Framed by immense weather-smoothed granite boulders, the soft pink-hued sand of Anse Source d’Argent is possibly the most photographed beach in the world.
Located on La Digue Island, this stunning beach flows from one hidden cove to another; its pink crescents of soft sand separated from each other by gigantic sculpted pink and rust-coloured granite boulders that are famous for their unusual curves eroded by time and weather.
Swim through warm, luminescent waters of greens and pastel blues. Sheltered by a reef, the beach is ideal for snorkeling, sun bathing and horseback riding. Arguably the most beautiful beach in the Seychelles and ironically often empty – perfect for a secluded embrace.
Easily discovered on foot or bicycle, this stunning small crescent beach is sheltered by a reef and shallow water, making it ideal for snorkelling, sun bathing and swimming in warm, luminescent waters of greens and pastel blues.
Follow twisting pathways that lead along the coastline to hidden coves and a series of similar beaches separated by immense sea-smoothed glacis rocks, admiring the magnificent scenery along the way.
The least developed and traditional of the Seychelles islands, La Digue Island offers traditional architecture, breathtaking beaches, a renowned friendly atmosphere and languid pace of life.
La Digue is ideal for relaxing on the beach with your sweetheart, enjoying a horseback ride along pristine Anse Source d’Argent and visiting the picturesque Satellite Islands for more scuba diving and hiking.
With only one paved road on this tiny traffic-free island, you’re free to explore the island by ox cart, bicycle or strolling around by foot. Gardens here blaze with hibiscus and nepenthes against a backdrop of swaying coconut palms.
Take a stroll through La Digue's forests to see a wealth of flora that ranges from delicate orchids and tumbling vines of vanilla to Indian almond and takamaka trees.
Watch out for rare black paradise fly-catchers found only on La Digue: the male is unmistakable with its iridescent blue-black feathers and streaming tail feathers.
See 100-year-old giant tortoises in their natural habitat, horseback ride along pristine beaches or visit the nearby satellite islands for more scuba diving and hiking.
Top attractions on La Digue Island, include…
Hike through the heart of La Digue to Eagle's Nest Mountain then climb up to the summit of Nid’Aigle (333m) for panoramic views over the neighbouring islands and crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean beyond.
Look out for the rare black paradise flycatcher bird (photo), found only on La Digue and numbering around 200. Watch as the male bird, with its blue bill, iridescent blue sheen and long black tail streamers, flitters through Indian almond trees in search of insects with the white, black and brown females.
See one of Seychelles’ unique species, the Aldabra Giant Tortoise, munching on vegetation at L’Union Estate Plantation south of La Passe. The male tortoises average 120cm in length and weigh around 250kg; some at L’Union are more than 100 years old. Wander around the Old Plantation House and watch demonstrations of extracting oil from copra (dried coconut flesh).
Succumb to the languid charms of La Digue Island at a choice of accommodation options to suit all budgets, including the following…
Le Domaine de L'Orangeraie Resort and Spa
Location: La Digue Island
Ave nightly price: AUD757 per room
Description: Located in La Digue, Le Domaine de L'Orangeraie features a number of amenities to ensure guests have a relaxing stay, include a spa and wellness centre, and a fitness centre. Two on-site restaurants provide guests with various dining options. The spacious accommodations here offer guests features a minibar, a coffee machine, a balcony, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, air conditioning, and a private bathroom with a shower. Other resort facilities include 2 bars, an outdoor swimming pool, a tropical garden, and a 24-hour front desk. A number of outdoor activities can be enjoyed here, including snorkelling, hiking, swimming, and cycling. A bicycle rental shop is available on the property. Anse Severe Beach is a 2-minute walk, Anse Patate Beach is a 12-minute walk, and Source D'Argent Beach is 2 km away. Inter Island Ferry is a 5-minute walk from the property. A buggy transfer from La Digue jetty can be arranged at a per person surcharge.
Le Repaire - Boutique Hotel & Restaurant
Location: La Digue Island
Ave nightly price: AUD334 per room
Description: Overlooking the Indian Ocean, Le Repaire features a small outdoor pool and elegant rooms. Offering views towards the Praslin Island, it has a restaurant and is 5 minutes’ walk from La Digue’s village centre. Fitted with a private balcony, each room at Le Repaire is decorated with modern furniture and green tones. They all come with a private bathroom and a seating area. Some rooms offer ocean views. The restaurant offers a menu based on Italian delicacies with a local Seychelles twist. Facing the sea, it is open for both lunch and dinner. Coffee shops and grocery stores can be found in the surrounding area. Le Repaire offers a private garden, and the staff can also organize fishing and diving excursions. Visits to the surrounding islands can be arranged upon request. The ferry pier is less than 10 minutes’ walk away, while bicycle rental can be found 700 metres from the property.
La Digue Island Lodge
Location: La Digue Island
Ave nightly price: AUD166 per room
Description: La Digue Island Lodge has its own diving centre and a spa on Anse Reunion Beach. A sun terrace overlooking the ocean sits by the pool with swim-up bar. Creole-style accommodation is spread among tropical gardens. The spacious accommodation includes wooden chalets with a thatched roof, each with a view of the Indian Ocean or gardens. La Digue rooms have a balcony or terrace facing the white sand beach. Breakfast is served in the main restaurant with a sand floor. Creole cuisine and seafood feature on the dinner menu. The pool restaurant provides snacks and the bar offers cocktails. Packed lunches can be arranged. Fishing, snorkelling and bicycles for rent are available. The hotel can arrange boat tours and give information on walking trails. WiFi is available at the reception. La Digue Lodge is 500 metres from the inter-island ferry and under 3 km from Nid Aigle, the hill offering panoramic views over La Digue and other islands.
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Latest update: Anse Source d’Argent Beach, Seychelles: 11 January, 2019
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