La Digue

In September, we spent a week on La Digue Island, Seychelles.

La Dique is the third biggest island on the Seychelles archipelago and – in our opinion – the most beautiful one.

It’s notorious for having almost no public transportation, whit main means of transport being bikes and… sometimes bovines 🙂 (They drove us to our own wedding.)

La Digue is to – according to many – most stunning and most frequently photographed beach in the world, Anse Source d’Argent. It’s distinguished by incredible, picturesquely strewn around granite rocks. It was the beach the we chose to get married on.

It lies nearby harbor (within ten minutes biking distance) on L Union Estate forest preserve, that tourists can enter for a fee only.

On a way to the Anse Source D’Argent beach, we saw an enclosure for turtles, that made for a pretty amazing view, as there were about 20 or 30 of really big and heavy (250-300kg) ones. Not only did they have impressive measurements, but some were also up to 300 years old. Many tourists stop by to spend a moment with those interesting animals, feed them with the right kind of food from the list and even watch how they’re making love… 🙂

The Anse Source D’Argent itself is breathtaking. It’s the longest beach on La Digue, surrounded by rock of all kinds of shapes and sizes. There’s no other such peculiar granite formation in the entire world. The whole La Digue island is said to be the least affected by human’s activity landscape on the Seychelles. The beach is comprised of separate, small and picturesque bays. There’s lots of palm trees and relatively few people, which is why you can easily find your own spot in this paradise on earth. If there’s one place in the world that deserves this title, it’s definitely Anse Source d’Argent.

Right across it lies another beach, Grand Anse, with only one, main road leading to it. The beach is distinguished by its length and beautiful lateral rock formation. However, swimming there is forbidden due to very high waves.

A lot of people on the island rent bikes and leave them by beaches, what makes for a comfortable means of transport.

On the day of our departure, we had a pretty stressful accident. While we were going back from the beach, we noticed that one of our bikes is missing. Somebody must have taken mine by mistake. Because we’d only had couple of hours to leave the island, I got a little nervous. There was not enough time to look for it, so I decided to just take another one 🙂 We went to give them back, hoping they would be accepted. At the end of the day, we had borrowed 2 bikes and returned exactly as many 🙂 Obviously the rental place (which may be a little too big of a term for a pair of inhabitants standing with bikes in certain spots) noticed the difference right away, as one of the vehicles didn’t belong to them, but – even though we got all jittery – thanks to their kindness, we were able to explain everything with no troubles. They promised to handle it on their own and we headed back to the hotel to pack our things. We swam away on catamaran, parting with the wonderful island.

The week on La Digue was the most beautiful time of both of our lives. Every day, from dusk till dawn, we were lounging on the beach and admiring the wonders of nature. This island is a place where time seems to stand still and people no longer hurry. There are no parties, no lighting – which is we we don’t recommend riding a bike after twilight. It’s a perfect place for lovebirds, the island is a very popular destination for honeymoons. If somebody looks for a paradise on Earth, they should visit Seychelles, before they founder in a crowd of tourists and become just another resort.

 

Practical information:

– Currency: Seychelles rupee (SCR)

– Vaccination: not required

– Electricity: 240 V/50 Hz, electric sockets of G type

– It’s recommended to rent a bike for an entire stay on the island, because it turns out cheaper

– If somebody wants to take pictures or shoot movies in the water during high tide, they’d better be careful, as the waves can get dangerous. Watch out for your camera 🙂

– If you want your wedding to take place in special location, La Digue and Anse Source d’Argent beach are – in our opinion – one of the most, and maybe even the most, beautiful venues for wedding. If you’re interested in the story of our wedding on the Seychelles, click here:…

– The best time to visit Seychelles is during May/June or September/October