From its secluded coves and granite-fringed waters to the mile-long stretches of hypnotic white sand, beaches in the Seychelles are truly unforgettable. Home to some of the most beautiful and photogenic beaches in the world, this is where crystal-clear turquoise waters and untouched white sand is the norm. With some of the most extraordinary shorelines you’ll ever see, we’ve chosen some of our favourite beaches to help you plan a truly once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Seychelles.
Think of the most perfect white sand beach in your head and even then we aren't overdoing it. Secluded within the grounds of the old L'Union Estate plantation on La Digue Island, this world-famous stretch of sand is one of the most photographed on earth, and for good reason. Its stunning natural beauty lies in its trademark granite boulders and pearlescent white sand, fringed by shallow emerald waters that open out on a beautiful coral reef teeming with marine life and exotic fish. While it can get quite crowded, if you arrive later in the day you’ll feel like this piece of paradise is solely your own.
A frequent contender in the most beautiful beaches in the world lists, this gorgeous crescent of smooth white sand is a picture-perfect highlight on Praslin Island. Dusted with huge granite boulders and a shaded backdrop of towering Takamaka trees, Anse Lazio can be found on the northwest tip of the island. While this tourist favourite is one of the busiest beaches on the island, its half a mile stretch of sand never feels overcrowded. It’s also a real treat for snorkellers, with its fantastic water visibility showcasing brilliant marine life like damselfish, moray eels and checkerboard wrasse.
One of the most famous beaches in Mahé, this pristine kilometre-long stretch of wild beach is an unspoilt haven on the south of the island. Set in a postcard location against a lush forest backdrop, smooth granite boulders frame the sweeping crescent of idyllic white sand, while numerous palm trees provide indulgent natural shade. The beach is a designated turtle-nesting area and is home to the luxurious Banyan Tree resort, where a Wildlife Conservation and Rehabilitation Centre carries out daily turtle monitoring and beach patrols.
On the southernmost tip of sleepy La Digue, this tiny bay is fantastically remote and wild. Incredibly photogenic, the beach is a chaotic mass of charming granite boulders and powder-soft golden sand. The beach is accessible by foot only, and the ocean here is very deep, but there are some beautiful natural saltwater pools that provide great swimming spots.
One of three beautiful beaches that border the world-class Constance Lémuria resort, this small sand beach is an idyllic hideaway on the northwest coast of Praslin. Quiet and untouched, this is a hidden gem, so secluded that it often feels like your own private paradise. With virtually no coral or rocks, it’s the pure white sand that gives the adjacent sea here its wonderful shade of turquoise blue.
Shaded by a natural umbrella of casuarina trees and swaying palms, this pretty bay dazzles with its salt-white sand and turquoise waters. Found just along the coast from the dramatic crescent of Petite Anse on La Digue Island, this sheltered beach is only accessible by foot, and with an unmarked path can be quite tricky to find. Amongst the stunning natural scenery, unique features here include some abandoned old buildings, the remains of a once thriving settlement, and an old kiln used to dry coconuts. Strong rip currents mean it’s not safe to swim here, but there are a number of protected natural pools that are perfect for a dip.