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Anse source d'argent_La Digue_Seychelles

Anse source d'argent_La Digue_Seychelles

Emmanuel Colonnier

An aura of charm and tranquillity surrounds La Digue. This island is accessible by boat and helicopter; about two and a half hours from Mahé and thirty minutes from Praslin. For years the way of life on La Digue has remained unchanged, transport is mainly by ox-cart or bicycle. On La Digue, time seems to stand still.

Although La Digue can be visited on a day excursion, the island's rare calm and friendliness of its people are too precious to be passed by in haste. The ox-cart excursions include some of the more picturesque parts of the island where some fine traditional houses are situated. Wide deserted beaches are perfect for long walks, safe swimming, snorkelling and fishing. In the woods of La Digue can be found the rare black paradise flycatcher. Although this bird was once thought to be extinct, recent estimates suggest that there may be as many as one hundred on the island. Cycads, one of the oldest and most primitive of plants, are to be seen growing above the quiet roads of the island.

La Digue is the fourth largest island in the Seychelles, measuring five kilometres by three, and is part of the granitic group. It lies 43 kilometres from Mahé and six and a half from Praslin. The island has no natural harbour and is protected by the coral reefs which circle it, together with masses of pink granite rocks which seem to have exploded around the coastline. The hotels on La Digue are mostly situated along the west coast, between La Passe, L'Union and Anse Reunion. The east coast is far wider. cool

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