Hikes La Digue

Hikes on La Digue

Anse Marron - Circular path around the south

This hike is an absolute highlight. It literally goes over hill and dale, over sandy beaches, through rock crevices, through the jungle and (sometimes waist-deep) through the sea. You should have neither fear of heights nor claustrophobia for this tour and be physically fit.

From the starting point at the helicopter landing pad in front of the entrance to the Lunion Estate Park, a comfortable transfer takes you to Grand Anse, where the sporty part begins. Of course, there will be numerous photo stops along the way. Grand Anse to Anse Marron is about 1 hour.

Once at Anse Marron, there is time for a swim in the seawater pool and to take lots of souvenir photos while the guides prepare a fruity beach picnic.

After lunch, we continue slowly towards Anse Source d'Argent, the most famous beach in the Seychelles. This part of the hike takes about 1.5 hours and just before reaching Anse Source d'Argent you have to walk through the sea for about 20 minutes.

Difficulty: medium (rock crevices, running through water, through the forest incl. roots, etc.)

!! Attention: there is very little to no shade at the beach !!

Diese Tour bitte nur mit einem ortskundigen Guide machen. Die kennen die Felsspalten und die Gezeiten. Es haben sich schon öfter Leute verlaufen und mussten im Dunkeln von Polizei und Guides gesucht werden oder haben die Nacht ohne Vorräte am Strand verbracht.

Further down you will find trails you can do on your own.. such as Anse Cocos, Anse Songe and Belle Vue

 

Anse Marron

Provider: Gerard Niole – Coco Trail Guide

Languages: English, French, Creole
Duration: approx. 6 hours (start 8.30 a.m. at helipad)
Days: Monday to Saturday

incl. fruits and snacks on the beach and transfer between startpoint and Grand Anse

Participants: At least 2, max. 8

50€ per person

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Provider: Henry Sela Bibi – Paradise Tours

(not available until march 2023)

Languages: English, French, Creole
Duration: approx. 6 hours (start 8.30 a.m. at helipad)
Days: Monday to Sunday

incl. fruits and snacks on the beach and transfer between startpoint and Grand Anse

Participants: At least 2, max. 10

50€ per person

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Anse Marron - Sunrise Tour

Provider: Gerard Niole – Coco Trail Guide

Languages: English, French, Creole
Duration: appr. 6 hours (start 5.30 a.m at helipad)
Days: Monday to Saturday
incl. fruits and snacks on the beach and transfer between startpoint and Grand Anse

Teilnehmer: mindestens 2, max 8

90€ per person

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Nutmeg Trail

This trail takes you across the island's mountain to the beautiful beach of Anse Cocos. Take a taxi from the helipad to just before the Belle Vue Restaurant. From there, walk through the jungle path to the viewpoint on the mountain (antenna).

Here you have a great panoramic view and can see the islands: Mahe, Praslin, Round, Curieuse, Aride, Ave Maria, the Sister Islands, Coco, Felicite and Marianne.
On the way back, you can take a short break at the Belle Vue Restaurant (cash only!). Be sure to treat yourself to a fresh fruit juice for 100Scr (my favourite is the mango juice) before heading over the next hilltop again across the jungle past cinnamon trees, coffee, cocoa, breadfruit trees. With a bit of luck, you might even find a few nutmegs along the way.

From the viewing plateau you have a breathtaking view over the south-eastern beaches of Petite & Grand Anse. Once at the foot of the mountain, you can cool off in the pool of Anse Cocos while the guide prepares a picnic.

There is plenty of time to take photos and relax, then in the afternoon we will go via Petite Anse to Grand Anse - from there by transfer back to the helicopter landing site.

The difficulty of this trail is medium: ascent, descent partly over rocks and roots.

 

Nutmeg Trail

Provider: Gerard Niole – Coco Trail Guide

Languages: English, French, Creole
Duration: approx. 6 hours (start 8.30 a.m.)
Days: Monday to Saturday
Participants: min. 2, max. 8 persons

including fruits and snacks on the beach

95€ pro Person

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Nutmeg Trail - Sunrise Tour

Tour is same as mentioned above, but your will be on the mountain for sunrise already

Provider: Gerard Niole – Coco Trail Guide

Start: 5 a.m. to 5.30 a.m. (Pick up at the hotel, or at the helipad)
End: approx. 3 p.m.
Participants: min. 2, max. 8 persons

100€ per person

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La Digue Xtreme

Combination: Nutmeg Trail and Anse Marron

for the ones that cannot get enough, there is a very special combination of the two trails.

nutmeg trail, same as mentioned above, little break at Anse Cocos, and you can have a swim in the natural seawater pool before we continue to Anse Marron

Level of difficulty: medium to difficult. Physical fitness is absolutely required for this trail!

Provider: Gerard Niole – Coco Trail Guide
Start: 8 a.m. at the hotel
End: approx. 5-5.30 p.m.
Participants: min. 2, max. 8 persons (normally its a private tour)
incl. picknick and fruits

check availability before booking

150€ pro Person

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Belle Vue Circular Path

You can do this trail without a guide. Start at the junction between the Chateau St. Cloud Hotel and the Seraphina Store, where you will see a sign saying "Belle Vue - Nid D'Aigles Trail". It takes about 30 minutes to go up the tarred road towards the Belle Vue Cafeteria, there you will find the detailed trail sign, from here the circular trail takes about 1 hour. The level is described as medium. On the way you will find cinnamon trees, millionaire palms, giant agaves and much more. From the top of the mountain you have a great view over the east side of La Digue and the neighbouring island of Praslin.

If you continue along the trail you will come out just before an antenna, here the loop trail goes back down to the Belle Vue Cafe..

You can walk further along the ridge from the antenna (view over the islands of Felicite and Marianne), past a few ruins to the Nid D'Aigles (Eagle's Nest), a viewpoint rock. (The path further along the ridge gets lost in the forest after a steep descent - so return to the antenna and use the official path).

Grand Anse – Petite Anse – Anse Cocos – Anse Caiman – Trail

 

The starting point for this trail is the beach "Grand Anse". Shortly before you reach the beach, you will see the sign. The trail is well trodden and marked with signs. The distance is 2.5 km and it takes about 1.5 hours (take enough to drink!!) Sturdy shoes are definitely an advantage.

Grand Anse, Petite Anse and Anse Cocos are life-threatening to swim in and can have massive surf and undercurrents. There are deaths here every year. At the far end of Anse Cocos there is a seawater pool where you can cool off (at high tide). There is also one at Anse Caiman.

At Anse Caiman you might be tempted to continue to Anse Fourmis, but I strongly recommend NOT to do so. It takes about 1 hour over the rocks, partly without any recognisable path or markings, it is slippery, narrow, deep crevices etc.. Alternative: At low tide, walk through the shallow water with water shoes.

Anse Songe Trail

 
Starting point : At the end of the tarred road, just before Grand Anse, turn right (there is also a sign). The trail is described as easy, over 1.7 km and takes about 30 minutes. Ascent 40 metres.
t leads past a small river (in which you can cool off on the way back if there is enough water) to the beautiful little Anse Songe (Attention: Do not swim!). From there it continues to Grand L'Anse. These beaches are also called the "Wild South". They are not suitable for bathing, but even more so for photos. There is very little to no shade on the beaches.
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