Spot

Baie Lazare


Lazare Bay, graced with a lagoon and lined with palm trees, is one of the finest beaches in Mahé. Partly protected by a barrier reef, it includes an excellent spot for snorkeling, where you can explore both the lagoon and the outer face of the reef. Here you will find, in particular, several species of angelfish and impressive shoals of green humphead parrotfish.
How to get there?

Lazare Bay is on a small peninsula to 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. Soon after the Anse à la Mouche, turn right onto the Anse Soleil Road, then ask for directions to Anse Gouvernement. A narrow, shaded road runs down to finish behind the beach. This is the only public access to Lazare Bay beach. From the airport, the shortest route goes through Anse Royale. It takes about thirty minutes by car in both cases.

Water entrance

We recommend exploring the far west of the bay, near Anse Gouvernement. This is the most accessible spot, the safest and one of the most interesting areas for underwater life.
You will be free to swim between the beach and the coral reef, which are about 150 metres apart. The further you go to the left as you face the sea, the nearer you come to a channel (see map below), which is a much less safe area. Enter the water from the sandy beach, opposite the car park, near the granite rocks encircling the bay.

Aerial view

Exploration

Lazare Bay is next to a small "lagoon", sheltered by a coral barrier. But you can generally cross the barrier at high tide, making it possible to explore the reef drop-off facing the open sea.

For the first 30 yards from the beach you cross a sandy bed, sprinkled with coral (2-6ft/0.5-2m), which becomes more and more dense as you get closer to the barrier reef. At the reef, at high tide, the water level falls (2-3ft/0.5-1m), but you can still move on to the reef drop-off.

Snorkeling Report Baie Lazare Mahe Seychelles
Emperor angelfish at Baie Lazare

The reef plateau is shallow but inhabited by multitudes of hard coral. Their condition varies (in some places the sea bed has none). As you explore, it is easy to come across several species of angelfish (semicircle, threespot and emperor), a large number of butterflyfish and particularly colourful surgeonfish. At the reef drop-off, you may get the chance to see a shoal of green humphead parrotfish. They can grow up to 3ft/1.30 metres long, and as they are particularly impressive, as they devour food along the sea bed with their strong jaws.

At certain periods of the year, the bay is covered in seaweed, which is particular prevalent at low tide. 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 Lazare Bay, 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

Lazare Bay beach is mainly occupied by the Kempinski Seychelles Resort, giving direct access to the snorkeling spot. You can have a meal there, even if you are not staying at the hotel. Around Anse Gouvernement Road (the public access to the beach), you will find other places to eat, although options are limited.

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.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Intermediary level
  • Maximum depth
    20ft (6m)
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential Dangers
    Usual precautions
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Low
  • Access costs
    Free
  • Restaurants nearby
    Yes, expensive
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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Species you may spot while snorkeling Baie Lazare

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Emperor angelfish
Pomacanthus imperator
Semicircle angelfish
Pomacanthus semicirculatus
Threespot angelfish
Apolemichthys trimaculatus
Scrawled butterflyfish
Chaetodon meyeri
Yellowhead butterflyfish
Chaetodon xanthocephalus
Green humphead parrotfish
Bolbometopon muricatum
Steephead parrotfish
Chlorurus strongylocephalus
Elegant unicornfish
Naso elegans
Clown surgeonfish
Acanthurus lineatus
Sixbar wrasse
Thalassoma hardwicke
Barred thicklip wrasse
Hemigymnus fasciatus
Green birdmouth wrasse
Gomphosus caeruleus
Scissortail sergeant
Abudefduf sexfasciatus
Blue-spotted spinefoot
Siganus corallinus
Moorish idol
Zanclus cornutus
Bluespotted grouper
Cephalopholis argus
Poisson-flûte
Fistularia commersonii
Indo-Pacific sergeant
Abudefduf vaigiensis
Chevron butterflyfish
Chaetodon trifascialis
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