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The sensation of being on holiday eternally, the feeling of being on La Digue Island of the Seychelles! The atmosphere is relaxed. Locals moving on their bike while humming! The life on the island seems to have stopped some fifty years ago.  La Digue is a small island. Only 5 km long and 3 km wide.

It may seems bizarre but you will find no real roads on La Digue! So no need to rent a car. On the west of the island are found the only three villages of the island: La Passe, La Réunion and L’Union. The small villages are clustered and form a group of houses.

The island of La Digue is the most photographed of the islands of the Seychelles with its magnificent granite rocks bathing in turquoise water and its beautiful white sandy beaches! Moreover, La Digue is the most chosen honeymoon destination.  Every year, a large number of couples coming from outside the Seychelles celebrate their weddings on this picturesque island. The island has only one luxury hotel, the rest of the accommodation being mostly guesthouses, villas or apartments for rent (self-catering). The island has no airport or aerodrome, but a heliport connects by Mahé Island found about 45 km away.

The island of La Digue rises to 333 m above sea level. Here, the population is mainly black and many men wear dreadlocks similar to those of “Bob Marley”! With its beaches, La Digue is certainly the most beautiful island of the Seychelles.

La Digue Beaches

The different beaches are accessible by bike or by foot. Neither will you find crowded beaches, nor beaches with sunbeds or umbrellas that often spoil the landscape! Everything is almost wild and just perfect! Some beaches are protected by a coral reef, making swimming very enjoyable, while other beaches are beset by high waves and strong currents, it is then necessary to be very careful when swimming (when allowed). In general, a panel indicates danger.

Anse source d’Argent

Anse-Source-d'Argent
Anse Source d’Argent

To get to Anse Source D’argent the best way is to take a sandy trail which will quickly take you  to the famous beach. You will fall in love with this sublime Anse, the Island’s most beautiful site and certainly the Seychelles! It is here that almost all the clichés representing the Seychelles are made. Anse Source d’Argent is characterized by large granite rocks eroded by waves. The site is protected by a coral reef and thus offers a calm sea for bathers. Depending on the tide, swimming is more or less easy. At low tide, the depth is very low and the bottom covered with algae.

Anse Coco

Petite Anse and Anse Coco are separated by a small peninsula called Pointe Turcy. A twenty minutes walk is necessary to reach Anse Coco from Petite Anse. Again, a beautiful deserted beach without building uplifting the landscape! There is very little shade and the sea is also dangerous. Be cautious if you want to swim.

Anse-Coco
Anse Coco

La Digue Fauna and Flora

Apart from the beaches, the island is covered with thick jungle with some walkable paths allowing you to discover the beauty of the unique flora of the Seychelles. The island of La Digue is the refuge of the “Black Widow” which are magnificent black birds endemic to the Seychelles. During the day you cannot miss the flight of the big Roussette bats.

La Digue: How to get there?

The Seychelles consist of One hundred and fifteen islands spread over a total area of One thousand two hundred square kilometers. The island of La Digue is only two hundred kilometers from the main island of Mahé and its international airport. To reach the island of La Digue, there are only two main options.

By boat

The island of La Digue is generally reached by boat from the islands of Mahé (45 km) or Praslin (7 km).  You only have to report to the port to have a precise schedules of the departures. The journey from La Digue Island to the main island Mahé is about one hour and ten minutes (70 minutes) provided that the boat does not stop in Praslin.

The travel will cost you about Sixty Euros (60 Euros) for a one way ticket. The voyage between Praslin and La Digue is about fifteen minutes (15 minutes) and costs about 15 Euros for a one way ticket. The sea is very often rough outside the lagoons. Do not be surprised if ever you have some seasickness. Take some precautions before the departure (anti-seasickness pills).

Helicopter

The second way to get to La Digue is somehow less conventional but more fun. The flight from Praslin to La Digue takes about ten minutes. There are definitely many advantages in taking the helicopter to go to La Digue. Maybe you have never taken it before and you want to try this lifetime awesome experience. Nevertheless, you will admire the turquoise lagoons of the Seychelles and take some amazing photos of the picturesque islands.

Even though being expensive, it is definitely worth the try.

La Digue: La Veuve Noir Reserve

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La Veuve Noir des Seychelles

It is in La Digue that you will the last Flycatchers of the paradise island of Seychelles (or Black Widow), a bird that found uniquely in “La Veuve Noir” Reserve created exclusively to this bird. In 2012, it is estimated that about three hundred of these birds could be found on the island of La Digue. The reserve is located near the village of La Réunion. Admission is free but donations are most welcomed! An information center provides explanations on the functioning of the reserve and the life of the birds. Trails through the reserve is easy and fun.

La Digue: The small neighboring islands

From La Digue, it is very easy to reach the small islands and islets scattered around. These islets include Félicité, Cocos, Grande Soeur, Petite Sœur and Marianne. To visit these islands, it is necessary to organize a tour, either by negotiating a private boat or by joining a group. It costs about fifty Euros per half day or a hundred Euros per day. The price will depend mostly on the islands visited and type of meals included. The islands are mainly visited for snorkelling or diving. Best place to try your diving equipment!

 

Traveling for your holidays is maybe the most awaited time of the year! The Seychelles islands are waiting for what will be, hopefully, one of your many trips! But, before leaving here are some useful infos about the seychelles and some tips to help get you better organized.

Map

The Seychelles archipelago consists of a set of 115 islands scattered like pearls all over the Indian Ocean. The 115 islands of the archipelago are spread over more than 1,200 miles and most of them are uninhabited.

Of the 115 islands, there are 74 islands which are composed of atolls and coral islands, known as the outer islands. There are 41 Inner islands which are composed of huge granite rocks which are among the oldest in the world. Although the islands are close enough to each other, each island has a distincitve quality.

The most populated islands is Mahé with 78,000 inhabitants, which represents over 90% of the population of the Seychelles, Praslin found further north inhabit 6,500 people, while La Digue has barely 2,000 people.

Climate

The entire Seychelles archipelago fortunately lies outside the cyclone belt and thanks to their ideal position; the islands enjoy a tropical climate. The climate is hot and humid. Temperatures remain pleasant throughout the year with an average of 30 ° C.

With such a climate, the Seychelles have a very rich balanced fauna and flora. More than 40% of the territory of the country is classified as natural reserve and the Seychellois take very good care when it comes to preservation.

Summer

Summer in Seychelles is between October to March. Time during which temperatures can rise up to 35 ° C and rarely fall below 24 ° C. If you love aquatic recreational activities, including scuba diving, surfing or fishing, this is the perfect time to visit the Seychelles. It can get very hot during the summer in the Seychelles, remember to bring something to protect yourself against the sun’s rays.

Winter

With an average of 28 ° C, winter is barely distinguishable. Winter is between April and September. During this period of time, the water is great for swimming and most activities are available. If you plan to visit Seychelles for your honeymoon, this is the perfect time, as almost beaches are deserted.

Culture

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Seychellois boy carrying a coco fesses

You are going to realize very soon that the Seychellois are extremely warm and welcoming people. Seychelles is the smallest African countries in terms of size, yet it has a surprisingly rich culture.

Mainly of African descent, the Seychellois are mainly Catholic, but we also find Hindus, Muslims and some chinese. Reflecting its balanced land, Seychellois people live in harmony despite their different origins.

Language

The official languages ​​of Seychelles are English and French, while the “Seselwa Creole” is the native language. Road signs are mostly in English, but the names of the villages and beaches are in French. Although Seychellois understand and speak French well enough, here are a few phrases or expressions commonly used:

Bonzour: Hello!

Allo: Hi!

Komman sava? : How are you?

Byen mersi: Well thank you!

Ki mannyer ou Apele? : What is your name?

Oli laplaz: Where’s the beach?

Silvouple: Please!

Wi: Yes!

Non: no!

Orevwar: Goodbye!

Ed mwa: Help me!

Atansyon: Attention!

Pass enn bonne sware: Have a good evening!

Ki ou pe fer?: What are you doing?

Konbyen la?: How much?

Lotel: The hotel

Monn perdi!: I’m lost!

Ozordi: Today

Bistop: Bus stop

Bato: Boat

Kote ki anan in bon restauran? : Where can I find a good restaurant?

Laboutik: The Shop

Moving through Seychelles

Seychelles travel map route
Seychelles travel map route

Several options are available for the traveler to move throughout Seychelles. Mahé is the only international airport in the Seychelles and on arrival you can have recourse to one of the many taxis on site or public transport. Bus services are the main kind of public transport in the Seychelles. You can also deal for your displacement from the airport to your hotel  when you book.

The best solution if you’re spending a bit of time on Mahé and Praslin is to rent a car for your holiday. Cheaper, fast and free, you can enjoy your holiday at your own pace. The price of gasoline is very affordable in the Seychelles!

There are several car rental operator who offer their services but it is recommended to use EchoCars who offer great service. You can even book online and the car will be delivered upon arrival at the airport.

A single license is required to rent a car in Seychelles. Driving is on the left and the roads are in good condition. However you should be cautious while driving on coastal roads as it count a lot of pretty dangerous turns. The best advice is to avoid parking under the coconut trees!

Moving from one island to the other

The port of Mahé, several times a day shuttle boats connects the islands of the Seychelles. To join Praslin, you can also make the trip by helicopter or by boat via Praslin. Prices remain quite affordable and the trip really worth the cost!

Find a Hotel

With the most beautiful beaches in the world, we saw the arrival of exotic waterfront hotels and villas . There are several hotels on each of the main islands of the Seychelles. Above all, learn about the different islands and depending on the activities you want to practice, you can choose the island and the hotel.

Feel free to check sites like TripAdvisor or Vinivi for information on hotels and hotel prix. ExclusivelySeychelles is another provider who offers hotels and villas online at great prices. If you can, book in advance, bids are generally more interesting.

Useful Information

• The Seychelles Rupee is the currency of the country. (One euro is worth about 15 rupees Seychelles)

• A passport valid ticket is required and a return or onward travel.

• All documentation of hotel booking or accommodation.

• MAESTRO and VISA cards are accepted by most tourism providers.

• Compared to the metropolis, Seychelles has a lead of 3hrs in winter and 2hrs in winter.

• The water is drinkable and no vaccine is needed on the island.

• Pets are allowed for visits of less than six months.

• Do not forget the camera!