Bel Ombre is an administrative district located in Mahé Island, where the capital of Seychelles - Victoria, is also present. It works well for international tourists because the region is easily accessible by cheap local transport. Bel Ombre is famous for its natural beauty and scene locales, and the exotic local culture on display. Various tropical vacation activities also make this district a crowd favourite. The harbour and fishing village ensure that the seafood is always of top quality. Bel Ombre has activities for all - solo travellers, couples and families as well!
This gorgeous beach is located on one end of the Morne Seychellois National Park, and is stunning, to say the least. One way to reach this beach is through a trek in the park, which is a great adventure in itself. Anse Major was previously used to help the production of copra, citrus fruit, cinnamon and vanilla - the exotic fragrances still permeate the area! The granite boulders and reefs in the vicinity make the location picturesque and relaxing. You can pass by the Point de vuesur Anse Major, which is a walkway and observation deck - take all the pictures you need here. Lounge by the beach or indulge in watersports - Anse Major is your oyster!
As the district also boasts of a harbour, local fisherman and tourists flock to fish and get game. From small boats to yachts, there are many options you can look into. Many private agencies offer private charters that you can rent and fish for an extended duration. These packages can be inshore, nearshore, reef, wreck and offshore fishing.
The types of fishes underwater include sailfish, yellowfin tuna, dolphin, blue Marlin, bonito, barracuda, red snapper and wahoo. The best times to fish are in the early morning or the late afternoon. Check out the Bel Ombre Marina to find the best agencies and boats. Bonus: the colourful boats and the vermillion sunsets make for some best snaps.
Trekking is a favoured activity at Bel Ombre because it houses the stunning Morne Seychellois National Park, which covers more than 20% of the entire island! The park has 12 hiking trails, which are a delight to embark on. If you're not so sure of the tougher trails, there are beginners' paths you can look into too. The walks to the top of the many hills and granite rocks that dot the region are rewarding, to say the very least - the panoramic views are amazing.
Snorkelling is very popular at Anse Major because of the open cove, the well-formed and preserved corals, and the stunning biodiversity. You can spot the semicircle angelfish, the emperor angelfish and the three spot angelfish that are as curious as they are colourful.
You can also find schools of green birdsmouth wrasse, white-spotted boxfish, blue-spotted grouper, moray eels, yellowfin tuna and other fish in the region. The visibility is great as well. Do not forget to carry your snorkelling gear to the beach if you plan on hiking there. You can also rent the equipment from the city since there aren't any watersport agencies here.
Since the National Park runs through Bel Ombre, bird watchers and nature lovers are sure to fall in love with the region - ardent ornithologists can get their binoculars and spot the Seychelles sunbird, the Seychelles bulbul, blue pigeon and the Seychelles Kestrel. Tour guides and park authorities regularly undertake birdwatching and nature walks.
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