La Digue (Seychelles)

La Digue (Seychelles)

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An aura of charm and tranquility surrounds the island La Digue.  The friendly atmosphere of this intimate island with its languid pace of life, traditional architecture and breathtaking beaches, such as legendary Anse Source d’Argent, is an absolute must for visitors.

La Digue is the third largest inhabited island of the Seychelles in terms of population, lying east of Praslin and west of Felicite Island. In terms of size it is the fourth largest granitic island of Seychelles after Mahé, Praslin and Silhouette Island. It has a population of 2,800 people, who mostly live in the west coast villages of La Passe (linked by ferry to Praslin and Mahé) and La Réunion. It has an area of 10.08 km2, which makes it relatively easy to travel around by bike or on foot.

The island has no natural harbour and is protected by the coral reefs which encircle it. All around La Digue are huge, unusually shaped granite rocks which look like vast Henry Moore sculptures.

It’s possible to visit La Digue as a daytrip from either Mahé or Praslin, but in order to truly soak up the atmosphere and explore you may want to stay for a few days.

 

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CountryRepublic of the Seychelles
Culture & history

La Digue takes its name from one of the vessels in explorer Marion Dufresne's fleet, sent by the French to explore Seychelles' granitic islands in 1768.

 

According to modern historians, La Digue was first sighted by the French navigator Lazare Picault in 1742, but it was not named until 1768. The first people settled on the island in 1789, when French colonists arrived with their African slaves. Most of them went back to France, but some people were left and some of today's inhabitants carry their names. Later, more French deportees arrived, followed by a large number of liberated slaves and Asian immigrants. In 1854, the first Catholic chapel was built on La Digue by Father Theophile. Most inhabitants of the island are of the Catholic faith. French colonists on La Digue manufactured coral lime, and they are believed to be responsible for the decline of the island's coral reefs. They also made copra out of coconuts, and they planted vanilla on their plantations. This tradition has been continued.

 

The inhabitants of La Digue are called Diguois. The first inhabitants arrived in 1798, exiled from Bourbon for taking part in a political rebellion there. They were supposed to be sent to the East Indies, but bribed the captain to ship them to Seychelles instead where many had relatives. The population of La Digue is mostly Catholic and the islands feast day on August 15 is a national holiday.

 

In the woods of La Digue can be found the rare Black Paradise Flycatcher. Although this bird was once thought to be extinct recent estimates suggests that there may be as many as one hundred on the island. Cycads, one of the oldest and most primitive of plants, are to be seen growing along the quiet roads of the island.

Transport

La Digue is an island where time stands still and time-honoured traditions such as travelling by ox-cart and bicycle are still king.

For those who want to enjoy holidays. La Digue has no buses, only a very few taxi's.

There is no airport on La Digue, so to get there from a foreign country, one has to fly to Victoria and continue by ferry, usually via Praslin.  Or take the ferry of Cat Cocos from Mahé. As La Digue has its own helipad you can reach the island also by helicopter.

As Praslin is very close to La Digue (half an hour by ferry) it's a perfect opportunity to visit the island Praslin in one day.

Geography

La Digue is close neighbour to Praslin and to its satellite islands of Félicité, Marianne and the Sisters Islands.

The island lies 43 kilometres from Mahé and 6,5 km from Praslin.

All visitors to La Digue will land in the village of La Passe on the east coast of the island, from where you can enjoy magnificent views back across the water to Praslin.

The Seychelles in general have warm temperatures throughout the year. Thanks to their location near the equator, they get frequent and sometimes heavy rainfall. On La Digue, rainfall can be very heavy, but it usually lasts for one hour or less. The day temperature on La Digue normally stays between 24 °C and 32 °C and the nights do not get too much colder than that. There is most rainfall from October to March, with a monthly precipitation of 402.6 mm in January. There is the least precipitation in July, with only 76.6 mm of rain.

La Digue's tallest peak, Belle Vue (Eagle's Nest Mountain), is in the central part of the island, with a summit more than 300 m above sea level.

 

Sports

La Digue and its picturesque satellite islands are ideal for snorkelling, diving and fishing excursions.

Some hotels on La Digue have a swimming pool. The island of La Digue is the perfect place to rent a bike or to make a long walk in nature.

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Tourist places

Traditional methods of boat building and refining of coconut products (copra) are still practised on La Digue.

There are island Hopping possibilities to: Aride, Cousin, Curieuse, Félicité, Grande Soeur, Ile Cocos , Mahé, Praslin

La Digue has wonderful beaches for sunbathing and enjoying the marvelous nature. Most of these wide deserted beaches are perfect for long walks.

The closest swimming beach is just to the north, over the hill and past the cemetery to Anse Severe, with Anse Patates a little further on also making a great choice for swimming and snorkelling.

Further along the east coast the beaches get wilder - certainly more secluded but with wilder waves, and to reach the southern most part of the coastal road will require strong legs as there are several steep climbs.

To the south of town within the grounds of L'Union Estate is Anse Source D'Argent, the most famous beach in the Seychelles. Our favourite beaches on the island require a cycle over the hill to the south coast where you can explore Grande Anse, Petite Anse and the delightful Anse Cocos.

 

Tourist places
Bamboo Chalets

Bamboo Chalets

La Digue (Seychelles)
Ideally located in central la Digue, this comfortable guest house allows guests to have easy access More info
Bernique Guesthouse

Bernique Guesthouse

La Digue (Seychelles)
Built in traditional Creole fashion, Bernique guesthouse is a family-run guesthouse in the central p More info
Cabanes des Anges Guest House

Cabanes des Anges Guest House

La Digue (Seychelles)
Cabanes des Anges on La Digue Island provides some of Seychelles warmest hospitality and unequalled More info
Casa de Leela

Casa de Leela

La Digue (Seychelles)
The Casa de Leela guesthouse is nestled amidst swaying palms in a truly tropical heaven. The bungalo More info
Chateau St. Cloud

Chateau St. Cloud

La Digue (Seychelles)
Chateau St Cloud is ideally situated in the centre of La Digue, at the foot of the island’s only mou More info
Fleur de Lys

Fleur de Lys

La Digue (Seychelles)
Fleur de Lys with the tropical gardens is the perfect setting for relaxing after returning from a ha More info
Hotel L'Ocean

Hotel L'Ocean

La Digue (Seychelles)
The Hotel Ocean is located at Anse Patates (on the coast of La Digue’s northern point), in front of More info
L'Union Chalets

L'Union Chalets

La Digue (Seychelles)
Nestled amongst the exotic vegetation of coconut palms and towering takamaka trees of L’Union Estate More info
La Digue Island Lodge

La Digue Island Lodge

La Digue (Seychelles)
La Digue Island Lodge provides some of Seychelles’ warmest hospitality and an unequalled appro More info
La Digue Self Catering

La Digue Self Catering

La Digue (Seychelles)
La Digue Self Catering is situated at La Passe on the island of La Digue. It is only minutes away fr More info
La Diguoise

La Diguoise

La Digue (Seychelles)
A cozy hotel near Anse Reunion and the famous Anse Source d’Argent beach, La Diguoise is a family-ru More info
Le Domaine de L'Orangeraie

Le Domaine de L'Orangeraie

La Digue (Seychelles)
It is in this haven of peace and serenity that Le Domaine de l’Orangeraie harbors a cozy and private More info
Le Relax Beachhouse

Le Relax Beachhouse

La Digue (Seychelles)
Le Relax Beach House is a luxurious Seychelles lodging conveniently located along the coast of Anse More info
Le Relax self-catering

Le Relax self-catering

La Digue (Seychelles)
Le Relax Self-Catering Apartments is ideally positioned at Anse Reunion on La Digue island, next to More info
Le Repaire

Le Repaire

La Digue (Seychelles)
A boutique hotel along the beachfront of Anse Reunion, Le Repaire boasts modern-styled rooms and dec More info
Le Surmer

Le Surmer

La Digue (Seychelles)
Le Surmer Self Catering Chalets will impress you by its modern and welcoming facilities, the large a More info
Maison Charme de L'Ile

Maison Charme de L'Ile

La Digue (Seychelles)
Maison Charme de l’Ile is a self catering property surounded by fruit trees, in a quiet corner of La More info
Oceane Self-catering

Oceane Self-catering

La Digue (Seychelles)
Indulge in a stress free time away as a couple to relax and be romanced. The facilities of Oceane Se More info
Patatran Village

Patatran Village

La Digue (Seychelles)
The ideal accommodation on La Digue for travellers looking for a romantic hideaway with breathtaking More info
Pension Michel

Pension Michel

La Digue (Seychelles)
Relaxation, friendly, green, seclusion and comfort are the words one would use to describe Pension M More info
Villa Authentique

Villa Authentique

La Digue (Seychelles)
Built in a contemporary Creole style, Villa Authentique is a small hotel centrally located in La Dig More info
Villa Creole

Villa Creole

La Digue (Seychelles)
Villa Creole is a charming self catering establishment located near the beach at Anse Reunion near t More info
Villa Veuve

Villa Veuve

La Digue (Seychelles)
If you want to experience authentic Creole hospitality and a peaceful vacation in the Seychelles, yo More info
Escape to La Digue

Escape to La Digue

La Digue (Seychelles)
Experience yourself La Digue; the laid back atmosphere of island living, here the bicycle is the fav More info