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Which destination has 115 heavenly islands and the most beautiful beaches in the world; a haven of peace and a dream destination often preferred for honeymooners not only for its beautiful diving spots but for its slow paced life?

There exists no two answers for this question. It can only be the Seychelles. The most beautiful islands of the Indian Ocean.

Life is indeed beautiful in the Seychelles archipelagos. Earth of multi-ethnicity, both pluricultural and multicultural, a real melting pot of people of different backgrounds. Living in the Seychelles, is like living in a lost paradise, far from the fast-paced life of the western world.

From the Seychelles is the assurance of staying in the warmth and beauty of the Indian Ocean, the ocean that unites the largest number of festivals, people of different origins and colors…

Seychelles is indeed lucky to reflect all of that Indian Ocean culture in a nearly microscopic territory. Time seems to have stopped while the nature, fauna, and flora are still preserved. Many species are endemic to the Seychelles.  From birds and trees. The Valley of May of Praslin is a perfect example of how this nature has been preserved.

No words can describe to perfection what a pair of eyes can. This small video speaks for itself.

The water is so clear, that the sky reflects perfectly on it. The resulting turquoise water can only invite your soul to dive into it.

Discover the main islands of Praslin, La Digue and Mahe. Dive to admire the corals and the endemic marine fauna and flora. From the colorful parrotfish to an array of tropical fish residing in the multicolored variety of corals. Coral reefs around every tiny island.

And contrary to popular belief, Seychelles, this is not only an unattainable destination where luxury fills every iota of air… Superb hotels such as La Digue hotel or Domaine de la Reserve will welcome you for a relatively small price!

La Digue

La Digue extends 6 km southeast of Praslin and 43 km north east of Mahé. It is usually associated with the two largest islands of the archipelago. La Digue, which is about ten square kilometers in area, is the fourth island of the Seychelles archipelago In terms of surface area. The mountain, which rises to 333 m outcrop La Digue, occupies two-thirds of the territory. Granite blocks shaped by erosion descend to the beach coast multiplying the Hollywood set. The 2,000 residents of La Digue are concentrated in the plain along the western coast of the island, between La Passe and Anse Réunion. Coconut groves extend all around. It is in this area that there is the cultivation of vanilla.

Anse Source D'Argent - La Digue
Anse Source D’Argent – La Digue

Oxcarts

Until the 1970s, chariots pulled by oxen acted as public transport in La Digue. It was the only means of transportation available to residents. Time seems to stand still on the island. Only a few unpaved roads crisscrossed the. Today, trucks are recycled and used as buses. They stop on random locations and pick up their passengers at the side of the road on a simple hand gesture. As for oxcarts, they remain in service for the sake of folklore. They wisely align against the dock before the arrival of schooners from Praslin and Mahé. Visitors assault the carts to take a tour of the island or be led at the hotel.

La Digue- Ox Carts
La Digue- Ox Carts

“Veuve Noire” Reserve

Black paradise FlyCatcher
Black paradise FlyCatcher

On the road to Grand Anse is the “Veuve Noire” Reserve. Open Monday to Friday from 8 am to 12 pm and from 13 am to 16 pm, the reserve is a nice place to go walking in between nature. Admission is free. It was created to save the last 60 pairs of endemic bird species threatened with extinction because of the deforestation of the island: the tchitrec Seychelles, more commonly known as “Veuve Noire des Seychelles”. This kind of flycatcher builds its nest on the branches of the tropical almond tree. The male sports a dark blue plumage and a disproportionate black tail. The female, with brown plumage, a white belly, and a black head, seems to belong to another species. This is probably the reason for their nickname “veuve noire” which literally means black widow in French. It is rare to see a specimen of the species in the undergrowth of the reserve. Early morning or late afternoon, we will see more flying over the shore. The “Veuve noire des Seychelles”, paradise flycatcher in English, has become the symbol of La Digue.

Anse Coco

On the southeast coast. It is a beach at the wilderness. Coconut trees ranks in series. It nearly takes thirty minutes to walk from Grand Anse to Anse Coco. It is without contest worth the trip. Large boulders of granite which vamps the coastline. Between May and October, the waves are violent and it is dangerous to swim which explains the fact that there are very few swimmers.

Petite Anse

On the southeast coast. Petite Anse seems very modest compared with its neighbors, Grand Anse and Anse Coco, between which it is inserted. Petite Anse but has the advantage of being often deserted.

Anse Fourmis

On the eastern coast, the road ends in a cul-de-sac at Anse Fourmis. Previously, she skirted rocky coves windswept Anse Gaulette Anse Grosse Roche, Anse Banana. On a calm day, you can see on their shores schools of butterfly fish, angelfish or parrotfish.

Anse Patates

One of the best spots of the Seychelles for snorkeling and diving. Once again, clear turquoise water awaits you. Anse Patates is found at the northeastern tip of the island. It is a paradise for swimmers, especially at high tide. Diving enthusiasts with a mask and flippers are not far behind.

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

 La-Veuve-Noir-des-Seychelles
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!