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 spend more time on the island, I would highly recommend visiting all the beaches to get the best understanding of La Digue. Find out more from this complete guide to La Digue Island in Seychelles!
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. If you travel in high season or during holidays, you should buy your tickets online, in advance. During the low season, simply buy tickets the day before.
- 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 gorgeous island is tranquil, has only a few cars, and the majority of the tourists and locals use the bike as a transport method. It’s a real pleasure spending the day on a bike, exploring everything the island has to offer. The prices tend to be around 100 SCR (6,5€, 7,30$)/ day.
- For those coming to La Digue Island on a day trip, when you get out of the ferry, you’ll spot few bike rental stands, so feel free to 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.
Accommodation on LA DIGUE
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 apartment was great, the kitchen facilities were pretty good and the terrace cosy and intimate. Everything we needed for the days spent on La Digue Island.
Beaches on LA DIGUE
Bike South and To The West Part of LA DIGUE ISLAND
Anse La Reunion
This beautiful long beach, with fine sand and plenty of shadows, is easy to access. The beach is perfect for families, close to many guesthouses, with 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 for a day trip, only to visit Ane Source d’Argent, often regarded as the most famous and most photographed beach in Seychelles. 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.
But the most famous doesn’t mean the most beautiful. For me, this beach was a great disappointment; the low water level and the presence of the seaweed made swimming impracticable in December. Meantime the masses made impossible finding a proper spot in the shadow.
If Anse Source d’Argent is not your thing, head to Anse Pierrot, only one kilometre away. Not very popular among the tourists, Anse Pierrot is a beautiful and deserted beach, also on L’Union Estate property. The crystal clear water, the amazing boulders, the gorgeous palm trees, and no one around ensure for the perfect holiday spot.
Anse Aux Cedres
Another unique beach in Seychelles, also on L’Union Estate property, with plenty of cedar trees, beautiful water and massive rocks, guarantees 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, often deserted, with huge boulders, turquoise water and fantastic landscape. Ride your bike along a slowly ascending hill to get there, around 6 kilometres/30 minutes ride from the jetty; it’s not well signposted so check out before on google maps or simply ask around. Once you arrive at Grand Anse, leave your bike near the nearby restaurant and walk down the path. Bring plenty of water since there are no amenities on the beach. While the entrance into the water is steep and there is not much shadow to escape from the sun, the beach is stunning. Beware, sometimes the currents can be strong!
Petite Anse is the small sister of Grand Anse. Follow the same road until you reach Grand Anse. From here, take the trail to Petite Anse: it’s a 10-minute easy hike through lush forest. The beach is beautiful and wide, with soft golden sand, huge boulders and amazing turquoise water. There are strong currents, so be aware when swimming.
In my opinion, Anse Cocos is the most beautiful beach on La Digue and a must for everyone visiting Seychelles. From Petite Anse, hike another 30 minutes until you reach 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. Once here, you will encounter gorgeous golden sand, fantastic scenery and clear water. There are not many spots to hide from the burning sun, but if you come early, you might find some. Don’t leave this place without enjoying a delicious cold 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 part of the island, less than 10 minutes bike ride from the jetty, Anse Severe 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 you can taste some snacks from the little stand up the road. Also, the Aldabra tortoises roam free on the beach so don’t forget to snap a photo.
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.
Anse Gaulettes is 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 perfect photography location.
Anse Banane is 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.
Anse Fourmis is a quiet secluded beach, not great for swimming but perfect 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. Here, the road ends suddenly.
The easiest way to reach this beach is from Anse Fourmis, where the road suddenly ends. Once you get there, leave your bike, climb the rocks in front of you and proceed through the water. Just be vigilant as the rocks can be slippery so wearing water shoes might be a good idea. Don’t go through the lush forest as the path is tricky and hard to find. 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 and Restaurants
Seychelles is not a budget destination, and sit-in restaurants are pricey related to the quantity and quality of the food you receive.
That means takeaways are the first option for eating. Those are more affordable, and the food is delicious. The selection is different every day with freshly made fish, chicken, pork, veal and vegetables which come with rice&salad, chips or even fried noodles. Always check the opening times, especially on holidays. Usually, those are closed on Sundays.
Gloria Bakery & Takeaway
Opposite the jetty, Gloria Bakery is your alternative when everything is closed. You can choose from fish&chips, pizzas, sandwiches and here you will find the most delicious icecream on the island: coconut & yoghurt. Gloria Bakery has a generous terrace where you can sit and enjoy the meals.
Fish Trap Restaurant & Bar
A great dinner option, just near the jetty although pricey is Fish Trap Restaurant. 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. Stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner at reasonable prices. We loved the owner which was always helpful and friendly. Chez Marston also has a small takeaway stand. 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, situated 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
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 is L’Union Estate Property. Just 50 metres after the helipad you’ll find the entrance gate of the property. Pay the entrance fee: 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
The Veuve Nature Reserve is a small natural park in the middle of the island where you can spot 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, head 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, and the view is fantastic.
I hope this complete guide to La Digue Island in Seychelles helped you with your planning!
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