Often mispronounced (It sounds like Way-Nay) but nonetheless much loved Ouaisne is a secluded and popular bay on Jersey's south coast, and is considered by some to be the calmer and quieter little sister of St. Brelade's Bay.
Ouaisne is a wide sandy beach, sheltered from southerly winds by a rocky headland which contains one of the most important archaeological sites in Europe, La Cotte de St. Brelade. Accessible from St. Brelades Bay on foot, at low tide it’s possible to stroll straight across the sand, while at high tide a rocky pathway winds through a small pine wood.
While Ouaisne has less in the way of amenities than its neighbour, Kismet Cabana beach kiosk offers breakfasts, lunches and weekend dinners, and the Old Smugglers Inn pub has been serving refreshment to those passing through since the 17th century.
On Christmas Day morning each year hundreds of hardy islanders gather at Ouaisne for a traditional yet chilly dip in the sea.
There is a public car park and public toilets at the beach, but unfortunately no direct bus access. Route 12a serves St. Brelades Bay and it’s possible to walk between the two.