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Anse Source d'Argent beach, La Digue island, Seyshelles

Where to go in Seychelles

La Digue Island
Anse Source d'Argent beach, La Digue island, Seyshelles
Anse Source d’Argent beach, La Digue island, Seyshelles

La Digue Island is situated east of Praslin and west of the Felicite Island. With a total population of about 2,000, it is the fourth largest inhabited island in the country. Its name was derived from the ship of Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne, a French explorer who visited the country in 1768.

The island’s main industry is tourism, and this is specifically favored by beach lovers from all over the world. Its most famous beach is the Anse Source d’Argent.

On the island’s interior, you will find the Veuve Nature Reserve, which provides home to the Black Paradise Flycatcher. It is a rare bird, with only 100 of its kind existing these days.

The island is relatively small, so there is really no urgent need for a four-wheeled transport. Tourists here typically hire bicycles to explore the land.

You will find many companies where bikes can be hired. But if you want to try a more relaxing venture while touring the island, you can also opt to ride an ox cart.

There are some hotels and travel companies that provide buses or taxis to accommodate the requests of guests and help them feel more at ease while on vacation in this paradise.

 St. Pierre Island

 St. Pierre Island

St. Pierre Island is included in the Farquhar Group on the Outer Islands of Seychelles. This is a raised reef island, with a gently sloping seabed in the southeastern part and a steep drop off in the northwest. This is uninhabited, so the island does not have any sources of freshwater.

Despite this, the tiny islet is very picturesque, which is why it has already appeared in many promotional campaigns, posters, and various media photos. The island is frequented by snorkelers, yachtsmen, and swimmers and is a nice venue to watch the sunset.

Cerf Island

Pool at tropical beach on Cerf Island at sunset

On the north coast of Mahe in Seychelles lays another paradise known as Cerf Island. You can get here by boat from Mahe within 15 minutes. The water on its white beaches sparkle like diamonds, and the surrounding is lush and beautiful.

The island, which is surrounded by a coral reef, is situated in the Saint Anne Marine National Park. This is the sole island in the marine park that is inhabited by a small population—about 100.

The waters are spectacular and the marine life truly exceptional. There are abundant marine species such as crab, octopus, starfish, and sea urchin.

The main island is a favorite for snorkeling and diving. There are actually a lot of diving centers here, and devices for snorkeling can be rented at the Cerf Island Resort.

The island is home to some famous people, including William Travis, a writer and treasure hunter; Phil Southwell, a yacht designer; and Wilbur Smith, a renowned South African novelist.

There are no roads or any local infrastructures in the island, but there are two hotels, a beach bar, and two restaurants. Necessities, such as electricity, water, and telephone services, will be provided from the mainland.

Silhouette Island

Silhouette Island

Silhouette Island is the third largest island in the country, with an area of 20 square kilometers. Its total population is around 135, and most of the people work in the island.

The main settlement here is La Passe, where a hotel is available for booking.

There are five peaks on this mountainous island, namely, Mont Dauban, Mont-Pot-a-Eau, Gratte Fesse, Mont Corgat, and Mont Cocos Marrons. All these go beyond 500 meters in elevation.

The island can be found at the Marine National Park, where many endangered animal and plant species thrive. The island also has a huge area of primeval forest and is dedicated to the protection of all the species that can be found here.

The island’s conservation, meanwhile, is being managed by the Nature Protection Trust of Seychelles.

There are no streets in the island, so hikers will enjoy touring the place, which only has two paths connecting the northern and southern parts. Many visitors in the island also enjoy snorkeling and diving.

Arulmigu Navasakti Vinayagar Temple

Facade of a Hindu temple in Victoria, Seychelles

There is only one Hindu temple in Seychelles—Arulmigu Navasakti Vinayagar Temple. Apparently, this is also the first of its kind in the land. On special occasions, prayers are performed here for different deities.

In 1993, the inner courtyard of the temple started hosting the Taippoosam Kavadi Festival. This is now being held in the outer courtyard due to the popularity that the festivities have gained.

This popularity also paved the way for the government’s declaration of the festival as a Hindu holiday in 1998.

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