Anse Intendance (Mahé)#5 in Best Things To Do in Seychelles
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Mahé's famous Anse Intendance sprawls across half a mile of the island's southern coast — approximately 20 miles south of Victoria — luring beach bums with the promise of sparkling sands, swaying palms and beautiful views. Though it's one of Seychelles' most popular beaches, Anse Intendance isn't the best place for a dip. The lack of a reef makes for larger, stronger waves that draw surfers in droves. If you'd prefer to swim, head to Beau Vallon (on Mahé's northwest coast) instead.
Although swimming isn't advised, recent visitors highly recommend paying a visit to Anse Intendance all the same. "There are neat granite boulder formations that kids enjoy climbing on and lovely trees everywhere," one TripAdvisor user said. "The water is the color you see on postcards — absolutely perfect." When you tire of lounging shore side, you can grab a drink or a snack at the nearby Banyan Tree Seychelles Resort.
You can reach Anse Intendance by bus or car from Victoria; the beach is located a few miles off of the island's main road, 5th June Avenue. Anse Intendance welcomes visits at any time, free of charge, but you should keep an eye on the Banyan Tree's water markers, which indicate the safety of the water conditions. To learn more about Anse Intendance, visit the Seychelles Tourism Board's website.
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#1 Anse Volbert (Praslin)
Also known as the Côte d'Or ("Golden Coast"), Anse Volbert earns rave reviews from sun-seekers, swimmers and snorkelers for its sugary white sand and crystal clear water. Although it's one of the island's most popular beaches, Anse Volbert's size (approximately 1½ miles long) means it never feels crowded. "It's not a busy beach but for a good experience, try to go to the right to get away from all the boats," one TripAdvisor user suggested.
Although they admit that Anse Volbert isn't the prettiest of Seychelles' beaches, travelers say that the soft sand and shallow water are ideal conditions for those traveling with children. And the abundance of restaurants and bars close by means you can plan to spend the day there without worrying about going hungry or finding a restroom.
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