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Stories from Malliouhana

Stories from Malliouhana

Do From New York to Anguilla’s Secret Beach

“You can always manage to find a somewhat secluded spot here if you’re looking,” she explains. A hidden gem Becca first discovered four years ago that remains her best-kept secret on this island of idyllic beaches, Little Bay feels as if you’ve just stumbled onto a private beach for one—the only sounds are your own breath, along with softly rustling palm trees, glass waves slipping gently over sugar-white shores, and an occasional birdsong. But reaching this slice of untouched paradise isn’t quite so easy. “Little Bay isn’t accessible by car, so making your way there is sort of a choose-your-own-adventure expedition,” says Becca. “You can drive to Crocus Bay and hire someone with a boat who will ferry you out. Or you can rent a sea kayak and steer yourself there, navigating around craggy limestone formations until you turn the corner and glimpse a glittering cove that’s naturally buffered from the wind and public view.”

Your efforts are instantly rewarded with a sense of total serenity. “The first time I made it to Little Bay, I just laid out a towel and soaked up the stillness and total quiet,” Becca recalls. “On any given day, you’re usually only one of a handful of visitors. Most tourists here are content to sunbathe on one of Anguilla’s more accessible beaches, so it really feels as if you have Little Bay all to yourself.” That also means no restaurants, no amenities, no convenience stores. “It’s so remote you need to bring everything with you: towels, refreshments, drinks,” says Becca.

But there’s more to do in Little Bay than simply bask in the sun on its powdery shores. “The indigenous marine life around here is incredibly beautiful,” explains Becca. “Before you leave Malliouhana, be sure to borrow complimentary snorkeling gear from FUNTIME Scuba and Watersports Limited on Meads Bay. In addition to the exotic fish swimming below the surface, you’ll also spot hermit crabs and iguanas crawling along the water’s edge.” Keep an eye out for animals outside the water too: small, harmless snakes; zenaida doves (the national bird of Anguilla); green parrots; and wild goats. Nearby, you’ll find a bat cave—only reachable by swimming out to the reef and hauling yourself over boulders. Inside the hushed darkness of the cave, even the sound of lapping waves barely registers.
Meanwhile, Little Bay’s recognizable Jumping Rock—which you ascend using a length of rope —is reserved for thrill-seekers. “For another adrenaline rush, try Pelican Rock,” says Becca. “It’s a massive formation located about 150 feet from shore and, similar to Jumping Rock, requires a bit of scrambling to reach the pinnacle. I’ve climbed it a few times—so it’s doable!”
Although you’ll have to drag yourself away at some point, Little Bay leaves you with a profound sense of awe. “Whether you’re a city-dweller or not, you’ll find yourself wanting to return for the peace and stillness,” promises Becca. “This spot has an almost sacred quality. It’s probably one of the most breathtakingly beautiful places in the world where you can actually, finally, hear yourself think.”Stories from Malliouhana

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