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The Seychelles Islands comprises 115 islands occupying a land area of 455 km² and an Exclusive Economic Zone of 1.4 million km² in the western Indian Ocean.  It represents an archipelago of legendary beauty that extends from between 4 and 10 degrees south of the equator and which lies between 480km and 1,600km from the east coast of Africa.  Of these 115 islands, 41 constitute the oldest mid-oceanic granite islands on earth while a further 74 form the low-lying coral atolls and reef islands of the outer islands.

The granitic islands of the Seychelles archipelago cluster around the main island of Mahé, home to the international airport and the capital, Victoria, and its inner islands Praslin and La Digue. Together, these inner islands form the cultural and economic hub of the nation and contain the majority of Seychelles’ tourism facilities as well as its most stunning beaches.

Interesting Facts about La Digue
  • La Digue is the fourth largest island of the Seychelles islands with a size of 10km² (Coordinates 4°22’S 55°50’E) and is part of the Inner Islands group
  • La Digue is 40km from the main Island, Mahé and 7km from Praslin 
  • La Digue can be accessed by ferry on a daily basis (3 hours from Mahé and 30mins from Praslin) and helicopter (20 minutes from Mahé and 8 minutes from Praslin) 
  • Home to Anse Source D’Argent beach which is famous for its enormous granitic boulders and reputed to be the most photographed beach in the world
  • Anse Source d’Argent beach has been the backdrop of various adverts for famous brands such as Bounty and Malibu 
  • One of the only Islands where bicycle is still the most used transportation to get around the island 
  • Equally unique is the use of Oxcarts that are still being used to get around the island and that provides visitors with the opportunity to relive transportation in the olden days 
  • La Digue is also home to one of the world’s rarest birds, the Seychelles’ Black Paradise Flycatcher. It is believed that there are less than 150 left in world! Their natural habitat is the ‘Veuve Reserve’.
For comprehensive information about the Seychelles in general, government etc. please visit the Official Destination Website for the Seychelles Islands.
Editorial Text: Compliments of the Seychelles Tourism Board