La Digue Island
Located a short but stunning boat ride from Praslin, setting foot on La Digue magically transports you to a simpler, slower and friendlier world: one where a traditional sense of community prevails and the natural environment remains beautifully unspoilt and respected. The 2,800 people who call La Digue home make this the third most populous island of the Seychelles, but the bustle and noise of the world will feel very far away when you spend time on the island.
The island’s lush, green hills soar up out of the shimmering tropical sea – ringed with gloriously pristine sandy beaches. Old fishing boats and modern sailing yachts gently sway on the water, while down below you’ll find stunning sea creatures including turtles, rays, eels and butterfly fish. Striking grey and pink granite formations break through the tree canopy above, while the rustle of coconut palms and the gentle melodies of traditional Creole musicians provide La Digue’s most characteristic sounds.
La Digue is a place of pilgrimage for birdwatchers and fans of conservation, as this is the only place you will find the critically endangered paradise flycatcher. Darting between the trees of the island’s Rene Payet Veuve Reserve, the male of the species flashes its distinctive iridescence and jet black plumage. In the dappled sunlight of the forest, the sight of this little survivor cannot help but capture your heart.
In addittion, travel around the island of La Digue is generally simple and unhurried. A slowly rolling ox cart will deliver you to the reserve, while bicycles are a great way to explore the quiet streets. However you get around, you are always guaranteed of broad smiles and friendly waves from the famously hospitable Diguois inhabitants. You can also be sure of some fabulous food!
In earlier times, copra and vanilla production were the bedrock of the island’s economy – something that is commemorated in the island’s museum. Indeed, the rich scent of vanilla is still a distinctive feature of the island. Today, however, tourism is the main industry of La Digue – thanks in no small part to its glorious beaches – particularly Anse Source d'Argent and Grand Anse.
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