Secluded Tropical Bay

Getty Images

Grand Anse

La Digue

On the southeast coast is La Digue's longest beach, Grand Anse. It's a stunning place to sun yourself, and while busier than nearby Petite Anse and Anse Cocos (both accessed by foot only), it sees fewer visitors than Anse Source d'Argent simply because it's further from La Passe. Two caveats: swimming can be dangerous because of the strong offshore currents during the southeast monsoon, from April to October; and apart from a massive casuarina tree, there's not much shade.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby La Digue attractions

1. Petite Anse

0.28 MILES

This dramatic crescent of bleached white sand sits between Grande Anse and Anse Cocos on La Digue's southeast coast. Although less than a 300m walk (along…

2. Anse Marron


Perhaps the most stunning natural pool and beach combo on the planet, Anse Marron sits nestled behind Gaudíesque granite boulders at the remote southern…

3. Anse Cocos

0.71 MILES

This wonderfully scenic beach of salt-white sand and turquoise water curves gracefully between distant granitic outcrops. What sets it apart from others…

4. Nid d'Aigle

0.96 MILES

Nid d'Aigle, the highest point on La Digue (333m), commands sensational views out over the island, as well as out to Mahé, Praslin, Curieuse, Félicité,…

5. Anse Source d'Argent

1.03 MILES

Famed for being one of the most photographed beaches on the planet, Anse Source d'Argent is a sight to behold. Its dazzling white sands are lapped by…

6. L'Union Estate & Copra Factory


At one time, the main industry on La Digue was coconut farming, centred on L'Union Estate coconut plantation south of La Passe. These days L'Union Estate…

7. Veuve Reserve


La Digue is one of the last refuges of the black paradise flycatcher, which locals call the veuve (widow). This small forest reserve, which has been set…

8. Notre Dame de L'Assomption

1.64 MILES

With its striking yellow facade and white trim, this unmissable Catholic church is well worth a gander, particularly on Sunday mornings when it is…