La Digue

Photo of The Port on La Digue Island
La Digue Island

La Digue is a stunningly beautiful island with a feeling of utter tranquillity. Time moves slowly here and there is an intimate, traditional laid-back Creole feel to the island. It's a great away-from-it-all holiday destination and the secluded beaches are excellent for swimming, snorkelling and fishing. Large pink granite boulders that glow in the setting sun on beautiful beaches of pure white sand. The beach of Anse Source d'Argent on the north west of the island is a particular must-see just before the sun sets.

For nature lovers the Veuve Nature Reserve is where the rare Seychelles black Paradise Flycatcher or "Veuve", the Chinese Bittern, Cave Swiftlet Waxbill and two rare species of terrapin are to be seen as well as sea turtles.

Forming part of L'Union Estate is an old plantation house, a vanilla plantation and a copra (coconut) mill.

Getting around La Digue

The bicycle is the main means of transport here and a hired bike is good way to explore the flatter coastal areas. La Digue is just 5km x 3km and you can walk to almost any point of the island within an hour. If you really don't want to use your legs choose an ox-cart taxi.

Getting to La Digue

Air Seychelles does not fly direct from Mahé to La Digue.

Helicopter Seychelles do fly direct with a journey time of 20 minutes. See their website here.

The most popular way of travelling to La Digue is from Praslin (from Mahé by plane or Cat Cocos) and then onto La Digue by schooner ferry (Praslin to La Digue is 1 hour).

An alternative if you are not first visiting Praslin is a direct schooner ferry from Mahé to La Digue with a sailing time of 2-3 hours. Do check that this service is in operation at the time you're travelling. It might be worth avoiding between May and October when the strong south-easterly winds can make this a choppy journey.