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Anse Boudin is one of Praslin’s prettiest beaches. Located along the road to the famous Anse Lazio (where you can also snorkel, see report here), it is a pleasant snorkeling stopover if you are visiting the north of the island. In the cove you may be lucky enough to encounter hawksbill turtles, in addition to the many colorful fish that live in the shallows.

Anse Boudin, Praslin
Anse Boudin, Praslin.

How to get to Anse Boudin snorkeling spot?

Anse Boudin is located on the northern coast of Praslin, in the inlet that splits the islands of Praslin and Curieuse. To reach it by car, take the Anse Lazio road. The beach is on the right, about 1 km after passing the Hotel Raffles Seychelles. Local buses also serve Anse Boudin.

Anse Boudin snorkeling map, Praslin

Water entrance for snorkeling Anse Boudin

Get in the water from the beach, preferably in front of the church, where you can see some granite blocks in the water (see map above).

Anse Boudin snorkeling exploration tips

Starting from the beach, the seabed slopes gently to a depth of about 12 feet/4 meters at the limit of the snorkeling area.

School of Moorish Idols at Anse Boudin
Schools of Moorish Idols frequently visit Anse Boudin’s shallows.

Anse Boudin has fairly poor seabed, which mainly features sand, coral debris and seagrass, with almost no live corals. Many sea urchins are found in the area, including long-spined sea urchins in which small damselfish shelter.

Orbicular batfish at Anse Boudin
An orbicular batfish.

Despite a quite poor underwater environment, the cove shelters a colorful sea life, with many fish to see. Moorish Idols, parrotfish, sergeant majors, and some orbicular batfish are easy to spot. Less common species in the cove include the spotted eagle ray, which sometimes visits the slopes.

Hawksbill turtle in Anse Boudin, Praslin
Anse Boudin offers good chances to spot hawksbill sea turtles.

Like many other locations in Seychelles, Anse Boudin is visited by hawksbill turtles, which can be seen swimming peacefully above seagrass beds and coral debris areas.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

No restaurant is available on the beach. There are a few guesthouses in the area as well as at Anse Lazio (where you can also snorkel). The nearest hotel is the Raffles Seychelles (one kilometer south of the cove).


  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth12ft/4m
  • Water entranceFrom a sandy beach
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree

MAP Spot

These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.