Over this half term a friend of ours invited the boys and I to go on a trip to Aride Island. We had never been before, so we jumped at the opportunity. I thought I would share our experiences mixed in as part of a […]
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A while back I wrote a post with the top tips for taking babies and toddlers to the Seychelles. I am often asked by people the best ways to entertain their kids while they are visiting the Seychelles. So, Ive decided that I’ll write a series of posts with ‘the best of’ different activities for kids!
I’ll start off with beaches, a free way to keep the kids entertained while you are here!
The Best Beaches To Take Babies And Toddlers In The Seychelles
There are countless numbers of beautiful beaches and secluded bay’s to visit here in Seychelles. When I compiled this list I focused on beaches that are:
- Easy to access – including not needing to go through hotels or resorts to get there.
- Safe to Swim *
- Facilities near by
*I must stress that despite there not being a huge temperature change from season to season, you will notice a big change in the water. Many beaches are crystal clear and calm most of the year but the seasons can bring about strong winds, tides and currents. The website that I have found explains it best is Expert Africa take a read! Plan your beach swims around this, and of course knowing your own and your kids abilities and limits in the water.
I have included a google map link to each of the beaches to help you find them!
As I mentioned none of these beaches require you to go through any hotels or resorts to get there. There are lots of beautiful beaches where the main access is through hotels or resorts, they may not allow you access though. However, many hotels do allow you to use their facilities, including access to beaches if you are going for lunch. Call ahead to check and book in!
Beau Vallon, Mahe
A large and sheltered beach with areas of shade provided by the trees lining the beach. The best thing about this beach is that there are shops and restaurants a stones through away, which is not all that common here. There is often street food stalls set up in the car park. If its on when you go, check it out. There will be a good atmosphere and you’ll get a good taste of real Seychellois food for cheap! The water is nearly always calm and often really shallow, perfect for splashing around with the kids. One downside of the beach is that it is probably the busiest beach around. Still nothing compared to beaches around Europe in Summer, but for here it is pretty busy!
Anse Á La Mouche, Mahe
A quiet beach on the South West coast of Mahe with extremely flat and calm water. The surrounding area is pretty quiet with not a whole lot going on, but the beach is nice for a day trip. You will probably want to hire a car if you’re not staying near by.
Port Launay Beach, Mahe
This beach is part of the Port Launay Marine National Park. It backs on to the beautiful 5* Constance Ephelia Hotel. The beach is very sheltered and secluded, with shallow and calm waters. It’s not a huge beach, but there is plenty of shade to be found.
Anse Volbert, Praslin
My favourite place to take the boys for a swim on the beach. You’ll see plenty of pictures of this beach on my instagram feed! There is not a whole lot of shade to be found in the heat of the day. However, early in the morning, or early evening this beach is beautiful! You will find calm and shallow water, with very few rocks for a long way out, giving rise to the most beautiful of blues. There are lots of boats to see (past where you would want to swim, especially with kids) always popular with kids!
The view is beautiful out over to St Pierre and Curieuse islands. The beach is really long so, kids will have lots of room to run around. At the far end of the beach you will find Paradise Sun Hotel, a great hotel for kids, and my favourite place to go for lunch (more on that in another post)
Anse Lazio, Praslin
Anse Lazio can always be found in ‘best beaches in the world’ lists, with good reason too. It really is beautiful! For a day on the beach, this is our go to! Trees line the whole of the beach, so you can grab a shady spot and make camp for the day. Big granitic boulders dotted around the beach provide great climbing frames. The water is often very safe but there are times where the waves can get up and would be too rough for kids. My kids still always have fun splashing around in the shallows. You can find two restaurants, Bon Bon Plume serves particularly good Creole food.
Anse Severe, La Digue
While Anse Source D’Argent is without doubt the most famous beach on La Digue (probably the most famous in the Seychelles). It is actually not so great to spend a whole lot of time there aside from getting a great picture! It’s crowded and the water is not ideal to swim in.
Instead, head to Anse Severe. Trees provide plenty of natural shade throughout the day. There is a small snack bar which is always useful too. If you can stick around until sunset, you will be rewarded with an unbelievable view of the sun setting over Praslin! The water is shallow and sheltered so great for swimming and paddling most of the year round.
Have you visited any of these beaches with your family? Are there any you would add to this list?