Petite Anse Beach
This serene beach has crystal clear water, white sand and is set in a pristine landscape replete with palm trees and other tropical greenery. The reason for the name, Petite Anse (Little Cove), isn’t entirely clear as it is possibly slightly bigger than neighbouring Grand Anse (Big Cove). That said this is quite a cosy spot so it is fortunate it is on the quiet southeast coast of the island.
Unlike the west coast of La Digue, there is no coral reef providing protection, so the water can be rough, but it is good for surfing. There are often dangerous underwater currents at Petite Anse, so caution should be exercised if you intend to swim at this beach, but it is a tranquil place for families to relax on the beach.
To reach this beach, you will need to hike about 10 minutes across a hill from Grande Anse, and you will normally have much of the beach to yourself. There is a small bar/cafe on the beach but you might want to take a picnic which you can enjoy in the shade while taking in the beauty of this unspoilt location. As you look out over the turquoise waters it will take you away from everything else in the world and you will feel all of your cares slipping away.
If you are looking for a quiet beach away from the crowds, you will enjoy Petite Anse. Just remember that you need to hike to this location. It is a short hike, but you will have to make your way back through Grande Anse when you leave as well.
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