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Surfplanner Surf Trip to Seychelles

Last May the Surfplanner team spent 2 weeks exploring the waves of Seychelles Islands, famous for the stunning beaches, the crystal waters and the luxuriant nature and enriched by a constant equatorial climate.

The Seychelles, located in the Indian Ocean, are composed by 115 beautiful islands and just few of them are inhabited. The trip has been organized to visit the 2 main islands: Mahe and La Digue.

People are hearty and gentle and the spoken languages are French, English and Creole. The local currency is the Rupia (1€ corresponds to 14 Rupies)

 

La Digue

 

We spent the first 5 days in the small and pristine island of La Digue (10 Km2), 1 hour far from Mahe by ferry. We stayed at the Villa Veuve Hotel, a beautiful accommodation surrounded by a tropical garden. The Hotel, composed by bungalows, is located in a strategic position and is equipped with all the possible comforts; Its restaurant deserves a mention: the food is amazing! There are very few cars on this island and the best way to explore it is by bike: you can reach it every spot in 20 minutes maximum. Besides surfing, we suggest to visit the natural reserve located south west of the island where you can walk among palm trees and giant turtles and visit some of most beautiful beaches on Earth like the famous Anse Source D’argent.

 

 

Mahe

 

At the end of these days in La Digue, we moved to Mahe, the main island. This island is much bigger and more chaotic than La Digue, but it offers amazing views and locations as well. We lodge at the awesome Casadani Hotel, Surfplanner partner (www.surfplanner.com/en/surf-trips/africa/indian-ocean-islands/seychelles/casadani-hotel), located in Bel Ombre – Beau Vallon. This high standard hotel, composed by rooms and bungalows, is relative cheap compared to the super expensive resorts that come up to your mind when thinking to Seychelles. It is situated on a hill and on the top there is the restaurant where you can enjoy the Creole cuisine made by fresh fish, chicken and fruits. The best way to explore the island is by car that you can rent at the reception. You can enjoy different activities, trips and water sports during the day but at night there are few clubs and pubs open.

 

Surf

 

From a surfer’s point of view, the best period to visit Seychelles goes from April to September, but you can also find waves during the rest of the year. The best waves in La Digue are located on the South-East part of the island. The most famous spot is the beach of Grand Anse where it’s possible to find very good beach breaks. We heard about some outer reef spots, located to North of Grand Anse, but ufortunately they are difficult to reach and we didn’t surf them. Mahe Island has more surf spots, ideal for each level of surfing, from beginner to advanced. The only surfshop on the island is located at Eden Island, an artificial island north the airport, and the prices are high, so bring your own equipment.

 

Grand Anse

 

Starting from the North-West coast and going south, the first spot you meet is the beach break of Grand Anse. This beautiful beach has white sand and here a very frequent wave breaks. The wave is right and left and it’s fast and sometimes can barrell. Best with medium-high tide. Baie Lazare Taking the coastal road that goes South and overcoming the Barbarons and Boileau Bay surf spots, you find Baie Lazare. In this bay there are 2 kind of waves: a lefthander that breaks on reef and a funny wave with sand bottom on the right side of the bay.

 

 

Baie Lazare

 

Taking the coastal road that goes South and overcoming the Barbarons and Boileau Bay surf spots, you find Baie Lazare. In this bay there are 2 kind of waves: a lefthander that breaks on reef and a funny wave with sand bottom on the right side of the bay.

 

 

Anse Intendance

 

Going further south and then going right after Anse Takamaka, there is probably one of the most stunning beaches of the island, Anse Intendance. Here there is a big shorebreak , ideal for bodyboarders. From Anse Intendance, going back on the main road and crossing the island horizontally, you reach Anse Marie Luise, on the East coast.

 

Anse Baleine

 

Going North from the East coast, casually we saw from the road a wave, this is the spot of Anse Baleine. This powerful righthander breaks on a reef close to the granitic rocks that are typical of Seychelles and you need to paddle for 5 minutes to reach the spot. Here we have surfed the best waves of this surf trip: glassy right (uncrowded) waves between 1.5-2 m. with light offshore breeze and 14 seconds of period. The wave was very long and sometimes barreled.

 

 

These were just few spots that you can meet on this islands, but many others has to be explored yet. You will surf perfect and uncrowded waves in crystal waters, surrounded by tropical fishes and breathtaking views.

 

If you are looking for a tropical surf trip, Seychelles can be what you dream!

 

Surfplanner Team

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