Hello everyone, and thanks for reading. This week, my blog is inspired by one of our readers, an avid surfer, who asked me what surfing is like in Seychelles.
As you know Seychelles is always photographed for its beautiful beaches and is most known as the perfect honeymoon destination. Well be that as it may (and it IS the perfect honeymoon destination), our blog has shown you that there is so much more to Seychelles and surfing is just another one of them.
When you think of surfing, Seychelles is probably not a place that springs to mind and its relatively an unknown on the surf scene. However, there are some areas hidden amongst our beautiful islands that would suit all levels of surfing ability and different board types. Seychelles does have a lot of coral reefs that surround a lot of the islands, so whilst there are still plenty of breach breaks, there are a lot of reef breaks as well (so be prepared for some paddling).
Unfortunately, having limited surfing ability ourselves, to profess we know all about the best waves for surfing would be wrong so we have put our researching hats on to give you some advice from people who actually can surf.
Seychelles has two very distinct weather patterns, the north-west monsoon season and the south-east monsoon season. These different seasons change the areas you can surf at the time of year you visit Seychelles.
Surfing in the north-west monsoon season
The north-west monsoon season is generally most prevalent in October, November and December.
The best and most accessible area for surfing during the north-west monsoon is the famous Anse Lazio beach on Praslin. This is a beach to visit regardless of whether you are a surfer or not – it is simply stunning.
Surfing in the south-east monsoon season
The south-east monsoon season is generally prevalent from May to August. The seas are generally much larger at this time of the year, which creates much bigger surf and more areas to surf. Now, with big surf comes more dangerous conditions so we must caution everyone to ensure you only swim/surf in conditions to suit your abilities and always take notice of any warning signs.
- Grand Anse
- Anse Intendance
- Anse Gaulette
- Anse Forbans
- Anse Soleil
- Anse Boileau
- Bel Ombre
- North East Point
- Grand Anse
- Anse Patate
- Anse Kerlan
- Anse Lascars
The outer islands also offer many options for good surfing with mostly reef breaks but these islands are mostly uninhabited and un-surfed so there is plenty of opportunity to discover new waves and surf un-crowded areas!
Learning to Surf?
Whilst we have not used them before, iSurf Seychelles offers surfing lessons and organised tours for all surfing abilities. They also rent boards as well if you don’t have the luggage allowance to bring your own.
We also found some interesting information from Surfplanner.com and wannasurf.com on Seychelles which rates the different surf areas.
Don’t forget – if surfing is too much for you, Seychelles also offers many less strenuous alternative options on the water, like Stand-up Paddling Boarding or kayaking. Our Mahe base of Anse Royale is the perfect spot for Stand-up Paddle Boarding or kayaking throughout most of the year.
Thanks for reading. Keep checking back with us each week for more information on our beautiful islands. If you have a topic you would like to know more about, just let us know and we’ll do a post just for you!