La Digue is the fourth largest granite island of the Seychelles but the third most populated, with a population of just over 2000 people. There is no airport on the island, but there are good ferry connections from both Mahe and Praslin, making it easy to visit for a daytrip. The best way however to experience the relaxed atmosphere of the island is to stay at one of its charming hotels, which works well as a twin centre with a stay on either Mahe or Praslin.
One of the highlights of La Digue is its iconic white sandy beaches. Anse Source d’Argent, located on the west coast of the island, is arguably one of the Seychelles’ most picturesque shorelines, with its pristine sands interspersed with granite boulders and fringed by swaying palm trees. A reef runs alongside the beaches of the west coast, providing a sheltered swimming area and excellent snorkelling. There are also a couple of small villages, La Passe and La Reunion, along this coastline, where a few seafood restaurants and guest houses can be found.
By contrast, the eastern side of the island is far less developed and the sea is unsuitable for swimming, but its rugged and deserted beaches are still worth exploring. The natural beauty of La Digue continues inland. Just off the west coast is Veuve Nature Reserve, where the rare paradise fly catcher can be found. Visitors can explore scenic walking trails, both within the nature reserve and further afield, taking in the unique flora and fauna of the island.
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