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How to Visit Anse Source D’Argent in the Seychelles

How to Visit Anse Source D’Argent in the Seychelles

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.

Find out how you can visit Anse Source D’Argent, one of the most beautiful and famous beaches in the world!

Everyone has seen photographs of the iconic granite rock formations, white sand, and turquoise lagoon waters from The Seychelles’ poster boy; Anse Source D’Argent. Now, it’s time to make a visit here to witness this tropical wonder for yourself!

After visiting the beach via a hike from L’Union Estate and kayaking along the coast, I’ve written this guide to help you plan a visit with tips & spots not to miss!

Quick Things to Know

Anse Source D'Argent has often been described as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and also holds the title of being one of the world's most photographed beaches. Here's what you need to know to visit.

  • This beach is located on La Digue Island, so you will first need to get here from Mahé, where the Seychelles International Airport is.
  • The beach is accessible via L'Union Estate. Therefore, you need to pay an entrance fee of SRC 150.
  • Rent a bike or take an ox-cart from La Digue’s main pier to get here. I recommend biking (you can rent one for 100-150 SCR per day anywhere on La Digue.
  • What makes it unique is the shallow, clear-water lagoon that wraps its shores and of course, those beautifully weathered granite boulders. It's great for swimming!
  • The Seychelles are the only mid-oceanic granitic islands in the world, which means you won't find beaches like this anywhere else!

Of course, there is also the famous Crystal Kayak experience at this beach. More info below.

Anse source d'argent beach

How to Get To Anse Source D'Argent

Anse Source D'Argent is located on the west coast of La Digue Island in the Seychelles. It is part of L'Union Estate and you will therefore need to pay the entrance fee of SRC 150 to gain access to Anse Source D'Argent beach.

In fact, this beach is the only one on La Digue where you will need to pay a fee to access!

Entrance to the Estate: L'Union Estate

Map of anse source d'argent beach

You will find the beach at the end of the estate. Don't worry, there are signs everywhere leading you through the coconut trees, past the giant tortoises, and straight onto the white-sand beach.

You can ride your bike all the way through the estate up to a point right before Anse Source D'Argent, where you can park it free of charge.

I stayed at the incredible Chateau St Cloud and they arranged a bike for me during my visit. Otherwise, you can rent a bike almost anywhere for SRC 100-150 per day.

Tip: If you need to get to La Digue, I recommend taking the Cat Cocos ferry, departing from Victoria Jetty on Mahé Island. Check the link for updated timings.

Sunset at the beach seychelles

Rock formations on la digue beach

My Experience Visiting Anse Source D'Argent

Once I arrived I found the clear path leading behind the boulders and onto the beach.

There's a small hut right at the entrance to the beach beside two of the largest boulders. Once I continued on, I found plenty of space to stretch out a towel.

Additionally, there is a small hut where you can purchase drinks and fresh fruit.

Fresh fruit hut on the beach

As I walked along the shores, I kept an eye out for some of the famous rock formations including Shark Rock, the Coco De Mer Rock, and the Kissing Rocks (photographed below).

Seychelles best beach
Anse source d'argent beach

Swimming at Source D'Argent is best at high tide since the lagoon almost dries up during low tide. The lagoon is sheltered from the Indian Ocean beyond, making it one of the safest beaches to swim at on the island.

Kids swimming on the beach in the seychelles

Unfortunately, much of the coral in the lagoon has been bleached from the El Nino event but you can still potentially spot a cruising turtle and plenty of fish swimming in the shallows.

Tip: Visit Anse Source D'Argent early (before 10 am) if you want to get a spot to yourself. This is one of the most popular beaches on the island and can get very busy in peak season.

Sunset at anse source d'argent beach, the seychelles

The Famous Crystal Water Kayak Experience

If you're looking for the most iconic experience and travel photo from this amazing beach, you'll want to check out the Crystal Water Kayak experience.

Start Point: Southern End of L'Union Estate near Lanboursir Restaurant

This involves a scenic guided paddle around the beach, which offered me some of the best vantage points of the amazing granite boulders and secluded bays beyond.

On our tour, we visited Robinson Crusoe Beach, (Anse Pierrot), which was a very scenic and beautiful hidden beach just south of Anse Source d'Argent. The tour went for 3 hours and we spent much of that time relaxing, snorkeling over the corals, and taking unique photos of the coast from the water.

La digue crystal kayak tour

Review: Is Anse Source D'Argent the Best Beach on La Digue?

Of course, Anse Source D'Argent is a marvel and incredibly photogenic. I can certainly say that it's the most popular and most famous beach on La Digue Island.

The unique landscape creates a picturesque setting that looks like it’s straight out of a postcard, making it a dream destination for anyone visiting the island.

This iconic status draws visitors from all over the globe, eager to experience its stunning beauty firsthand. Despite its popularity, the beach retains a serene and untouched ambiance, offering a perfect blend of natural splendor and tranquility. In my opinion, whether you're looking to relax on the sand, explore the shallow waters, or capture great travel photos, Anse Source d'Argent is a must-visit destination on La Digue!

However, there are many more beaches that you should definitively check out, including Grand Anse, Anse Cocos, and of course, the secluded Anse Marron.

Anse source d'argent beach, the seyhelles

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.

More Photos from La Digue's Most Iconic Beach

I hope that you've enjoyed this quick guide to visiting Anse Source D'Argent, the most famous beach on La Digue, the Seychelles.

While you're here, make sure to check out some of my other articles or photos below. You'll find a few inspiring posts from La Digue and the rest of the Seychelles to get you pumped for your trip. If you're looking for another beautiful beach, check out Grand Anse.

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Sunset on anse source d'argent beach, la digue, the seychelles
Palm tree on anse source dargent
Sunset on anse source d'argent beach, the seychelles
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