Hirondelle is Bird Island’s north easterly beach, named after the French Privateer ‘Hirondelle’, which wrecked on the reef off its coast in 1808. 180 people were voyaging on the ship from the Red Sea when it wrecked and the survivors lived on the island for 22 days before sailing a make-shift raft to reach Mahé.
Hirondelle Beach is the prime place for snorkelling, off the brightly coloured reef that protects the beach. In general, the northern part of the beach is very wide and a number of beach ridges, representing former shorelines, can be seen.
This long stretch of pure white sand is located far from the main areas of the island, and with 40 other guests on the island at most, it’s perfect to enjoy as your own little private corner of paradise.