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After an article appeared in Surfer magazine in 1967, the Seychelles isle of Mahé was put on the world surfing map. Aussie photographer Ron Perrott described it as a paradise, influencing many surfers to make the trip, but they came back disappointed. Small, clean, relatively uncrowded surf does exist, but Mahé suffers from a long, shallow shelf, bad location, and extremely inconsistent swells that struggle to produce more than a dozen good days annually. Sitting too far W for the normal groundswell angles in the Indian Ocean, Mahé is usually bypassed, instead relying on a major S swell to hit, or for consistent onshore winds to create surf on the few exposed beaches. Rarely big enough to wrap around to the W coast for offshore conditions, Mahé's surf is either onshore slop or nonexistent. However, it's an island of outstanding natural beauty, granite rock and lush mountains, with narrow coastal strips of gorgeous white-sand beaches. Mahé supports most of the Seychelles? population, along with the package tourists. Victoria is Africa's smallest capital city.
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25 - 30°C
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+ Small fun waves
+ Few crowds
+ Warm water
+ Unreal island scenery
- Very inconsistent
- Extremely expensive
- Lots of windchop
- Flat summers
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Guide icon Forecast icon Anse Gaulette Grey Star 1.5ft 11secs 193° 15mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Dead Coral 6
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SE - SW North Easterly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon Police Bay Star 1.5ft 11secs 193° 15mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 6
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SE - S Northerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Anse Bougainville Star 1.5ft 11secs 193° 15mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Dead Coral 8
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SE - SW North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Pointe Camille Star 2ft 10secs 117° 14mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Dead Coral 8
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SE - S North Easterly Mid to High Tide
Guide icon Forecast icon La Passe Star 1ft 9secs 139° 15mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Dead Coral 10
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SE - S North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Carana 2ft 8secs 6° 15mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 4
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N - SE South Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Frégate Island Star 2ft 10secs 117° 14mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Dead Coral 6
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SE - S North Easterly No Data Available
Guide icon Forecast icon Anse aux Poules Bleues 1ft 9secs 139° 15mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Uneven Reef 8
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SE - SW South Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Grande Anse (La Digue) Star 2ft 10secs 117° 14mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 6
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E - S North Westerly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Grande Anse 1ft 9secs 139° 15mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Sand 4
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SE - SW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Northeast Point 2ft 8secs 6° 15mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Right Submerged Reef Dead Coral 8
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NE - SE Westerly High Tide Only
Guide icon Forecast icon Anse Intendance Star 1.5ft 11secs 193° 15mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Beachbreak Peaks Uneven Reef and Sand 6
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SE - SW North Easterly All Tides
Guide icon Forecast icon Barbarons 1ft 9secs 139° 15mph Heavy Thunderstorms No Reports Available. Left Submerged Reef Live Coral 8
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S - SW North Easterly All Tides