Voted the best beach in the world by CNN in 2013, Grande Anse is a phenomenal sweep of white sand with dramatic waves breaking across the bay. Grande Anse is reached by cycling over a large but fairly gently sloped hill, an attractive route that takes you up through the gardens of La Digue, past a number of shacks selling fruit juices and snacks should you need to take a break, before a fairly steep descent down to the beach. Check your brakes and take it slowly. in both directions - some parts of the road have a fairly sharp drop of a metre or so.
It's a great place to come and enjoy the view - if you've been exploring the Seychelles and enjoying its calm, unspoilt beaches it's a treat to witness the raw power of the sea again - and there is a small hut selling drinks at the back of the beach; but the restaurant here burned down in 2014 and has yet to be rebuilt.
From Grande Anse it's a fairly easy walk over the hill to Petite Anse, and then a slighly more taxing climb to Anse Cocos. Shoes are recommended for the walk - it is just about passable in flip flops, but we did need a new pair when we got back to town!
Despite its beauty and accolades, Grande Anse is very dangerous for swimmers and sadly several people who ignore the warnings get swept away each year. We still rate it and its neighbouring beaches as a great place to explore while on La Digue, but do take care - there are plenty of other gorgeous beaches in the Seychelles where you can take a dip!
It's also possible to trek south west to Grand L'Anse and Anse Marron, but this hike should only be undertaken with a guide as the path is unmarked and it is easy to get lost in the jungle or fall from the rocks.