Out of the 115 islands that make up the Seychelles, few are as authentic as La Digue. It’s largely untouched by development, its stunning beaches and tangled jungle interior left gloriously natural. If you’re looking to experience real island life, then make sure your stay on the island (or pay a day visit if you’re not) while you’re in the Seychelles.

La Digue completely exceeded my expectations. While it’s the third-most populated island in the Seychelles, there’s still only 2,900 living there and only around 30 cars! The easiest route to the island is via neighbouring Praslin, where there’s a catamaran service which runs eight times a day and only takes 15 minutes. So, there’s no excuses not to visit!

The only real mode of transport on La Digue, however, is a pushbike. When you arrive by boat, you’re greeted by an abundance of bikes – it’s quite overwhelming! You can hire one from any of the many rental places across the island, or just wander on foot if you’d prefer.

I’d definitely recommend going on a guided tour on the island, as you might miss out on some of the must-see spots. Those include Anse Source D’Argent beach, possibly one of the most photographed beaches in the world. No wonder the 1986 film Castaway was filmed here!

If you’re a bit of a foodie, La Digue doesn’t disappoint either. Chez Jules is an amazing restaurant and the fact it’s always packed with locals is always a good sign. They do the most incredible Creole curries. My top tip would be to sit at the front of the restaurant, so you can pair your tasty food with unbelievable views of the ocean.

There is so much on La Digue to explore – it really is a hidden gem in the Seychelles.

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