Anse Source d’Argent may be the most photogenic beach in the Seychelles, but it can get crowded. Anse Volbert on Praslin island is a better bet: the bright-blue sea and white sand seem limitless, so there is plenty of space. It actually forms the Cote d’Or with the ajoining beach, Anse Gouvernement. Lively, with many bars and cafés nearby, it’s popular with locals and tourists alike. Opportunities for snorkeling trips abound, as do the chances of shopping: Praslin is home of the Giant Clam farm engaged in the culture of rare Black Pearls and production of its souvenirs .
WHERE TO STAY: The Paradise Sun is the area’s best luxe property for water proximity and the jaw-dropping view – snorkel in front of your chalet and imagine the Côte d’Or is your private beach.
HOW TO GET THERE: Praslin is the second largest island of the Seychelles archipelago. It is situated a short 1-hour ferry ride or 15 mins twin-otter flight from Mahe.
WHEN TO GO: Even though Seychelles are blessed with nice weather year-round, conditions for swimming, snorkelling and especially diving are superb during April/May and October/November when the water temperature sometimes reaches 29ºC and visibility is often 30 metres plus.