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Paradise on Earth in La Digue

Aug 17, 2007
Paradise on earth is the only way to describe this cluster of some one hundred and fifth teen Tropical Islands scattered in the Indian Ocean. East of Praslin, La Digue is the fourth largest island in the Seychelles. It was named after another of Dufresnes ships. To the northeast of La Digue is a group of smaller islands, Grande Saur and Petite Saur, Marianne and Felicite, largely given over to agricultural plantations.

Island hopping is highly recommended, either by designing your Itinerary to stay on different islands, or by making day trips to other islands. In sweet laziness, transport is by oxcart, by bicycle or on foot, you can walk anywhere on the island within an hour.

Uninhabited until recent times, the islands of the Seychelles are stunningly beautiful, and environmentally unspoiled.

Perhaps the most romantic of the Seychelles islands, La Digue is characterized by the unruly heaps of massive granite boulders tumbling into the sea, tinged pink at dawn, grey at noon and glowing red in the sunset. The best beach is Anse Patates, its granite rocks worn by sea and wind into smooth curves that really do make them look like potatoes.

In the woods, bird watchers may spot the black paradise fly catcher, once thought to be extinct.

Most hotels are a heaven for relaxation complete with a first class spa, fine dining and exciting activities and water sports.

Adventurous trekking takes guests through the tropical jungle, which forms the islands natural backdrop and along the islands spice trail.

If your fascination relates to snorkelling in coral reefs, trekking, or bird watching you will enjoy what youll discover here.

Tourism as is everything else on the Islands is tightly controlled by the Socialist Government. This often prevents Hotels from upgrading facilities or refurbishing, as Government permission is required for every import. The result is that older hotels are becoming a little shabby, whereas new Hotels reach the standards required of discerning International clients. It is often said that The Seychelles have 5 star beaches and 3 star hotels. Visitors to the Seychelles should also expect laid back levels of service, although this is being improved upon by many Hotels implementing International Training programmes.

The climate is a perfect 24 to 30 from May to September, the warmest season is October to April.

The local culture is a combined African, Indian, Chinese and European mixture. Locals are very friendly and lead a very simple life. Come to the Seychelles to completely unwind and return relaxed and with unforgettable memories.
About the Author
Douglas Scott works for The Rental Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The La Digue Rental Site
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