Beach "Anse Fourmis"La Digue
The abandoned road and the interesting rock formations make it a rather intriguing location. The beach is also peaceful, and perfect for sunbathers or families.
- 300m x 20m - some visitors, mostly sunbathers
- Shallow water - some seaweed at times
- Normal tide - calm sea
- Relaxed beach for sunbathers and families to play on the sand
- Possible to bathe in water, but beware of currents at high tide
At a Glance:
- Relaxing beach that is mostly frequented by sunbathers, although the beach is also suitable for families.
- Shallow water means it is possible to bathe in the ocean, but proper swimming can be tricky at both low and high tide, due to exposed coral (low tide) and strong currents (high tide).
- Can be accessed on-foot, by bike, or by taxi; the road ends at Anse Fourmis. There are a few shops and a small snack bar at Anse Banane, which is 5 minutes’ walk from Anse Fourmis.
- Natural shade makes the beach safe for families, and fauna and coral provide interesting features for children to enjoy.
Anse Fourmis is located on La Digue’s east coast, in between Anse Banane and the isolated Anse Caïman. This beach is often empty, besides a few sunbathers lying on the sand, or families relaxing underneath the tall takamaka trees. While the water here is protected by a coral reef, it doesn’t really lend itself well to swimming or snorkelling, as the water is too shallow at low tide, and the currents are too strong at high tide. The beach is easily-accessible via walking, by bike, or by taxi. Anse Fourmis lies about as far as possible from the island’s more well-known spots (although still not too far!), and anyone coming here should try to do a tour of the beaches around the island’s northern coast, easily done with a bike. Anse Fourmis also provides a path that leads to Anse Cocos in the south, which itself provides access to Grand Anse and Petite Anse. Anse Fourmis is also lucky in that it is so close to Anse Banane, which offers some basic shops and facilities, including a small snack bar. The large takamaka trees which line Anse Fourmis provide shade for families to escape the sun, and the fauna and coral provide points of interest, especially for children, who can learn a bit more about the Seychelles’ natural environment here. In addition, the road that runs along one side of the beach was built, then abandoned, making it an interesting feature to add to the intrigue of the beach. All in all, this family-friendly beach is great for anyone who wants to relax in the sun or under the shade, away from the beaten track, hence its popularity with sunbathers. The water may not be great for swimming or snorkelling, but the beautiful sand is perfectly good enough to relax on underneath the tropical Seychelles sun.