwyn Selwyn-Clarke Market is a lively covered market in the city selling everything from freshly caught fish and seafood to exotic spices and colorful traditional paintings. The city is decorated with amazing historical sites and authentic architecture.