Free shore access
This spot have a free shore access: you can go snorkeling there freely and without having to book a tour or pay an entrance fee.
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Last updated on April 10, 2023
Frequently listed as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Lazio is a not-to-be-missed location if you visit Seychelles. Fringed with palm trees and tacamahac trees, this fine carpet of white sand opens on crystal-clear blue waters. The two ends of the beach, bordered by granite boulders, offer decent snorkeling.
Anse Lazio is at the northern tip of Praslin, about 4 miles/6km from Cote d’Or. From the port, follow the coastal road further north through Cote d’Or. The beach is at the end of the road. It is quite easy to find a parking space near the beach. You can also reach Anse Lazio by bus or taxi.
Water entrance is directly from the beach, at either end of it (depending on which area you want to snorkel).
There are two main snorkeling areas in Anse Lazio, located at the western and the eastern tips of the beach, some 500 meters apart.
1. The western zone (to the left as you are facing the ocean): This is the deepest area, with the most rocks, but quite poor in sea life. This area features large granite boulders surrounded by white sand (↕7-13ft/2-4m). All around, the water is generally very clear and visited by small schools of snubnose pompano and scissortail sergeants.
2. The eastern zone (to the right as you are facing the ocean): This area is shallower (↕7-10ft/2-3m) and has more coral. Snorkel all along the rocky shore, on which small corals are attached in places. You may encounter in this area bluefin trevally, needlefish, surgeonfish or checkerboard wrasse. Large groups of blue damselfish swim near the rocks, where small moray eels are sometimes hiding.
Towards dusk, in the sandy areas, you might encounter bluespotted ribbontail rays camouflaged in the sand (↕6-10ft/2-3m).
This spot can be invaded by jellyfish at certain times of the year.
Two accommodations are available in Anse Lazio: Le Chateau de Feuilles and Anse Lazio Lodge. There are also several restaurants and food stands on the beach.
Hawksbill sea turtles 👇 can sometimes be spotted at Anse Lazio, as you can see in this video shot by pcamus (Oct. 2019).
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.
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Snorkeling spots are part of a wild environment and their aspect can be significantly altered by weather, seasons, sea conditions, human impact and climate events (storms, hurricanes, seawater-warming episodes…). The consequences can be an alteration of the seabed (coral bleaching, coral destruction, and invasive seagrass), a poor underwater visibility, or a decrease of the sea life present in the area. Snorkeling Report makes every effort to ensure that all the information displayed on this website is accurate and up-to-date, but no guarantee is given that the underwater visibility and seabed aspect will be exactly as described on this page the day you will snorkel the spot. If you recently snorkeled this area and noticed some changes compared to the information contained on this page, please contact us.
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