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Anse Major
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Reviewed February 25, 2014

The hike to Anse Major starts at the end of the bus line in Danzil. Walk up the road, continuing until you get to a fork where there is a sign for another trail to the left and Anse Major to the right. It's a great hike, just a bit challenging. But make sure to bring lots of water and food. We had 2 liters for 2 people and did not feel like it was enough. It is about a 60-90 minute walk each way. I loved the isolation of the beach. The first beach you encounter is quite small. Keep walking about 5 minutes to get to Anse Major. Probably my favorite activity I did in a week on Mahe

Thank Lily129
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We had to get a bus until Danzil to start the trekking. It took us about 1 hour and a half to reach Anse Major. The trekking was not very hard and we had very nice postcard views to distract us along the way. Make sure you go early, and check the tides before hand. We arrived there at 4 pm and could only stay for 45 minutes because the police guard was leaving and told us it was not safe to stay there alone. We heard it is possible to take a taxi boat there, but the sea was harsh and they could not stop there.

Thank robrazil_81
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Reviewed June 30, 2013

I should say that trekking to Anse Major was the highlight of the Mahe trip overall. Having said that it is very short - 3 kms practically you are done in 90 minutes - one way. The panorama from the route is really nice.
you need to take your beverages and your nibbles for your time on the beach since there isn't any place to purchase anything. You reach another virgin beach Anse major where you can see busloads of tourist on a day trip by boat , which might be disappointing. We took the water taxi to Beau Vallon back which costs 250 S. rupees per person just to see the panorama from the water.
it was a nice day out and about.

Thank DORDubai
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

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.

4  Thank Rajeev S
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