What are the most beautiful La Digue beaches? When I imagine paradise, I think of turquoise blue sea, sand soft as powdered sugar, green palm fronds above my head gently casting their shadows on the beach and a relaxed atmosphere that makes me breathe easy. This is exactly what I found on the small island of La Digue in the Seychelles. When you are on one of the many La Digue beaches you feel like you are in paradise. The beaches are just amazing beautiful also like the best beaches in Australia.
La Digue was definitely my favorite island during our 2 weeks in the Seychelles. On Praslin and Mahe there are also beautiful beaches and perfect sea, but there is not such a relaxed atmosphere as on La Digue. Also the paradisiacal beaches that you can easily reach by bike made us feel incredibly comfortable. Which beaches La Digue has to offer and which was the most beautiful for us you can read in this travelogue.
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Hotel Recommendation on La Digue
Before you can go to the beach you have to spend the night somewhere. And for that you need a hotel. There are several of them in the Seychelles and most of them are very expensive. We have chosen for our round trip in the Seychelles an accommodation that was not so expensive, but very comfortable and well located.
Our beautiful little apartment* was super central at the harbor and was the perfect starting point to reach the most different corners of the island by bike. We also had several supermarkets, restaurants and a great bakery nearby, so we could get enough provisions for our bike baskets and spend the day on the most beautiful beaches on La Digue. If you want to take a closer look at the hotel, just click the button below to see exact availability and current rates.
Anse Source D’Argent: The most beautiful Beach on La Digue
In the lists of the most beautiful beaches in the world people always mention Anse Source D’Argent. Anse Source D’Argent has earned this title especially because of the rock formations that give the beach its characteristic features. The potential of the beach has also been recognized by the owners of the former coconut plantation, so that you have to pay an entrance fee to visit the Union Estate Park and the adjacent beach Anse Source D’Argent. Currently (as of March 2020) one pays per person 115 SCR (about 6 Euro). If you come in the afternoon, you can visit the beach again the next day with your wristband, which you get at the entrance.
However, for the entrance fee, in addition to the beach, you can also visit the old colonial buildings, the former coconut plantation and the vanilla plantation. At the beginning of the beach Anse Source D’Argent you have the possibility for a special kayak experience.
With the so-called Crystal Kayaks you can experience the rock formations and the beach from the water. Since the Crystal Kayaks are kayaks made of a transparent plastic, you can at the same time marvel at the underwater world and admire some of the last living corals in the bay in front of Anse Source D’Argent.
Drone Flying at Anse Source D’Argent
If you want to fly your drone at one of the most beautiful beaches on La Digue, you will find the impressive granite rocks right at the beginning of the beach. If you have your drone with you, it’s best to come early in the morning for sunrise or in the evening for sunset to get the best shots. As this is a very popular spot for drone flying in the Seychelles, be prepared not to be alone with your drone in the air. Behind the next rock, there is always the next stretch of beach.
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Relaxing at Anse Source D’Argent
If you want to relax on one of the most beautiful beaches on La Digue, it is better to visit the beach at sunrise or sunset. The Anse Source D’Argent is also the destination of many day trips from e.g. Praslin. Between 10 and 16 o’clock it can be very crowded here. With the individual beach sections separated by rocks, you are then spoiled for choice.
The Anse Source D’Argent is not a long, continuous beach. There are always larger and smaller sections, which are separated from each other by the granite rocks. If a section is too crowded for you, you can always go one section further and hope for more peace and quiet there.
La Digue Beaches: Anse Severe
One of the most visited beaches on Lia Digue is Anse Severe, which is located north of the Jetty and can be reached from there within about 10 minutes by bike. The beach is a few hundred meters long, but most tourists flock to the beginning of the beach. Here are some nice spots with some shadow under the beautiful trees, a bar and during our visit even 2 giant turtles sitting comfortably in the sand next to the bar and loudly smacking chewing on green leaves.
Snorkeling at the Anse Severe
Anse Severe is some of the few beaches where you can go snorkeling from the beach and spot lots of colorful fish. We went snorkeling on the left side of the beach along the rocks as well as on the big rock opposite the beach. The water is very shallow at the beginning, which makes it not so easy to get in with fins.
You should also be very careful not to destroy the small corals. Fins are always a must when snorkeling in the Seychelles. The currents are not to be underestimated. The Anse Severe has rewarded us while snorkeling with a clear view and many fish. We can definitely recommend this beach as a snorkeling spot in the Seychelles.
In the south of La Digue is the Grand Anse, which can be easily reached by bike. The short bike ride is an experience in itself. The road is well developed and easy to ride. At the same time, you have the feeling of driving through the jungle, because everything on the right and left is dense and green overgrown. At the end of the road you simply park your bike at a palm tree and after a few meters walk you reach your destination.
The Grand Anse on La Digue is a long white beach, which is not crowded despite its easy accessibility. This is due on the one hand to the very few shadow places and on the other hand to the strong surf and current. Especially at sunrise, you can enjoy the beach completely alone and take undisturbed pictures with the drone.
La Digue Beaches: Relaxing at the Grand Anse
When swimming at the Grand Anse, however, you should be careful and not swim too far out. The current is very strong and also the waves are not to be underestimated. Disadvantage of the Grand Anse are the very few shadow berths. The best places are on the left side at the rocks or at the small rock on the beach.
Here you can get a good spot to spend some time at the Grand Anse even during the day. We chose a narrow spot in the shade next to the rocks on the beach and spent the time watching the white cotton clouds in the sky while the surf crashes on the beach in the background.
The Petite Anse on La Digue is located right next to the Grand Anse and is the first beach you encounter on the hike towards Anse Cocos. Petite Anse on La Digue is also a rather little visited beach. To get there, you have to walk steeply uphill and downhill again. The walk, however, only takes about 15 minutes.
One reason for the few visitors are probably the few shady places. At the Petite Anse there is no natural shade, but small huts were built from large palm leaves that provide shade. In addition, there is a small bar where you can buy drinks.
Anse Cocos is one of our favorite beaches on La Digue. Even though Anse Source D’Argent with its breathtaking rock formations is really unique, it is unfortunately overcrowded by day tourists from the other islands. The fact that you have to hike to Anse Cocos about 45-60 minutes ensures that rather few tourists get lost here.
Fortunately, the path leads most of the time through the shade and with a little luck a pleasant sea breeze blows. Since the path leads along the coast, you can always hear the sound of the sea while you climb up and down the rocks.
The beach or rather the bay of Anse Cocos is perfectly crescent shaped. At both ends you will find beautiful rock formations that give you great photo opportunities. The beach slopes very shallowly into the sea. In fact, so shallow that you can’t necessarily swim. There are also many stones in the water, so it is best to walk a few meters along the side of the granite rocks to go further back into the sea.
Here the waves break and because of the current it is recommended to go into the sea with fins. While snorkeling here we saw especially the yellow-blue striped zebra fish. In addition, we have seen a swarm of octopuses whose dotted drawing shone in the light of the sun. After cooling down you can relax under one of the many palm trees and have a juice or a coconut. For although the beach is so hard to reach there is a small bar on the beach.
Anse Patates bay is a small mini beach that catches your eye as you drive by. If you drive from the jetty to the north of the island, you will pass directly by Anse Patates. On the road along the beach are the two hotels, the Patatran Village Hotel* and the Hotel l’Ocean*. The beach itself is surrounded by huge rocks against which the waves of the surf crash.
For a short cooling down the Anse Parates is enough in any case. We were here only briefly in the water. The beach drops steeply into the sea and the current was very strong during our visit. We also did not see any corals or fish. Nevertheless, Anse Patates is very popular, which is why there are quite a few other tourists on this small section of beach.
At the end of the road on La Digue, if you drive north from the jetty and go halfway around the island, you will find Anse Fourmis. The end of the road comes quite suddenly. Calmly you drive along the road and as if out of nowhere, the road suddenly turns into granite rocks. You should keep your eyes open so that you can brake early enough.
At the end of the road is then actually the beach to the end and also goes into the granite rocks. The small Anse Fourmis consists, like all beaches on La Digue, of perfectly white sand and shallow sea. However, there are also hardly any shadow places here. The advantage is that hardly any other tourists come here and you have the beach almost to yourself.
This beach is located just in front of Anse Fourmis and is best visited during a bike tour on La Digue. There are some palm trees and even a palm tree that can be climbed, making it a perfect photo spot. We had super fun climbing around and balancing on the palm tree. Fittingly, at a small stand for 50 SCR (about 2.60 Euro) you can drink a fresh coconut and then eat.
If you want to swim or snorkel here you should always bring fins because of the current. There are not really corals, but between the stones in the water you can always see small, colorful fish.
Conclusion: The most beautiful Beaches on La Digue
What are the most beautiful beaches on La Digue for us? The most impressive beach is definitely Anse Source D’Argent. The washed out granite rocks do not exist like this a second time in the world. To see this great scenery you should definitely take a tour with the Crystal Kayaks.
In my opinion, Anse Severe is the best place to relax and snorkel. Since this is not a secret, it can get almost crowded here for Seychelles conditions. If you are looking for relaxation on a secluded beach and at the same time a great photo opportunity, you should visit Anse Fourmis.
Have you been to the island of La Digue in the Seychelles? Then tell us in the comments which is your favorite beach.