Overlooked by the Hotel Patatran, one of the few beachfront properties in La Digue, Anse Patates is a small but beautifully formed cove. With huge, photogenic boulders, the beach is backed by trees offering shade, and offers some of the best snorkelling on the island. There's a fantastic variety of fish to be seen just off shore, and if the sea is calm you need swim just 30 metres out to reach the coral reef, though do be cautious as at some times of year the sea can be treacherous.
The beach can disappear at low tide but is deep enough for a swim without wading out for miles. After Anse Patates there is another steep hill to climb before you reach Anse Gaulettes.