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Anse Barbarons

Anse Barbarons is a beautiful bay with golden sands surrounded by coconut palms and Takamaka trees, reknowned for its excellent snorkelling within steps of the beach. Backed by Mount Barbarons and with views of Ile Aux Bachez it is a very scenic spot, but the water can be too rough for swimming from June-October. The Avani Seychelles Barbarons opens onto the beach, but aside from this resort there is little else here, creating a very peaceful and natural scene. If you're staying at the Avani the nearest shop is a 10-15 minute walk north towards Grand Anse.

Photo credits: Y Ballester

Baie Ternay & Cap Ternay Beach

Cap Ternay used to be the furthest you could reach along the north west road, but since Emirates have bought the land fronting the bay it is no longer accessible, unless you take a boat or find a way to talk your way in - the gates are protected by security guards.

It's a pity as the area is rather lovely and untouched, and the development plans for the area are immense - 421 rooms and suites, a 'lazy river', conference facilities and a marina - we're not sure but this sounds bigger than any other resort in Seychelles to date. That said, according to construction was planned to start in 2008 with opening planned for 2010 - on our visit in 2014 there were still just a few abandoned buildings from the 'Seychelles Youth Village' that existed on the site previously, with no sign of work commencing.

Port Launay Marine National Park

The beach at the entrance to the national park is a lovely, horseshoe shaped arc of white sands, with calm and relatively deep waters forming a natural harbour. As a protected marine reserve the snorkeling here is excellent - both along the rocks to the right of the bay and around the cross marking the mouth of the bay.

With the jungle clad mountains to your right and a high granite hill to your left where the forest is only slightly disturbed by a handful of small villas, you feel surrounded by nature while on this beach looking out to sea.

Behind the beach lies the Constance Ephelia resort, with two restaurants and a beach bar looking out towards the water, but tucked behind the trees so the resort is not too prominent from the beach or the waters. There is also a takeaway van by the road that runs along the side of the resort to the beach, though sadly it is of the burger and chips variety not Creole style rice and fish.

Anse L'Islette (Lans Lilet)

One of the Constance Ephelia's two main beaches, Anse L'Islette is a lovely bay with views of a small island, with waters so shallow its quite easy to walk out to the island - but a little harder to swim! It's a very attractive beach, but swimmers will likely want to head to Port Ternay for deeper waters and great snorkelling.

The beach is best accessed from the Ephelia resort - there is a small river and patch of mangroves seperating the beach from the town, but it is possible to wade across.

Port Glaud

Port Glaud is the last settlement in the far north west of the island, and is a peaceful, sleepy village spread along a long waterfront. The town beach is pleasant enough with views of the nearby islands of Conception and Sainte Therese, but if you're staying here you're most likely to want to visit the Port Launay beach for swimming and snorkelling, just north of the Constance Ephelia.

There are a few takeaways in town and a number of shops (one of which has the best view from a car park in the world!), and from the church it is possible to walk to a nearby waterfall. You may need a guide to find it, but there are plenty of people willing to show you in exchange for a tip if you ask opposite the church.

Grande Anse

With one of the longest and widest bays on Mahé, and almost endless crashing surf, Grande Anse is a sight to behold. It's a reasonable sized town at the bottom of La Misére, the fastest road to cross from the west to east coast, but due to the wild waves the beach is deserted with the houses and schools safely behind the sea line. It's definitely unsuitable for swimming but you may see some brave surfers tackling the large waves.

Anse Boileau

Anse Boileau is a long bay midway up the west coast of Mahe, backed by a small town with a handful of shops, restuarants and takeaways. The beach is wide and empty, and rather lovely in the setting sun, but lacks the white sands and beautiful blues you can find a short distance to the south. At each end of the bay fishing boats are moored, and in the mornings you can buy fresh fish direct from the fishermen to cook at home. It's not a bad position for exploring the island and there are a number of self catering villas here.

Anse Louis

A small bay neatly tucked in between Anse A La Mouche and Anse Boileau, Anse Louis is easy to miss - no wonder then it was chosen by the exclusive Maia resort as the ideal location for a luxury hideaway. Thanks to its hidden location - and the fact that every villa at Maia has its own private pool - the beach is likely to be deserted on your visit, and offers a beautiful setting for a quiet swim. The Maia resort has been discreetly built amid the trees so that it doesn't dominate your views on the north side of the bay, while to the south the headland is made up of large granite rocks and forest, adding to the atmosphere. Public access to the beach is via a car park next to a small bridge at the south side of the resort entrance.

Pointe Au Sel & Fairyland Beach

Just five minutes drive north of Anse Royale is Point Au Sel, where you will see a small parking area at the edge of the road. Below this are a number of small attractive beaches divided by almond trees and granite boulders, with a small island just off the coast that offers great snorkelling. It's a great place to stop for a dip but aim to arrive at low tide as the beach does shrink when the tide is high.

Anse Royale

Anse Royale is one of the largest bays on Mahé island, with calm and clear turquoise waters and an immense panorama of white sand and palms from any point on the beach. If you've travelled from south the airport this is one of the first east coast beaches worth stopping for, and it is a real treat, with beautiful views in all directions.

Anse Royale has a great deal to offer as a base for independent travellers, with grocery shops and a local market offering fresh fish, fruit and vegetables, as well as a number of restaurants, a takeaway and some souvenir shops. The village also has a school and a couple of churches, allowing you to sample a piece of provincial island life. Behind the village rises Les Cannelles, a pass over the hills to the west coast, making it easy to reach any of the beaches in the south east or west.