Beach "Grand Anse"

Grand Anse, Mahé
Bus stop


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.

Nearby restaurants

Nearby accommodation:

Eden Hills Residence

Apartement · Mahé · Anse Boileau
5.0 of 5 13 Reviews
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Distance: 6.10 km
Rooms: 5
Pers.: 2 - 4
Beach: 700 m
1-Bedroom Apartment
For 2 people / night
€ 195 - € 275
Service: B

Eden Bleu Hotel

Hotel · Mahé · Greater Victoria
4.0 of 5 498 Reviews
Distance: 5.20 km
Rooms: 99
Pers.: 1 - 2
Beach: 350 m
Standard Room
For 2 people / night
€ 307 - € 426
Service: B&B

Villas de Jardin

Villa · Mahé · Port Glaud
5.0 of 5 288 Reviews
Distance: 3.99 km
Rooms: 7
Pers.: 2 - 4
Beach: 100 m
1 bedroom Villa
For 2 people / night
€ 215 - € 271
Service: B

Avani Barbarons Seychelles Resort

Resort · Mahé · Grand' Anse
4.0 of 5 2071 Reviews
Distance: 1.09 km
Rooms: 108
Pers.: 1 - 3
Beach: 1 m
Standard Room
For 2 people / night
€ 209 - € 431
Service: B&B

Row's Villa

Apartement · Mahé · Beau Vallon
4.3 of 5 45 Reviews
Distance: 6.90 km
Rooms: 3
Pers.: 2 - 4
Beach: 700 m
Small apartment
For 2 people / night
€ 75
Service: B

Constance Ephelia Seychelles

Resort · Mahé · Port Glaud
4.5 of 5 5095 Reviews
Distance: 5.14 km
Rooms: 266
Pers.: 1 - 6
Beach: 50 m
Junior Suite
For 2 people / night
€ 456 - € 1,077
Service: B&B

Maia Luxury Resort & Spa

Resort · Mahé · Anse Boileau
5.0 of 5 398 Reviews
Distance: 5.62 km
Rooms: 30
Pers.: 2
Beach: 100 m
Ocean Panoramic Villa
For 2 people / night
€ 1,832 - € 3,160
Service: FB

The Station Retreat Hotel

Hotel · Mahé · Greater Victoria
4.5 of 5 46 Reviews
Distance: 4.26 km
Rooms: 7
Pers.: 1 - 2
Beach: 4500 m
Virtues Classic Room
For 2 people / night
€ 255
Service: B&B

Eden Bleu Beach Villas and Residences

Apartement · Mahé · Greater Victoria
4.0 of 5 486 Reviews
Distance: 5.21 km
Rooms: 10
Pers.: 2 - 12
Beach: 350 m
1-Bedroom Marina Residence
For 2 people / night
€ 306 - € 488
Service: B&B

Eden Tropical Nest

Apartement · Mahé · Greater Victoria
Distance: 5.09 km
Rooms: 1
Pers.: 2 - 4
Beach: 50 m
2-Bedroom Apartment
For 2 people / night
€ 249 - € 290
Service: B

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