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Anse Caiman


Anse Caiman is one of the best shore snorkeling spots to see sea turtles in La Digue. Its seabed, mainly made of granite rocks and coral patches, is also home to colorful fish species as emperor angelfish, bluespotted grouper and blue tang. This small cove located on the wild northeastern shore of the island is rather hard to access, and due to the relatively high depth in the area, is not recommended for beginners.
How to get there?

Anse Caiman is located on the east coast of la Digue, some 3.5km from the main pier. It is a remote spot, with no direct road access. To reach this spot, you first have to rent a bike and head to Anse Fourmis, which is at the very end of the coastal road running along the northern side of the island. Park your bike at the end of the road. At this point, you are at approximately 400 meters from Anse Caiman. You then have two options to reach it:

- Enter the water at Anse Fourmis beach, and snorkel along the shore for about 400m. This is by far the best option if you are an advanced snorkeler, and if the sea conditions are good. On the way to Anse Caiman, the seabed is not spectacular (mainly made of coral fragments), but with good chances of spotting eagle rays.

- Walk on the small path departing from Anse Fourmis. The path is in the bush, not marked, and sometimes you will need to climb along the rocks, making it a tricky -and not so recommended- way to reach the site.

Water entrance

Enter the water from the sandy beach of Anse Fourmis, reach the outer side of the reef, and swim south for 400 meters (on the right side when you are facing the sea) to Anse Caiman. Only enter the water if there is no surf. If you choose the hiking option, enter the water from the rocks bordering the cove.

Aerial view

Exploration

The area to explore covers the edge of the cove, which is made of huge granite blocks immersed in 12 to 20ft of water (4 to 6 meters). This underwater scape, with ray of lights of the sun breaking through the deep blue sea, is an amazing subject for photographers.

Snorkeling with turtles Anse Caiman la Digue Seychelles
Hawksbill sea turtle at Anse Caiman, la Digue Island, Seychelles

Anse Caiman is renowned for snorkeling with hawksbill sea turtles. It is common to see 2 or 3 sea turtles resting at the foot of the granite rocks, or slowly swimming around them. Most of the sea turtles are quite timorous, and are not easy to get close too, contrary to the turtles you can encounter at Coco Island or Felicite Island, more used to snorkelers. If you wait a little, you will probably see them coming up to the surface to breathe.

In some places, you will also find some patches of healthy hard corals. Among the dozens of species of reef fish that you could see around it are the oriental sweetlips, the goldbar wrasse, the clown surgeonfish, and groups of impressive orbicular batfish. Shoals of blue tang, (or palette tang, the fish who inspired the absent-minded Dory in Finding Nemo’s movie), are often seen swimming along the slopes of the reef.

Restaurants and accommodation

Anse Caiman is a remote and completely natural site, with no water supply nor restaurant. Along the road to the village, you will find some huts where you can get fresh fruit juices or snacks. Take water with you.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Expert
  • Maximum depth
    20 ft
  • Water entrance
    A bit tricky, from a rocky shore
  • Potential Dangers
    Usual precautions
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Low
  • Access costs
    Free
  • Restaurants nearby
    No
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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Species you may spot while snorkeling Anse Caiman

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Hawksbill sea turtle
Eretmochelys imbricata
Emperor angelfish
Pomacanthus imperator
Semicircle angelfish
Pomacanthus semicirculatus
Powder blue tang
Acanthurus leucosternon
Clown surgeonfish
Acanthurus lineatus
Blue tang
Paracanthurus hepatus
Indo-Pacific sergeant
Abudefduf vaigiensis
Scissortail sergeant
Abudefduf sexfasciatus
Black-sided hawkfish
Paracirrhites forsteri
Goldbar wrasse
Thalassoma hebraicum
Bluestreak cleaner wrasse
Labroides dimidiatus
Elegant unicornfish
Naso elegans
Bluespine unicornfish
Naso unicornis
Smallspotted dart
Trachinotus baillonii
Indian Ocean oriental sweetlips
Plectorhinchus vittatus
Bluespotted grouper
Cephalopholis argus
Black triggerfish
Melichthys niger
Blackback butterflyfish
Chaetodon melannotus
Threadfin butterflyfish
Chaetodon auriga
Orbicular batfish
Platax orbicularis
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