La Digue is a island of the Seychelles

La Digue Island

La Digue is a special way of Life

When scenic beauty of island converges with the glorious past then one and one only name that every people of Seychelles would suggest and that is La Digue. This is a island which is guarded by warm azure waters and fringed by teeming reef and not only that it has some of the friendliest people and most tranquil, serene and relaxing atmosphere in Seychelles. Indeed one can simply deduce that La Digue basks in the ageless tranquillity of a Seychelles almost unchanged since the earliest settlers stumbled upon the islands and claimed to have discovered the Garden of Eden. The normal way of life just opposite to the way of life that we are normally accustomed to instead bicycles and ox-carts are ready to let you into the world of serenity. No matter whatever you demand of your vacation like relaxing on the beach, pedalling to a restaurant for a light tropical lunch. Indeed it is no doubt that this pristine oasis, hidden away in the vast expanse of the Indian Ocean has a lot to offer for a memorable holiday with your loved ones for a home away from home.

Couple sitting on oxcart

La Digue third largest island

La Digue is the third largest in the archipelago and one of the inhabited islands of the Seychelles. Located about 40 km from Mahé, it can be reached either by Cat-Cocos high-speed ferry or regular ferry departing from Praslin. If you have already booked your suit then your hotel will likely arrange for ferry pick up at La Passe, but check before hand to ensure you are not stranded. Even-though there are few problems but several private firms have come up to meet the gap in demand and supply and that is why they have ensured low rent bikes for the perusal of the tourists which is quite cheaper than other means like at about 10 Euros for a whole day, just make sure you test the brakes of your bike before you take it. If you prefer an extreme slow ride along the beaches and lush green nature then go for one of the ox carts (a buggy pulled by an ox). Growing car traffic is one of the reasons that the administration is debating electro cars instead of petrol filled cars on la Digue island.

view over the jetty with boats

Made of granite

Like most of the islands of this beautiful island country, La Digue is formed out of granite, though it is surrounded by an exceptionally broad coral reef. One will certainly be thrilled by the incredibly powder-fine bright white sand, the fantastic coral reef and the gurgle of magical streams which trickle through the jungle over to the granite rocks and into the sea. On the south-western shore of the island you will find the fantastic beach of Anse de Source d’Argent, which has been honoured with the title of “most beautiful beach in the world” many times and of course needless to say that Anse de Source d’Argent is one the most photographed places in the world. The best way to venture into the nature’s lap is to stroll around the island and not only that one can have bike, which is well provided on the island or take an ox-cart to take a stroll. The good news here is that the island is small enough that another end of the island can be reached within 20 minutes by bicycle.

One point must be drawing the attention of tourists is that a walk through the magnificent L’Union Estate, a public garden that hosts a small vanilla plantation, a colony of giant tortoises and a forest of splendid coconut palms.

With little problems couples running side by side tourists will have one of the best possible lifetime holidays in the midst of the Indian Ocean where the enjoyment never dies.

Million years old granite rocks all over La Digue
  • La Digue 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.

  • La Digue Geography

    La Digue is Seychelles’ fourth largest granitic island, it measures no more that 5km long by 3km wide and covers only 4km². Its population of around 3,000 habitants makes it Seychelles third most populated island.

  • La Digue Climate and Seasons

    Seychelles enjoys a year round tropical climate., there is only a slight variation in temperature between 27 and 31°c during the two different seasons of the year. At night the temperature drops by 1-2°c.

  • Electricity

    Seychelles uses the three pin point electrical socket. Adaptors are available on the island. Voltage is 220-240.

  • Getting Married on La Digue

    From across the world many couples have chosen La Digue to make their special day a memorable one in this naturally romantic island setting. Click here for a wedding on La Digue

  • Creole take-away

    There are several Creole take-away restaurants available in La Passe and Anse Reunion offering curry, fish, pork, and rice dishes. There are several good restaurants alsong the main road offering Western style meals, as well as seafood. There is also a small gelato shop (ice cream) at La Passe on the main road and a second one offering at Marston restaurant.

  • La Digue Music

    From the sega, moutia and kanmptole rhythms strummed by the local musicians, to the late night clatter of a high-energy dominoes match in full swing, La Digue offers a traditional Creole experience, unchanged for generations.