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Anse Sévère


Bordered by takamakas and bathed in a small closed lagoon, the white sand beach of Anse Sévère is one of the most accessible and appreciated of the island of La Digue. Located less than one kilometer north of the village of La Passe and the pier, it gives access to a famous snorkeling spot. Once on the outer side of the reef, you can see, over the sandbanks and corals, spotted rays and a myriad of tropical fish.
How to get there?

Anse Sévère is located on the northern tip of La Digue, about 1 kilometer north of the pier, between the Domaine de l'Orangeraie and the Patatran Village. The bike is, as often at La Digue, the easiest and most pleasant way to reach the beach (10min.), but the distance can also be traveled on foot. The coastal road, which runs alongside beautiful lagoons and a breathtaking view of Praslin, is an attraction on its own.

Water entrance

You can enter in the water where you want along the beach, then palm towards the reef. Be careful, because at low tide, the low water level can complicate your entry into the water. If you leave your belongings in the shade of the trees along the beach, make sure that the rising tide can not reach them (ideally, hang them on the trees).

Aerial view

Exploration

The exploration area includes the shallow lagoon that occupies the cove, but also the outer surface of the coral reef (beyond the area where the waves break). Keep in mind, however, that although it is relatively easy to pass on the other side of the reef (the height of the water allows), it is not advisable to do so if the waves are too high.

Close to the beach, the seabed is sandy (0.5m), then gradually cover corals as you move away from the shore. It is in the wave zone, about 50 meters from the edge that the bottoms are the richest (0.5-1 m): hard corals of the acropora type, particularly dense in places, proliferate there. They are a popular habitat for white-breasted fish-surgeons, bird-wreckers, and sergeant major-tailed scissors.

Anse Severe Snorkeling Spotted Ray
Spotted eagle ray at Anse Sévère

If sea conditions allow you to explore the outer side of the reef, you will enter a deeper sandy area (2-4m) after crossing the wave’s area. If the seabed is poorer, it is on the other hand in this area that you will have a good chance to encounter leopard rays. Many of them rest on this spot, especially at the end of the day. Hawksbill sea turtles are sometimes seen at Anse Severe, but randomly. If you want to be sure to see turtles on the coasts of La Digue, go for Anse Patates (250m north of Anse Sévère), or especially Anse Caïman (4km east of Anse Sévère, but reserved to experienced snorkelers). Alternatively, book a snorkeling tour to Coco Island, which is one of the most popular snorkeling spots in the Seychelles.

Restaurants and accommodation

Two guesthouses and a snack bar (sometimes also a fruit merchant) are located just behind the beach. However, the spot is very easily accessible from the village of La Passe, where you will find a large choice of accommodation, restaurants and souvenir shops.

Snorkeling Report gives the most precise tips possible about the snorkeling spots and potential dangers, but each one of us is responsible for our own safety in the water. For more information, take a look at the snorkeling safety page. If you want to add extra information or make any corrections to the spot descriptions, please contact us.

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Spot tips

  • Type of spot
  • Level of difficulty
    Medium
  • Maximum depth
    4ft/1m on the reef flat, 20ft/6m on the drop-off
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium
  • Access costs
    Free
  • Restaurants nearby
    Yes
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

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