Good Luck Getting to Le Petite Anse Kerlan on Praslin

It is said that all beaches in the Seychelles are public, and if you're envisioning free access to any beach you want I am sad to say you have another thing coming.

The unfortunate truth of the matter is that just because all beaches are supposedly public does not necessarily mean that you will have unrestricted access to visit them as you please.

(We say “supposedly public” because as much as it is written online, we could not actually verify it.)

You see, many beaches in the Seychelles have a hotel or resort located nearby. While it is entirely likely that the beach itself is public, the land around the beach that is occupied by the hotel is most certainly not- and there in lies the problem. 

Access is all but impossible.

One beach famous for this problem is Anse Source D'Argent on the island of La Digue, which is found deep within a plantation that charges 110 rupees for visitors to enter ($8 USD).

A few more are Le Petite Anse Kerlan and Anse Georgette, two beautiful spots found within the property of Constance Lemuria on the island of Praslin.

But where we can get beyond the fee to enter Anse Source D'Argent with the justification of it being used to maintain the grounds (and the fact that everyone can enter upon payment of a nominal fee), the more explicit restrictions for Le Petite Anse Kerlan and Anse Georgette are a bit more troubling.

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13 Seychelles Beaches to Explore During Your Visit to Paradise

The Seychelles beaches are what dreams are made of- with white sand, crystal clear water, beautiful rock formations, and picturesque palm trees.

While this may seem like a wonderful thing, if you're actually vacationing there, it can be a bit overwhelming to try to prioritize which beaches you want to visit.

That's where we come in!

During our two weeks in the Seychelles, we spent time on Mahe, Silhouette, La Digue, and Praslin, and we're here to share our favorite beaches from these four islands. There are lots of different kinds of beaches – some are good for sun bathing, swimming, snorkeling, walking along and exploring, watersports, and the list goes on.

Here we will try to describe the features of each Seychelles beach so you can find the ones that are right for you!

Another point to keep in mind is the time of year that you visit the Seychelles – certain beaches have strong currents at particular times of the year, making swimming dangerous. Others have lots of seaweed during certain months. It's best to do some research about the conditions during the time of year you'll be traveling so you won't be disappointed.

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Want to Hike to Anse Major on Mahe? Think Twice Before Going

The Seychelles are full of world class beaches, many of them easily accessible via roads.

But there are also numerous beaches in the Seychelles that are a little more difficult to reach, ones that you can only get to on your own two feet or via a boat.

We love the challenge that comes with trying to get to this type of beach, and during our recent trip to the Seychelles we did a few short hikes to see some of them- including Anse Major on Mahe island.

Anse Major is considered one of the most beautiful secluded beaches on Mahe, so we of course had to check it out.

But one thing we did not know was how intense that journey would be, and that gives us reason to pause in recommending this hike to others.

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How to Visit the Seychelles Without Spending a Lot Of Money

“Is it possible to visit the Seychelles without spending a lot of money?”

This island nation is widely considered to be one of the most expensive travel destinations in the world, and we got this question a lot when we said we were going for a two week vacation.

In fact, most of the time it was followed up with “how can you afford that?!” (The answer? Points; but we'll get into that later.)

As we do in all posts in this series, to answer this question in a single statement, we have to say that on the surface, no, it is not possible to visit the Seychelles cheaply (which we would define as under $100 a day for a couple).

But if you plan your trip right, and choose your accommodations and dining options selectively, you can get your costs down to $150 to $200 per day for a couple before airfare. 

Still not a trivial amount, but a lot better than the alternatives.

For those who have a slightly higher budget, there are still many ways to get to this remote and mysterious destination without breaking the bank too much, and today we're going to get into how to do just that!

All prices in this article are based off our trip to the Seychelles in early 2018, and the exchange rate we received was approximately 13.5 rupees to one dollar.

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