Thursday, 6 June 2013
Surfing in the Seychelles...
Blue waters, white beaches, tropical paradise… these are things that one immediately associates with the Seychelles. And whilst having numerous coastlines around these beautiful islands, surfing hotspots are not something that immediately comes to mind. Certainly, many of the beaches enjoy water as calm and flat as a swimming pool, and many visitors to the Seychelles come there for that reason. However, there are many visitors and locals alike, who enjoy the opportunity to head out into the break and enjoy a surf. The warm waters of the Indian Ocean and stunning coastal scenery make these relatively undiscovered waves a great for longboard, shortboard, and bodyboard surfers to test out their skills.
One thing one needs to be mindful of is that the monsoon climate means that the best places to surf around the Seychelles vary with the seasons. Below is a general guide of the best surfing hotspots in the Seychelles depending on the season. Whether visiting for a surfing trip, or whether you are just someone who wants to try something different on your holiday, we at Seychelles Yacht Charter can make it happen!
North-West Monsoon Season
The Seychelles are usually under the influence of north-west monsoon winds during October, November and December. At this time the best places to find good waves are:
Anse Royale - This is a good reef break on the outer reef. A long paddle top get there and back but worth the effort. This is recommended only for fit experienced surfers.
Anse Lazio - This beach break is good for beginners who are keen to try surfing for the first time. Contact SYC to arrange transport to the island.
South-East Monsoon Season
During April, May, June and July the prevailing monsoon winds are from the south-east, and this means the best surf areas in the Seychelles are:
Grand Anse Beach -This is a good surf spot; however there are very strong currents so you must be a good swimmer. The left hand beach in front of the large 'Le Meridien Barbarons' Hotel is a good spot.
Intendance Beach - The shore breaks along this stretch make it a better option for less experienced surfers.
Anse Gaulette - There are offshore breaks along this beach.
Roche Copra & Plantation Club Beach - There are also offshore breaks along this beach.
Anse Forbans - The chalets of Chalets D'Anse Forbans are right beside this beach, which is long and generally very quiet.
Quarry close to the airport – Here you can swim out or paddle from the beach at the The Wharf Marina and Hotel, which also happens to be the home of Seychelles Yacht Charter
La Digue Island
Grand Anse Beach, Petit Anse Beach, Anse Coco -There are offshore breaks on these beaches.
Anse Patate - This isn't a large beach, but it's a 5-minute cycle from Domaine de l'Orangeraie and surfers talk about the offshore breaks found at this beach.
Anse Kerlan - There are offshore breaks on this beach.
Good surf spots throughout the year:
The following areas are good surf spots during both monsoon seasons, and worth trying between the monsoons, during August and September, and around January, February and March.
Anse Boileau - This reef break on the South-West end of the island is very good for experienced surfers.
Anse Lascars - Here you can find big clean waves up to 6ft which can be dangerous, so it is much better suited to experienced surfers. Also just in front of the chalets you can find a good area where there are offshore breakers at high tide.
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 perfection.