Seychelles, Praslin, Anse Volbert (Cote d'Or)

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Anse Volbert

Top choice in Praslin

This long, gently arching beach is among the most popular strands on the island. It's great for safe swimming and sunbathing, and it's also good for water sports. There are plenty of facilities, including restaurants and hotels. A small islet – Chauve-Souris – floats offshore. You can swim to it for snorkelling.

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Nearby Praslin attractions

1. Rita's Art Studio & Gallery

0.27 MILES

Bright Seychellois landscapes and still lifes (think exotic flowers) bring much cheer to this gallery owned and run by local artist, Rita Morel, who can…

2. Praslin National Park

1.17 MILES

This national park is spread across the hills of Praslin's interior. At its core is the Unesco World Heritage–listed Vallée de Mai, one of the most…

3. Vallée de Mai

1.21 MILES

Gorgeous World Heritage–listed Vallée de Mai is one of only two places in the world where the rare coco de mer palm grows in its natural state (the other…

4. Church

2.17 MILES

This sturdy local church will help you get your bearings along Praslin's west coast.

5. Doctor's House

2.26 MILES

On Curieuse Island at Anse St José, this former doctor's home contains a small historical museum.

6. Giant Tortoise Farm


Curieuse is a breeding centre for giant Aldabra tortoises. The wardens at the giant tortoise farm show visitors around the pens, after which you're free…

7. Anse La Blague

2.41 MILES

Head to Anse La Blague on the east coast if you're after a secluded picnic spot. Very few tourists make it to this isolated beach, which feels like the…

8. Grand Anse

2.76 MILES

Grand Anse has a long, typically beautiful beach, but swimming is only average, with shallow waters and a profusion of algae.