On the third day on La Digue we visited three beaches and a national heritage park.
The itinerary was around 13 km long and the round-trip takes about 3.5 hours, depending how fast you go or how many stops you make. The photos captured during that day are found at the end of this article in the special category called “The memories collection”.
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L’Union Estate is a National Heritage of La Digue. We paid 115 Seychelles Rupees to enter the estate. Some people complain about the entry fee and decide to access the famous Anse Source d’Argent beach for free by walking or swimming near the shore. However, as there are parts without beach and without shade, the fee is worth it.
In that estate we have seen the Coconut plantation, the Giant Tortoises, the Anse Union beach and one of the most famous and photographed beaches in the world, Anse Source d’Argent. There is also the old colonial cemetery where the first settlers of La Digue are buried. We loved the most the granit rocks that make the park look absolutely spectacular and unique. The Giant Union Rock occupies an area of 4,000 m2 and is estimated to be around 700 million years old.
Intersecting La Mare Soupape river, Anse Union is not as famous as its neighboring beaches. Nevertheless it is a nice and quiet place and a family-friendly beach with shallow water.
On the other hand, Anse Source d’Argent is more crowded, but more spectacular because of the impressive boulders, the abundant lush vegetation, the pristine white sand and the turquoise ocean that blend in perfect harmony. Some of the towering granite rock formations flank the beach and others found near the shore are gently touched by the crystal-clear warm ocean. Right where Anse Union meets Anse Source d’Argent there is a small place, hidden by the rocks, with white fine sand where couples get married.
Crystal Water Kayaks is an ecological kayaking business offering guided tours in 100% transparent kayaks. They are located on the beautiful shores of Anse Source D’argent. The tours allow visitors to discover and explore the marine life while enjoying breathtaking scenery and panoramic views of the coastline. Following the trail up ahead from Anse Source d’Argent, we discovered the Fruita Cabana Bar where we had some mixed fruit smoothies.
We have finished that day by watching one of the magical moments in a day, the sunset. For that moment we chose the most amazing place from La Digue, in our opinion, to watch a sunset, Anse Severe beach. The sun has sunk behind the hills of Praslin island being accompanied by the clouds in a burning red. When the sun finally has felt asleep below the horizon, the fleeting colors of dusk have begun to fade away and the clouds’ silhouettes have started to fly across the sky in spectacular shapes. The photos from the end of this article will describe better how amazing that place is ♥
You can find below the summarized information related to the places mentioned above.
- there is an entrance fee for visitors (115 Seychelles Rupees / day)
- the former coconut and vanilla plantation found on this estate is a real insight into La Digue colonial history
- it offers you the chance to see copra (the dried flesh from which coconut oil is processed) being made
- until the 1980s, coconuts were actually grown here in the fields and copra produced
- before palm oil conquered the world market, coconut oil had, for centuries, been the natural product widely-used in the kitchen.
- ocated on the west coast of La Digue (in the Union Estate)
- most of the time empty
- shallow water with small waves and very weak currents
- natural shade
- protection from the ocean provided by the coral reef, so it is safe for families with children
- facilities available in the nearby village (about 5 minutes away)
- good place to learn how to snorkel, as the water is clear and shallow
Anse Source d’Argent
- Seychelles’ most famous attraction thanks to its amazing natural beauty
- located in the south-west of La Digue
- access via the Union Estate
- very popular beach with lots of visitors (visitors are advised to come early, as the beach is particularly busy between 10.00 and 17.00 each day)
- shallow amd clear water
- natural shade
- facilities can all be found near the entrance to the beach, as well as several fruit stands
- perfect for swimming and snorkelling (at high tide)
Another article has been dedicated to this beach.
Now let’s enjoy this amazing collection of photos that we captured during that day ♥
Anse Union Beach
Anse Source d’Argent Beach
Sunset at Anse Severe Beach
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