Getting married on La Digue Island
The island of La Digue is 52 km from Mahé and 7 km from Praslin. It is a steep granite island. It is the fourth largest island in Seychelles, after Mahe, Praslin, and Silhouette. It was named after one of the two ships that were part of a French expedition that left Mauritius in 1768.
Most wedding couples come to La Digue by boat and moor at the small pier in La Passe. From Praslin, there are two ferries that make the 20-minute journey. If you want to see the real Seychelles, go there because not much has changed.
Nowhere else is the water so clear and the sand so white. La Digue is probably the most mythical island in Seychelles. It has a lot to offer and has beautiful beaches with pink granite rocks everywhere.
With a population of only about 3,000, the Digueois are proud to say that bicycles are their main means of transport, unlike the larger neighbouring islands of Mahé and Praslin. Most locals don’t need a car, and cycling has always been a part of their lives.
The Seychelles islands of Mahé and Praslin are both larger and livelier than La Digue. On this island, no one ever seems to be in a hurry. The Creole houses stand near papaya trees, and banana bushes and are lovingly decorated with flower pots.
Local fishermen walk slowly down the street with fish-filled sticks, while boats glide slowly through the water. This is where real Seychelles island life can be found.
Discover sights and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere
On La Digue, couples spend their time together best with a relaxing stay at one of the countless bays with turquoise water or a walk along the palm tree paths. You can do as the locals do and follow the only road that winds around three-quarters of the island by bike to get around. If you have a bathing suit with you, you can go swimming along the way.
The two villages of La Passe and La Reunion are on the west coast. They don’t have much more than a post office, various small supermarkets, a bank, bicycle rental, snack bars, various guesthouses, and a few restaurants right on the water.
In between is the La Digue Veuve Reserve, a place where the rare flycatcher (bird species) can live in peace. You can follow the easy paths here and look out for birds past the native takamaka and badamier trees.
On a hill called Nid d’Aigle (Eagle’s Nest) in the middle of the island is Belle Vue, a thatched-roof restaurant overlooking the Indian Ocean and the wild, undeveloped east of the island.
You can have lunch here while enjoying the view over the island, or the restaurant operator will pick you up for a sunset dinner.
The western beaches are right on a reef, so the water is calm enough to swim in. Snorkelling here allows you to see all kinds of marine life, from angelfish to turtles and starfish.
At L’Union Estate Farm, halfway along the coast, you can see a traditional copra mill powered by an ox.
La Digue Rock is a huge boulder that looks like a natural sculpture. There are also giant tortoises and a beautiful plantation house.
Here you will also find a historic cemetery of the first settlers who grew vanilla on La Digue. Passing the neat rows of vanilla bushes of the French settlers, you will reach Anse Source d’Argent, the most famous sight of La Digue.
The 3 best beaches for a wedding on La Digue
1. Wedding at Anse Source d’Argent
It is often said that Anse Source D’Argent is one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It is also one of the most photographed beaches in the world. Therefore, it is only logical that it is also the most popular beach for a wedding on La Digue.
What makes it so special is the shallow, clear water lagoon that wraps around its shores and, of course, the beautifully weathered granite rocks.
Anse Source d’Argent looks like something out of a tropical fantasy. The beach with its coves is perfect for a beach wedding and wedding photos with the bride and groom.
There are huge granite boulders sculpted by nature, lush jungle palms, powder-white sand, and clear aqua water. The huge boulders scattered across the beach form coves and caves that make the scenery seem almost unreal.
2. Wedding at Grand Anse
Grand Anse beach is called a “wild beach” for several reasons. It is located on the southeast coast of La Digue Island in Seychelles.
The golden sand is beautiful and makes you want to stay all day and enjoy the sun. The beautiful scenery is mesmerising and the beach is not too busy, so romantic weddings can be held here in a relaxed atmosphere right next to the turquoise water.
Compared to the other beaches on La Digue, the Grand Anse is less frequented and sometimes even empty. However, the highlight of the Grand Anse is the long and wide sandy beach, fringed by granite rocks on the right and left.
3. Wedding at Anse Severe
Anse Severe is one of the most famous beaches on La Digue and offers a great view of Praslin Island. It stretches across the north shore with soft white sand and scattered granite rocks. The beach is known for its beautiful sunset views and turquoise waters.
This quiet beach is easy to get to and is perfect for a beach wedding on La Digue, with a picnic afterward to enjoy a sensational sunset and sea view.
Find out more about weddings in Seychelles.
Best time for a wedding on La Digue
Even at night, the temperature on La Digue rarely drops below 24°C. During the day, the temperature is pleasant. During the day, the temperature is a pleasant 28°C.
You can get married on La Digue all year round, but some say that April to May and October to November are the best times for a wedding on La Digue. At these times the water is usually calmest and the ferry ride to the island runs smoothly.
Getting around on La Digue
Bicycles for tourists and couples are the best way to get around on La Digue. There are also a few taxis on the island. Most people who live on La Digue or come to the island as tourists get around by bicycle.
This is possible because the island is small and you can get everywhere in a short time by bike. You can rent bicycles at the harbour. A bicycle for one day costs about 10 €. If you rent the bike for more than one day, the daily price is reduced.
How to get to La Digue?
The high-speed ferry Cat Cocos, which runs two or three times a day, is the fastest way to get from Mahe to La Digue. Most of the time, the ferry stops for a short time on Praslin. The Inter-Island Terminal on Mahé, near the capital Victoria and about 10 minutes from the international airport, is where the boats depart.
We strongly recommend booking your Seychelles ferry trips in advance. Often the ferries are full and if you don’t have a reservation you could be stuck on the island.
Please note that there are many different ferry routes at the moment and these can change quickly. New ferry schedules are published every month.
Private helicopter transfer
You can also take a helicopter from Mahé to one of the other islands in Seychelles. Check the Zil Air website for lots of information on prices and destinations. A helicopter flight can shorten transfer times considerably, especially between islands that are not optimally connected. However, the cost is much higher than a normal transfer.
La Digue protected jewel of Seychelles
A lot of construction is going on in La Digue, and trees are being felled for it. This worries the tourists who come back to the island.
To protect the area’s natural resources, La Digue has imposed a construction freeze on new tourism businesses until 2023. Sherin Francis of the Seychelles Tourism Board said, “If we really want La Digue to remain one of the jewels of Seychelles, we need to start controlling and monitoring development on the island now.”
Similarly, part of the plan to make La Digue the eco-capital of Seychelles is to ban the ownership of private vehicles and talk about phasing out all petrol-dependent vehicles and expanding more traditional means of transport. There is only one ox-cart driver left on the island.