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Beach "Anse Grosse Roche" · La Digue

  • Anse Grosse Roche, La Digue
    • Swimming
    • Snorkeling
    • Coral reef
    • Shade
    • Family-friendly
    • Restaurant
    • Photo-friendly

Highlights:

The enormous boulder, which was used in the 1987 film ‘Crusoe’, as well as a shower gel advert. This feature stands out even on La Digue, and makes a great subject for budding photographers.

Facts:

  • 450m x 20m - infrequent visitors
  • Shallow water - seaweed present at times
  • Normal tide - stronger tide and large waves during south-east trade winds
  • Beach made unique by the large boulder that gives it its name
  • Good for snorkelling and photography

Map:

At a Glance:

  • Quiet beach whose main draw is the large boulder that gives the beach its name.
  • Fairly family-friendly, although the coral seabed means you have to be careful.
  • Access is via walking, bicycle, or by car. The adjacent road means it’s easy to find somewhere to park.
  • There is a snack bar at the entrance to the beach, with benches and shade where you can buy small snacks and drinks.
  • Natural shade provides protection from the sun.

Description:

Anse Grosse Roche, as you might imagine, takes its name from the large boulder that juts out of the sand here. Located on the east coast of La Digue, in between the road and the ocean, it offers a number of things to keep visitors busy. However, visits are infrequent, so if you decide to take a trip to see the Grosse Roche, you may find yourself alone on this stretch of sand. The ocean here is generally calm, but during the south-east trade winds, the tide can turn in a violent manner, bringing with it larger waves and seaweed.

The beach can be accessed via the nearby road using a car or bicycle, or it’s a manageable walk from a number of accommodations, such as the hotel Patatran, located about 1 km away. The road means that there is ample parking, as long as you manage to find a vehicle in the first place, always a tricky prospect on La Digue! Watch out if coming on-foot, as the locals grow crops between the road and the beach, so make sure not to accidentally trample them when you arrive.

Besides the enormous boulder that shares its name with the beach, there is a snack bar at the entrance to the beach, which offers benches, shade, drinks, and snacks to visitors. The boulder and the beach also make great photographs, so much so that parts of the 1987 film ‘Crusoe’, starring Aidan Quinn, were filmed on Anse Grosse Roche.

All in all, Anse Grosse Roche is a beautiful beach whose imposing boulder makes for some great photographs. In addition, the beach itself is relatively empty, and the sea is shallow enough that snorkelling fans can have a peek underwater here with ease.

Nearby restaurants:

    • Phone:
      +248 4 23 42 87
      E-mail:
      rchezjules@yahoo.com
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 9am - 5pm
      Dinner on request.
      Address:
      Anse Banane
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $)

      This beach bar, right on the sea, with a roof made from palm tree leaves, wooden carvings, and a laid-back atmosphere, constitutes a real insider's tip. Enjoy fresh fruit-juice, snacks, and Creole cuisine on request, including the well-loved octopus salad. Reservations are recommended for evening meals.

    • Chateau St. Cloud
    • creole, international 
    •  
    • 1.4 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 23 43 46
      E-mail:
      stcloud@seychelles.net
      Website:
      www.chateaustcloud.sc
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 7.30am - 9.30pm
      Address:
      La Passe
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      The Chateau St. Cloud restaurant offers guests a delicate choice of local Creole meals, prepared by some of the best chefs in the Seychelles. The restaurant's location amidst a stunning garden creates a unique experience for each guest.

    • Patatran Restraurant
    • creole, international 
    • 3.0 of 5 121 Reviews  
    • 1.4 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 29 43 00
      E-mail:
      patatran@seychelles.net
      Website:
      www.patatranseychelles.com
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 11am - 10pm
      Address:
      Patatran Hotel, Anse Patates
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      Creole cuisine is served with an incredible view of the Indian Ocean and the small offshore island. Once weekly, the restaurant serves up a Creole buffet.

    • Snack Bellevue
    • creole 
    • 4.5 of 5 429 Reviews  
    • 1.4 km
    • Phone:
      +248 2 52 78 56
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 11am - 8pm
      Address:
      Nid Aigle
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      The restaurant that sits atop the Nid d'Aigle can be reached on-foot via a sweaty hike, or by using the restaurant's own shuttle bus. If you visit at sunset, you can enjoy a truly spectacular view from the restaurant. If you would like to be brought to the restaurant and taken back to your accommodation, we recommend booking this in advance. You can then be picked up at around 17:00 at your accommodation and driven together with other tourists to the restaurant. A three-course meal, including transfers, costs around 550 rupees per person (not including drinks). In any case, we recommend taking a taxi on the way back at least, as descending this steep way in the dark can be dangerous.

    • Le Combava
    • creole, international 
    • 4.5 of 5 69 Reviews  
    • 1.5 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 29 99 99
      E-mail:
      combava@orangeraie.sc
      Website:
      www.orangeraie.sc
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 12pm - 4pm, 7.30pm - 9.30pm
      Address:
      Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie, Anse Sévère
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      Located on the roof terrace of the Domaine de l'Orangeraie hotel, this restaurant (whose name means 'Lime' in English) offers an excellent culinary experience to its guests. The meals here range from international delicacies to Creole specialities, served up by excellent chefs. A further highlight is the excellent view of the surrounding nature and the shimmering blue ocean. Reservation recommended.

    • Au Clair De Lune
    • creole 
    • 3.5 of 5 65 Reviews  
    • 1.5 km
    • Phone:
      +248 4 23 41 42
      E-mail:
      moonlightbeachvilla@seychelles.net
      Website:
      www.moonlightbeachvilla.de
      Opening hours:
      Mon-Sun: 8am - 9.30pm
      Address:
      Hotel Moonlight Beach Villas, La Passe
      Payment:
      cash (SCR / € / $), credit card

      If you head north of La Passe on foot or by bike, you'll reach the Clair de Lune, a hotel/restaurant that offers Creole cuisine and a stunning location. Enjoy the sea-view at breakfast time, lunchtime, or in the evening.

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