We’ve all heard of the Seychelles, a tropical paradise located in the Indian Ocean. The 115 islands that make up the country, preserve its natural beauty and have beautiful beaches and a sea with excellent conditions for diving lovers. One of these islands is La Digue, the fourth largest island of Seychelles. With an area of 10 km ², it has one of the most beautiful and original beaches in the world, the beach of Anse Source d’Argent.
The particularity of this place is that the beach is divided by giant granite boulders that have been sculpted by erosion in a unique way and its color contrast with the turquoise sea, the pink sand and the intense green of tropical vegetation.
Another charm of this island is that unlike the rest of the archipelago, it has no luxury resorts or big hotels, only a few small guesthouses and the traffic is prohibited, which favors the relaxed and quiet atmosphere of the island.
The beach is protected by a reef, making it ideal for snorkeling and sunbathing, plus the waters are quiet so they are suitable for swimming and even for children. But the wonders of this paradise on earth do not stop there, on the other side of the mountain that vertebrates the island, known as Belle Vue, there is a small wild beach with more waves and between the two beaches we can find Veuve Nature Reserve, a forest where live the Black Paradise Flycatche, a bird typical of the Seychelles, of which there are only about 100 in existence.
Once in the Seychelles, it is possible to reach La Digue from Mahé or Praslin, one of the main islands of the archipiélago.
From Mahé, one option is to fly directly by helicopter from the International Airport of Seychelles to La Digue’s heliport. It is the fastest option, but the most expensive.
Air Seychelles offers regular services between the islands every day, carrying passengers from Mahe to Praslin, the route can also be done on a catamaran or if you like to experience the local life, you can ride on a schooner located on the docks of Mahé and Praslin, that sail daily to La Digue.
From Praslin, there are several lines of catamarans that travel regularly throughout the day to La Digue and, of course, there are several private companies that arrange boat hire transfers to different islands.
Getting around the island
The best way to get around the island is by bicycle, since it has a fairly small area and a large number of rental companies. There are also carts pulled by oxen, but it is usually a mean of transport aimed to tourists, allowing them to obtain an overview of La Digue.
Where to eat
There are a few restaurants, such as Veuve Restaurant, known throughout the archipelago for its traditional Creole food, the Gregoire Pizzeria and the Pool Restaurant that offers a delicious freshly grilled fish caughted on the reefs of La Digue.
Via | Paraísos del mundo (in Spanish)
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