What to do on La Digue

What to do on La Digue - 13 places to visit on the island

Visit La Passe

La Passe on La Digue. A heaven for yachts and schooners that shelter close to the palm-fringed shore this pristine island can be reached by ferries from Baie Ste Anne Praslin, they arrive at the tranquil harbour of La Passe. Well maintained grand plantation-style houses at La Passe, gracefully growing old and, on the whole are ready to welcome you with lush green arms. If local fishing lifestyle and market is your call then one can visit quiet fish market by the jetty turns into a hive of activity when the fishermen bring in their catches. One of the key feature of this island is that the flat coastal plateau and its beaches as far as L’Union Estate to the south of La Passe is easily explored on foot.

Historic Eustache Sarde’s House

In the early days the house itself was set up on large wooden pillars, but is now sitting on a more durable concrete base. This “open architecture” was used to provide maximum natural ventilation. Ornamental wooden balusters mansards are decorating the verandah. The Eustache Sarde’s House is one of the few historic buildings made of timber in the Seychelles.

Can be seen at: Anse Réunion, La Digue

visit the old Eustache Sardes House between La Passe and Anse Reunion

La Digue L’Union Estate

An open-air museum of plantation life, including a working kalorifer, used to make copra (dried coconut), an ox-powered coconut oil press and vanilla processing. The L’Union Estate also guards the entrance to La Digue’s most famous beach, Anse Source d’Argent. If this does not fulfil your thirst then other features here include the La Digue Rock, a gigantic boulder like a natural sculpture, giant tortoises, horse riding and a picturesque plantation house (now a private home).

L’Union Estate, La Digue, opening hours: Mon-Sun: 7:00am – 5:00pm

L’Union Estate most popular among visitors

Giant Granit Boulder at the L’Union Estate

This Giant Granit Boulder can be found at the L’Union Estate and is tagged as National Monument. The giant was born approx. 750 million years ago during the Precambrian age, magma erupts from inner earth and left this unique rock covering one acre of land.

Can be seen at: L’Union Estate, La Digue, Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 7:00am – 5:00pm

Historic Plantation House

This historic plantation house is one among ony a few left in the Seychelles. The house from the 19th Century is build in French colonial style and was owned by the Hossen family from Mauritius.

The historic house is of Seychelles’ Creole heritage and became part of the French movie Goodbye Emmanuelle in 1977 with actress Sylvia Kristel. About the movie read more

Can be seen at: L’Union Estate, La Digue, Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 7:00am – 5:00pm

19th Century plantation house become famous in movie

Copra Mill

La Digue is home to one of the last working copra mills in Seychelles, which still demonstrates to visitors to the island the traditional method of de-husking coconuts, drying the flesh and then milling it to create the once highly prized coconut oil.

Can be seen at: L’Union Estate, La Digue, Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 7:00am – 5:00pm

find two working copra mills powered by an ox

La Digue Veuve Reserve

Veuve Reserve is a forest situated at Anse Reunion between the church and the mountain. The local Environment Office takes cake of the reserve and the famous Paradise Flycatcher Bird (Veuve). The Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher is one of the world’s most threatened birds and, as its name suggests, it is only found in the Seychelles archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The Environment Office belongs to the Seychelles National Parks Authority and also monitors sea turtles, swiflets and other La Digue species. Guest can contact the office for guided tour.

Address: La Digue Veuve Reserve, c/o National Park Authority, Anse Reunion, La Digue
Phone: +248 2 78 31 14
Web: www.snpa.sc/

Can be seen at: Anse Reunion, La Digue

one of the most rare bird in the world

Visit Château St Cloud

Château St Cloud in La Digue is a hotel that stands up for history as it was built during height of the Napoleonic wars as the plantation house of a vanilla farm. Even though still coconuts are a good selling commodity in this island but Vanilla which was introduced to La Digue in 1866 has seen a steady and sharp increase in its exports. A touch of history can be experienced as ruins of the slaves’ quarters and remnants of the vanilla factory can still can be seen and surely it showcases the development of synthetic vanillin in the early 20th century caused the industry to crash, bringing hardship to the islanders. A road near the chateau heads up the steep hillside to Belle Vue, just below the summit of Nid d’Aigles.

unbelievable but true La Digue has a Castle

Best beaches on La Digue

Anse Source d’Argent famous beach

The diamond of the Seychelles which is Anse Source d’Argent (Bay of the Silver Spring). To get there, take a path through the ‘de l’Union Estate’ old plantation of coconut palms, pass the La Digue Rock and vanilla plantation. The silver white sands are framed by giant granite boulders and perfectly positioned palms – the ultimate in exotic backdrops and a popular spot for fashion shoots but it is very interesting to know that the transportation is very poor but that is a part of the island country’s beauty. Taking a stroll is the best way which is easy to follow on foot, continues southward past a series of equally beautiful coves.

often crowded especially at high season

Grand Anse Beach

Grand Anse Beach is located on the south east coast of the island and is one of the most famous beaches in the Seychelles. The first thing that the tourists have in their mind before visiting this place is the stunning views as the road descends through thick vegetation to the velvety sands, granite outcrops and turquoise waters of Grand Anse, the island’s largest beach. The beach is wide, long and with white sand, lapped by crystal clear water and a beautiful turquoise sea. The water at the bay is subject to strong currents and bathing is recommended only to good swimmers. The beach is much less crowded than that of Anse Source d’Argent and can be reached on foot or by bicycle. The simple restaurant is situated right at the beach. The road turns inland and cuts through an area of marshland known as La Mare Soupape (soupap is the Creole name for the terrapins, or mud turtles, that inhabit the area).

Praslin Strandhochzeit Anse Lazio

Petite Anse Beach

Petite Anse Beach, located on the south east side of La Digue, is a quiet and uncrowded beach, ideal for sunbathing . The beach is composed of fine white sand, touched by a beautiful, sparkling clear water. Note that Petite Anse has strong and dangerous currents. Petite Anse can be reached by a small path starting at the left side of Grande Anse beach.

blue water white sand simply beautiful

Anse Cocos Beach

Anse Cocos Beach, located on the south east side of the island, is quiet and uncrowded, ideal for sunbathing and snorkelling. The long stretched beach is sandy white, dotted with beautiful granite blocks on the left side Anse Coco is ideal for bathing. The beach can be reached by a small pathwaystarting at Grand Anse via Petite Anse.

best snorkeling of the left side of the beach
  • Barbara Jenson Art Gallery

    Art Gallery/Studio: Barbara is a full time painter living and working on the beautiful island of La Digue. From her beach side studio, she produces a wide variety of work in many different mediums including watercolour, gouache and acrylic on paper and canvas as well as varnish and pigments on aluminium sheet.

    Barbara also draws in pencil and charcoal, screen prints, marbles and hand colour papers and fabrics: in fact, she works in any medium that enables her to express her artistic talent and love of the islands.

    All her original work is displayed for sale in the small friendly gallery adjoining her studio.

    Address: Anse Reunion, La Digue
    Phone: +248 4 23 44 06
    Email: jenson@seychelles.net
    Website: www.BarbaraJensonStudio.com