La Digue Island is a steep granite island lying 52 kilometres from Mahé and 7km from Praslin. Named after one of two vessels in a French expedition from Mauritius in 1768, it is the fourth largest island in the Seychelles after Mahe, Praslin and Silhouette, with a land area of around ten square kilometres.
The majority of visitors to La Digue arrive by boat at the quaint jetty at La Passe. Frequent ferries make the 25-minute crossing from Praslin. It is a popular, unspoilt destination for people wishing for a taste of the traditional Seychelles. Nowhere else is the water more transparent or the sand so white. Because of its diversity and beautiful beaches strewn with pink granite rocks, La Digue is perhaps the most mythical island in the Seychelles.
La Digue breathes calm and serenity. For the visitor, the main mode of transport is either bicycle or foot power, but the traditional oxcart is also still very much part of the scene and associated with a certain art of living. La Digue Holidays are perfect for relaxation and reflection. On La Digue times passes peacefully, but who needs to rush!
Within an hour's walk, you can reach any point on the island and there are many trails leading to its hilly interior which rises to a height of 333 metres. La Digue's western beach of Anse Source D'Argent is among the most photographed beaches in teh world; its granite boulders seem to have been sculpted by a divine hand to adorn this beach of breathtaking beauty. On the south east coast three more exceptional beaches are to be found - Anse Cocos, Grande Anse and Petite Anse. Snorkelling at Anse Patates, the island's northern most point is excellent while the reef-protected shores of Anse Fourmis, Anse Banane and Anse Gaulettes on east La Digue are favourite spots for picnics and sunbathing.
At the charming L'Union estate, situated between La Passe and Anse Source D'Argent on the west coast, visitors have the chance to discover some of the traditional local industries of the past such as vanilla farming as well as witnessing the production of copra and coconut oil. The nearby yard of the local boat-building industry also deserves a visit. One mile south of La Passe lies La Digue Veuve Special Reserve. Covering nearly eight acres, this is where you will find the Seychelles Black Paradise Flycatcher, one of the rarest and most unique birds in the world. This reserve, established by the Royal Society of Nature Conservation in 1981, is also home to the Seychelles Bulbul, the Seychelles Sunbird as well as two extremely rare species of terrapin.
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