Let’s continue our journey around the beautiful islands of Seychelles. After exploring Victoria and the beautiful beaches of Mahè, you cannot miss an opportunity to visit La Digue.
La Digue is the fourth largest island in Seychelles, just behind Silhouette, and it’s also the third largest island after Praslin – in terms of its population.
If you are based in Mahè and have just one week to explore Seychelles, including La Digue and Praslin, I will tell you that – it’s possible! Both islands are located on just one hour (Mahè – Praslin), and fifteen minutes (Praslin – La Digue) by a speed boat, and are very easy to explore in one day. I am telling you this – because I’ve done it!
I have to say though, that I should have spent at least one night in La Digue, and one night in Praslin, to enjoy the islands better. So if I were to go back in time – I would have done 4 nights in Mahè, 2 nights in Praslin, and 2 nights in La Digue, as the costs would have been pretty much the same.
Since I decided to have my “home” base in Beau Vallon, I chose to go on a day trip to La Digue, and on another one to Praslin.
In my previous post about exploring Mahè on a budget I mentioned the wide range of excursions that different local tour operators offer, and about the high price associated with them. For example, full day excursions to La Digue and Praslin have an average cost of 150 Euros per person, without lunch. For a private tour it can cost up to 500 Euros.
So after a quick research and various price comparisons, I decided to plan my daily excursions to La Digue and Praslin with 7° South, a young, local tour company. It’s currently recognized as one of the most dynamic agencies in Seychelles, which offers a wide range of tailor-made excursions around this unique destination.
La Digue has a tiny population of about 2,000 people. With no airport, and just a handful of vehicles – this is an extremely laid-back place, with some of the most iconic beaches in Seychelles.
Getting around La Digue is generally a case of hopping on a bicycle and setting off wherever it is that you want to go! Bicycles are often provided free by your hotel, but if not – there are several places to hire bikes from, around the town, because cars are very limited. Otherwise, the most popular mode of transportation is also the… “ox-car”. But it can be a very long ride!
You can reach La Digue by a speed boat from Praslin – and in about 15 minutes you will arrive to La Passe.
La Passe is a small village and it is the center of all the activities on the island.
The beautiful La Digue offers some of the best landscapes in Seychelles, including the most famous and photographed beach in the World – Anse Source D’Argent.
Having just one day to explore the island of La Digue, I suggest you to take the first boat leaving from Victoria’s harbor and then take the last one from La Digue.
Since I am not very comfortable with bikes I opted for a taxi. But let me say that riding a bike is very easy, since streets are flat and everything is near. Just to clarify – it’s easy to ride around the town and visit the Anse Source D’Argent beach since the roads are flat, but to go to the Grande Anse, Anse Severe or any of the other East Coast beaches will mean riding over some very steep hills. Therefore you will need to bring plenty of water, and allow some extra time. Of these – the route to Anse Severe is the easiest, and is easily walkable from the town centre.
Our guide suggested first to go to the Grand Anse, then to the Anse Patates to enjoy our lunch, and in the afternoon, when the island is less crowded – to the Anse Source D’Argent to better enjoy the magnificent views of this place.
Grande Anse is located on the Southeast coast of La Digue. This magnificent beach is the longest one on the island. However, we were told that swimming is especially dangerous from May to October.
There is a nice bar just at the entrance to the beach, which is also its only ‘shade point’, where you can enjoy some tropical juices and admire the majesty of this beach.
With a big surprise we discovered that Grand Anse was almost deserted at that time. After a short swim (there was a strong current) and after taking some very nice pictures – we continued exploring the island heading over to Anse Patates.
Anse Patates is a beautiful beach located in the Northeast tip, and is perfect for snorking and swimming.
We had our box lunch there under the pines, and after relaxing for a couple of hours, we headed to our last stop: Anse Souce D’Argent.
The access to this marvellous spot is through L’Unione Estate, a National Heritage Site, where there are many interesting things to discover. Coconut and vanilla plantations, a tortoise pen with 15 giant tortoises waiting for people to feed them, a magnificent colonial house (Plantation House), a boat-yard, a traditional copra factory, an old colonial cemetery and the Nide D’Aigle, which is the highest point in La Digue, with its 300 meters of height.
Going there in the afternoon was the best choice since it was nearly empty, with only a few tourists like us, relaxing on the beach. I’d suggest not to stop at the first anse, but to go to the very last one, which is less crowded, and where there is a nice fruit bar.
Anse Source D’Argent is just like you see in pictures – it’s simply stunning!
We spent the entire afternoon just relaxing and lounging in the calm and crystal-clear waters, eating the best fruit dish ever!
So what are you waiting for? La Digue is calling for you!