Anse Soleil

Anse Soleil, nestling in tropical vegetation, is a small haven of peace that the people of the Seychelles adore. The 300 meter-long beach, lined on either side by granite rocks, opens on to a small bay with calm, turquoise waters. With its perfectly preserved coral beds and a rich and varied undersea life, Anse Soleil is one of the best snorkeling spots on the Mahé coast.
How to get there?

Anse Soleil is on a small peninsula at the far south-west of the island of Mahé. From Victoria, cross the island from east to west via Fairview and Souvenir towards Anse Boileau, then continue south along the West Coast Road. Just after the Anse à la Mouche, Anse Soleil is well signposted on the right. From the airport, the shortest route goes through Anse Royale. It takes about thirty minutes by car in both cases. The Anse Soleil Café is on the Anse Soleil beach. It is a useful landmark if you can't find your way.

Water entrance

The left part of the little cove, as you are facing the sea, has the best reputation for snorkeling. Get into the water on this side of the beach, near the rocks.

Aerial view


In Anse Soleil, the beach is not sheltered by a barrier reef, and so the spot is directly open on the sea. From the beach towards the sea, the water level rises progressively, while the sea bed slopes gently downwards. The water level quickly reaches 13 to 20 feet (4 to 6 metres) in the central part of the area, as far as the rocky point encircling the bay.

The spot includes varied sea beds: superb branched coral beds of fluorescent blue, sheer granite rocks next to the sandy sea floor or immaculate sandy sea beds, where only a few jacks venture to swim. Anse Soleil contains a wide range of multi-coloured coral. Get closer to admire the green or pink polyps, a favourite subject for underwater photography.

Snorkeling Report Anse Soleil Mahe
Coral Reef at Anse Soleil

Try to spot the three kinds of angelfish living in Anse Soleil: the semicircle angelfish, the highly colourful emperor angelfish or the more discrete threespot angelfish, with its lemon yellow outfit. Shoals of silver moony and sergeant major fish live near the shelter of the granite rocks, while surgeonfish and wrasse dart above the coral. It is also quite common to see a spotted eagle ray venture into the bay.

From June to October, this side of the island is exposed to winds, and sea conditions deteriorate. Snorkeling is not recommended in this period.
Don't hesitate to combine this visit with an exploration of Baie Lazare, a few minutes' drive from Anse Soleil. It is only a mile away, but on foot it can be gruelling due to the steep climb.

Restaurants & accommodation

The Anse Soleil Café is located right on Anse Soleil beach. Here you will find a fair choice of dishes, snacks and cold drinks. A good deal of mid-range accommodation is available in the area, but the Anse Soleil Beachcomber is the best placed, just next to the snorkeling spot.

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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
    Usual precautions
  • Lifeguard
  • Visitor numbers
  • Access costs
  • Restaurants nearby
    Yes, inexpensive
  • Public toilets & showers

Spot map

Spot photos

Underwater spot photos

Species you may spot while snorkeling Anse Soleil

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Semicircle angelfish
Pomacanthus semicirculatus
Emperor angelfish
Pomacanthus imperator
Threespot angelfish
Apolemichthys trimaculatus
Spiny cushion sea star
Culcita schmideliana
Chocolatedip chromis
Chromis dimidiata
Sulphur damsel
Pomacentrus sulfureus
Yellowtail sergeant
Abudefduf notatus
Checkerboard wrasse
Halichoeres hortulanus
Silver moony
Monodactylus argenteus
Bluestreak cleaner wrasse
Labroides dimidiatus
Spotted wrasse
Anampses meleagrides
Green birdmouth wrasse
Gomphosus caeruleus
Scissortail sergeant
Abudefduf sexfasciatus
Indo-Pacific sergeant
Abudefduf vaigiensis
Blackspot sergeant
Abudefduf sordidus
Green Chromis
Chromis viridis
Melon butterflyfish
Chaetodon trifasciatus
Barred filefish
Cantherhines dumerilii
Snubnose pompano
Trachinotus blochii
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