Ouaisne Bay is the little sister of St Brelades bay and the two beaches are joined at low tide. To get to Ouaisne you have to come down a leafy lane which just makes arriving at the beach that bit more special.
The Beach faces South West and is a sheltered beach where you can sunbath and swim. Almost all of the beach is covered at high tide and unlike St Brelades, there is rarely loose dry golden sand on the beach.
You can easily walk to St Brelades at low tide where you will find all the water sports and other beach activities, restaurants and shops.
Ouaisne is pronounced “Way Nay” by the locals and has a legendary connection with smuggling, the local tavern is actually called “Old Smugglers Inn”.
There is a Martello tower which was built in the middle of the bay in 1790 by William Conway the governor of the island as a defence from the French. It was not originally painted red and white that is a modern addition for navigation at sea.
The long grey wall is made of concrete and is part of the defences built by the Nazi Germans and forced workers during the second world war.
The rock which divides St Brelades Bay from Ouaisne at high tide is called Le Grouin. There is evidence of Stone Age activity in a cave overlooking the beach from cliffs at La Cotte.
There is also a restaurant and a cafe close to the beach, the water is clean and clear and a nature conservation area sits behind the wall leaving you in no doubt that you are far from the hustle and bustle of daily life.
For those seeking to get a break from the buzz of the town there are few beaches anywhere in the world which can compare to the cleanliness quietness and convenience of Ouaisne Bay.
Parking: Easy and lots of it
Access: Easy by slip
Bus service: No
Refreshments: Pub, Restaurant and Cafe
Deck Chair Hire: Yes
Water sports: no Hire
Disabled Toilets: Yes