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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.
There are several small islands just off the coast of La Digue:
There are several ferries a day the run between the port of Praslin, and La Ligue. costs round trip are aproximatley 40 euro as of 2011. There are also several locals of Praslin that offer boats for hire, however this option is very expensive. Expect to pay aproximatly 600 euro and upwards. I f you go this route however, you will have the chance at stopping at some of the other less excesable islands in the area as well.
If you arrive by boat, you will see many companys offering bikes for rent. these are the cheapest, and really the only way to travel around the island.Bikes are about 8 euros for a whole day, just make sure you test your bike before you take it. If you arnt going very far, there are also ox carts (a buggy pulled by an ox) that you can catch a ride on.
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.
There are several creol take-away resturants available in town offering curry, fish, pork, and rice dishes. For the more picky eaters ther is a very overpriced resort style resturant ofering more western familiar foods, as well as seafood. There is also a small gelato shop (ice cream) just south of town on the main road.
Being that the island is very small, very few people stay over night. However if you choose too, or if you miss the last ferry at 5:00pm, there are just a few very expensive hotels in town. its 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.