The Island of LA DIGUE

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La Digue

La Digue is the third largest granitic island in Seychelles in terms of population (2000 people), but it is just the fourth largest in relation to size. The island Silhouette is bigger than La Digue, yet less populated.
La Digue offers a more relaxed and „back to nature holiday“ compared to Mahe and Praslin. It is famous for its beaches and huge rock formations, e.g. Anse Source d’Argent, Anse Marron or Grand Anse.

The main mode of transport there is the bicycle as the island is small enough to be explored by bike or by foot. Most of the inhabitants are using bicycles for their daily routine, such as going to school, to work, buying groceries etc. Bicycles and tricycles are available for hire on arrival with the ferry to the jetty.
One nice attraction is the ox-cart, which is also a mean of transport around the island. Ox-carts are very popular amongst wedding couples, to get from their place of stay to the wedding venue.  There are only a few cars on La Digue, mostly taxis used to bring guest from the guesthouses to the ferry.

La Digue is a 15 minutes trip from Praslin or 90 minutes from Mahe by ferry (click here for ferry ticket booking). Unfortunately there is no landing strip for aeroplanes, but there is a helipad, which allows helicopter transfers from Mahe to La Digue.

Attractions and places to visit on La Digue

La Digue itself is a unique island and amazes with its’s nature. There are lots of places to visit and explore, such as the tortoise pen, the vintage houses „Grann Kaz“, the old cemetery – a historical sight, the hiking-trails and the hidden beaches. Furthermore there are possibilities of horse-riding on the beach. Excursions around the island and to outlying islands are also available. The highlights are definitely: Fishing and diving trips, snorkeling in the clear waters of La Digue and sunset cruises.

But here are a few Must-Sees:

  • L’Union
    Is a fine, old traditional planter’s house, that has been carefully restored. It used to the center of a vanilla plantation of which the treatment factory can still be seen.

  • The Copra Mill
    Once a leading industry in Seychelles, the production of copra (the dried fresh of a coconut and the oil derived from it), has declined significantly and today the only remaining mill is the one on La Digue at the L’union Estate, where one can watch every stage of the copra processing, from the laborious dehusking to the final purifying and bottling of the oil.
  • Chateau St. Claud
    which was built under Napoleon’s regime, is another impressive restored plantation house. Nowadays it is one of the best accommodations on La Digue. It was rebuilt with much charm and care into a modern, quality hotel. The hotel is located in a vast tropical garden with plenty of native plants and is part of the small coastal village “Anse Reunion”.
  • Anse Source d’Argent
    is one of the most photographed tropical beaches in the world. CNN declared the Anse Source d’Argent as the world’s TOP 1 beach. It is a long stretch of soft white sands, flanked by spectacular granite boulders. Lots of foreigners and locals who wish to have a simple, yet memorable beach wedding are getting married on this beach. It is truly a wedding in paradise (view La Digue wedding prices).
  • The Veuve Reserve
    The Paradise Flycatcher (vev in creole) is found only on La Digue and is the only one of the Seychelles‘ endemic bird species still listed as critically endangered by the IUCN. While it can be seen in many places on the La Digue plateau, the best opportunity to glimpse this rare bird is afforded by the Veuve Reserve. The Veuve can be distinguished as the black, white and brown-patched female flycatcher are overshadowed by the males‘ jet black plumage always going in between trees in constant, pursuit of their insect prey.
  • The Eagle’s Nest Mountain (Nid Aigle)
    This mountain rises 300 metres above sea level. A visit to the island is not complete without a trip to the very heart of La Digue and its beautiful views across the island and the crystal clear waters that surround it. A smooth climb through Belle Vue is the passage to the most spectacular view of the island.

Beaches of La Digue

  • Anse Coco – the most isolated, stunning and unspoiled beach on La Digue. It can be reached on foot either via Grand Anse and Petit Anse or through Belle Vue.
  • Grand Anse – one of the most breath taking beaches in Seychelles, beautiful soft white sands surrounded by awesome rock formations and perfect turquoise sea. An attraction for surfers.
  • Petit Anse – Quieter and smaller than Grand Anse is accessible by walking from Grand Anse. Worth the walk.
  • Anse Source D’Argent (see above)
  • Anse Marron – “Robinson Crusoe beach” this is a must see.
  • Anse Severe – Ideal for snorkelling and swimming.
  • Anse Patates – Ideal for snorkelling and swimming.

NB: A number of beaches on La Digue experience strong, seasonal currents and powerful waves. Beaches where extar caution should be taken are clearly marked with warning signs. Please do take a moment to read and be aware and follow instructions given.

La Digue now has its own Discotheque called “La Noche” located at La Passe. Opening on Fridays and Saturdays. Themed weekends with featuring artists. Decorated with an island theme inside as well as the outside. It has a “Chill Down Bar” whereby one can relax and enjoy some billiard/pool. Also available is “Rannia’s Cafe” serving fast food during discotheque opening hours.

 

Map of La Digue

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