Named after a ship in the fleet of French explorer Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne who visited Seychelles in 1768, La Digue is the 4th largest inhabited island of the Seychelles.
Surrounded by coral reef, the island has no natural harbor, but it is served by a jetty where boats from Mahe and Praslin land their visitors by the thousands every year. There are few cars and motorized vehicles on La digue and the main means of transport is by bicycle or ox carts. Bicycles are therefore the best way for clients to see the island in all its glory.
Formerly used as a quarantine station for sailors and slaves carrying infectious diseases, it was also used as a penal establishment for political prisoners deported from France and Reunion. By 1818 the population of La Digue was 414, of whom 365 were slaves, today the population has risen to nearly 2,200 people living on La Digue.
Nid Aigle (Eagles nest) is the highest point on La digue, rising to 333 metres above sea level, despite being quite a small hike uphill, the sacrifice is worth it for as one reaches the top, one is taken aback by the panoramic views of the nearby islands as Praslin, Curieuse, Felicite, Grande Soeur, Petite Soeur, Marianne, Coco, Fregate and Aride can all be seen clearly.
A swim in the waters of one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Source D'Argent, is quite deserving after a days expedition around the island, one of the delights of wandering along the beach is the many shells that can be admired. Admiring and taking photographs of the specimens are allowed but it is strictly forbidden to collect them.
A visit to Anse Marron, Grand Anse and Anse Severe are also well worth the effort. For the snorkeling fanatic, Anse Severe offers a spectacular experience as one remains in awe from the abundance of the diverse marine life, coming in all shapes, sizes and colors. Once inhabited by huge, 8 metre-long crocodiles, the island is now home to the rare Black Paradise Flycatcher, also known as Veuve (widow) in French for its midnight blue, almost black plumage.
Visitors to the Union Estate Park (admission fee charged) can see these birds flying among the trees as they build their fragile nests in the branches of Indian Almond Trees. Union Estate Park is now a protected special nature reserve between Anse La Reunion and Anse Union.