La Digue
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La Digue

By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor Profile
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Our Editorial team's advice

La Digue is unquestionably one of the most unforgettable islands of the Seychelles. Connected by boat or helicopter, this big rock 3 miles long and 3 km wide can be the reason for a day trip from Praslin. Once there, for travelling around you should opt for walking, using a bike or travelling by horse and cart, a means of transport that is just as picturesque as touristy. Because apart from a few rare commercial ones, vehicles here are undesirable. Departing from La Passe and its small businesses, where most visitors disembark, the island has remained very wild and offers a gentle way of life, reinforced by the legendary friendliness of its people.
Towards the south, La Digue mainly encloses a small geological wonder, the Source d'Argent bay, the Seychelles beach par excellence, and certainly the most photographed of the entire archipelago. You should give the right of way to have the privilege of approaching its large blocks of granite, harmoniously piled along the shore. It is located on the perimeter of the vast coconut grove Union Estate, guarded by a gatehouse, where you will also discover an ancient cemetery, a huge turtle park, an old colonial house (where various scenes were shot for the film "Emmanuelle" with Sylvia Kristel), the reconstruction of a mill to extract copra oil, a shipyard ...
Horseback riding is also available here. The popularity of this beach makes it a very busy, even too busy a site, that is best to discover, if you are staying on this island, at sunset.
Lovers of peace and postcard scenery will nevertheless be pleased with the the other side of La Digue, in Grand Anse, of an equally striking beauty. What a reward for the half-hour bike ride necessary to get there on a path filled with potholes, ruts and roots. As for accommodation, small hotels (around twenty rooms on average) and family hotels welcome visitors. Grouped on the western coast, these establishments know how to be discreet, to the point of blending into the surrounding landscape.

To see

The Anse Source d'Argent, the Seychelles beach par excellence, and certainly the most photographed of the entire archipelago is obviously an unmissable visit, but in a way a victim of its own success. You should give the right of way to have the privilege of approaching its large blocks of granite, harmoniously piled along the shore. It is located on the perimeter of the vast coconut grove Union Estate, guarded by a gatehouse, where you will also discover an ancient cemetery, a huge turtle park, an old colonial house (where various scenes were shot for the film "Emmanuelle" with Sylvia Kristel), the reconstruction of a mill to extract copra oil, a shipyard ... Consider a trip to the Nid d'Aigle, the culmination of the island, 1092 feet high. A sporty climb despite its low height. But the exceptional view of the island and its surrounding areas is worth this effort ! See also the La Digue Veuve reserve, which houses the remaining specimens of flycatchers of the Seychelles Paradise.

To do

In addition to fishing, sailing, cycling, oxcart, hiking and horseback riding, trips on glass-bottomed boat along the coast of La Digue, or on the nearby islands of Cocos, Petit Soeur, Grande Soeur and Marianne are possible. The beauty of their seabeds will delight divers.

pros

  • +  Beaches of stunning beauty
  • +  Absence of cars.
  • +  The kindness of the local people.

cons

  • -  Excellent quality for the price.

To think about

With its 115 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, Seychelles provide various opportunities for sailing. Despite the considerable freedom to explore the surrounding waters, some islands (located in a reserve or National Marine Park) require a permit to visit. Information is available from the the National Tourism Council (STB ).
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To avoid

You should know that from November to March, the west coast of the island is invaded by many algae, prompted by north-west trade winds. A phenomenon that is reversed from May to September with the arrival of the monsoon period.

To try

Traditional Creole cuisine is a mixture of many influences. It proposes mainly spicy grilled fish, served with the papaya and other fruits. Seychelle dishes are tasty, colorful and include fish in all different types of sauces: parrot, barracuda, job, grouper, carrangue ... rougail, or curry with spices. undisputed as the "king" dish on the table, it is accompanied with the inevitable rice, lentils, breadfruit and pepper.

To bring back

The souvenirs made of coconut, the most famous coconut being the "coco de mer" (which must be accompanied with an official certificate to leave the territory, an essential document to take them back to the United Kingdom). You will also find paintings, sculptures, gold or silver jewellery and bamboo objects or clay.

Weather La Digue

These indicators are used as a set of criteria to predict overall weather conditions in La Digue . The different indicators are there to help you prepare for your trip to La Digue so you can make plans based on the weather forecast, whether it be a trip to the beach, walking, visiting attractions and museums or winter sports... Here you'll find a precise, overall weather score for each week in La Digue , which takes into account temperature indicators, bad weather predictions, sunshine levels and wind speeds.

Overall rating 71/100
  • Temperature indicators 100% Hot / Optimal

    The maximum temperature is <24°, temperature felt between 30°C and 33°C.

  • Bad weather indicators 48% Showers

    Showers - averaging between 2.5mm and 3.5mm per day.

  • Sunbathing indicators 28% Cloudy

    Overcast 60% to 80% cloud cover.

  • Swimming indicators 78% Wind

    High air temperature (>24°C), pleasant to high sea temperature (between 22°C and 24°C), moderate to strong winds (between 12 mph and 18 mph).

  • Wind indicators 56% Warm breeze

    Moderate to strong winds (between 18 mph and 24mph) with high temperatures.

  • Humidity indicators 64% Normal

    Slight feeling of discomfort due air humidity registering higher than 65%.

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