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Petite Anse Beach in La Digue Island
Petite Anse lies next to Grand Anse in the southeast of La Digue island. These two beaches share much in common, including their deep water and lack of a coral reef, but also their beauty and relative anonymity.
The easiest way to get to Petite Anse is through Grand Anse. You make a short trek over a small hill which takes about 15 minutes. This trek may be problematic for those who have limited mobility.
Petite Anse is less busy than Grand Anse, with very only a few visitors on most days, making it great for a secluded, peaceful picnic, playing beach games, and sunbathing.
The nearest parking place is at Grand Anse, where you can leave your bicycle as well.
Signposts there will tell you that it is not safe to swim at Petite Anse. If you are a good swimmer you can venture into the water so long as you do not go far away from the beach. Also, swim only when there are people around so that you can get help if you are in need.
The driftwood shelters and trees provide shelter for children to play and adults to relax.
Toilets and a restaurant are available only in Grand Anse and you should be prepared to walk there.
Petite Anse is no less beautiful than Grand Anse and well worth a visit for its stunning scenery and lack of visitors.
Hotels nearby in La Digue
There are many hotels, homes, and other types of accommodations available on La Digue island. Here is a couple of them.
Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort and Spa
The accommodations here offer guests a minibar, a coffee machine, a balcony, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, air conditioning, and a private bathroom with a shower. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property.
Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie features a number of amenities. Two on-site restaurants provide guests with various dining options.
Other resort facilities include 3 bars, an outdoor swimming pool, and a tropical garden. A number of outdoor activities can be enjoyed here, including snorkeling, hiking, swimming, and cycling. A bicycle rental shop is available on the property.
The inter-island ferry is a 5-minute walk from the property. A buggy transfer from La Digue jetty can be arranged for free upon arrival and departure.
La Digue Island Lodge
La Digue Lodge is 500 m from the inter-island ferry and under 3 km from Nid Aigle, the hill offering panoramic views over La Digue and other islands.
The spacious accommodation includes wooden chalets with an aluminum roof, each with a view of the Indian Ocean or gardens. La Digue rooms have a balcony or terrace facing the white sand beach.
Breakfast and dinner are served in the main restaurant. Creole cuisine and seafood feature on the dinner menu. The pool restaurant provides snacks and the bar offers cocktails. Packed lunches can be arranged.
Fishing, snorkeling, and bicycles for rent are available. The hotel can arrange boat tours and give information on walking trails. WiFi is available at reception.
Le Repaire – Boutique Hotel & Restaurant
This property is 5 minute walk from La Digue’s village center and it offers views of Praslin Island.
Each room at Le Repaire is decorated with modern furniture and offers a private balcony, a private bathroom, and a sitting area.
The restaurant offers a menu based on Italian delicacies with a local Seychelles twist. Facing the sea, it is open for both lunch and dinner. Coffee shops and grocery stores can be found in the surrounding area. The ferry pier is less than 10 minute’s walk away, while bicycle rental can be found 700 m from the property.