LA DIGUE is Seychelles’ third-largest island and home to about 2,500 residents. It is a small and beautiful island where you will find gorgeous beaches, crystal clear water and impressive boulders. It’s a very easy island to cycle, so everyone travels by bike. If you decide to come here for more than a day, I would highly recommend visiting all the beaches to get the best understanding of the island. Discover more on this complete guide to La Digue Island!
GETTING TO & AROUND LA DIGUE
FERRY FROM MAHÉ ISLAND OR PRASLIN ISLAND
La Digue Island has no airport, so the standard way to get here is by ferry from Mahé Island or Praslin Island. The ferry service is very efficient, with several runs a day and it’s affordable. You can buy your tickets online, in advance, if you travel in high season or during holidays or the day before in the low season.
- Mahé to La Digue (via Praslin), the ferry takes 90 minutes and costs around 60€ (67$) one way and 120€ (135$) return/ per person.
- Praslin to La Digue, the ferry takes 20 minutes and costs around 15€ (17$) one way and 30€ (34$) return/ per person.
BIKE ON LA DIGUE
The island is tranquil, has only a few cars and the majority of the tourists and locals use a bike as a transport method. It’s a real pleasure to spend the day exploring the island on a bike.
- For those coming to La Digue Island on a day trip, when you get out of the ferry, you’ll see some bike rental places so just rent one and explore the island at your leisure.
- For those coming for a few days, you can also rent a bike through your accommodation, delivered straight to your door. The prices tend to be 100 SCR (6,5€, 7,30$)/ day.
The most affordable options in Seychelles are self-catering villas with a sleeping area, a kitchen, a bathroom and a terrace. There are lots of accommodation choices around La Digue Island, the majority in the proximity of the ferry terminal.
We stayed at Orchid Self Catering Apartment, near the many restaurants & takeaways, the souvenir shops, near the beaches and the ferry. The size of the rooms was great, kitchen facilities pretty good and the terrace cosy and intimate. Everything we needed for a few days spent on La Digue Island.
Bike south and to the west part of La Digue:
ANSE LA REUNION
A long beach, easy to access, passing by many guesthouses. The beach is perfect for families, with fine sand, plenty of shadow, bars and restaurants just nearby. Snorkelling and swimming are excellent in this area.
ANSE SOURCE D’ARGENT
Most of the tourists come to La Dique just on a day trip, only to visit Ane Source d’Argent, often regarded as the most famous and most photographed beach in Seychelles. But the most famous doesn’t mean the most beautiful. As a consequence, the beach tends to be crowded despite the fact you have to pay for entrance. To get to it, you’ll have to pay an entrance fee at the L’Union Estate. For me, this beach was a great disappointment; the low water level mixed with seaweed made swimming impracticable in December and the masses made impossible finding a proper spot in the shadow.
It’s a beautiful and deserted beach, on L’Union Estate property, only one kilometre from Anse Source d’Argent but not popular among the tourists. With crystal clear water, amazing boulders, gorgeous palm trees, and no one around the beach is the perfect holiday spot.
ANSE AUX CEDRES
Another unique beach in Seychelles, on L’Union Estate property, with plenty of cedar trees, beautiful water and massive rocks, makes the perfect spot for taking great photos. Swimming is dangerous here since the currents can be very tough, but the beach is mostly deserted.
ANSE BONNET CARRÉ
A remote and very isolated beach, in the south of the island, accessible only on foot via the sea at low tide from Anse Source d’Argent. Be vigilant as the rocks can be slippery and wet.
Read more about Anse Bonnet Carré and other secluded beaches in Seychelles here.
Anse Marron is a wild and gorgeous beach, in the south of the island. The beach is not easy to find, the hike through the jungle might be tricky, the rocks are sometimes slippery, but the effort of discovering it is well worth: golden sand, stunning granite rocks, pristine blue water and no one around.
Read more about Anse Marron and other secluded beaches in Seychelles here.
One of the most beautiful beaches of the island, wide, often deserted, with huge boulders, turquoise water and fantastic landscape. Not much shadow to escape from the sun, the entrance is steep, but the water is gorgeous. Beware, sometimes the currents can be strong. Ride your bike along a slowly ascending hill to get there, around 6 kilometres or 30 minutes from the jetty; it’s not well signposted so look before on google maps how to get there or just ask around. There is a restaurant at Grand Anse where you leave your bike. Bring plenty of water since there are no amenities on the beach.
One of the most beautiful beaches of the island, wide, often deserted, with huge boulders, turquoise water and fantastic landscape. Not much shadow to escape from the sun, the entrance is steep, but the water is gorgeous. Beware, sometimes the currents can be intense. Ride your bike along a slowly ascending hill to get there, around 6 kilometres or 30 minutes from the jetty; it’s not well signposted so look before on google maps how to get there or just ask around. There is a restaurant at Grand Anse where you leave your bike. Bring plenty of water since there are no amenities on the beach.
From Petite Anse hike another 30 minutes to Anse Cocos. The hike is a little bit more challenging, depending on your fitness level, the rocks can be slippery, so wear some proper shoes. At the beach, you will be encountered with gorgeous golden sand, fantastic scenery and clear water. There are not many spots for hiding from the sun, but if you come early, you can find some. Enjoy a delicious drink at the Coco Bar!
Bike north and to the east part of La Digue Island – this side is a little bit rockier:
Located in the north of the island, less than 10 minutes bike ride from the jetty, it is a calm, beautiful and very accessible beach. It’s a great spot to escape the sun as there is plenty of shadows. You can enjoy a coconut drink from the juice bars or some snacks available from the little stand up the road. Also, the Aldabra tortoises roam free on the beach, which makes it even prettier.
Anse Patates is a small beach, with huge boulders, beautiful pristine water and plenty of shadows, accessible from Patratan Hotel. An excellent spot for snorkelling but be cautious as sometimes the currents can be rough.
A quiet, lovely beach just near the paved road, with plenty of shadows, big rocks and a fantastic view of the ocean. Swimming can be dangerous as the waves are enormous sometimes.
ANSE GROSSE ROCHE
Anse Grosse Roche is well known for the large boulder that gives it its name. The path from the road down to the beach is not quickly noticeable, but it’s easy. The huge rock, the lovely beach and the view over the ocean make the ideal photography spot.
A beautiful and tranquil beach, not great for swimming due to strong winds. If the waves are too big, just have a drink at the bar behind the beach: Chez Jules.
A quiet secluded beach, not great for swimming but for soaking some sun and enjoying the silence. The view over the sister’s islands Felicite and Marianne is impressive. Anse Fourmis is the last beach along the way where the road ends suddenly.
The easiest way is to reach this beach is from Anse Fourmis, where the road ends, so once you get there, leave your bike, climb the rocks in the first part and then proceed through the water. Just be vigilant as the rocks can be wet. Once there you will discover a tranquil beach, perfect for sunbathing, snorkelling and taking photos.
Find out more about Anse Caiman and other secluded beaches in Seychelles here.
TAKEAWAYS & RESTAURANTS
Seychelles is not a budget destination, and sit-in restaurants are pricey related to the quantity and quality of food you receive. That means takeaways are the first option for eating. Those are more affordable, and the food is delicious. Always check the opening times, especially on holidays. Usually, those are closed on Sundays.
GLORIA BAKERY & TAKEAWAY
Gloria Bakery is your alternative when everything is closed. Just opposite the jetty, you can also enjoy your meal on their terrace. You can order fish&chips, pizzas, sandwiches and don’t forget the most delicious icecream on the island: coconut & yoghurt.
FISH TRAP REASTAURANT & BAR
A great dinner option, just near the jetty, but pricey. The food is delicious, the drinks are good, and the view over the ocean is fantastic.
MI MUM’S TAKEAWAY
Another great option on La Dique is Mi Mum’s Takeaway. The portions are generous, with some little touch-ups, the food is tasty and different every day. You can choose from different dishes like Chow Mein, Currys, pizzas, fish&chips, burgers and serve them on the beach nearby. Don’t go too late since this place is popular among locals so you’ll have to wait a while in the line.
A lovely restaurant, not far away from the jetty, is Chez Marston Restaurant. The owner is always helpful and friendly. Chez Marston also has a small takeaway. The selection is different and delicious every day, and it disappears quick. Chez Marston Takeaway offers an affordable breakfast option: two eggs, bacon, butter and bread at 100 SCR.
Gala Takeaway has plenty to choose from – eighter on display or to order: lamb, chicken, fish, stews, curry, fries, juices and shakes. Outdoor tables are available if you wish to sit and enjoy a good meal or take your containers to your terrace. Gala Takeaway has more variety than other takeaway places on the island, and the food is simply delicious and inexpensive.
Chez Julia, on the other side of the island, between Anse Banane and Anse Fourmis it’s a charming, traditional family restaurant with beautiful views over the ocean. You should try the octopus salad, the sour mango soup and the juices.
OTHER THINGS TO DO ON LA DIGUE ISLAND
L’UNION ESTATE PROPERTY
A national heritage site, where you will find the famous Anse Source D’argent and other less known beaches like Anse Bonnet Carré or Anse aux Cedres. Just 50 metres after the helipad it’s the entrance gate of the property, pay 115 SCR/8 €/9 $ (only for foreigners) and cycle around as much as you like. You can visit the Plantation House, admire the vanilla plantation, see lot’s of coconut trees, some Aldabra Tortoises and you can enjoy a drink or meal at the house – restaurant.
VEUVE NATURE RESERVE
A small natural park in the middle of the island where you can see paradise flycatchers, fruit bats and find out more about flora and fauna of the island. The paths are well marked, and it takes around 45 minutes to cover the area. Remember to wear insect repellent as there are lots of mosquitos.
BELLE VUE PEAK
For a panoramic view and a gorgeous sunset or sunrise, you have to go to Belle Vue Peak. The road till there is steep but well worth the effort. Eighter you bike or hike up, eighter you make a reservation at the Belle Vue restaurant, and they will pick you up from your accommodation. You’ll pay around 500 SCR /per person for meal and transport, the meal is good, nothing fancy, but the view is fantastic.
I hope this complete guide to La Digue Island in Seychelles helped you with your planning! If you want to learn more about Seychelles read more here: