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Anse Cocos, Seychelles Overview

Situated on the easternmost fringes of La Digue Island, the C' Shaped beach of Anse Cocos is definitely one of the most beautiful secluded beaches on the third-largest island of Seychelles. With incredible golden-white sand promenades, unfiltered crystal clear waters, turquoise hues of Indian Ocean, and a spectacular bay, this beach is everyone's dream destination.

Anse Cocos spreads over an area of approximately half a kilometre, with boulders, striking cerulean waters and golden sands adorning the coastline. The water currents near Anse Cocos are unpredictable, and hence it is not advisable to wade far off into the waters. However, you can certainly swim at the far side of the beach, where shallow pools are a natural occurrence. These protected pools are sheltered by huge granite boulders. There are palm groves on the shore and verdant forest cover on the other side. 

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  • Laze around, go for a dip, have a drink by the beach or spend your time reading a book.
  • The secluded beach is also a paradise for people looking to test out their photography skills.
  • Anse Cocos was one of the first settlements on La Digue. You can still spot some of the abandoned buildings here, which are the remnants of a former village.
  • The locals were well known to produce Copra - dried coconut kernels from which oil is extracted.

Tips

  • Prepare yourself for the hike with enough water bottles to keep you hydrated. The sultry climate here tends to dehydrate you.
  • Do not venture too deep out in the open water as the currents can rapidly change pace and the water is usually deep.
  • If unsure about how to get here, contact guides or local people who are willing to help.
  • There are no facilities here, so carry whatever is necessary for your stay.
  • Be mindful of leaving as early as possible before it gets dark.

How To Reach Anse Cocos

Being a foreigner, you can reach Seychelles only via international flights, which ply from the Seychelles International Airport on Mahe island, just outside the capital city of Victoria. Major destinations around the world such as Frankfurt, London, Paris, Mumbai, Doha and Abu Dhabi are all connected to the vast island nation with frequent flights.

La Digue is located 90 minutes from Mahe. The island of La Digue does not host an airport, and hence, one is required to fly to Victoria in Mahe and continue by ferry, usually via Praslin island. Several ferries run between Praslin and La Digue.

Anse Cocos is situated on the eastern shore of La Digue, neighbouring the equally pristine beaches of Petite Anse and Anse Caiman. Since Anse Cocos does not possess a well-laden path for motorists to access, you will have to hike for about 30 to 45 minutes from Grand Anse, via Petite Anse through verdant green forest areas and serene seascapes.

The starting point on Grand Anse is close to the left (northern tip) of the beach. If you are starting from Petite Anse, the beginning point of the hike is close to the southern end of the beach. Another path to Anse Cocos starts from Anse Fourmis, via Anse Caiman, in the north. The strenuous but rewarding hike is confusing to follow, and therefore it is best to hire a guide. 

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