When my boyfriend and I were planning our vacation, we were looking for a quiet place with lush tropical nature where we can relax and enjoy ourselves. We found exactly what we were looking for on La Digue. It was in October, 2012. La Digue covers area of 10 km2 (4 sq mi) and it is the third largest inhabited island of the Seychelles.
Creole people – very nice, smiling and welcoming. I felt as if this was the slowest place on earth, nothing seemed to be urgent in any regard. Being stressed out seemed as a ridiculous and unrealistic concept. People that were working were a bit unsatisfied or that was my impression, but if you see the whole picture – being in a tropical paradise and instead of chilling by the beach every other option to spend your time is worthless.
We found accommodation on the northwest side of the island, near the jetty and the Anse Severe Beach (just a few minutes walk).
The beach has natural shadows, white sand and the water in the ocean is crystal clear. Water temperature is around 27-28 C. It is a picturesque scenery as the one coming from a postcard.
The thing is- there is a reef lying underneath the surface of the water which disables you to go into the ocean without shoe wear. It is definitely good for snorkeling, with a great variety of fishes and colorful corals showing up as a parallel universe as you dive underwater. First 200 meters it is very shallow (around knees) and then at once you enter a deep sea, as the reef ends. I would recommend a mask, a life jacket and shoe wear in order to fully experience the beauty of the untouched nature. Beaches in general are not crowded and the whole experience is quite meditative.
The most famous beach on the island is Source D’Argent – picturesque, but also very shallow. I lot of weeds underneath the water (it can be seen from the variety of photos taken on this beach). I heard that many worldwide famous commercials had taken place right there.
Grand Anse, Petite Anse and Anse Coco have strong currents this time of the year (October), so not very suitable for swimming.
It was an almost every day adventure to walk across the jungle, to enjoy and praise the beauties of nature, to sit for freshly squeezed tropical fruit cocktail or fruit platter in a kiosk along the way and share your joy with the local fruit seller, to flush with excitement in expectation of smell of the beach when you approach it and to be hypnotized by the color of the ocean when it finally appears in front of you.
The first beach that shows up on the way is Grand Anse. If you continue with the adventure heading to the next beach just over the hill, you can afford yourself the pleasure to overlook the beach from a higher perspective and enjoy the contrasts of colors of the nature and the ocean. Down the hill is Petite Anse, smaller that Grand Anse, but just as marvelous.
Over the next hill and quite a longer way to go through a lawn and up another hill and down the hill is Coco Anse, you can get there on foot only and that itself gives you an impression of a distance and inaccessibility. When we finally arrived there were just a couple of people on the whole beach and as the time passed, they disappeared one by one. It is so much tempting to be on a deserted beach in the middle of nowhere with the man you love. And when you give in to the temptation, you forget that there are other people on the planet.
Luckily we have just stopped doing it and stood apart from one another, but still naked, when a group of people came across. It was impossible not to notice the smile on their faces and the shame on ours. It was a day to remember and so I did…
We visited Victoria Town on our way back home, so- called smallest capital in the world with only two sets of traffic lights and the gorgeous Botanic Garden (being in the lush tropical jungle was an every day experience for us on the island of La Digue, but the aim of the visit was the Coco de Mer- the biggest nut from a palm tree grown only on the Seychelles ).
And then our holiday was officially over.