Home to an abundance of wildlife, La Digue is the third largest inhabited island in the archipelago. Towering granite rocks surround the sparkling blue ocean, and green foliage and sprawling palm trees add to this unspoiled natural environment.
Local folks find the easiest way to get around is by bicycle, and it can sometimes be a slight mission - taking a boat from the main island of Mahé to the jetty at La Passe, then to the beach by ox-cart and along a long, rocky footpath.
The beach, however, is well worth the hike. Though the water levels can be low at times, (making swimming less likely), the offshore reef offers seclusion for those who want to wade out for a refreshing dip, and provides some protection from rough waves for children. The shallower waters are a great place for snorkelling or to catch a shrimp or two.
A clamber onto the surrounding rocks makes a great lookout point for endangered birds and giant sea turtles or to relax with a good book. If you’re an intrepid explorer you can branch out further and hike to the secret caves and hidden coves nearby.