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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.

Pompano fish at Anse Lazio - Snorkeling in Praslin
Snubnose pompano is a common fish in Anse Lazio sandy areas.

How to get to Anse Lazio snorkeling spot?

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.

Anse Lazio snorkeling map, Praslin, Seychelles

Water entrance for snorkeling Anse Lazio

Water entrance is directly from the beach, at either end of it (depending on which area you want to snorkel).

Anse Lazio snorkeling tips

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.

Geometric moray eel at Anse Lazio - Snorkeling in Praslin
A geometric moray eel in Anse Lazio.

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).

Bluespotted stingray at Anse Lazio - Snorkeling in Praslin
A bluespotted ribbontail ray in Anse Lazio’s sandy beds.

This spot can be invaded by jellyfish at certain times of the year.

Restaurants and accommodation nearby

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).




  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth15ft (4.5m)
  • Water entranceEasy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential DangersSpot regularly exposed to jellyfish. Two shark attacks in 2011
  • LifeguardYes
  • Visitor numbersMedium
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyYes, moderately expensive
  • Public toilets & showersNo

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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.