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Anse Source d'Argent


Anse Source d’Argent is a legendary beach in the Seychelles. White sand, palm trees, turquoise water and impressive granite rocks – a postcard setting that’s famous all over the world. The beach is ideal for newcomers to snorkeling: unlike most of the other Seychelles spots, it is sheltered by a coral reef. Although the lagoon is shallow and there is little coral, you can still see many fish. Only the more experienced snorkelers can adventure out on the other side of the reef, when the sea conditions permit.
How to get there?

To get there from the little port of La Passe, it takes around 20 minutes by bike, the preferred means of transport on the island. Follow the main road south (towards the right when you get off the boat), and the beach is clearly signposted. After paying an entrance fee, you cross a large estate (vanilla plantations, a terrestrial turtle reserve) before arriving at the beach near the Lanbousir restaurant. Leave your bike there and continue on foot, following the path along the coast. Anse Source d’Argent is a series of 11 beaches and creeks. Don’t stop when you get to the first ones (the busiest), but carry on until the last beach, which is where the lagoon is best preserved.

Water entrance

You can enter the water anywhere along the sandy beach. At low tide, you will have to walk a little to find water deep enough for snorkeling.

Aerial view


Exploration

The area to be explored is between the beach and the coral reef, around 250 to 300 meters from the lagoon at this point. On your way to the reef, you will cross sandy areas (↕0-3ft/0-1m), then areas of seagrass, which gradually give way to a rocky seabed with small-sized coral here and there (↕3-5ft/1-1.50m).

Snorkeling Report Anse Source d'Argent la Digue Seychelles
Orbicular batfish at Anse Source d'Argent

Although it is rare to see small turtles, you can observe several species of fish, including butterflyfish, porcupinefish, Moorish idols and damselfish. The water is shallow, so you should carefully explore the rocky crevices: small moray eels, groupers, pipefish and hermit crabs live there. Highly impressive and not particularly timid batfish will no doubt swim up to greet you. Leave them in their natural condition by not feeding them.

It will depend on the tides whether you can cross the reef and explore the other side. This option is reserved for experienced snorkelers and should only be done when the sea is calm and the currents are weak. The underwater seascapes are similar to other places on the island, including Anse Sévère, which is safer.



Restaurants & accommodation

The Digue Island Lodge offers accommodation closest to the spot (Union Chalet), some ten minutes on foot from the beach, but it is expensive. The area behind the Anse Source d’Argent beach is wild. Near the Lanbousir restaurant, you will find a number of places to eat, and a few fruit sellers. But you will have to walk 15 minutes or so from the last beach for the return. In the middle of the beach, a small shop sells fresh fruit juice and other drinks.

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
    Beginner
  • Maximum depth
    8ft (2.5m)
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Potential Dangers
    Usual precautions
  • Lifeguard
    No
  • Visitor numbers
    Medium
  • Access costs
    100SCR pp. entrance fee (approx. €5)
  • Restaurants nearby
    No
  • Public toilets & showers
    No

Spot map

Spot photos

Underwater spot photos

Species you may spot while snorkeling Anse Source d'Argent

Common name Scientific name Abundance Fishbase Wikipedia
Orbicular batfish
Platax orbicularis
Threadfin butterflyfish
Chaetodon auriga
Moorish idol
Zanclus cornutus
Convict surgeonfish
Acanthurus triostegus
Scissortail sergeant
Abudefduf sexfasciatus
Sulphur damsel
Pomacentrus sulfureus
Schultz's pipefish
Corythoichthys schultzi
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