Grande Soeur is a private island in Seychelles, located close to La Digue and the Petite Soeur Island as well. 'Grande Souer' translates to 'Big Sister' in French, while 'Petite Soeur' means 'Little Sister'. Thus, these two islands form the Sister Islands, one of the most popular vacation location in Seychelles. Grande Soeur is managed by the Le Château de Feuilles Hotel, and so is not very crowded. The resort imposes a limit on the number of non-patrons allowed on the pristine at a time, which means that there is no compromise on serenity. The beach is wide, clean and the water is just right to swim in. The stunning location is favoured as a popular snorkelling and diving location, which is full of breathtaking diversity and beauty. You are sure to enjoy your time at Grande Soeur - grand time is guaranteed!
The island is a must-visit if you want to watch tropical marine life in all its glory! Known for snorkelling and diving, Grande Soeur beach boasts of various eclectic marine life, including butterflyfish, surgeonfish, parrotfish, angelfish, rockfish and pufferfish. You can find these colourful fish swimming in large schools, right next to you! They are fearless and playful as well. The island is known for its massive population of hawksbill sea turtles, and you are sure to spot them and their babies during your trip there. They are calm and harmless and make for amiable swimming companions. If you're lucky, you might spot a white-tip shark prowling nearby - don't worry, these sharks rarely attack swimmers.
The reef is stunning, full of hard corals. Due to the intense population of corals, you may encounter dead coral floating, so be careful lest you get hurt. You may also bump into jellyfish, so watch out!
The best time to visit Grande Soeur is during April, May, October and November - this is the period between the two rainy seasons, where the weather is picture-perfect. You can expect about 8 hours of sunlight during this time, and the sea is a comfortable 27 degrees Celcius which is perfect for taking a quick dip. The air is not too humid either, which is a blessing for sensitive skin. Average temperatures range from 26 to 31 degrees Celcius, which is cosily toasty, ideal for a bronze summer tan. If you plan on staying at the resort, try to catch the sunrise from Grande Soeur - the view is sure to transport you to another dimension altogether!
Grande Soeur is part of the Sister Islands, which is about 6 kilometres north of La Digue Island. There are ferries available from both Praslin Island and La Digue, but the cost varies according to the season and availability of boats.
There are three ways to access this stunning location - the first is to be a patron of the Le Château de Feuilles Hotel, the resort which owns the private island. This gives you unlimited access to the island, and you can explore it whenever you want. The support staff of the hotel also help you at all times and are always available on call to assist you. The resort also gives you complimentary car service to explore other nearby islands as well. However, this is the most expensive option at hand.
You can also opt for a cheaper, resort-facilitated way to the make the best use of the island. Le Château de Feuilles Hotel organises day trips to the island, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, wherein you can completely explore the island, go snorkelling and lounge by the ocean side as well. The package is also inclusive of a delicious barbeque spread that you can enjoy as you watch the calming waves. The boat transfer to the island is super fun as well!
The third, and the least preferred way to access the island is to hire a private boat after obtaining prior permission, and moor next to the island. This way, you'll be able to make the most of the snorkelling, diving and swimming, but you will not be able to reach the beach. Do not let this deter you though - this is a very cost-effective option, and it gives you the luxury of covering a hundred metre wide coral reef, full of interesting marine life.
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