Local traditions and culture in La Digue

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    La Passe Artisanal Kiosk

    by globetrott Written Aug 30, 2014

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    La Passe Artisanal Kiosk

    La Passe Artisanal is a kiosk close to the port, where you can buy colorful clothings and other Souvenirs and some really beautiful Souvenirs. My favorites were the wooden stingrays that you can see in my main Picture. I did not dare to take any sea-Shells home as a Souvenir, as I have no idea which ones are forbidden to take into Austria and I did not really trust the vendors, when they said it is no problem !

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    Coconuttrees

    by globetrott Written Aug 30, 2014

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    Coconuttrees

    On La Digue and other islands you will see lots of scenic Coconuttrees and they are a lot more than just decoration or just giving shade. The coconut gives a good income for the people on the islands, but it is also a long way to go: 100-160 Coconuttrees can be planted per hectare and an ordinary tree will give 50-80 nuts per year.
    Coconuts give Coco-milk, Copra, Coconut-oil and finally the remaining parts of it will be fed to the animals or can be used to heat up a fire.
    Copra, by the way is quite a dangerous material and it might catch fire without an open flame, this is also the reason, why Copra-mills are far away from huts and other burnable goods.
    It is also strictly forbidden to take Copra on an airplane due to its spontaneously combustive nature !

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    Dont use the toilet as a shower !

    by globetrott Updated Aug 29, 2014

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    Well, Folks please be informed that it is a severe crime in La Digue to use the Toilet for taking a shower !!!!
    And it is also strictly forbidden to pee in front of the toilet-door !!!
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    They dont care what you usually do at home, BUT HERE in La Digue: NEVER !!!
    Otherwise you have to pay a fine and what is even more interesting is the fact that for peeing in front of the toilet you have to pay a FINE of 5 R and for doing it INside the toilet there is a CHARGE of 5 R !
    Taking a shower in the shower is 10R and taking a shower in the toilet makes a fine in the same amount !
    AND what would be the fine for peeing in the shower ?? Sorry, I have no idea and could also find no signposts...
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    These funny signposts can be found in the Internet and also on other VT-pages and they still were totally "up-to-date" in 2009 when I have visited La Digue.
    You will find this toilet-hut close to the bar on the famous beach.

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    The Giant Tortoise of La Digue

    by globetrott Updated Aug 29, 2014

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    The Giant Tortoise of La Digue

    Close by the famous beach of La Digue you will see a large group of Giant Tortoises held in a fence of big stones and you will be able to reach over and touch the animals, when they get close to that fence.
    The largest Turtles were 120cm long and our tourguide told us the big ones would weight around 250kg.In my 3rd Picture you will see the dimensions of the turtles against human beeings.

    You will find these turtles close to the beach and maybe 200 meters from the "Emanuelle-house"

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    Flying foxes

    by globetrott Updated Aug 28, 2014

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    This is another animal that you will see quite often in the Seychelles: the Flying fox (in german we call it "fliegender Hund") is a giant bat that you will be able to see flying over the landscape quite often in this part of the world. Form the distance it mostly looks like a bird, but when you are able to see its wings spread widely, you will realize it is a flying Fox, gliding over the landscape in search for some food. When they sleep they are hanging in trees with the heads downwards and the wings folded around the Body.

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    Sey Brew

    by MikeAtSea Written Apr 4, 2008

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    Well not quiet a cultural tip - but in some countries a beer is part of culture isn't it. Since the first bottle rolled off the production line of Seychelles Breweries Ltd in June 1972, SeyBrew Lager has been the favourite beer of Seychelles. SeyBrew is brewed with the finest malt and hops imported from Europe, Australia and South Africa. And after a hot day it is the best drink on the islands to squench your thirst!!

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    Boat building

    by kyoub Written Aug 13, 2004

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    LaDigue has a thriving boat-building industry and other smaller yards exist on Mahe and Praslin.
    They build small single masted schooners used for inter-island sailing.
    Larger boats are also built, including the two-masted clippers for longer journeys to the outer islands.

    Boat in progress
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    Fruit salad

    by kyoub Written Aug 13, 2004

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    The Jamalac tree, with its heart shaped fruit, grows here. The fruit can be white or pink. The flesh is juicy but not sweet.
    It is served with a fruit salad or made into jam.

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