La Digue Island
Untouched by the passage of time, the spectacular natural beauty of La Digue has attracted photographers and film-makers from all over the world, who come to capture the tropical scenery, traditional oxcarts, picturesque harbour, smooth granite boulders, white powdery sands and crystalline waters of this beautiful island.
The third largest island in the Seychelles archipelago, the relaxed pace of life and timeless landscape of La Digue, makes it one of our favourites. With no cities or major towns and few cars on the island, most people travel by foot or oxcart and almost everywhere can be reached within less than an hour’s walk. The island is around a 20-minute boat ride from Praslin, or around 90-minutes from Mahé.
For shops, banks, bike rentals and restaurants, head to the small town of Réunion and while there’s little in the way of conventional tourist attractions, the wonderful beaches and diving opportunities are really all you need for a fabulous holiday. La Digue is almost entirely encircled by coral reef, making the island’s many secluded bays perfect for swimming and snorkelling. One of the most beautiful and most photographed beaches in the world is Anse Source D’Argent, close to the l’Union Estate, a former coconut and vanilla plantation, which you can visit for an insight into the island’s colonial history.
For the energetic, the island’s highest point, Nid D’Aigle at 333-metres can be climbed as part of a four-kilometre trek. While this is challenging, we think the views over the neighbouring islands of Praslin and Curieuse are spectacular, making it worth the effort. Or for a more leisurely outing, a visit to the small nature reserve, Veuve Reserve is a chance to see the rare and endemic dark blue paradise flycatcher bird.