Anse Source d'Argent

Beach in La Digue

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Most new arrivals head straight for the beach at Anse Source d'Argent, and it's easy to see why. Picture this: a dazzling white-sand beach backed by naturally sculpted granite boulders and lapped by emerald waters. It's not perfect, though; Anse Source d'Argent can get pretty crowded, especially at high tide when the beach virtually disappears. Another downside: Anse Source d'Argent is scenic, but not that great for swimming due to the shallow water (and, occasionally, seaweed).

Make sure you come for longer than a day; once the day trippershave left you can walk around or curl up under the shade of the trees and feel like you have this uninhabited piece of paradise all to yourself. For the best photo ops, come in the late afternoon (keep your entrance ticket with you) when the colours are most intense. This beach is one of the few facing west, so you can watch some fabulous sunsets.

If you're feeling peckish, a couple of shacks sell fruits and refreshments.

Take note that the path down to Anse Source d'Argent runs through the old L'Union Estate coconut plantation. In other words, you'll have to pay Rs 100 (valid for a day) to access the beach.