Anse Major

Anse Major, Mahe Island: Address, Anse Major Reviews: 4.5/5

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Habzi
12 contributions
Friends
Such a nice easy trail. It took us a bit less than an hour, with stops to take in the view. There are signs all along the way, you know where you are heading to. Wear good shoes as it can get slippery on the rocks, and try to head there early as there’s no shade. Once you reach the beach, enjoy the sea.
There’s a little sort of a restaurant at the beach, serving amazing tuna fish, a must try, better food than in some of the fine dining restaurants we tried on Seychelles!!
And, if you don’t feel like going back on foot, there is a taxi boat that will take you to your starting point.
A really nice morning!
Written May 6, 2022
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Stefan S
4 contributions
Couples
We hiked from Bel Ombre to Anse Major Trail. Took us about 2hours to get there. Trail is easy to hike, although with some climbs up and done. Information about local flora and fauna is to be found along the trail. Very satisfying to reach the beach of anse major.

Snorkeling is fun with plenty of different types of fish.

Tip: bring cash there is a stand where you van eat fish and chicken dishes (not sure about vegetarian). Also there is a water taxi.

Tip 2: dont expect to be alone. But that is fine
Written August 6, 2022
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David Mattatia
Singapore, Singapore2 contributions
Couples
Plan 45min to 1h to reach the beaches. Lovely views of the sea and the oceanic granite rock formations.

The beaches are gorgeous even if one could easily argue there are nice beaches north of Beau Vallon. Swimming is lovely and snorkelling not too bad.

If you are going there with your own car, just do not stop at the bat man’s house who will probably try to get your attention and invite you to use his parking spot. Avoid yourself painful conversations on how high your tip for his help should be! You can easily continue and grab a spot closer to the trail along the road.
Written June 26, 2021
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jaredites1
Cairo, Egypt230 contributions
Family
Three KM hike to remote beach in lush jungle. Beautiful photo opportunities along the hike to the beach. Very large waves and strong current were fun to play in, with only a few people on beach. Bring plenty of water, hike is long and hot. No water or other services currently at beach due to covid. Car parking at trail head.
Written December 24, 2021
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monk
Monaco101 contributions
Great beach to go and relax for a day.
The bar at the beach is very relaxed and the guys serving the drinks are really cool.
If you are planning to walk to this place, definitely AVOID going around noon, as the trail is in full sun and you definitely need a lot of water.

Be sure to also check out the smaller beach on the right side of the main one. There is a tree-swing over there and also great place for photos, where most people will not go, unless they come on foot.
Written April 11, 2022
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Stefan M
Perth, Australia276 contributions
Couples
The Anse Major Trailer was one of our highlights in Mahe! Incredibly beautiful.
The beach itself is great, but a major part of the experience is also hiking there.
There is a boat taxi, that regularly picks up passengers, so one can also spontaneously decide to ride back by boat to Bel Ombre or Beau Vallon for 100-150 SCR per person, depending on how many other people are in the boat.

We stayed at the beach until 4pm and for the last hour we had the entire beach for ourselves! Wow!

PS: Just one word of warning... On the path before the trail starts there is a guy with a tame fruit bat asking for money ("Batman studios"). Initially he seemed friendly but after he realized that we weren't interested in taking photos he threatened that "maybe our car window will be smashed when we come back". Try not talking to him and park either way before or after his house - and is probably best to just not talk to him.
Written November 19, 2017
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Rajeev S
Victoria, Mahe63 contributions
Family
Anse Major is a very renowned beach on the North West side of Mahe. The beach seems to be part of the Baie Tarney Marine National Park and is overall part of the Morne Seychellois National Park. Our group visited this natural secluded beach in February this year.

From Victoria, one needs to take the St. Louis road driving towards Beau Vallon beach on the western side. For Beau Vallon, visitors normally take a right turn at the ‘Police Station’, but for this trip to Anse Major, one need not take this right turn and keep driving along the main road till the end, which is Bel Ombre region. Nearing the end of the road, two green wooden signposts indicate information about two trails, the one going Anse Major being on the right. We parked out car just near this board, but observed that the rough path further up is also drivable. At the end of this rough drivable path, construction on a hotel is going on and that is the place of starting of the walking trail.

Just before embarking on the actual trail, one could take a detour to the right and hop on the granite hill side overlooking the ocean, presenting a beautiful view especially on a bright sunny day. At the back, one could observe mystic mountains in clouds.

The walk to the Anse Major is basically like a walk on the flanks of hills and on ridges sometimes. One or two patches present themselves as a very narrow man-made path, a little imbalance on which could lead to a straight slip through granite bare rock face down into the water. Otherwise, the trail offers very few up and down stress opportunities for legs. It is a welcoming long easier walk as compared to other hike trails. Around two hours are required to reach the beach and approximately the same time to come back. In-between, there is a small pool of water making a stream of water going downhill, a kind of a small cave and then a wooden hut – kind of a resting place and viewpoint – before one starts to go downhill. Somewhere on this downhill trail, there is a break path on the right hand side which leads to a smaller beach just before Anse Major. In this case, one needs to cross rocky boulders to reach the actual destination. If one does not take that break path on the right and continue straight, one reaches the Anse Major beach without risking water, waves and treacherous rocky boulders. We went through these rocky boulders on our way to the main beach, but came back the other way. Swimming needs care as it is a small beach with good bulk of water and strong jolt waves thrown in. Also, the land is not with fine sand, it is mostly stones and pebbles. Swimming shoes, therefore, are advised if one is averse to rocky pointed foot massage.

Views, as usual, are quite unique and wonderful during the walk and at the beach. Quite a few tourists can be found making a visit to this beach as a must during their holidays in Seychelles Paradise. In overall terms, this trail can be grated 3 on the same of 1 to 10.
Written May 24, 2013
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MarkAnnaLondon
Doha, Qatar392 contributions
Family
TOP TIP: If you get on the trail between 9/9.30am then you'll have it to yourself and the beach will be deserted. It tends to get busier at around noon. So, if you want privacy, go early.

TOP TIP 2: The trail brings you out on a smaller beach. If you carry on, there's a larger beach 100m further down the trail.

TOP TIP 3: We didn't do it, but if you want to really go for it, the trail continues all the way to the Marine National Park at Baie Ternay, which doubles the length.

We really enjoyed our hike to Anse Major beach.

The empty beach at the end and the stunning views along the way made for a really enjoyable half day trip.

The guides say that this is a flat walk and yes, in general it is, but there are a number of up and down sections and the path is a little rough in places.

It takes about an hour each way and I'd recommend wearing trainers rather than flip flops. There are rocks to climb and the path can become slippery, especially after rain.

Also take water as there is nothing on Anse Major beach and much of the trail is under direct sunshine.

This was one of our favourite treks on Mahe.
Written June 25, 2018
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Melanie M
London, UK238 contributions
Couples
Well worth a trip to this beach, here are some tips to help:

- its an hour hike from Beau Vallon - if you are coming from the Savoy hotel area its more like 1.45 - 2 hours
- the hike is not suitable for people with mobility problems or whi are unsteady in their feet, there was alot of up & down and a small amount of scrambling.
- if you catch the bus, get off opposite the ATM, near the H hotel in Bel Ombre
- do not, I repeat, do not wear sandals/flip flops - wear trainers or proper shoes
- take enough water for the whole day, there are no shops near the beach, there are a few on the way to the trail
- there is not much shade on the hike - if you are pale like me, take sun cream, a hat, sunglasses, I even wore a rash vest as we were hiking for close to an hour
- do not take small children or babies, its not a suitable route & could be dangerous
- make sure you have a camera, and stop a few times along the way
- there is a water taxi - in low season it will cost you 200 rupees per person, I suspect in high season it may be a little more. The water taxi guy walks around the beach looking for customers & his number is posted on a sign if you have a phone on you.
- try not to go on a Saturday as its actually really busy with locals on their day off
- you can also catch a bus back - after the trail turns into road again, there is a bus stop shelter and a small shop - grab a beer in here and wait for the bus. It will take you back to Beau Vallon where you can catch a bus to Victoria or go to your hotel if you are staying in the area.
Written October 8, 2016
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Dineshda
Mahe Island, Seychelles98 contributions
Friends
This is a sweet little Trail in Seychelles. You can catch a bus (no 21) going to Bel Ombre and get down at the last stop. Start walking on the road going uphill and you will see some steps going upwards. That is the starting point.
The trail does not involve much hiking. It is a straight walk with beautiful view of vast ocean. On the way you will find a running stream. It has a natural bath tub and the water is safe to drink. There is little cave and a nice view point. This trail ends on a very beautiful beach. (The sea is deep here, so do not go far, unless you are an expert swimmer). If you can manage to climb some rocks and reach a more touristic beach few meters away, you may find some local fruit seller and few showers also. Otherwise there is nothing to eat there, so you need to carry your supplies. If you too tired to walk back, a small boat is on call and will drop you back, near a bus stop.
Written April 14, 2019
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