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Guide to Visiting Grand Anse Beach on La Digue

Guide to Visiting Grand Anse Beach on La Digue

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.

Discover one of the Seychelles’ most beautiful beaches at Grand Anse on La Digue Island.

La Digue is one of the most beautiful islands in the world, and a place where you can find some incredible, iconic beaches. One beach in particular that really stood out during my recent visit was the beautiful Grand Anse.

In this quick travel guide, I’ll outline everything you need to know to visit Grand Anse on La Digue, the Seychelles. I’ll also include some photographs from my trip that I hope will inspire you to visit.

Grand anse, la digue
The iconic beach early in the morning– no crowds here!

Where is Grand Anse on La Digue?

Grand Anse is located on the southeast side of La Digue. It's accessible via a jungle road heading in from L'Union, meaning you can ride your bike here. Grand Anse is approximately 3 kilometers from La Passe, the main village and port on La Digue, making it a 20-30 minute bike ride.

Below I've included the exact location to help you find it.

Google Maps Pin: "Grand Anse Beach"

Map of grand anse beach on la dique

How to Get To the Beach

As you might already know, the best way to get around on La Digue is to rent a bike and explore. You can rent one for roughly 100-150 SCR per day. I stayed at Chateau St Cloud and they arranged a bike for me for when I arrived.

Directions from L'Union, which is the port side (west) of the island where you'll also find L'Union Estate and the famous Anse Source D'Argent:

  • You'll want to head inland to the interior road, accessible via sealed access roads.
  • From here, follow it south. There are a few hills to climb along the way, but nothing too dramatic.
  • Look for signs indicating Grand Anse.

The journey takes around 20-30 minutes by bike, passing through lush tropical landscapes and scenic coastal views. Keep in mind that there are no amenities on the beach, so pack water, snacks, and sun protection!

Riding a bike on grand anse, seychelles

What to Expect at Grand Anse

Grand Anse is my personal favorite beach on La Digue Island, and perhaps even anywhere in the Seychelles.

Grand anse la digue seychelles

This beautiful stretch of white sand drops into the deep, aquatic-blue water. Along the shore, you'll see tall coconut palms above some small local huts selling fresh fruit and cold Seybrew.

On the northern end of Grand Anse is a far-reaching pile of beautiful, weathered granite rock formations that make this island so unique.

Grand anse la digue, seychelles
Seychelles beaches, la digue

Behind Grand Anse is a short nature trail that passes a small lagoon. This area is rich in birdlife and is very beautiful.

Grand anse
Beaches on la digue, seychelles

Grand Anse Sunrise Viewpoint

The first time I visited Grand Anse on La Digue, I noticed the large granite rock pile on the northern end. Immediately, I knew that I had to climb it to check out the view from the top. I was really blown away by this viewpoint, so much so that I decided to return the very next morning for sunrise.

Seychelles sunrise on the beach

You can access this large granite boulder crop by following the trail directly behind the beach. Once you reach the top of a small hill, don't descend but instead, cut in to the right. You'll need to use some bouldering skills to reach the top but it's nothing too dramatic.

From the viewpoint, you'll have the best view of Grand Anse, as well as Petite Anse right next door!

Rocky viewpoint at grand anse
Petite anse seychelles

Hiking on to Anse Songe (Anse Songe Trail)

If you're up for a micro-adventure, then make sure to leave enough time to walk the Anse Songe Trail. This short, 1-kilometer jungle track leads to the southern beach of Anse Songe. You'll find the trailhead on the right just 150 meters before you reach the bicycle parking area at Grand Anse.

The trail is easy to follow and there's only one short incline stretch. Once you descend back down to the shore, you'll find a beautiful little secluded beach hidden behind a large boulder. Continuing on, Anse Songe is a boulder-covered stretch of white sand leading into shallow, turquoise waters.

Anse songe la digue, seychelles
Anse songe la digue beach

Where to Stay on La Digue Island

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 Grand Anse

I really hope that you add Grand Anse to your La Digue travel itinerary. While you're here on my blog, make sure to check out some of my other articles below!

Seychelles accommodation

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Grand anse sunrise, la digue island, seychelles
Sunny day in the seychelles
Beaches la digue seychelles 1
Anse songe la digue
Grand anse on la digue island
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