Anse Park

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Anse Park is with a length of 120 steps the shortest and the only beach on the southeast side on the island. At first sight, the scenery surrounding Anse Park resembles the coastal area of a windswept British isle where one might expect to find a herd of sheep grazing the hillside. Many coral stones and black granite stones may make swimming difficult at low tide. However, at high tide Anse Park is an excellent snorkelling ground with plenty of marine life to be discovered. On land, violet blooming Beach Morning Glories fight their way through the coarse-grained sand towards the water. An impressive Fish Poison Tree (Barringtonia asiatica) with leaves up to 40 cm long and large white feathery flowers can be found along the coast. Anse Park is the only beach with fresh water nearby. The first inhabitants of the island settled here and built a stone wall around the spring to protect their source of water. Nowadays the second largest group in the Seychelles of about 180 wild breeding tortoises has made these backwaters their home. The native Killifish has been re-introduced to the area by the islands environment manager Steve Hill in an effort to conserve this originally endemic Seychelles specie.

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