A paradise for snorkellers and divers, the Baie Ternay marine park is treasured for its astounding vistas, with pristine seashore fringed by calm turquoise shallows and abundant marine life.  With no direct coastal road, access, this park retains its exclusivity and natural beauty. It supports an interesting combination of coastal habitats comprising mangroves, sandy shores, rocky shores, sea grass beds and coral reefs.  This park provides an exhilarating experience with possibilities for spotting whale sharks, dolphins and sea turtles. The seagrass beds at the north side of the bay, near the main channel, are vital turtle feeding grounds. Here, hawksbill turtles and the well-camouflaged moray eels are commonly encountered while large clusters of catfish are also often seen sheltering amongst the granite boulders.

Nestling between two hills bordering the Morne Seychellois National Park, Baie Ternay is one of the most sought after refuges for yachts seeking shelter especially during the South East Monsoon. A boat trip along the west coast, in order to access the park, offers  a view of the Morne Seychellois peak, which is the highest in the Seychelles, as well as allowing glimpses of stunning, secluded beaches, otherwise innacessible by road.

Designated 11th June 1979, the Baie Ternay Marine Park is 0.80km². Its white sandy and secluded beaches are idyllic spots for swimming, snorkelling, picnics and sunbathing.

How to get there

This marine park lies approximately 5 km to the south west of the popular tourist area of Beau Vallon. With no coastal road, access to the Marine Park is by sea only.

Local boat charters, dive operators and tour operators offer excursions to suit the needs of  visitors and this service often includes barbecues and snorkelling.

To arrange a visit, the best option is to book through licensed operators located on Beau Vallon beach.

Seychelles marine parks