Get away from the civilization and join our journey to the La Digue exotic beaches. Here you can enjoy the beauty of the world's best scenery and immerse yourself in the endless fun of a beach holiday.
Anse Source D'Argent
Anse Source D'Argent is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and it is a part of the L'Union Estate National Park. According to National Geographic, it comes first on the list of the planet’s most beautiful beaches. No wonder: there are million-year granite boulders framed with snow-white sand which grow out of the water. The beach is located in the reserve park, so neither cars hum nor other noises will bother you and spoil your leisure. Luckily, the beach is not overcrowded with sun umbrellas and loungers.
Everything on this beach is great except for one thing: it is very popular with tourists. In the daytime, especially in the high season, it is overpopulated. Lots of tourists take ferries from neighboring islands to visit Anse Source D'Argent. Too much fuss for us, so we left it without taking a picture for a quiet place.
The beach is located in the south-west of the La Digue island. We paid 100 rupees per person to enter the L'Union Estate Park. The path to the Anse Source D'Argent leads through a coconut plantation and by the turtle corral. For more info check please, read our article on the L'Union Estate Park.
About Anse Source D'Argent Beach:
- A good place for snorkeling
- It is good for kids, there are practically no waves
- There are stalls with soft drinks
- It is short of shady areas
- It is popular with tourists
- It is shallow for swimming
Beaches in the south-east of the island
The most beautiful beaches on the island are to the south-eastern part of La Digue. They are Grand Anse, Petite Anse and Anse Cocos, the most remote and wild beaches of the island. Be aware that they are dangerous for swimming from April to October: the southeast monsoon is strong, the sea is rough, the undercurrent is hard to cope with. Sadly, there were fatalities among the careless swimmers during that period.
These beaches are almost deserted. But you can quench your thirst with coconut milk, or visit a mini-bar at Grand Anse Beach.
About the beaches:
- Beautiful view
- Ocean breeze
- Strong waves
- Lack of shade
Grand Anse on La Digue is one of the most beautiful beaches on the Seychelles. There is a small bar where you can enjoy a cold drink and the incredible beauty of the tropical landscape. There is a white sand (like powder) beach, tall palm trees and crystal clear water which accentuate the beauty of wild equatorial nature. High waves can knock you off your feet and draw into the ocean. You should not swim far out: a warning sign cautions against dangerous currents. But every year someone overrates his strength and drowns.
More about Grand Anse is in a separate article.
You can walk down a small mountain pass from Grand Anse to Petite Anse for 10-15 minutes. This white sand beach surrounded by tropical vegetation looks great with sweeping ocean waves. You can physically feel incredible energy which raises all most cherished and light from the depths of your soul and makes you forget anything else in the world.
It is the most isolated beach in the form of crescent which stirs your imagination with its wild untouched nature. You should see it and can’t miss. It can take you half an hour to get there via Petite Anse Beach through the jungle. Slopes are steeper than between Grand Beach and Petite Anse.
Near the village of La Passe, over the hill close to the local cemetery, there is a secluded Anse Severe Beach. It is perfect for both snorkeling and swimming. After lunch the tide is coming up, so swimming becomes much more comfortable. There is a luncheonette nearby where you can have something to eat and drink some coconut milk. The beach is good in the evening, when the sun sets and you can enjoy a view of a stunning sunset and the neighboring island — Praslin.
It is a beautiful little bay nearby the Patatran Village Hotel. Granite boulders and lush palm trees border the cozy beach. It seems that time has stopped here. You can hide in the shadows of lush tropical vegetation and watch the waves crash against the rocks. Swimming is not always safe here: strong waves can throw you to the huge boulders. Be careful!
After Anse Patates Beach the road stretches along the coast, skirting the northern cape of La Digue. You can try and exert best efforts on your way over the steep hills by bike, but the great view of Anse Gaulettes is worth it. The beach is located on the northeast coast of the island, it is a long coastline of white sand. It is too shallow for comfort swimming. If you want to risk and to explore the rocky bottom you had better wear slippers to protect your feet against sharp corals.
Anse Grosse Roche
Riding by bicycle over a big hill you can get to Anse Grosse Roche Beach. This is a great place for beach walks, but not the best one for swimming. The rocky bottom and shallow waters are bad for snorkeling. There is a small shop with fruits and soft drinks on the beach.
The next small beach in our bike trip is Anse Banane. As compared to the nearby neighboring beaches, it is not wild and more comfortable. There is a small cafe with snacks and drinks by the road, if you go a little farther, you will see a small cottage. It is a place to gain new strength and to enjoy intimate unity with the nature after a long trip along the east coast.
Anse Fourmes is located at the dead end of the concrete road. This is the most distant place of the northeast of the island where few people come. You will be here by your lonesome. Like many northern beaches this one is bad for swimming: the shallow waters and rocky bottom makes it uncomfortable. Having arrived at the beach in the early morning we saw a young man caughting octopuses, probably for sale to a local restaurant. Anse Fourme Beach in the east part of the island is wild and deserted ending by a heap of stones which makes you feel at the world`s edge.