Relatively untouched by the tourists, the romantic Anse Cocos is known for its tranquility mainly due to the lack of direct road and its remote location. The beach is often praised for its tranquility and natural beauty, making it a favorite destination for those seeking a peaceful retreat and an escape from the bustling city life.
Anse Cocos is maybe the most beautiful beach on the Seychelles. Located north of Grand Anse, Anse Cocos is reachable on foot which makes it less visited and at the same time much more preferred among those looking to escape the crowds. Silk like white sand with shallow waters, Anse Cocos looks like a piece of Paradise.
There is no route to Anse Cosos. To reach it, visitors will have to walk from neighbouring Grand Anse on a well-maintained trail. The distance between the two beaches is approximately 2.5km (1.5 miles) along the coastline. On average, it takes around 45 minutes to 1 hour to walk from Grand Anse to Anse Cocos, assuming a moderate walking speed.
The trail between the two beaches can be a bit rugged and uneven in some sections, so it’s essential to wear comfortable footwear and be cautious while traversing the terrain. It passes parallel to the beach and enters a small forest of coco palms and tropical vegetation. Be careful with crossing a tiny stream on your way to Anse Cocos. This trail is most of the time under the shadows of the trees. Hikers will have to cope with a couple of hills a bit of energy consuming because of the heat.
As a public beach, Anse Cocos is free for visiting. Get some money if you want a coconut or other refreshing drinks from Coco Bar – the only commerce there.
When to Go?
The dry season, between May and October, is usually the best time to visit Anse Cocos. This is also the most populated season. For those dreaming of cooler weather on the Seychelles we recommend the early summer months (April and May) and those of the late autumn (October and November).
Things to Do
Anse Cocos is so beautiful it attracts people with an interest in photography trying to catch the romantic beauty of the white sands, light-blue shallow water, granite rocks, view over the Indian Ocean, and the deep green of the forest.
What to Bring?
Unlike some of the more developed and tourist-oriented beaches in the Seychelles, Anse Cocos offers no facilities. There are no nearby shops, restaurants, or water sports centers. There is a bar from which you will be able to buy something refreshing to drink. Bearing in mind Anse Cocos is reachable on foot after a 40+ minutes’ walk, it is highly advisable to bring with you some light food, fresh water, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, and comfortable shoes.
Tips for Visiting
Where to have lunch?
There are no restaurants near the beach so bring your own food if you plan to eat on the beach. The nearest restaurant is in the village of La Passe, where you can find a range of restaurants offering local Creole cuisine, seafood, and international dishes. These restaurants are not within immediate proximity to Anse Cocos. They can be accessed by walking or by a bicycle. Some popular restaurants in La Passe include: