Beach "Grand Anse"Mahé
The stunning contrast between the sand and sea of Grand Anse and the surrounding mountains and hills of the island’s interior make for a uniquely attractive location on Mahé.
- 1335m x 30m - not very busy
- Relatively deep water - some seaweed June to September
- Normal tide - high waves
- Long, sprawling beach on Mahé’s west coast
- Good for swimming and surfing
At a Glance:
- Beautiful, wide bay on Mahé’s west coast.
- The spectacular scenery includes incredible mountainous backgrounds and stunning turquoise water.
- Great for families thanks to the enormous amount of space.
- Good for swimming, but there are sometimes relatively strong currents, so be careful.
- The nearby Avani Babarons Resort and Spa offers plenty of facilities for visitors to the beach.
Grand Anse, as you might expect, is one of the longest beaches on Mahé, and certainly the longest on its western coast. This sprawling bay is incredibly beautiful, with excellent sand and a gorgeous turquoise ocean. The backdrop, meanwhile, consists of Mahé’s imposing mountainous landscape, contrasting the flat, beautiful beach below. The water here is suitable for swimming and surfing, although visitors should be careful, as the current under the water can sometimes be quite strong, and the water is relatively deep compared to other Seychelles beaches. Getting to the beach is simple, as Grand Anse is located next to the coastal road on Mahé. This fact, combined with the parking availability and the bus service that passes the beach make it ideal for many Seychelles holidaymakers to get to with ease. There are also some accommodations nearby, including the large Avani Barbarons Resort and Spa, and Grand Anse can be reached easily on-foot from these hotels. The beach itself offers a lot of space for relaxation, sunbathing, family games, strolls along the sand, and much more besides. The water, as mentioned, can be deep, but is still suitable for confident swimmers and surfing. There is no coral reef here, so the waves are generally large by Seychelles standards, but don’t let that put you off a visit. Grand Anse is also the location of the entrance to the Chemin la Misère, a path that leads across to the other side of the island, as well as the BBC Indian Ocean Relay Station. All in all, as you might imagine, Grand Anse is a large, imposing beach with plenty of beauty and charm. As the longest, most open beach on Mahé’s west coast, it differs from other beaches in the region, giving it a different appeal to entice visitors in.