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Anse Lazio


Anse Lazio is often listed among the most beautiful beaches in the world, and is one of the sites you shouldn’t miss in the Seychelles. Ringed with palm trees and tacamahac trees, with a fine carpet of white sand, crystal-clear water of a dazzling blue – the attraction is immediate. At either end of the beach, bedecked with granite rocks, there are excellent opportunities for snorkeling.
How to get there?

Anse Lazio is at the northern tip of the main road that goes round the island, about 4 miles (6km) from the center of Côte d’Or. It comes to an end near the edge of the beach. It is quite easy to find a parking space, but make sure you don’t leave anything in the car, as theft is not uncommon.
There are always one or two taxis near the beach until sunset. By bus, get off at Anse Boudin (the end of the line) and walk about twenty minutes to reach the beach. Please note that the route is hilly and, in the heat, the way up can be demanding.

Water entrance

There are two areas to explore at Anse Lazio. They are at either end of the beach, around 500 yards apart. Enter the water directly from the beach (where the first rocks are). If you want to explore both sides, it is better to get out of the water and walk to the other end. Since the shark attacks in 2011, a zone for swimmers, protected by a net, has been set up, but it doesn’t cover the interesting areas.

Aerial view


Exploration

South zone (to the left as you are facing the ocean):
This is the deepest area, with the most rocks, and is also the least rich in underwater life. From the very first yards as you leave the beach, you will come across large blocks of granite that seem to have been “planted” in the white sand. All around, the water is generally very clear and can be deep (↕7-13ft/2-4m). Small shoals of pompanos and sergeant majors move between the rocks, which are lightly colonized by a few sea urchins.

North zone (to the right as you are facing the ocean):
Near the shore, this area is less deep (↕7-10ft/2-3m) and has more coral. You move along a rocky barrier that has been colonized by small coral. You may come across, in turn, bluefin trevally, needlefish, surgeonfish or checkerboard wrasse. Large groups of blue damselfish rest near the rocks, where small moray eels sometimes find a home.

Snorkeling Report Anse Lazio Praslin Seychelles Stingray
Bluespotted ribbontail ray at Anse Lazio

It was once usual to observe sharks, but they are now rare in Anse Lazio, due to the relentless hunting undertaken since the fatal attacks in 2011. Towards dusk, in the sandy areas, you can observe small groups of stingrays (↕6-10ft/2-3m). They are discreet and easily camouflaged, but you can try to spot their eyes standing out against the sand. This fish inflicts a particularly painful sting, so here, even more than elsewhere, you should avoid putting your feet on the seabed outside the swimming areas.



This spot is regularly exposed to jellyfish, and their presence will often lead to your exploration being cut short.

Restaurants & accommodation

There are two mid-category restaurants on the beach, at either end. You can also rent a bungalow, but prices are very high. All the surrounding area is nature. In other words, if you are on a budget, you should bring your own drinks and a picnic.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Intermediary level
  • Maximum depth
    15ft (4.5m)
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential Dangers
    Spot regularly exposed to jellyfish. Two shark attacks in 2011.
  • Lifeguard
    Yes
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium
  • Access costs
    Free
  • Restaurants nearby
    Yes, moderately expensive
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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Species you may spot while snorkeling Anse Lazio

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Powder blue tang
Acanthurus leucosternon
Clown surgeonfish
Acanthurus lineatus
Bluefin trevally
Caranx melampygus
Snubnose pompano
Trachinotus blochii
Checkerboard wrasse
Halichoeres hortulanus
Reef needlefish
Strongylura incisa
Scissortail sergeant
Abudefduf sexfasciatus
Green Chromis
Chromis viridis
Bluespotted stingray
Dasyatis kuhlii
Live sharksucker
Echeneis naucrates
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