One of the smallest countries in the world, the Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands nestled in the Indian Ocean. While each island harnesses a unique personality, they all share breathtaking scenery, gleaming turquoise waters, and a beautiful home for both nature and animals.
La Digue is a lively and bustling island surrounded by beautiful beaches. Many locals live and work here and exude an energetic personality that parallels the dynamism, vibrancy and beauty of the island.
Vehicles are not allowed on the island, with the exception of those exclusively for commercial use. Bicycles are the main mode of transportation and favored by both locals and tourists alike. Dozens of colorful rental stores line the street. If a bicycle ride does not suit you, you can hop on an ox cart if you are lucky enough to catch one heading in your direction!
La Digue is an oval shaped island, with one main road running along the perimeter of the island. This makes exploring easy, for you can hop from beach to beach by simply following the main path.
The main road of La Digue is called La Passe. Wide and curvy, the road runs along the perimeter of the island and also through the main town.
Our hotel was situated towards the East of La Digue, so my husband and I ventured North our first day and explored several beaches, discovering that each is completely distinct from one another.
Anse Severe: Upon entering our first stop, Anse Severe, we walked along the sand to discover a giant tortoise! The tortoise, lying in the sand a couple of feet away, appeared as perfectly normal to be there as anyone else lying on the beach. It was the perfect image of coexistence between animals and humans. I firmly believe this natural duality is one of the most incredible experiences you can get from visiting the Seychelles.
Anse Patates: Our next stop was a nearby beach called Anse Patates. Large, plump rocks and boulders scattered this beach and appeared to look like – you guessed it – potatoes! This beach was truly beautiful. However, it was quite rocky and not ideal for swimming. It is often subject to high tides, leaving little to no room to stand by its shores. We were lucky to visit this beach at the right time and explore its many nooks.
Grand Anse, Petite Anse, and Anse Coco: The following day, we visited three large beaches near the Southern tip of La Digue: Grand Anse, Petite Anse, and Anse Coco. The latter two beaches cannot be accessed without first entering the first, Grand Anse. Below are detailed directions on how to access all three beaches.
After a fun bicycle ride through leafy paths, we entered the vast and beautiful Grand Anse. The currents here were very strong, and it was not recommended to swim.
How to Get to Petite Anse from Grand Anse: Upon entering Grand Anse beach, turn left and walk to the end of the beach until you reach a wall of giant boulders. To your left and across the shore, there is a bushy area with a narrow path.
Unfortunately, there are no signs on the beach specifying how to access Petite Anse. If you have trouble spotting the path, don’t be afraid to ask around! Locals and tourists are very friendly and helpful. My husband and I only found it after noticing a local guide coming out of the thicket with a group of tourists! The hike to Petite Anse is approximately ten minutes and relatively easy.
Perfectly named, Petite Anse looks very similar to its neighbor but is smaller in size. We stopped at this beach for a couple of hours prior to moving onward to the next neighboring beach, Anse Cocos.
There was a small shack selling coconut water and fruits on the beach. Apart from the friendly gentleman operating the shack, we were the only people on the beach! Accompanying our order of coconut water were free coconuts and starfruit. It was the perfect snack to refresh and recharge.
How to get to Anse Coco from Petite Anse: The entrance to the path toward Anse Coco is located at the beginning of Petite Anse. Similar to Grand Anse, a bushy area with a narrow trail will be visible to your left. Again, there are no signs. This particular hike is slightly more strenuous compared to the path to Petite Anse. There are more rocks and inclines, and it takes approximately twenty minutes to hike through. Definitely bring water with you on this adventure, and be aware of when the sun sets in order to remain safe! Towards the end of the hike, you will notice the path become clearer, and a welcome sign attached to a tree branch will greet you.
The journey to Anse Coco is truly worthwhile. In my opinion, it is the most beautiful beach of the three. It is crescent shaped and hugged by rocks and nature. For obvious reasons, it is the most secluded, leaving you to feel as if you have the entire beach to yourself.
Anse Coco houses a little nook which is located on the far left end of the beach. If you wish to find it, turn left upon entering the beach and walk all the way to the end. The large rocks which surround this small, enclosed nook create calm and shallow waters which lends itself perfectly to snorkeling!
The rocks and formations on Anse Coco are undeniably beautiful. They are the perfect jagged structures to accompany this gentle and gracious beach, creating an interesting aesthetic duality.
After a long beach day, my husband and I returned back to Grand Anse. It takes approximately forty minutes to walk from Anse Coco back to Grand Anse. We cannot stress the importance of making certain you have enough time, water and sunscreen in order to enjoy the three beaches. If you are prepared, you can easily spend a day exploring and relaxing.
Anse Source de Argent: Tucked behind an old vanilla plantation and a beautiful lush estate lies Anse Source de Argent, notorious for being one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Here, you must pay an entrance fee of 115 Rupees per person to access the estate.
Walking among the paths while keeping an eye on signs will lead you to the beach. Along your walk, you will find beautifully manicured gardens.
Closer towards the beach is a large tortoise sanctuary, where you can feed tortoises! Piles of leafs are usually heaped atop tables surrounding the sanctuary for tourists to help themselves and feed the reptiles. The tortoises are always willing to accept a snack!
Once you reach Anse Source de Argent, you will find yourself in paradise. The beach is portioned off into multiple sections that are housed by flowers and boulders. Curvy paths behind the rocks allow you to explore the beach. Gaps between the boulders offer stunning vistas of the beautiful island and Indian Ocean.
While snorkeling during our trip, we spontaneously encountered the critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle! Sadly, nearly nine million Hawksbill sea turtles were hunted between 1844 and 1992, nearly bringing them to extinction. They were hunted for their shells, which were used in trinkets and jewelry in the past. Today, they have an estimated population of less than 25,000.
The Hawksbill sea turtle got its name from its famous beak-like mouth, which is more sharply pronounced and hooked than other sea turtles. They are relatively omnivorous, mostly eating mollusks, marine algae, crustaceans, sea urchins, fish and jellyfish. Adult Hawksbills weigh approximately 100 to 130 pounds!
Overall, La Digue is an island of beautiful beaches and beautiful people. It is a lively place with unparalleled beauty. The island is a perfect combination of tranquility and liveliness. If you ever visit the Seychelles, don’t miss the opportunity to visit this island and absorb the beauty yourself.