La Digue Things to Do
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If Anse Source d'Argent is too tame for you, then hop over to the other side of the island to Grande Anse. Here you will find the same perfect sand, but the waves here are anything but tame. You must be careful though, as with the undertow, its easy to get caught in the washer, tumbling and flailing about while the locals sit and stare at you. Seriously, it is a much more "fun" beach, as surfing and body-boarding are possible.
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Generally rated as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Anse Source d'Argent delivers exactly as promised. From the perfect white sand draped with flowing palm trees, dotted with its signature pink boulders, looking out over the crystal-clear Indian Ocean waters, you quickly realize that you are in one of those unique places on Earth. The shallow waters extend 100's of meters out from the shore, thanks to a protective reef, which allows for great snorkeling and keeps the water temperature relatively warm.
It is the calling card of the island, and rightfully so.Related to:
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La Digue Transportation
The only normally available option getting to La Digue is via a ferry from Praslin. Which means you will have to take the ferry from Mahe to Praslin. Which means you will have to pay the extremely expensive ferry cost for both, inconveniently priced in Euros. In the end, it is worth the hassle and expense, of course, and thankfully, the ships are top-notch vessels, flush with TV's and DVD players.
The companies responsible for the ferries are: Inter-Island Ferry Service and Cat Cocos and I paid 36 Euro from Praslin to La Digue.
There are taxis on the island, available to whip you off to your chosen accommodation. However, there is a more traditional option at your disposal, which I highly encourage: ox cart. It costs the same, but takes 3 times as long, which is a perfect way to transition yourself to the tempo of the island. For things will slow down here, no doubt. Yet, no matter how slow things go, your time to depart will always arrive to quickly.
La Digue is very small. You can leisurely pedal your way around the circumference of the island in about 45 minutes. Every guesthouse and hotel offer bike rentals, and you should certainly take them up on the offer, as it is a wonderful way to experience all the island has to offer. The interior of the island does have a few hills, but nothing too difficult.
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Favorite thing: The people of La Digue have a certain way about them. You have the island life mentality, so expect everything to be at a slower pace, but also go knowing that these people have an immense pride about their way of life, the care with which they are taking care of you, just done their way. Trying to force things to be done as you want them not only makes things worse for both of you, it somewhat insults the beauty of their system, or lack of system, for that matter. Its something hard to describe, but easy to recognize once you are there. So, go with an open mindset and an open schedule, and you will enjoy it all the more.Related to: