La Digue

Known for its tranquility, warmth and hospitality, La Digue offers a different kind of atmosphere and taste of island life. This spectacular island brings with it a certain mood which can only be felt and experienced in Seychelles. A bicycle or ox-cart ride to l’Union Estate cannot be missed. A stroll through l’Union Estate brings back memories of yesteryears- the old copra kiln, the traditional coconut oil mill, the fine colonial house, the vanilla & coconut plantations. For the adventurous, a ride in an ox-cart or bicycle cannot be missed. Even the friendly giant land tortoises look forward to welcome visitors. A trip to the island will not be complete without a visit to Anse Source d’Argent, one of the most prestigious beaches in the world which has ‘graced’ the cover of several publications.

The “Inner” Granitic Islands

Life on this island unwinds at the pace of its iconic Ox-carts and bicycles. Arriving by boat from Mahe or Praslin, you can hire a bicycle, or take a short ox-cart trip to slowly make your way to the world-renowned Anse la Source d’Argent.

The string of beaches amongst huge granite boulders are so idyllic and dramatic that international TV advertising for Bacardi Rum, Campari and Bounty Chocolate have been shot there for many years.

Today, the island’s main industry is tourism and it is known for its beaches, especially Anse Source d’Argent and Grand Anse. La Digue went through a major tourist increase in the previous century, which heavily impacted the economy of the Seychelles. In former times, copra and vanilla production were mainstays of the local economy, which is commemorated in the island’s museum.

Veuve Nature Reserve, in the island’s interior, is home to the rare Black Paradise Flycatcher, of which there are only about 100 in existence. La Digue’s tallest peak, Belle Vue (Eagle’s Nest Mountain), is also in the central part of the island, with a summit more than 300 metres (1000 feet) above sea level.

La Digue is also visited for its wide variety of underwater creatures like fish, sharks and rays. The island has plenty of accommodation and activities to offer tourists. There are at least twenty guesthouses and hotels, a few restaurants and a dive centre. One can go on a boat trip or a diving trip around La Digue for either one day or half a day. Furthemore, the Veuve reserve offers tourists a hiking trip with a guide who can show them the beauty of La Digue.

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