On the fifth day spent on La Digue we took a trip across the northern coast of the island.
The itinerary was around 12 km long and the round trip takes about 3.5h, depending how fast you go or how many stops you make. 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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The northern coast of La Digue is most-often traversed by bike. There is a small concrete paved path running parallel to the beach and going until Anse Fourmis. However, that time we decided to walk on-foot. We bought some fruits from the locals (close to the island jetty) and they were our lunch served on one of the beaches visited in that day.
We first reached the picturesque beach of Anse Severe that faces the Seychelles’ second largest island, Praslin. As seen in a past article, this beach offers a spectacular sunset views over Praslin. We figured out that there are coming a lot of local people especially in the afternoon, just before the sunset, to admire the scenery and spend some nice moments with family and friends. We were able to take a good bath in the calm ocean and to relax under the natural shade.
Heading further along the coast we arrived to the next beach, Anse Patates. The big rock formations found on the beach and the turquoise water transform the scenery into a spectacular one. However, the ocean was very rough, with high waves so we decided only to admire the view and take photos.
Then we visited Anse Gaulettes beach. It is a very narrow beach and we were surprised to see an art gallery in that pretty isolated, but peaceful place. The author of the paintings, George Camille, was born in the Seychelles, but he studied at a college of art in London.
Further south there was Anse Grosse Roche. We were excited to see the large boulder that shares its name with the beach and that was used in the 1987 film ‘Crusoe’, starring Aidan Quinn. We didn’t take a bath into the ocean because there was some seaweed, but we spent the time on that beach by having our lunch (a lot of local fruits) and by making some great photos.
The next beach was Anse Banane. It was empty when we got there and it is usually like this because of the coarse sand and the corals found on the shore. There were some people at the small restaurant with Creole cuisine that is next to it, Chez Julie. That place has a nice, laid-back atmosphere and its roof is made out of palm tree leaves. They offer an excellent grilled fish fillet and a tasty octopus salad. We recharged our batteries with a freshly-prepared juice.
Following the small coastal street we arrived to its end in the east of the island at Anse Fourmis beach. We encountered some people that were taking a sunbath. The representative element of this island is the coconut palm nearly parallel to the ground. In the past there was a swing hanging from it. The beach is perfect for relaxing, hence its popularity with sunbathers.
You can find below the summarized information related to the places mentioned above.
- lies in the north of La Digue
- easy accessible thanks to the nearby road
- can be reached by bike or on-foot
- it has visitors almost most of the time (excepting the mornings)
- protected beach by coral formations and rocks, offering shallow and calm water; safe for families with children
- natural shade offering protection from the strong sun
- offers enough facilities
- the views are amazing, especially during sunset, and the water is great for swimming and snorkeling
- peaceful beach located on the north coast of La Digue
- easy access thanks to the nearby road
- few visitors
- lack of coral reef protection, so the water deepens quickly and has strong currents
- provides natural shade to escape the sun
- good access to facilities
- it is recommended to remain close to the shore and to swim and snorkel with supervision
- small beach located in the north of La Digue
- access via the coastal road that runs parallel to the beach
- empty most of the time
- beach can disappear at high tide
- some natural shade
- specific features: long, narrow strip of sand and a wall running along part of the beach (well for sunbathing)
- small snack bar nearby (on Anse Grosse Roche)
- there is an art gallery at the south end of the beach, George Camille Gallery
- very dangerous for swimming due to the strong under water currents even though the water isn’t particularly deep
Anse Grosse Roche
- quiet beach that lies on the east coast of La Digue
- easy access thanks to the adjacent road
- beach is relatively empty
- natural shade offering protection from the tropical Seychelles sun
- there is a snack bar at the entrance to the beach
- imposing boulder from the beach used in the film “Crusoe”
- shallow water, but high waves during trade winds; good for snorkeling and photography
- located in the north-east of La Digue
- access via the coastal road
- few visitors (the majority come to the restaurant found on the beach, Chez Julie)
- natural shade
- it offers some facilities: tourist shops and a small snack bar/restaurant on the beach
- specific features: the views of four different nearby Seychelles islands (Felicité, Marianne, Grande Soeur, and Petite Soeur); the beach surface is slightly coarse
- good prospect for exploration and photography, but not the best beach for swimming or snorkelling
- located in La Digue’s east coast
- easy accessible via walking or by bike
- often empty
- natural shade makes the beach safe for families
- facilities in the area – 5 minutes’ walk (at Anse Banane beach)
- provides a path that leads to Anse Cocos in the south
- water is shallow at low tide and it has strong currents at high tide, so it’s not good for swimming or snorkeling
- perfect for taking a sunbath
Now let’s enjoy this amazing collection of photos that we captured during that day ♥
The northern tip of La Digue
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