Anse Source d’Argent
One of Seychelles most photographed beaches, the golden sands and dramatic
granite boulders of Anse Source d’Argent, lies a few kilometres
from the jetty. It’s glorious at any time of day and is the perfect
sundowner spot but its also the only place on the island where you feel
part of a crowd.
Grand Anse, Petite Anse and Anse Cocos
If you have the energy you can hike or cycle over the hill to t Grand
Anse and the beaches on the east coast. This is wild country where the
waves crash against the shore and notices warn of the dangers of swimming
in the strong currents. The sea is an amazing turquoise, the beaches are
deserted and if you follow the trail all the way to the end of the third
beach, Anse Cocos, you will find a deep sheltered gully where you can
swim safely and picnic in your own corner of paradise.
The Union Estate
Anse Source d’Argent beach is accessed through the Union Estate
– an old coconut plantation turned museum where you can watch the
extraction of oil from copra (the dried flesh of the coconut) or view
the antics of one of Seychelles star attractions - the giant Aldabra tortoise.
Have some dollars or euros handy for the entrance fee – as with
most tourist outlets in Seychelles local rupees are not accepted.
Take a walk through the forest and lush vegetation of the small Veuve
Reserve and you might see the black paradise flycatcher, a rare bird endemic
to La Digue. It takes its name ‘veuve’ (widow in Creole) from
the flycatcher because the male, with its long black tail, looks as if
it is in mourning. There are only a few breeding species left in Seychelles
and reserve was set up to preserve the takamaka and almond trees which
form the flycatchers’ habitat.
Wining and dining
Zerof opposite the Veuve Nature Reserve has a limited menu but serves
up tasty Creole cuisine. Chez Marston, near the jetty, has a tables in
the garden as well as the main restaurant and is lively with interesting
décor and good food. The little beachfront restaurant at Grand
Anse beach is a great place to have lunch if you are heading over to the