Welcome to La Digue
With post-card-perfect sandy beaches, tangled jungles and
swaying palm trees, La Digue Island is the ultimate image of a
tropical island getaway. A few minutes east of Praslin by boat, La
Digue is the fourth largest of the Seychelles' inhabited islands
with a population of about 2,000 people and an area of roughly four
square miles (10 sq km).
Though it is a popular Seychelles holiday destination, La Digue
Island has managed to avoid the enthusiastic tourist development
that threatens some areas of Praslin and Mahé. La Passe is the only
real settlement on the island, with a small casino and a quaint
jetty where both rickety fishing boats and sleek yachts are
Life on La Digue clings to Creole traditions more than other
islands, and tourists can buy fresh fish direct from fishermen on
the quayside, play dominoes late into the night at local bars, or
accompany residents to Mass wearing Sunday best. The laidback feel
of the island is personified in the main mode of transportation,
the slow-moving ox cart.
Urban life is only a small part of a holiday on La Digue Island;
40 percent of the island is devoted to nature reserves, enjoying
the protection of National Park status. Most of the island's
population lives on the low eastern plateau, with the rest given
over to local flora and fauna (like the Seychelles Paradise
Flycatcher and the Aldabra Giant Tortoise).
As far as beaches on La Digue Island go, Anse Source d'Argent is
by far the most popular. Voted among the top beaches in the world
numerous times, Anse Source d'Argent is still only one of many
beautiful beaches on La Digue.
Outdoor activities are a must on La Digue, and visitors can
enjoy climbing Eagle's Nest Mountain, taking bicycle tours of the
jungle, or horseback riding on the L'Union Estate.
Information & Facts
Creole, English and French are all spoken in the
The Seychelles currency is the Rupee (SCR), divided into 100
cents. The country's foreign exchange regulations require visitors
to pay for all services provided by hotels, guesthouses and
self-catering enterprises, as well as things like car hire,
entrance fees to parks and reserves, scuba diving and boat charter,
in major foreign currency notes (Euros are the most widely used) or
by credit card. Taxis and restaurant bills (not connected to
hotels) are payable in foreign or Seychelles Rupees. Rupees can
only be used in local shops, markets, and bars. Credit cards are
widely welcomed throughout the Seychelles. Money can be exchanged
at banks and the airport on Mahé, or at hotels, and banks process
travellers cheques. To change Rupees back into foreign currency on
departure requires the official receipt from the initial
transaction. ATMs are available at major banks on Mahé, Praslin and
Local time is GMT +4.