Anse Volbert

If you visit Praslin Island, it is quite likely that Côte d’Or (Anse Volbert) will be the place you stay during your trip. It is true that this site is not exceptional for snorkeling and that the Seychelles are plenty of world-class snorkeling spots, but don’t hesitate to pay it a visit. Although the sea bed is not very interesting, you may come across a wide range of fish, colorful starfish and even young sea turtles.
How to get there?

Anse Volbert is a stunning 2km stretch of pristine white sand. Cote d’Or village, running along the beach, is the main seaside resort in Praslin, where most of the hotels, guesthouse and restaurants are concentrated. From the airport, head east and follow the signs to Grande Anse, then Sainte-Anne, and finaly Côte d’Or. If you reach Praslin by boat, you will arrive at the little port of Sainte-Anne. Head north, by following the signs to Cote d’Or (well signposted). In Praslin there are pretty much just two roads, don’t worry about getting lost ! It is also easy to get there by bus (approximately 0.5 euro each way), but be sure to return before 5pm. A good landmark to look for on the beach is the Berjaya Praslin Beach Resort, which is across from the spot.

Water entrance

Enter the water directly from the beach, in front of Chauve Souris island. Keep an eye out for small fishing boats sailing nearby.

Aerial view


The area to explore covers a wide area between the beach and Chauve-Souris island, some 200 yards away. Once you are in the water, swim toward the island. The area has a constant sea level (↕2-5ft/0.5-1.5m) and the seabed is entirely made up of sand and seagrass. Close by Chauve-Souris island, you will come across large blocks of granite, which provide small areas of sea life that are interesting to explore. You will come across a good variety of fish, such as parrotfish and butterflyfish. Look for Red-knobbed starfish. They like the dense seagrass covering the seabed only a few dozen yards from the beach. By crisscrossing the area and keeping a good eye out, you will soon spot them. Also, it is not unusual to see immature hawksbill sea turtles, which come to feed on the seagrass.

Snorkeling Report Anse Volbert Praslin Seychelles
Red-knobbed starfish

Restaurants & accommodation

Côte d’Or is the main seaside resort in Praslin. Near the beach, there is a whole host of restaurants, supermarkets and accommodation for all budgets.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

Spot’s weather forecasts (°C)

Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Intermediary level
  • Maximum depth
    8 ft
  • 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 Volbert

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Hawksbill sea turtle
Eretmochelys imbricata
Thumbprint emperor
Lethrinus harak
Lagoon triggerfish
Rhinecanthus aculeatus
Scissortail sergeant
Abudefduf sexfasciatus
Red-knobbed starfish
Protoreaster linckii
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