A local’s guide to La Digue – Holiday in Seychelles

The Seychelles islands are one of the most beautiful (and oldest!) islands in the world, located about 4-11 degrees south of the Equator. It’s home to over 115 islands and one of the most diverse cultures and ecosystems on the planet!

La Digue is the third biggest island in the Seychelles archipelago and it could not be more different than its bigger sisters Praslin and Mahé.

There’s nothing like stepping off that ferry and feeling like you’re completely disconnected from the rest of the world. With a population of 2800, the island is very quiet and they’ve retained most of what island life used to be in the old days.  For a few days, all you can do is ride your bike from beach to beach and spend all day drinking coconuts by the water. That is the island dream!

Before heading to any of the islands, don’t forget to check out everything you’ll want to know before planning your holiday in Seychelles!

You’re in for a real island adventure on your holiday in Seychelles so let me share with you all of the fun and memorable things that you can do on La Digue.

A Local’s Guide to visiting La Digue


How to get to La Digue

There is no airport on La Digue so the only way to get there is by boat. If you’re visiting from overseas, your flight will land at the International Airport on Mahé and from there you’ll have a few options.

If you’re spending most of your stay on la Digue then you’ll either take a domestic flight to Praslin and then the Cat Coco ferry from Praslin is only a 15-minute journey to La Digue.

If you’re based on Mahé and plan on going to visit Praslin and La Digue for a weekend, which is often most recommended, you’ll want to take a ferry to Praslin first. You can explore all the amazing things to do on Praslin or spend a night at one of the amazing hotels and then make your way to La Digue Island.

If you wanted to go directly from Mahé to La Digue, a ferry ride with Cat Coco is about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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Getting around on La Digue

Once you’re on the island, bikes remain the primary mode of transportation. When you step off the ferry, there’ll be plenty of rentals on the jetty to pick from. Most of the big hotels now offer club car transfers that pick you up from the jetty once you’ve collected your bags.

La Digue is the only main island where cars are generally not used, except exceptionally for commercial use you may see a few. Apart from that, the island is small enough that everyone makes their way around by bike or they walk.

It used to be that ox carts were very popular on the island as a traditional way of carrying goods and people around. They’re still around for people to catch a ride on to get a taste of old island life. However, there has been a decrease in their popularity since the rise in the animal cruelty movement, so you may see them less now. They can still be rented for weddings and special events.


Where to stay on La Digue

Kot Babi

Kot Babi is a locally run guest house about a 7 minute walk from the jetty, that’s sure to give you the ideal island living experience. The house and rooms are simple yet homely and comfortable, perfectly situated near all the bike rentals and riding distance from the beautiful beaches.

They offer a unique experience of a family dinner where all the guests are invited to come together for a local dinner made by your host, featuring local delicacies of fish and curries. A touch of local life that you really won’t get elsewhere.

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La Digue Island Lodge

With it’s own dive center and spa on location, this four star accommodation is located on Anse Reunion beach offers different styles of rooms including cosy wooden chalets with balconies overlooking the pristine Indian Ocean. They’ve got snorkeling gear and bikes available for rent on the property and are very good at organising the best island and boat tours for their guests.

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Patatran Village Hotel

Located right on a pristine sandy beach with magical swimming waters, this four star hotel is perfect for the whole family to enjoy a relaxing stay on La Digue. With rustic themed bedrooms, each one unique and fun, the hotel offers something a bit different, with a big swimming pool and ocean views everywhere you look.

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Things to do on La Digue

Rent a Bike

The best and easier way to get around La Digue is to rent a bike and simply follow where the roads take you. Get yourself a map of the island and make your way along the main roads towards all the beaches. An island getaway is as simple as that, what more could you need?

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L’Union Estate and the Copra factory

A stunning entrance of tall coconut palms greet you upon entry to the L’Union Estate Farm, a former coconut and vanilla plantation which is one of the most historical sights on the Island. The park and French old colonial house has a visiting fee of around Rs100 (€10).

The plantation used to be a leading producer of copra, which is dried coconut from which coconut oil is produced. You can still see the mill, which is traditionally powered by an ox, on the site.

Inside the Estate is also a cemetary which is where the very first settlors to La Digue island were buried. There’s also a giant tortoise enclosure where you can see the endemic Aladabra Giant Tortoises wandering around and having a fabulous time in the sun. After the enclosure is the vanilla plantation where some plants are still being grown today.

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Anse Source D’Argent

Once you’ve gone through the whole of L’Union Estate, you’ll end up at what thousands of tourists come to the islands every year to see. Named one of the top 7 most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Source D’Argent has some of the most pristine white sand you will ever see, framed by graceful granitic boulders said to be over 700 millions years old.

The waters are unbelievably clear and friendly multicoloured fish may even come swim around your feet as a true local welcoming you to paradise.

There’s a spot along the 1 km beach reserved just for weddings and if you’re lucky enough as you pass by you may witness one under way.

The Old Pier Cafe at the entrance to the beach, near where everyone parks their bikes before walking onto the actual path to the beach, sells refreshments and simple but delicious local foods.

The beach is seperated into dozens of little coves and private little crops of beach so if you’re lucky (and if you come a bit earlier in the day) you may snag a little section all for yourself.

Don’t forget to leave nothing but footprints when you’ve had your day of fun in the sun.

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George Camille Studio & Gallery

George Camille is a local artist who produces creole inspired artwork that’s been exhibited around the world including in London, Paris, Martinique, Mauritius and Reunion island. His unique style includes the use of water colour, etching, embossed coper and mixed media canvas to create his portrayals of traditional creole life.

His gallery on La Digue can be found at Anse Grosse Roche, past the Le Relax Luxury Lodge.

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Veuve Reserve

The islands primary nature reserve, the Veuve Reserve to the south of the island, is named after the endemic and endangered island bird known as the Paradise Flycatcher, characterized by a striking blue body and long black tail. The 20 hectare reserve is guarded by rangers and monitored by experts who ensure that the vegetation and insect population are preserved.

There are other species of flora and fauna to see within the reserve and it’s quite easy to explore at your leisure. The reserve is open Monday to Friday and admission is free.

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Nid d’Aigle

A trip to an island in Seychelles would not be complete without a hike and a stunning view point.

This four kilometer trek, can be quite arduous especially on a very hot day since there is very little shade but it takes you up to the highest point on the island which has the most stunning views of La Digue and the neighboring islands.

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Fresh fruit juice at Anse Coco

This quintessential little stall at Anse Coco is heaven send on a hot day on La Digue. After you’ve been sitting in the sun and playing in the waves, all you want is something fresh and refreshing. This little stall with their fresh fruit juice is exactly what you’ll need.

 

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15th August

Although a religious holiday, the 15th of August is an event that welcomes one and all to celebrate on La Digue island. The event begins with a religious procession for the faithful but a lot of people come across from the other islands for the big party that follows.

The island gets very busy around this time of the year because of the various beach parties, sports events and performances planned on the island. If you’re in the mood to join the locals for a good time then you’ll want to book your accommodation well in advance.

If you’re looking for a more chilled holiday, you may want to avoid La Digue around this time.

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Snorkeling on La Digue

You absolutely need to discover the magical underwater world on La Digue and the surrounding islands. Speak to your accommodation about the best tours and boats to rent for a day on the water but it’s always good to know in advance where the best spots are so you can ask for them.

The best snorkeling spots on La Digue, which you can access without needing to go out on a boat are at Anse Severe, Anse Source d’Argent, and Anse Gaulettes. If you do get the chance to take a boat out, some beautiful reef and marine life can also be seen at Coco Island and Félicité.

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Best Scuba Diving Spots

The two most reputed dive centers on La Digue island are Trek Divers Scuba Diving and Azzurra Dive Center both of which are reasonably prices and professional centers that are sure to give you an incredible experience.

They offer courses for different levels of divers and they can take you to all the best spots including Arianne Rock, Ave Maria, White Reef, Channel Rock, Sister Reef, and Cayman Rock.

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Where to eat on La Digue

Gala Takeaway

To get a taste of delicious island food, the best local takeaway on La Digue Island is Gala Takeaway. There you’ll get everything from curries to salted fish and grilled fish and all the local salads.

Tarosa

If you want to sit down and enjoy a local meal while watching a glorious island sunset, Tarosa at La Passe is a good place to be. The menu is both local and international and they also have an option for takeaways.

Pizzeria at Gregoire’s

If you’re in the mood for a warm cheesy pizza to take to the beach or for a chilled evening, Pizzeria at Gregoire’s have one of the best pizzas on the island guaranteed.

Rey and Josh Cafe Takeaway

With a friendly local chef in the kitchen, this little cafe is easy to miss but is worth seeking out for its variety of local dishes with great flavour. From grilled octopus to grilled fish and fresh coconut tart for desert, you’re sure to get delicious, afforable food made with real island love and passion


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