Grand Anse Beach is a showcase of La Digue. It is a quite secluded beach with incredible beautiful raging waves and inaccessible cliffs. Crystal turquoise water throws swirling foamy masses ashore from its depths, and that is the moment when you start believing the heaven and hell. The ocean has its own energy, which transfers the age-old wisdom of the earth and the sun. It smells and sounds like the distant dream where you want to stay forever.
How to get to Grand Anse Beach
The only road leads from the L'Union village to Grand Anse Beach. You can get to this road by a variety of ways. You can turn off the pier to the left through the La Passe village and go along the left edge of the settlements as shown on the map below. Another possible way is by the Zerof cafe in La Reunion. Both these ways lead through local villages where you can snack or buy souvenirs while going to the beach.
A less crowded and more picturesque route goes through the L'Union Estate Park. This way will take more time but it is far more beautiful! It is ideal for bike riding. Just head south toward the park along the west coast and turn at the L'Union Estate Park to the left.
The road to the Grand Anse Beach is quite picturesque, you will like biking through the low hills. There will be shacks and stalls of local people on the way where you can have a rest and gain new strength: the ups and twists can be sharp turned, so ride carefully and don’t accelerate much.
Walkers may find the way to Grand Anse exhausting. The walk can take the whole day to get to the beach and back.
It is the longest and largest beach on La Digue, two kilometers of white coral sand. It is framed by granite boulders, and the ocean lures by its pristine beauty. But the beauty is misleading: even if the waves are calm, the undercurrent is strong and dangerous. Grand Anse Beach is not suitable for swimming for most of the year, there are signs along the perimeter warning swimmers about dangerous undercurrents. Despite the scenic beauty of the beach, it is the place of high-risk, and every year the raging waves take away lives of careless people.
We recommend you to visit the beach in the morning: there are almost no shady places to hide from the sun at noon and in the morning you can rest in the shade of palm trees and granite boulders. At noon, you may hide from the scorching sun in a small cafe at entering the beach. It is a nice place to enjoy the beauty of the pristine beach, to revel in the power of the ocean. The beach is big enough but not overcrowded like famous Source D'Argent Beach.
From Grand Anse you can easily get to Petite Anse over the stone ledge between the beaches. Facing the ocean, the road to Petite Anse is to the left, closer to the jungles you will find the signposts.
After Petite Anse there is another beautiful and wild beach — Anse Cocos, but the way is winding, so be sure to have enough water and to wear comfortable shoes.
We believe that these three beaches are the most beautiful on La Digue. But they are a real danger for swimmers most of the time. For a relaxing beach holiday with kids you’d better try other beaches in the northwestern part of the island (at the village), where you can swim and snorkel safely.