Travel Journal – La Digue Beaches

Whether it goes down to places, experiences or people, I have always disliked the idea of comparisons. The only way in which I can accept it is by using it in mathematics, literature or computer science. How many of you were embarrassed when your parents asked you how your other colleagues did in the test? I did not understand what difference it made for them if I did better than others  or worse. We had different backgrounds and different hobbies. So if my favourite class is geography, you cannot compare my math grades to someone’s whose favourite class is maths or the other way around. Also, you cannot compare a trip to Italy to one in Sri Lanka, because they are part of different cultures. I think you’ve got my point now. And that is why I think that you cannot really make objective top 10’s of sites that you can visit, experiences you can have or places that you can stay in, unless the person that created the top likes exactly the same things that you do. Which happens seldom.

So, instead of top 10 beaches I will create a review based on my experience and you can figure out if you like it or not. Bare in mind that I have only visited three islands from the 115, so there’s still a lot to discover, even on the islands that I have been to.

The first island that I recommend for all the beach lovers out there is La Digue. It has one of the most beautiful, pristine beaches that I have ever seen and is surrounded by the most intense, turquoise water.

Anse Source d’Argent

Named by some the most photogenic beach in the world, this is a beach that you cannot miss if you plan to visit Seychelles. You need to pay an entrance fee, but the access is easy and once you’re there you have an amazing beach bar at your disposal. If you don’t catch the high tide, it’s an amazing place for swimming and snorkelling. You can read more about my experience here: Travel Journal – Anse Source d’Argent

Grande Anse

One of the most picturesque beaches of the island and one of my favourites. This is a long beach with soft, white sand and turquoise waters. Swimming is not recommended, but you can catch a wave if you’re into surfing. There is a restaurant nearby (Loutier Coco), where you can have lunch if you want to spend the whole day at the beach. There is no shade, so bring your umbrella along if you’re planning to stay more. Don’t miss out the beautiful lake near the beach.

Petite Anse

This one is the smaller sister of Grand Anse, so the view is equally amazing. You can reach it via Grand Anse, over a small hill. The walk takes about 15 minutes, but you will need to climb over some rocks so be careful with your shoes. Swimming is dangerous but you can spend your day sunbathing while catching some shade under the trees or the driftwood shelters. There is also a small bar with fresh fruits and coconut water.

Anse Cocos

However impartial I would like to be I cannot hide the fact that this was my favourite beach in Seychelles. I will make a separate post dedicated to this beach, where I will tell you why. Access to the beach is done via Grand Anse through a 30 minutes hike. The steep climb and the lush vegetation make it challenging, but the beach is worth the effort. This beauty is friendly for swimmers at low tide as long as you stick to the protected natural pools of water. Natural shade from the trees offers protection from the sun and a small bar welcomes you with fresh fruits and coconut water.

Anse Severe

I’ve only passed by to watch the sunset. This would make be good caption for this beach. Anse Severe is situated near the main road and close to some snack bars and the 4* accommodation Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie. Thanks to the protection provided by corals and rocks and the natural shade it is safe for swimming and a good number of beach activities. The views over Praslin create a perfect background for some nice pictures and a romantic place to watch the sunset. I don’t have any pictures though, so you will need to trust me on this one. 🙂

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