La Digue

Island with the Most Beautiful Beach in the World

La Digue is a wonderful island in the Seychelles. According to many, it has the most beautiful beach in the world. Anse Source d'Argent is extremely beautiful with golden sand, palm trees and granite rocks to top it off. But La Digue has much more to offer. In this article, I will give you my tips for the most beautiful sights and best excursions for your visit to the island.

When you visit the Seychelles, choose which islands you want to visit. Many visitors visit La Digue. Statistics from the tourist office show that many visitors only make a day trip or stay one night on the island, which is a shame because La Digue has more to offer. I spent three nights to explore the island properly. I visited the well-known, but also lesser-known places. I also did the most beautiful hike in the Seychelles.

Cycling on La Digue

Cycling at La Digue. ©Corno van den Berg

The best way to explore the island is by bicycle. You can rent bicycles for a day in numerous places. Most have a basket on the bike, so you can easily take a bag with things with you. This includes food and drinks, but also swimwear and a towel, for example.

The island is very flat, so you can easily cycle here. The road mainly takes you along the many beaches, although you sometimes cycle through the forest. You come across countless beaches. which are mostly deserted.

I have made countless stops to simply rest. You can cycle the island in a day, including visiting some bars or cafes.

Anse Marron Trail

The beautiful setting of Anse Marron. ©Corno van den Berg

The Anse Marron Trail is a highly-rated hike on La Digue. And rightly so, I was very impressed by the route, the terrain and the many deserted beaches I saw. The icing on the cake is the Anse Marron beach, which is a natural swimming pool through the surrounding rocks.

The route is 8.6 kilometers long and takes you through the rainforest. You will have several stops along the way, including lunch if you book the guided excursion. Please note that good footwear is absolutely necessary because you have to do a lot of climbing and scrambling.

Anse Source d’Argent

Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue. ©Corno van den Berg

For years now, Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue of the Seychelles has been known as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The reason: granite rocks in intriguing shapes, swaying palm trees, rippling blue waters and soft white (or rather pink!) sand. Judge for yourself.

L'Union Estate Park

L'Union Estate Park is a historic site with an old coconut oil factory and former vanilla growing plantation. The traditional Creole house is still elegant, this certainly also applies to the interior. The L'Union Estate Park is also the gateway to Anse Source d'Argent beach. The result is that you have to pay for admission, which can be done on site.

Grand Anse en Petite Anse

View over Grand Anse and Petite Anse. ©Corno van den Berg

La Digue has several other beaches that are worth a visit. Other beautiful beaches that are often noticeably quieter also have beautiful names such as Grand Anse and Petit Anse. These beaches are located in the south of the island and are perfect for relaxation and snorkeling. You can reach them relatively easily via a hiking trail. The Grand Anse Beach Bar is located on the beach and is very suitable for a drink and a small bite.

Anse Coco

Anse Coco is another hidden gem. It is a secluded and beautiful beach in the southeast of La Digue. It has a natural pool, like Anse Marron. This means you will have less or no trouble with waves and you can relax in the water. You can reach it via a walk of about an hour from Grand Anse and Petite Anse.

Accommodation on La Digue

The island has numerous small-scale hotels, hostels and Bed & Breakfasts. Which are also not too expensive. You will find them both in and around the village of La Digue and outside. I did both because I also wanted to experience peace. Make sure you book on time, most of them are fully booked quickly. This especially applies to weekends and holiday periods.

My recommendation: Buisson Guesthouse

Veuve Special Reserve

The female (left) and male of the Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher. ©Corno van den Berg

A nature reserve that is home to the rare Seychelles Paradise Flycatcher. The male of this bird has a distinctive long tail. The bird is only found in the Seychelles and was almost extinct in the 1960s. As a result, part of La Digue was declared a nature reserve. The locals call this bird 'Veuve'. This is where the name Veuve Nature Reserve comes from. If you go for a walk on the island you can come across this very beautiful bird, its long tail is remarkably visible.

Nid d'Aigle

At 333 meters, Nid d'Aigle is the highest point on La Digue. It's a great place for hikers. The path is not difficult and takes you gradually uphill. From the top you have a beautiful view over the island and you can see the surrounding islands of Félicité and Praslin. You also have a view of countless smaller islands. The starting point for the hike to the top starts in La Passe. There is a road up there, so you can also take a taxi.

The Nid D'Aigle Nature Trail is much more interesting. This starts in Belle Vue in the east of the island. You can walk up this landscaped hiking trail in an hour. There you will find a restaurant for some refreshments.

Eglise de La Digue

The Eglise de La Digue. ©Corno van den Berg

In the town, you will see a charming church on the way to Anse Source d'Argent. This dates from the 19th century and can be visited. I heard singing there as I cycled past in the afternoon. It is an important cultural and religious centre on the island.

Snorkeling and Diving at La Digue

Snorkelling at the Seychelles.

There is a coral reef at almost all beaches. You can simply walk into the water with your snorkel mask and flippers to see the many fish. The underwater world of the Seychelles is very rich. There are also excursions with special boats to the best places for snorkeling around the islands. I have done several of these trips and was amazed. You can book these excursions in advance online, but you can also arrange them on site with the various providers of these trips.

Best Time

There is actually no best time for this island. La Digue is always beautiful. There is always something special to see. The sunset is perfect to experience anytime. So make sure you have something to drink (or buy something on the spot) and wait quietly for the sun to sink into the sea.

Then look at the rocks; these actually become even redder than during the day. The water is perfectly clear and blue. The palm trees are vibrantly green. What else do you need?

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