La Digue is named after one of the vessels in explorer Marion Dufresne’s fleet, which in 1768, was sent by the French to explore Seychelles’ granitic islands.
An aura of charm and tranquillity surrounds the island of La Digue, some hour and a half by boat from Mahe or 30 minutes from Praslin.
La Digue is an island where time stands still and time-honoured traditions such as travelling by ox-cart and bicycle are still king.
The island’s rare calm and the friendliness of its people are too precious to be passed by in haste. Wide deserted beaches are perfect for long walks, safe swimming, snorkelling and fishing from a local pirogue.
Take a step back in time and visit L’Union Estate – see a traditional copra mill and kiln (kalorifer), watch the antics of the estate’s population of giant land tortoises or stroll around the majestic Plantation House framed by giant granite boulders in landscaped gardens.
The estate is also home to the cemetery of the original settlers of La Digue and to one of the most pristine beaches in Seychelles – the legendary ‘Source d’Argent’ – among the most photographed beaches on earth.
In the woods of La Digue are the very rare Black Paradise Flycatcher breeds. Although this bird was once thought to be extinct, recent estimates suggest that their numbers are increasing.