We decided to ride a bike in the sixth day on La Digue and to do a trek to one of the most isolated beaches on the island, Anse Caïman.
The itinerary was about 13 km long. The photos captured during that day are found at the end of this article in the special category called “The memories collection”
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It is not possible to go all the way around the island by bike, so we stopped where the road ends. But until that point we passed by the zen-style resort called Le Domaine de l’Orangerie, considered by many to be the best hotel on La Digue. Then we saw one of the only cars on the island, a splendid vintage car.
In that morning we also bought some fruits from the locals, then we quickly passed by the beaches visited the day before and we stopped at Anse Fourmis. As we love hiking, we parked our bikes and locked them, took our backpack full of fruits and water and continued our way on-foot in the lush forest . That was the most difficult and in the same time the most amazing experience on La Digue.
The path is not marked and it goes until Anse Caïman beach all the way parallel to the shore. It’s not an easy trek. In fact is dangerous because it requires walking across slippery rocks. If you are not an experienced hiker or if you are alone, we would definitely recommend you to come with an experienced tour guide and to wear sports shoes. All in all, the trek offers some incredible scenery seen from above as you approach Anse Caïman.
The most disappointing thing during that challenging hike was that we found a lot of PET bottles brought by the ocean among the rocks. We tried to collect as many as possible in our backpack and we took them back to our bikes and from there to the closest garbage can. We are totally responsible for the environment that we live in and our bad habits and actions may have such a big negative impact on our Planet! Let’s be more aware of this!
“How can we be so arrogant? The planet is, was, and always will be stronger than us. We can’t destroy it; if we overstep the mark, the planet will simply erase us from its surface and carry on existing. Why don’t they start talking about not letting the planet destroy us?” (Paulo Coelho, The Winner Stands Alone)
But returning to the beautiful aspects of our story, we planned to be on the beach at low tide in order to be able to access the northern section of it. Once we got there, we figured out that there was no one else in the area besides us, so we felt isolated from the world and surrounded only by the amazing and silent nature. The sea is rough and the water is deep in that area, so we didn’t take a bath in the ocean. Instead we had a picnic (lots of fruits and some snacks that we brought from a shop) while hearing the sound of ocean and being caressed by the sunrays.
We enjoyed every single moment of that wonderful trail!
You can find below the summarized information related to Anse Caïman beach.
- located on the east coast of La Digue
- no direct road access
- difficult to reach, especially from the north (Anse Fourmis)
- it’s easier and safer to reach the beach via Anse Cocos which is in the south
- very isolated beach with almost no visitors
- natural shade
- no facilities so bring a lot of water and some snacks with you
- not safe for swimming (deep water in places and lots of granite boulders)
- perfect for snorkeling lovers (one of the best shore snorkeling spots to see sea turtles in La Digue) and photographers
Now let’s enjoy this amazing collection of photos that we captured during that day ♥
Anse Caïman beach and the path to it
Here is more detailed information about the other days spent on La Digue:
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