Grande Soeur

written in collaboration with tinoumer (7 spots)

Grande Soeur (also known as East Sister) is located approximately 6 kilometers off the northern tip of La Digue. With Petite Soeur (or West Sister), they form the “Sisters Islands”. These two tiny private islands are covered by lush vegetation and surrounded by well-preserved coral reefs. The beach situated on the west side of Grande Soeur is, for many people, the most beautiful beach in the Seychelles. Marine life is exceptionally abundant on the coral reef stretching in front of it: sea turtles resting serenely under the surface, hundreds of tropical fish and, and even small white-tip sharks swimming along the seabed.
How to get there?

To get to Grande Soeur, you can choose from three main options.

The first one is to stay in Le Château de Feuilles in Praslin, which is managing the private island. It will gives you access to the island. This is by far the best option, but also the most expensive one. The second is to take part of a full day excursion (10am-3pm), including barbecue and full access to the island for the day. The cost for this tour (only on week-ends) is SCR1500 per person, including the boat transfer (all bookings with Le Chateau de Feuilles). At last, if you have the chance to visit the Seychelles with a boat, you have the possibility to request an authorization to moor next to the island and snorkel the reef.

Water entrance

Enter the water directly from the beach (if you are on the island), or from your boat.

Aerial view


The area to explore covers the 100 meters wide coral reef stretching along the beach located on the west side of the island. As you move away from the beach, you cross 50 meters of sandy seabed with scattered coral areas (↕0.5-1,5m), which grow denser as you move closer to the reef edge.

The reef flat is shallow but covered by well-preserved hard coral. As you move along the reef, it is easy to come across several species of butterflyfish and surgeonfish (often seen in large schools grazing on the coral beds). You might see dozens of other species in the area, particularly pufferfish, parrotfish and angelfish.

Grande Soeur Island, Seychelles
View on Grande Soeur from the Ocean © photo credit Martine Mas

On the reef drop-off, the water becomes suddenly much deeper (3-6m). This is the area where you will have the best chance to encounter hawksbill sea turtles, especially if you visit the area during the week. They have long been used to human presence and rest quietly just under the surface. In this deeper areas, you may also get the chance to see a white-tip shark patrolling serenely just above the seabed.

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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    All levels
  • Maximum depth
  • Water entrance
    Easy, from a sandy beach
  • Lifeguard
  • Visitor numbers
  • Access costs
    Day tour price (SCR1500 pp.)
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  • M S

    WARNING : Update
    The beautiful white sanded beach on east side is still there BUT ALL coral reefs are dead and 95% of sea life as well.

    • Steen Lundsteen

      are you talking about Aqaba or seychelles?