La Digue

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About La Digue
The dream destination of La Digue is often a choice for tourists who are looking for an idyllic holiday amid captivatingly beautiful surroundings. The visual vista of clear turquoise sea water splashing on the silver-white sand beaches and granite boulders is mesmerizing. Adding to the beauty are the swaying coconut and palm trees.

La Digue is the third most populated island of Seychelles and has the fourth largest land area. The tropical island is situated east of Praslin and the west of Felicite Islands and can be reached either by ferry or helicopter from Mahe. Visiting this place is like stepping back in the ancient time with almost no vehicles on the streets and only colorful ox-carts and bicycles as modes of transport.

The star attraction of this heaven on earth is the picturesque beach of Anse Source D’ Argent, known to be the most photographed beach in the world. There are other beaches like the Grand Anse, the secluded beach of Anse Coco which also attracts tourists. If you are a nature lover, you will surely pay a visit to Veuve Reserve to take a look at the rare flycatcher bird. The coconut plantation of the L’Union Estate along with the vanilla plantation is also worth a visit. Spending some good time at one of the awesome beaches is the best thing to do in La Digue.

You may also opt to go for an enjoyable hike to reach the secluded beach of Anse Coco. You can also go for a cruise at Grand Anse beach or simply go cycling inside the island. A visit to the Notre Dame Church  and L’Union Estate is also a must do thing in La Digue. Being a tropical island, La Digue has a hot and humid climate round the year with intermittent rainfall throughout May, June and July making the weather pleasant for an enjoyable vacation.
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What are the best places to visit in La Digue?

1. Anse Source D’ Argent: Spend some time in the picturesque beach of Anse Source D’ Argent, famed to be the most photographed beach in the world.  Talk a walk in the beautiful beach,  acclaimed for its silver white sand and feel lost in this breathtakingly beautiful paradise on earth with swaying palm trees and a park with vanilla plantation. Walking on the crystal clear water of the sea with a clear view of the fishes underwater is yet another experience at this beach which you will not like to miss out on.

- Location: La Digue Island, Seychelles
- Entry fee: SCR33  per person for access to the beach

2. Grand Anse: Enjoy the spectacular view of the Grand Anse beach with creamy white sand, turquoise blue sea waves splashing on it, and beautiful  hills in the backdrop. Known to be one of the longest in Seychelles, the beach is a great place for a leisure stroll, especially during dusk when the sea looks magnificent during sunsets. To enjoy the view of the beach from the sea, opt for going on a cruise.

- Location: Six miles south of St. George, La- Digue Island, Seychelles along the southwestern coast of the island Grenada
- Timing: Monday to Sunday : 8 am to 8 pm

3. La Passé: If you are someone looking for a glimpse of the culture of the city, you must make a trip to the coastal La Passé village. This picturesque village with plantation style houses will make you wish to spend a few days in one of the villas here amongst palm trees that offers accommodation to tourists. The vibe of the culture can be felt while visiting the bustling fish market. Do not forget to explore the coastal plateaus nearby to fully enjoy the scenic beauty of this place.

- Location: Near L’Union Estate, La- Digue Island, Silhouette, Seychelles
- Timing: 6 am to 6 pm

4. L’Union Estate: The coconut plantation of the L’Union Estate is just the place to visit if you are keen to know about the colonial history of this wonderful island. The plantation houses with their French colonial architectural buildings will surely make you feel mesmerised. You can also make a quick visit to the park with the vanilla plantation and get to know about how vanilla is processed. Near the plantation is the Aldabra Giant Tortoise enclosure which is also a famous tourist attraction.

- Location: Allée Kersley, La Digue, Seychelles
- Timing: 6 am to 6 pm
- Entry fee: SCR255

5. Chateau St. Cloud: Enjoy a stay at Chateau St. Cloud which was originally a vanilla farm and was later converted into a delightful hotel with an enchanting view. Located at the foot of the island’s only mountain and with sea beach only 10 minutes away, you will surely feel it worth to stay at this hotel named St. Cloud, after a small town in France. Staying at this place, you will be able to also enjoy the view of the local granite formation and also few coco de mer trees . And if you are really lucky, you may come across one of the giant tortoises that roam around this place.

- Location: Anse-Reunion, La- Digue Island, Seychelles
- Timing: Check In time- 12 Noon to 6 pm/ Check Out time-10 am next day

6. Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort and Spa- Le Combava: If you are planning to get a dining experience in style with a fantastic view, you should try Combava Restaurant at Domaine de L’Orangeraie Resort and Spa. This poolside restaurant has the added advantage of the breathtaking view of the sea. Enjoy a la carte food at the roof terrace or have some delicious food at the all-dining area on the upper deck, the choice is yours. The mouthwatering food along with choicest wines is sure to leave a lasting taste with you. Some of the hot favourites of this place are the chocolate brownie and the coconut ice-cream.

- Location: La Digue Anse Severe, La Digue Island Seychelles, Seychelles
- Timing: Lunch: 12 pm to 3:30 pm, Dinner: 7 pm to 10 pm (except Wednesday)

7. Veuve Reserve: For those with a love for bird watching, visiting Veuve Reserve is a must. This small forest reserve in the middle of an island is for being the home to the rare paradise flycatcher. The male flycatcher, recognised by its long black tail, can be found only on this island. Other than flycatcher, there are other species such as moorhens, terrapins and fruit bats. Apart from this, the place has vivid trees and plants with information posts for those who would love to know about them. If you feel tired visiting the reserve, spend some time relaxing on the white sandy beach outside the forest.

- Location: In the middle of the island of La Digue, Seychelles
- Timing: Monday to Friday 8 am to 12 pm & 1 pm to 4 pm
- Entry fee : SCR 150 ; Free below 12 years

8. Nid d’Aigle: Enjoy a four kilometer trek from La Passe to reach Nid d’Aigle, the tallest peak of the island of La Digue. The exciting trek will take you through different surfaces ranging from soft forest land to granite and reddish soil. When on top, enjoy a breathtaking view of La Digue along with its surrounding island such as Marianne, Felicite and Praslin from the top of 333 meters.

- Location: Lieu dit Nid d’aigle, 74170 Saint-Gervais les Bains, La Digue Island, Seychelles

9. Le Repaire: If you are someone who is fond of pastas, pizza and risottos, the authentic Italian restaurant, Le Repaire is just the place for you. Located inside the boutique hotel Le Repaire, this restaurant with a view of the tropical garden and sea, provides traditional italian food along with few of their own specialities. Their unique fish dishes are a must-try as well as some of their delicious desserts such as Tiramisu, Cheesecake and Panna Cotta. You can also enjoy a cocktail sitting on the beach while watching the sun set in this restaurant.

- Location: Anse Reunion, La Digue, Seychelles
- Timing: Breakfast: 7 am to 9:30 am, Lunch and Dinner: 12:30 pm to 10 pm, Cocktail on the beach: till 6:30 pm

What are the best things to do in La Digue?

1. Go on a boat ride at  Nevis Ernesta La Digue: Enjoy a boat trip with Nevis Ernesta, La Digue. Hope on a boat and discover the beautiful Coco, Felicite and Sister beach. Spend an amazing day admiring the beauty of few other places such as Curieuse and St. Pierre. You can also opt to go snorkelling at a known location where you will be spotting beautiful multi-coloured fishes along with turtles. You can also go for a fishing trip or have a barbecue onboard.

- Location: Nevis Ernesta, La Passe, La Digue,Seychelles
- Timing: 9.30am to 1.30pm ; 2pm to 5.30pm
- Price: Starting from SCR 1403 per person and depends on the options selected.

2. Relax at Anse Source D’Argent: Relax on the silver white sand beach at Anse Source D’Argent and admire the blend of multiple hues of blue in the sea waves. Take a stroll on the crystal clear water and spot the colourful fishes swimming underwater. Enjoy mouthwatering local food from vendors selling on the beach. Go snorkeling in the beautiful water if you feel a need for an adventure if the sea looks inviting.

- Location: La Digue Island, Seychelles
- Entry fee: SCR33 per person for access to the beach

3. Kayaking: Explore the beauty of marine life underwater while on a crystal water kayaking journey. Be guided by experts and then embark on an enjoyable journey with a panoramic view of sandy shores and palm trees around you. Be able to see the underwater life through the 100%  transparent glass kayak.

- Location: La Digue, Seychelles
- Timing: 6 am to 7 pm
- Price: Adult above 12 years:SCR 1020; Child between 4 to 12 years: SCR740

4. Hike at Coco Trail: If you enjoy hiking, you must go hiking to Anse Cocos and reach the secluded beach of Anse Cocos. There are two hiking routes to choose from. Once you reach the beach after a 20-30 minutes hike, enjoy some time on the beach admiring the different hues of the sea water. Enjoy mouthwatering smoked fish and fresh juicy fruit from the beach food vendors while you admire the beauty of the place.

- Location: La Digue Island, Seychelles
- Timing: 24hours
- Price: SCR 1066  per person

5. Sunbathe at Anse Fourmis: If you are looking for some quiet me time or family time in the midst of a beautiful location with coconut trees, blue sea with eye-catching hues, you should visit Anse Fourmis. This ending beach is a perfect place to enjoy a sunbathe in a tranquil atmosphere while admiring the beauty of the place.

- Location: Anse Beach, La Digue, Seychelles
- Timing: 8 am till sunset

6. Visit Plantation House National Monument: The French colonial style plantation house is the focal point of the L’Union estate. Explore the place while listening to the guide narrating about the plantation’s architecture and about 19th century ways of life and admire the structure with a thatched roof and timber flooring.

- Location: La Union, La Digue island, Seychelles
- Timing: Monday to Sunday: 7 am to 5 pm
- Price: SCR100

7. Explore Notre Dame de L’Assomption Church: Explore the Notre Dame Church of La Digue and admire its gothic style architecture. This ancient church, built in 1853 still has the power to influence its visitors in several ways. Locals gather in this church on Sundays to offer their prayers to get holy blessings. Spend some time inside to feel the soothing ambience and powerful aura of the place.

- Location: La Digue Island,Seychelles
- Timing: 24 hours

8. Cycle around the Island: The smooth roads of La Digue in the midst of the beautiful surroundings is ideal for exploring the island on a cycle. This is not only the best way to go around the island but is also very enjoyable with the cool sea breeze touching your face as you cycle. You can opt to complete the entire circuit in an hour or opt to stop at the various places of attraction on the way.

- Location: La Digue island,Seychelles
- Timing: 8 am to 5 pm
- Price: Between SCR100 to SCR150

9. Stop by the local bars and restaurants: You can never know a place completely till you have tasted their food, and La Digue, with its specialities, is no exception. Start with the local cuisine, Creole, by trying few of their specialities such as Octopus salad etc. For a carte menu, Chez Jules would be a good choice. If you are looking for a full creole meal, visit Gala Takeaway. For those who love a buffet, a Creole buffet is on offer at Patatran Restaurant.
If you are not too sure about the local cuisine and would like to mix it with some of the international cuisines, go to Le Combava. Fish lovers must try to enjoy fish dishes at Fish Trap Restaurant. Alcohol lovers would like to taste the various varieties of the local Takamaka Rum which is available at various bars such as Domaine de L’Orangeraie, La Digue Community Centre, etc. The only bar and night club of La Digue where you can enjoy the night is Tarosa.

How to reach La Digue?

There are two ways to reach La Digue -

- By Ferry: You can take a ferry from Mahe to Praslin ( around 15 minutes) and then from Praslin to La Digue (around 1 and half hour).

- By Helicopter: You can get a helicopter service from Seychelles Airport to La Digue.

What is La Digue famous for?

The picturesque island of La digue is famous for its beaches, the two main being Anse Source D’Argent and Grand Anse Beach. The natural environment of the island with its large reefs, silver white sand beaches and clear turquoise water is what attracts tourists to this amazing island.

Is La Digue expensive?

A trip to La Digue is expensive. First of all, to reach the island, you need to take a long route ferry trip as there is no direct ferry from mahe or you have to take a helicopter ride which is even more expensive. The beach resorts offering a luxurious stay also comes at a premium price. There are some guest houses or self catering apartments where the charges would be 30-40 euros per night. However, you can save on local conveyance if you are ok with walking or cycling.

What is the best time to visit La Digue?

The best time to visit La Digue is between May to August. During this time, the weather is dry and cold, making it the right time to enjoy a tropical holiday.

What is the highest point in La Digue?

Belle Vue, also known as Eagle’s Nest Mountain, is the tallest peak in La Digue. Nid d’Aigle is the highest point  at a height of more than 300 meters above sea level.

Where is La Digue Island Seychelles?

La Digue, one of the 100 islands of Seychelles, is situated on the northeast side of the country’s main island Mahe.

How do I get from Mahe to La Digue?

There are two ways of reaching La Digue from Mahe - by ferry and by helicopter. You can take a 15 minutes ferry ride to Praslin, and then take another one and a half hour ferry from Praslin to La Digue. Alternatively, you can opt for helicopter service available from the airport in Mahe.

Which is better Mahe or La Digue?

La Digue is better than Mahe for those tourists looking for a respite from the busy city life. The island of La Digue is known to be a natural paradise, owing to its breathtakingly beautiful silver white sandy beaches with clear water sea. The island also boasts of having the most photographed beach of the world - Anse Source D’Argent. The island has an untouched look with virtually no car and only bicycle and traditional ox carts as transport. On the other hand, Mahe is an island city which is busy and modernised but also has a historical charm. About 20% of the city is covered by thick lush green forest with some amazing flora and fauna loved by nature lovers.

What are some of the famous things to buy in la Digue?

1. Vanilla Pods & Essence: Your La Digue trip is incomplete if you do not purchase some sweet smelling vanilla essence and pod from the Vanilla plantation, Union State Park.

2. Corals & Beaded Jewelleries: Colourful corals and beaded jewelries are a must buy as souvenirs from any gift shop of Li digue

3. Art Pieces: The beach of La Digue is a well known place for purchasing the beautiful art pieces showcasing the scenic beauty of beaches and the turquoise sea.

Which are the best beaches in La Digue?

1. Anse Source D’Argent: Known to be one of the most photographed beaches in the world, this silver white sand beach with turquoise colour water along with rocky structures is a paradise on earth.

2. Anse Severe: For those looking for a beach to chill-out and relax, Anse Severe is just the perfect location with a quiet ambience. Enjoy an evening in company of family or friends or go for a swim in the morning, the choice is yours.

3. Anse La Reunion: This beach, situated on the left side of jetty, is the best place to watch the sunset in the sea. Spend some time at dusk with beers and snacks lazing with friends or family on this beach.

4. Grand Anse Beach: A perfect beach for spending some good time walking on the creamy white sand or going on an enjoyable cruise. However, the beach is not recommended for swimming.

5. Anse Fourmis: This is the ending beach on the La Digue island where the rocky stretch will prevent you from going further if you are not ready for a hike. You can enjoy a cycle ride to reach this amazing beach and spend some quiet time once you reach there.

6. Anse Cocos: You need to hike for 20-30 minutes to reach this beach but when you reach there, you will find it worth it. A beautiful secluded beach which is far from the madding crowd is what awaits you.

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