Beach in the southwest of Mahé
The famous and beautiful beach of the Anse Intendance in the south of Mahé offers about 800 meters of powdery white sand and huge breakers. Because there is no protective reef here, the waves are much bigger than on most other beaches of the Islandso that most of the time it is more suitable for surfing than for swimming. During the southeast trade wind the waves can reach frightening heights, but during the northwest trade wind the sea is calmer. This beautiful beach is also very popular for sunbathing.
Here there is a powder-fine light-coloured sandy beach embedded in lush green vegetation with scattered granite rocks and clear turquoise water.
The beach is not protected by a reef in most parts and therefore during the south-east monsoon there are high and powerful waves with currents. The beach is therefore not fully recommended for swimming.
Shady places are limited.
At the northern end of the beach is the 5-star hotel "Banyan Tree" which is currently under renovation.
The travel time from Victoria to the Intendance is about 45 minutes. You follow the Bois de Rose Avenue on the Providence Highway at Airport passing the East Coast Road and continuing south. In Anse Forbans the road makes a bend, away from the beach and into the interior slightly uphill. At the crossroads of the police station "Quatre Bornes" the road turns left onto Intendance Road. From here it is a 4 minute drive downhill to the crossroads which leads to the Intendance on the right (sign: Banyan Tree).
You can park your car in a public parking lot a few meters from the beach.
Bus: 5A "Intendance via Bougainville" or with a bus to Baie Lazare or Takamaka and change there to Route 9C "Baie Lazare - Intendance".
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