7:00 AM - 5:00 PM (after closing hour access is available for those who purchased a ticket earlier that day) The beach is crowded from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
The Union Estate charges a fee of SCR 100 to access the Anse Source d'Argent beach. However, the price also includes various other amenities, as well as access to points of attraction in the estate.
Anse Source d'Argent, Seychelles Overview
Out of the 115 islands that make up Seychelles, La Digue Island is the fourth largest in size and third in population. The island is a cultural explosion and leaves no occasion to show the rich Creole culture. However, La Digue has and will possibly always be known for being the island where the world's most beautiful beach resides. Anse Source d'Argent has quite a reputation of its own across the world. Huge granite boulders, lofty palms and soft sands of this beach have attracted photographers and film-makers alike, making it one of the most photographed beaches in the world. It has occasionally been dubbed the Garden of Eden but has also been the hot spot for several photo shoots. These photo shoots range from simple wedding photos to movie shots for famous movies such as Crusole or Cast Away and famous adverts such as the Bacardi advert as well as the Bounty chocolate ad.
The attention that this beach receives is very rightfully given as the beach's crystal waters crashing onto the soft golden sand which is occasionally dotted with the majestic pink granite boulders is a sight to see at any time of the day. Anse Source d'Argent also caters to all kinds of individual needs. This makes it the prime spot for families as the waters of the reef-protected beach are so shallow that parents need not worry for their children's safety, as well as individuals looking for a romantic stroll, or just some privacy that the boulders and the further coves provide.
Activities at Anse Source d'Argent
Anse Source d'Argent beach has a plethora of activities for its visitors to choose from. There is never a dull moment at this beach whether you decide to tread the shallow waters or to simply relax in the natural shade that is provided by the huge palm trees.
Snorkelling is one of the number one activities on this beach as the clear waters are home to several different colourful and friendly fishes. One must not even wade too far into the waters or wear the snorkelling gear before they are greeted with an array of fishes such as the Batfish, Butterfly Fish, Moorish Idol and the Sulphur Damsel. Although, rarer than the fishes, an occasional sea turtle has also been spotted at the Anse Source d'Argent. Snorkelling on the other side of the coral reef, however, is reserved for individuals who have procured a license and have been cleared by the authorities.
Although the place is not exactly ideal for swimming as the waters are too shallow, the Anse Source d'Argent is the perfect place to relax in the waters and occasionally walk far enough into the water to swim. The beach, however, is the perfect place to swim during a high tide when the water is just sufficient to float casually but the high tide may also cover the entirety of the beach.
Stroll Through The Beach
For those looking to walk the beach or simply take pictures without the hustle and bustle of the usual crowd at any given point of the week, coming to the beach before 10:00 AM may be worth it. Anse Source d'Argent is also made up of a series of eleven beaches and creeks. After walking through the first beach which is the one that is usually occupied, one can walk through the water or over the boulders to the second and less crowded cove. For further exploration, individuals can go all the way to the eleventh cove where the lagoons are mesmerising. The boulders and granite formations also form small alcoves for people to enjoy the beach in privacy or the company of their friends, family or loved ones.
To reach the Anse Source d'Argent, one has to enter through the Union Estate which charges a small fee that includes not only the visit to the beach but also gives access to roam around the estates land. The estate in itself is a great place to walk around when visiting the beach. The easiest way to see all that the estate offer is by renting a bike from the estate and pedalling through the scenic view. The Union Estate is also widely known as it is home to the oldest plantation in Seychelles and the oldest cemetery on La Digue Island, both of which are sites that you would see while on the way to the beach. The working vanilla plantations are also a beautiful thing to see.
Further down, the path gives way to a massive pirate ship that many people consider a highlight and is also a popular spot for a plethora or wedding photo shoots. The estate also holds the biggest granite boulder which covers an acre of land and is truly a sight to behold. The boulder is said to be 750 million years old and towers the estate. The park and the museum along with the giant turtle exhibit and old coconut mills, which are all included in the fee for the park, have also been a highlight and a source of pride for the Union Estate.
Restaurants at Anse Source d'Argent
The Anse Source d'Argent provides ample of food and refreshment choices in the surrounding areas. The beach itself has a small shack serving fruit juices and refreshments whereas the estate, as well as the surrounding areas, have restaurants that cater to several cuisines. For local Creole cuisine, Lanboursir in the Union Estate, as well as Gala Takeaway, are excellent choices. The Le Relax Beach House Restaurant is also a famous spot for Indian as well as International cuisine whereas Pizzeria at Georgoire's specialises in Italian cuisine.
How To Reach Anse Source d'Argent
The Seychelles International Airport (SEZ) at Mahe is usually the point of entry for most international citizens. From Mahe, a ferry to La Digue Island is the only route of transfer.
In- Island Transport: The island of La Digue is unique in a way as its main source of transport is the ox carts which are found in abundance. Another convenient way to trapeze the island is through rental bikes available at La Digue.
The best time to travel to La Digue is from May to September.