La Digue Island, Seychelles ~ Paradise on Earth
By Dian Hasan | September 19, 2009
In our fast-paced world, we often cease to pause and take in the beauty of nature. Forgetting how some places are simply visually stunning! And no amount of pictures can do justice to describe how the natural setting is so breathtaking. There are of course numerous places around our dear planet that share such natural aesthetics. One such place is La Digue Island in Seychelles, an Archipelago country off the coast of Africa.
La Digue Island is one enchanting tropical paradise. The 4th largest island in Seychelles, it extends a 10 sq km area to the east of Praslin Island. The local island population are mainly fishermen and farmers of copra and vanilla, however, today tourism is increasingly replacing these economic sectors, and the island is geared towards providing a memorable holiday experience. There are several hotels and guest-houses that offer simpler accommodation and it’s also possible to see the magical place by making a day trip from nearby Praslin.
The beaches – especially Anse Source d’Argent and Anse Pierrot – are fabulous, often set off by tumbled rock formations that appear like dramatic granite sculptures. There are plenty of hidden coves to discover, too. Getting around is a matter of foot or pedal power, as there are few vehicles and the locals use oxen-drawn carts, which match perfectly the idyllic pace of the island life.
La Digue’s interior rises to Eagle’s Nest Mountain (also known as Belle Vue), a peak that is 300m above sea level and rewards the active visitor with wonderful views. The densely forested Veuve Nature Reserve occupies much of the interior, and there are picturesque swamps, pools and inlets.
When to go: This is a year-round destination, with the hot, humid climate tempered by cooling winds.
Getting there: By fast ferry from Praslin or Mahe. A pricy helicopter transfer is also available.