Anse Cocos Beach
La Digue Island
Situated to the east of La Digue, Anse Cocos is the ultimate postcard landscape.
On the edge of a generally calm sea, along peaceful natural pools wedged between rocks, visitors come here to find their serenity. It must be said that Anse Cocos has to be earned. Accessible in a good half-hour walk from Grande Anse, it reveals an atmosphere of calm and well-being. A stunning sweep of sand with a steep slope into the rocky waters, Anse Cocos is picture-perfect – and all the more rewarding for the fact you found it all by yourself.
As well as the beautiful white sands you’ve seen at Petite & Grande Anse, Cocos also benefits from beautiful boulders to rival those at Anse Source D’Argent at the far end of the bay – yet is far more secluded, with few people making the trek all the way from Grand Anse. Anse Cocos is a particularly romantic site, and it is not uncommon to see couples strolling hand in hand along the beach
Anse Cocos is also a place full of history. It is here that the first settlements of La Digue were established. It was also the site of one of the largest copra plantations in the region. Even today, it is still possible to see the old buildings and to observe up close the ovens in which the coconuts were dried. A short break in history and culture is essential to appreciate this unique beach even more!
Because it can only be reached on foot, Anse Cocos remains one of the best-preserved beaches in Seychelles. There is little choice in terms of activities, but hiking, snorkelling, relaxing, and swimming are more than enough to enjoy this timeless excursion. The beach is never crowded and always offers a private atmosphere.
To get to Anse Cocos start at Grand Anse and make your way to Petite Anse, cross the field, following the path parallel to the sea, and you will find the way up the boulders and over the forested headland, marked with an occasional arrow hung from a tree. After following the path around the hill and descending back down to sea level, take the right fork in the path to head to the beach.
It is possible to take a walk to Anse Cocos via Anse Caiman and Anse Fourmis, but the route takes hours and is not to be attempted without a guide – tourists on La Digue have been known to get lost for up to three days in the dense jungle.