Postcard Beach: Anse Lazio
12 kilometers long and 4 kilometers wide, Praslin is the second largest island in the archipelago. A coastal road runs almost entirely from Anse Kerlan to the northeast and Anse Lazio to the northwest. On the other hand, there is only one road between Baie Sainte-Anne (west) and Grand Anse (east).
After a jump by Anse Volbert, the most touristic part of the island, head northwest to the most beautiful beach, that of Anse Lazio.
But first let’s take a little height! 340 meters, here we are at Grand Fond near the place called Zimbabwe. The hill is occupied by telecommunication antennas but still allows some nice escapes on the north of the island and the surrounding islands.
And here we are on the famous beach of Anse Lazio … with its beautiful sandy strip lined with takamakas and coconut trees, turquoise water, granite blocks … everything is there!
Only shadow on the board, the memory that here two swimmers perished recently, devoured by sharks! It’s cold in the back and the subject is in every conversation. To reassure the tourists, the authorities installed nets delimiting bathing areas of 150 meters by 50 meters. Not sure it’s really waterproof but it’s better than nothing. Besides, the bathers do not linger in the water and stay on the alert.
Another mythical beach: Anse Georgette
It is located at the northeastern end of the island. Finally, after an hour and a half of walking, the beach known as one of the most beautiful in the world is ours! Its turquoise water invites you to swim but be careful, here without net, no question of getting wet higher than the knees.
Besides, several small sharks prowl around the edge in a few centimeters of water. Be careful, because if there are small children on the beach, it is not impossible that the mother is off! Also, stingrays on which it would be better not to set foot!
To top it all, a stormy sky accentuates the dramatic atmosphere of the place.
The complete loop (swimming and stopping on the beach included) will take you three hours.