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How to Get to Anse Cocos on La Digue & What to Expect

How to Get to Anse Cocos on La Digue & What to Expect

Olly Gaspar

By Olly Gaspar, full-time traveler for 6 years. I visit every place I write about & share real tips, photos, & advice from my trips.

Learn how to visit Anse Cocos on La Digue Island in the Seychelles, a beautiful secluded beach with scenic jungle hiking trails.

The Seychelles is known for its gorgeous beaches and you might already know that La Digue has some of the very best!

If you’re up for a small adventure to discover one of the most postcard-perfect beaches on the island, then this guide to Anse Cocos will have you covered.

Includes how to get there via a hike from Grand Anse or Romeo & Juliet Viewpoint, what to expect when you arrive, and some photos from my trip.

Anse cocos drone
Anse Cocos from above

Where is Anse Cocos

Anse Cocos is located on the eastern side of La Digue Island in the Seychelles.

You'll find it just north of Grand Anse Beach. However, there is no road to get here, so you'll need to choose one of the options listed below.

Google Maps Pin: "Anse Cocos Beach"

Anse cocos map

How to Get to Anse Cocos on La Digue

What's unique about this secluded tropical cove is that you can't ride your bike here or get a taxi. Instead, you'll have two options, both involving scenic jungle walks.

Both are included in my guide to the best hikes on La Digue but I'll detail each option below.

Morne blanc viewpoint seychelles

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Option 1: Short Trail from Grand Anse

The first option is the easiest, and a guide isn't necessary. What you'll want to do is head to Grand Anse Beach, accessible via a sealed, inland road.

The best way to get around is to simply rent a bike for 100-150 SCR per day, plug in the Google Maps pin, and enjoy the ride.

  • Once you arrive at Grand Anse, you'll want to take the short jungle trail directly behind the beach heading north.
  • Almost immediately, you'll pass a beautiful shallow lagoon with unique granite rock formations. Follow this trail over the headland and down to Petite Anse.

From Petite Anse, the trail continuing on towards Anse Cocos is very obvious. It quickly diverts away from the sandy shores and winds through a scenic, flat jungle area.

It might seem like you are walking toward the mountains but don't worry. Soon, the path cuts right and climbs another small headland before descending down to the southern end of beautiful Anse Cocos.

There are sections near the end that will look like they are leading down to the water. However, generally, if there's still a path heading left and following into the jungle, continue on until it leads down to the sand.

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Anse cocos, la digue

Option 2: Jungle Trails + Romeo & Juliet Viewpoint

If you're up for a longer, more epic adventure featuring the best viewpoint on the island, then consider this route.

There's an unnamed trail leading off the mountainous road up to the Belle Vue restaurant (trail up to Nid d'Aigle), which cuts through the eastern side of La Digue's interior and finishes at Anse Cocos.

Along the way, you'll stop at a viewpoint with a contested name. Many call it the Romeo and Juliet Viewpoint on La Digue but apparently, the name is contested.

Romeo and juliette lookout la digue, seychelles

I walked this track with my guide Henry, so I'm not going to give up his secret trail (he calls the viewpoint his secret "Unique Viewpoint").

However, I would highly recommend giving him a call if you want to take this trail. Henry has lived on the island his entire life and is very knowledgeable about everything from Seychelloise history to endemic flora and fauna species.

If you don't get a guide, it's very easy to get lost as there are many unmarked, diverting trails in this part of the jungle used by loggers.

Contact Henry on WhatsApp: +248 2 580 533

Henry seychelles hiking guide
Henry with the epic view on the way to Anse Cocos

What to Expect at Anse Cocos

While some of the popular beaches like Anse Source D'Argent are undeniably breathtaking, sometimes all you want to do is escape the crowds. Of course, secluded nature at its finest is what you'll be rewarded with if you make the effort to get out to Anse Cocos.

This beach is a long stretch of white sand surrounded by an arching cove which is quite well-protected. At the southern end of the beach, you'll find a small beach bar called "Coco Bar". The guys that work here are awesome and they cut me up some delicious tropical fruits following the long hike.

Tropical fruit from the seychelles

The beach is generally great for swimming. It's quite shallow near the shore but it quickly drops off into the deep blue. You'll need to be a confident swimmer as strong tides and waves can occur.

Anse cocos blue water
Anse cocos la digue island
Coco bar seychelles
Anse cocos, petite anse and grand anse

Anse Cocos Natural Swimming Pool (Pointe Anse Cocos)

One of the highlights that really make Anse Cocos one of the best beaches on La Digue is the natural swimming pool. If you continue on the beach heading north, you'll soon find what I'm talking about.

This is by far one of the best swimming spots on the island. Large, granite boulders converge on the headland to form a naturally protected pool. The water color here has to be seen to be believed. If the tide or waves are too rough on the beach, then the natural swimming pool is where you'll want to swim at Anse Cocos.

Anse cocos natural swimming pool
Granite boulders swimming pool at anse cocos

Where to Stay on La Digue

La Digue is quite a small island and you can get anywhere on a bicycle within 20-30 minutes. You'll find a lot of hotels on the west side of the island near the jetty but only a few along the narrow stretch of coastal road on the mostly inhabited eastern side.

On La Digue, there are a wide variety of hotel and resort offerings ranging from relatively "budget-friendly" self-catering lodges to incredible luxury resorts. Below is a quick summary of the best picks.

Le domaine de l'orangeraie

1. Le Domaine De L'Orangeraie Luxury

A beautiful beachside resort on the northern end of La Digue Island. It features a stunning ocean-view pool, two restaurants, and a full-service spa with massage and body treatments. A fantastic choice for honeymooners seeking a tropical getaway with all the amenities.

Bedroom at hotel chateau st cloud, la digue

2. Hotel Chateau St Cloud Mid-Range

This is where I stayed on La Digue and I can personally recommend it as one of the best accommodation options on the island. The location is excellent– just a little out from the main area on a quiet street that is close enough to both the incredible southwest beaches and the port.

Cocotier du rocher

3. Cocotier Du Rocher Budget

A great value pick for larger groups or families, with babysitting services available. While not on the beachfront, it's in a quiet location with beautiful beaches nearby.

Now that this quick article covering how to get to Anse Cocos on La Digue has got you covered for one of the Seychelles' most beautiful beaches, make sure to check out some of my other posts too.

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