This breathtaking beach, which is also a Marine National Park, is on the north-western coast of Mahe and can be reached by taking the road past Port Glaud. Swimming and especially snorkelling here is excellent, with a wide variety of colourful fish that can be seen in and around the edges of the impressive bay.
The beach itself is large and wide with white sand and plenty of shady trees. It is popular with picnickers at weekends but during the week tends to be much quieter. There are often beautiful shells and corals to be found along the shoreline, but please remember this is National Park property and it is strictly prohibited to take coral and shells away.
How to get there:
From the clock tower in Victoria, drive to the traffic light and turn left onto Revolution Avenue. Drive past the main police station on your left, and then take the first road on your left, Bel Air Road. Follow Bel Air Road up the hill and down to the other side, passing the Everglow store, the Mission Lodge viewing point and the Tea Factory.
Continue on this road down to the coast reaching the junction at Port Glaud, turn right passing Eden's Holiday Resort and, further on, the church on the right. Keep going along this road leading through the mangroves till you come to the end of the 2-lane road. Look for the Marine Park signpost on the left indicating Port Launay. Total travelling time is approximately 1 hour.
Port Launay is suitable for: