Beach "Anse Cocos"La Digue
The abandoned buildings and the natural pool with crystal-clear water add up to make Anse Cocos a beautiful, enchanting location on La Digue, and one that is especially good for budding photographers.
- 450m x 20m - few visitors
- Shallow water at low tide
- Normal tide. Waves can be high during trade winds
- Beautiful sandy beach with shallow natural pools and crystal-clear water
- Suitable for confident swimmers
At a Glance:
- Beautiful sandy beach in the east of La Digue, offering shallow water at low tide and a natural pool where visitors can swim.
- Access to the beach is on-foot. There is a path to Anse Cocos from Grand Anse, and another from Anse Fourmis, so finding the beach shouldn’t be too difficult.
- Closest bike stands and facilities such as a snack bar are at Grand Anse, 30-40 minutes away on-foot.
- Some shade from the trees provides a degree of protection from the sun.
Anse Cocos can be found in the east of La Digue, just along the coast from Petite Anse. Offering golden sand, shallow natural pool water, and shade thanks to the palm trees, it’s perfectly possible to spend a whole afternoon here, relaxing on the beach and paddling in the water. Swimming should be reserved for confident swimmers only, but if you stick to the protected natural pools of water, you should have no problems. The sea is generally calm here, but during the trade winds, the waves can be large enough that they shift the sand a little. This beach can be found just along the coast from Petite Anse, and about 30 minutes from Grand Anse, which is also where the closest facilities can be found. There is a path from Grand Anse that leads straight to Anse Cocos over Petite Anse, and another path that starts at Anse Fourmis, to the north. For those who enjoy walking as much as lying on the beach, Anse Cocos makes an ideal day trip. While there is a bit of a hike to get there, it’s worth it for the scenery and the shallow pools. On most days, there are only 10 or so visitors to Anse Cocos, so it’s unlikely that you’ll have to share the beach with many other people. Anse Cocos was actually one of the very first settlements on La Digue, and there used to be a large production of copra here, as well as a small village. Just off the beach, you can still see the abandoned buildings, as well as the remains of the kiln they used to dry the coconuts. This fact, plus the beautiful natural scenery, make the beach a real delight for photographers. Despite its lack of facilities, the unique features on Anse Cocos make it well-worth a visit. With natural shade and cool, clear, turquoise water, as well as a natural pool, it’s possible to spend a whole day here paddling in the sea and enjoying the sun.