Cozy and elegant, the beach of Petite Anse is one of the pearls on the island of Mahé. Not to be mistaken with Petite Anse Kerlan, also known as Petite Kerlan located on the island of Praslin.
A brief overview
Petite Anse is a small but captivating beach located on the southwestern coast of the largest island in the Seychelles – Mahé. Obtain your approved eTA Seychelles and get ready for this tiny, beautiful beach.
There are several ways to reach Petite Anse:
Petite Anse is a public beach which means, no fee applies to visit it. However, it’s important to note that Petite Anse is located near the Four Seasons Resort Seychelles, which has private access to the beach. If you are not a guest of the resort and wish to access the beach through the resort’s premises, there might be restrictions or charges imposed by the resort for non-guests. It’s recommended to inquire with the resort directly about their policies and any associated fees.
If you choose to access Petite Anse from a public entry point or via alternative routes, there should not be any fees for enjoying the beach.
When to go?
The best time to visit Petite Anse is during the dry season which typically runs from May to October. This is also the best time for divers as there is less runoff from rainfall. However, if you prefer slightly cooler temperatures, you may consider visiting during the transitional months between seasons, such as April, May, October, or November. Whale sharks and mantra rays can be spotted between August and November.
Things to do
As almost everywhere on the Seychelles, Petite Anse is perfect for all photography enthusiasts. The tiny dimension of this beach makes it perfect for picnicking. Petite Anse’s westward orientation allows for beautiful sunset views over the Indian Ocean.
What to bring?
Petite Anse is a very small beach with no facilities on it. You will have to bring your beach essentials like a hat and glasses, a towel, beach umbrella, first aid kit. It’s important to stay hydrated, so bring with you a lot of water. And do not forget to put sun cream on you.
Tips for visiting
On weekdays, particularly from Monday to Thursday, there tends to be fewer visitors compared to weekends. Many tourists and locals often visit beaches on weekends, so choosing a weekday can provide a more tranquil experience. Arriving at Petite Anse early in the morning, especially shortly after sunrise, can offer a quieter and more serene atmosphere. Then, towards the late afternoon, especially as the day starts to transition into evening, the number of visitors may decrease. The beach is also likely to be less crowded during the shoulder seasons (April to June and September to November).
Where to lunch?
There are several dining options nearby Petite Anse: