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Spiagge di Anse Marron provides a secluded stretch of hidden rock-studded beach. Those who manage to successfully trek through the forest, climb over boulders, squeeze through narrow gaps in between rocks, and wade through water will be rewarded with a unmatched sight of the ocean and the area's natural pools. Impressive beach granite blocks underneath dark cliffs with lush vegetation provide the necessary shade. This tranquil inlet with a crescent of soft sand can be difficult to access; it is a true haven for nature lovers. Plan your visit to Spiagge di Anse Marron and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our La Digue Island online trip maker.
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I visited Seychelles 3 times (Mahe, La Digue, Praslin, Cuirieuse and St Pierre)... everything is magical but by far the best thing was the La Digue guided tour to Anse Marron (3 hours hike from Grand.... more
I visited Seychelles 3 times (Mahe, La Digue, Praslin, Cuirieuse and St Pierre)... everything is magical but by far the best thing was the La Digue guided tour to Anse Marron (3 hours hike from Grand.... more »
As we could not find a guide to bring us to Anse Marron from Anse Source d'Argent (back and forth), we tried our luck by ourselves. The most important is to carefully check the tides schedule. We...
As we could not find a guide to bring us to Anse Marron from Anse Source d'Argent (back and forth), we tried our luck by ourselves. The most important is to carefully check the tides schedule. We... more »
First of all, do NOT do this hike without a guide. Gerard from Coco Trails is excellent, and I highly recommend him. On the day of our original trip, we cancelled because it rained in the morning, and it looked like it was going to rain more. The next day, the group was slightly larger because of this (10 people). We met at a meeting point (the helicopter pad) and our group climbed into the back of a long pickup truck with benches. We were taken to Grand Anse Beach, where we started our "hike." To get to Anse Marron, we walked along the sand, in a jungle area, and up and over and under large granite boulders. This trail was unmarked, and Gerard had to tell us where to put our bodies and feet at times so that we wouldn't fall. He also physically helped some people. When we arrived at Anse Marron, it was breathtaking - one of the most beautiful beaches we have seen. And we've been to many beaches. The beautiful rocks and the color of the water were gorgeous. We had time to relax in the water and hang out before leaving. Some people snorkeled. During this time, Gerard went and found leaves from the jungle to weave us baskets, in which he placed freshly chopped fruit and some fish samosas. He had brought enough food in his bag for 10 people! Also, he did the entire hike barefoot. Pretty amazing. When the tide started coming in, we packed up our things to go. We did some more walking on the beach, bouldering, and walking through the jungle. Since the tide was coming in, we waded through ocean water that went up to my waist and at times up to my chest. I'm five feet four inches, so if you're taller, it's a little easier to walk in the water. During this time, if you didn't have a dry bag, you needed to hold your bag above your head. Gerard had some room in his dry bag in case people needed to put their things in there. I'm not sure how long it took, but my arms were a little tired toward the end - maybe 15-20 minutes. We didn't go back the way we came. We ended up at Anse Source d'Argent, where we stopped for a 20-minute break to buy juice and relax and then walked back to our meeting point. Throughout the hike, Gerard would stop to make sure we were all okay and to point out different flora and fauna of the area. He knew about every animal and plant and was very knowledgeable. He pointed out several Madagascan fodies and their nests, ghost crabs (and taught us the difference between males and females and also told us about their behavior), hermit crabs, skinks, a millipede, termites, morning glory flowers, takamaka trees, cinnamon trees (and we munched on the stems of the leaves), coconut trees (he chopped up coconuts and handed out fresh coconut pieces to us), and more. Being 27 weeks pregnant, I was worried that this hike might be too intense for me, but Gerard kept a slow pace, which helped a lot. We were all sweating profusely throughout the hike, and some people didn't seem to know what to expect. You have to be agile and in decent shape to do this hike. I would only recommend this trail for people who have the right gear and are okay with climbing on boulders. I'm glad that we had done our reading about this trail beforehand. Bringing 2+ liters of water per person is a must I would say. I drank more than two liters. If you have a water bladder like a CamelBak or a Platypus, bring it. It helps you stay hydrated. Also, bring a waterproof bag. For shoes, my husband and I did the whole thing in our Chacos sandals, which are waterproof and have very good grip. You need shoes with good grip. We didn't end up using the water shoes that we brought. We got sunburned on some parts of our bodies because we were sweating so much or wet from swimming, and when we reapplied, we were still wet. This was certainly a very adventurous trail with stunning views! Even though it was intense, I'd recommend it to those who are fit and confident.
Extraordinary place ! I consider myself as an experienced hiker who has been to the top of Mount Blanc twice, camped in a remote part of the Amazon, done several days of winter hiking in the Alps or the African savannah. However that didn't prevent me from getting lost on this trail, even though I had GPS tracking of the route using the Alltrails app, when we walked westward from Grand Anse to this beach. This trail really requires a good knowledge of every rock along the way. Often you will be climbing over or under a rock formation and it can simply lead you in the wrong direction. You can literally climb up a rock formation a foot further than you should and miss the trail. Luckily we met a local guide with a small group who allowed us to join them to Anse Marron (for standard fee). The group continued up to Anse Source d'Argent, but we stayed Anse Marron, then returned to Grand Anse on our own as we already been in the western part of the cape on Anse Pierrot and Anse aux Cedre day before. It was a great decision because we could stay on this extremely beautiful beach by ourselves for couple of hours. If you want to go eastward from Anse Source d'Argent via Anse Pierrot or westward all the way from Grand Anse to Anse Source d'Argent, then you should always consider the low tide time as you will go 600-800 metres in the water between Anse Source d'Argent and Anse Pierrot. Therefore, my recommendation is hire a local guide. We met an English couple completely dehydrated and lost on the trail when we were returning in late afternoon. Fortunately they were lucky to meet and follow us back as we had similar luck with a local guide early that day.
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