La Digue, Seychelles
Anse Source d'Argent
La Digue is one of the most popular islands in the Seychelles, and Anse Source d'Argent is the reason why. This amazingly beautiful beach features giant boulders on its shores. The scene is perfect: dark granite boulders on a white sand beach is the most dramatic vision you could imagine for a beach setting. Do not under any circumsances forget your camera! The pathway to the beach runs through an old coconut plantation, which is fascinating itself. Needless to say, this is a very popular spot in the Seychelles Islands, so go when there are less likely to be crowds, like when the sun is no longer strong on the beach.
Tips for Travellers to La Digue
Although most visitors to The Seychelles Islands stay on Mahe or Praslin, the two largest islands, you can choose to stay the night on La Digue, too. The pace of La Digue is so slow you'll feel like you're in a wonderful dream, but if you can manage your schedule around it, it's a good way to really experience this unique island and its beaches. Other than Anse Source d'Argent, there are several other fantastic beaches on La Digue, and they are much less crowded. Some are so remote you'll need a bicycle or a long walk to get to them!
La Digue is part of the inner island group of the Seychelles Islands, which also include Bird Island, Denis Island, and Felicite Island. La Digue is the only one of the Inner Islands of the Seychelles Islands which is really accessible to travelers. The other three islands are nature reserves run by private resorts for their guests only.
Getting around La Digue, keep in mind there's only one paved road, and the rest are mere strips of sand. The island is so small, so just rent a bike or even walk. Oxcarts are also available for travelers who want to try something new. Getting to La Digue is easy via boat or helicopter from Praslin or Mahe.
The Island of La Digue
La Digue is located only a couple of miles away from Praslin
, which is one of the two main tourist islands of the Seychelles. There are water taxis all the time from Praslin to La Digue. La Digue has managed to remain undeveloped, in spite of the large numbers of tourists coming from the larger Seychellois islands of Praslin and Mahe. There are only two thousand inhabitants on La Digue, and for the most part are very interested in retaining their traditional island way of life.
What to do on La Digue
L'Union Coconut Plantation
Coconuts used to be the main commercial activity on La Digue, and one remnant of this industry is L'Union Coconut Plantation. It's now a museum, and its gardens feature a pathway to the world-famous Anse Source d'Argent
, with its giant granite boulders. The museum also has demonstrations of some of the techniques used in coconut processing, as well as an old cemetary, a guest house, and a resident community of giant tortoises.
means "widow", which is what locals on La Digue call the black paradise flycatcher
. There are only a few hundred of these beautiful birds, and they are only found in the Seychelles Islands. In other words, they are endemic to the Seychelles Islands. The streaming tail feathers of the male are stunning and unusual so bring your camera for sure.