We use Instagram not only to post pictures of our travels ourselves, but also to be inspired – for new destinations, photo motifs or even activities. Through various posts from the island of La Digue we saw the wonderful pictures of Crystal Water Kayaks and it was quickly clear to us: we want to experience this 🙂
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Crystal Water Kayaks on La Digue
The idea is as simple as it is ingenious. The usual kayaks – which one usually knows – are not colored here, but transparent. So you can be active in normal sport and experience the underwater world perfectly with a view down through the kayak floor. In addition, a transparent kayak looks great and offers a unique photo motif. A tour with Crystal Water Kayaks can be booked via the platform TourBookers.com. The German agency offers over 750 tours, activities and experiences in different countries on its online platform. The tours are offered and arranged directly online by a number of independent local tour operators.
The location of L’Union Estate Park
The Crystal Water Kayaks shop, which is also the starting point for the tours, is located on the west coast of La Digue in L’Union Estate Park and just a few metres from the Anse Source d’Argent. So you have to pay for admission to L’Union Estate Park as normal to get to the Crystal Water Kayaks shop.
Opening Hours & Prices
The opening and touring times of Crystal Water Kayaks are very dependent on the tide times, which are checked daily. As a rule, the tours take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Therefore, it is best to register spontaneously for a tour directly in the shop, if there are still places available and you are on site at Anse Source d’Argent anyway. Alternatively, you book the tour a few days in advance and then get the exact time for the start of the tour via WhatsApp the day before – this of course requires some flexibility in the daily planning, as you only know the exact tide times about 1 to 2 days in advance.
The most booked tour is the “Robinson Crusoe Tour”, which is scheduled for 3 hours and costs 35 EUR on site. We think that this is a very fair price-performance ratio.
The Robinson Crusoe Tour along the coast of La Digue
We had also decided for the “Robinson Crusoe Tour” and were already full of anticipation, which would await us on this tour. At 1.30 p.m. we met in front of the Crystal Water Kayaks shop. In total, we were a group of 13 people accompanied by Anis, the owner of Crystal Water Kayaks.
From the shop it is only a few meters to the water, where our transparent kayaks have already been waiting for us. After two people had always sat down in a kayak, it was already possible to start. Our tour started with a photo at a beautiful spot – with the typical granite rocks and palm trees of the Anse Source d’Argent in the background. Unfortunately, the water was so close to the shore very brownish cloudy, because nearby a river flows into the sea and depending on the wind direction the water of the river is driven towards the Anse Source d’Argent. But if you go a little further out to the sea and away from the beach, the water suddenly becomes crystal clear and shimmers turquoise 🙂
On the reef we had beautiful views of the beach and the dreamlike scenery. Here we were shown some different coral formations (e.g. fire corals) and we could even see large stingrays that swam along our glass kayaks. After some time we paddled past all sections of the Anse Source d’Argent and had many opportunities to take beautiful panoramic photos from the water.
Our next stop was the Anse Pierrot, where the film Robinson Crusoe was shot in 1980. We spent about an hour on the almost deserted beach and were able to swim, take photos, hike to a viewpoint or explore a cave that was also used as a backdrop for the film Robinson Crusoe.
Shortly before the departure, our whole group gathered again, because there were some “survival tricks” from Anis. He showed us, for example, how to open a coconut with your own strength and without outside help.
On the way back to the shop there was a VIP service of the extra class, because we did not have to paddle back, but were towed by our escort boat. This was super comfortable, because so we could let the dreamlike beach scenery pass by us and take some photos.
Finally, we can say that we really liked the tour and we can highly recommend it to everyone. It was the perfect combination of activity and relaxation at an absolutely fair price-performance ratio
On your own with the kayak on the way
The next day we borrowed another kayak for an hour in the crystal water kayaks shop to take some nice photos – also with our drone. This is often not so easy in the large group, so it is great that you can rent the kayaks even without a tour.
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