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La Digue

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La Digue is one of the smaller islands of the Seychelles. It is reasonably accessible, well served with accommodation and some tourist facilities, but is much quieter, picturesque and exclusive than Mahe or Praslin. The key reason for visiting is to experience L'Anse Source D'Argent, one of the world's top beaches, largely on account of the exotic weathering of the large pink granite rocks studding the coastline, coupled with sandy beaches and palms.

L'Anse Source D'Argent

There are several small islands just off the coast of La Digue:

  • Félécite Island
  • Frigate Island
  • Marie Anne Island
  • Recif Island
  • The Sisters

Get in[edit]

By helicopter[edit]
  • There is a helipad served by Helicopter Seychelles [2].
By ferry[edit]
  • Cat Cocos - The ferry departs from Victoria (Mahé) and arrives in La Pass Quay (La Digue). It takes 1h30 to cross. It is advised to book in advance.
  • Inter Island Ferry - The ferry departs from Baie Sainte Anne jetty (Praslin) and arrives in La Pass Quay (La Digue). It takes 15 minutes to cross.

There are also several locals of Praslin that offer boats for hire, however, this option is very expensive. Expect to pay approximately 600 euro and upwards. If you go this route you will have the chance to stop at some of the other less accessible islands in the area as well.

Get around[edit]

Due to it's small size, La Digue has little need for the transportation infrastructure seen in Mahe or even Pralin. There are only a handful of taxis for hire on the island, and no car rental agencies. As a result of the low supply, prices for taxi are high - approximately 90 Euro for a half day or 30 Euro for a trip to the beach. If you are staying at one of the resorts on the island, your hotel will likely arrange for ferry pick up, but check before hand to ensure you are not stranded. For those arriving by ferry for a day trip, you will see many companies offering bikes for rent. This is really the only way to travel around the island, and quite affordable at about 8 euros for a whole day, just make sure you test your bike before you take it. If you aren't going very far, there are also ox carts (a buggy pulled by an ox) that you can catch a ride on.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Anse Source d’Argent. This beach is La Digue famous beach, with white sand and calm waters. You will need to go through L'Union Estate to access Anse Source d'Argent, and they have an entrance fee of SCR100. It is advised to get there during high tide, to be able to swim. You will also find restaurants near by.  edit
  • L'Union Estate, Allée Kersley, +2484234240, [1]. This is a World Heritage site. You will be able to see coconut and vanilla plantation. You will also come across a Giant Tortoise enclosure. You will also discover French colonial architecture, with the Plantation House. You will need to pay SCR 100 to enter the park.  edit
  • Veuve Natural Reserve. Small reserve with Black Paradise Flycatcher; known to locals as Veuve (widow). Entry is free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Excursions can be made round the island on bicycles, to the reserve of the rare Paradise Flycatchers, to Ile de Cocos for snorkeling, or over to Praslin to see the Coco de Mer (suggestively shaped type of coconut).
  • Dive - you can find several diving school on the island. La Digue waters are full of underwater rock formation, and many species such as Parrotfish, octopus, Eagle rays and Hawksbill turtles.
  • Hike - On of the best place to hike is the Nid d’Aigle (Eagles Nest). The peak is the highest on theisland, and rises up to 333 metres. This is a challenging hike of 4 kilometers.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are several gift shops on the island, most of them right by the port. They offer the usual gifts of Seychelles. One notable purchase is fresh vanilla beans grown right on the island. 9 beans cost around 5 euros, a fantastic price, and cheaper then the beans on Praslin. Also if you visit the visitors center, they have free full color posters (1 per person) available.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are several Creole take-away/take-out restaurants available in town offering curry, fish, pork, and rice dishes. For non-adventurous diners there is a very pricey resort style restaurant offering Western style meals, as well as seafood. There is also a small gelato shop (ice cream) just south of town on the main road.

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Sleep[edit][add listing]

As the island is very small, very few people stay over night. However if you choose to, or if you miss the last ferry at 5:00 pm, there are expensive hotels, guest houses, antique hotels in town ($150 - $600 plus a night). It's a much better option to just plan on a day trip to the island, which is plenty of time to see all of the sites unless you have a stay overnight event, such as a wedding, booked.

Here is the website for the island:

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