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The Seychelles. La Digue Island

Sergey Dolya • 5 minutes read • April 11th, 2016
La Digue is the smallest of the "three big islands" of the 


. About 2,000 people live on 6.2 sq. miles (10 square kilometers). The use of vehicles had been banned on the island for a long time, and the locals had to ride bicycles. The ban was lifted, but there is at most five dozen cars now.
The island is popular among tourists because of its beautiful beaches with huge granite boulders. For millions of years, the island was under water and during that time, the giant stones got a smooth texture. Also, there are large land tortoises, they are really nice.
On La Digue, you can get to the neighboring Praslin island by boat. You get a plastic souvenir plate instead of a ticket. You can't keep it, though, because they take the tickets back upon arrival on the island.
The bay is shallow, there are "white horses" of the waves:
Creole is the biggest travel agency on the Seychelles. Guests are greeted, escorted and helped in every way:
There is a helipad for those who do not want to travel by sea:
After the vehicle ban was lifted, it didn't bring heavy traffic to La Digue. Firstly, there aren't many places to go. Secondly, there are few roads adapted for cars, so that bicycle is still the most popular means of transport:
This is a Turtle Farm. The Aldabra giant tortoises are bred and guarded here:
Granite stones serve as a natural "enclosure". There is also a high concrete wall, which can be used as a bench:
The Seychelles turtles are beautiful, majestic and imperturbable. They live up to 150 years. Age of the oldest member of the species is estimated to be 150 - 250 years:
One can feed and pet the turtles. They are quite tame and react like dogs, climbing on the front paws, pulling the neck with pleasure:
A turtle on tiptoe looks like this:
A path from the farm with turtles to the beach runs through a palm grove:
It is not easy to hide in the shade. We run from one "palm bush" to another:
When Europeans landed on La Digue, they began to grow coconut palms (they were not originally there). This is one of the few examples of agriculture on the Seychelles, everything else is growing here by itself.
Vanilla plantations is another example. It was also brought by the colonists, and the business flourished for a long time. But over time, the high cost, due to the complex technological process of cultivation has led to the invention of vanillin. Now vanilla is still grown here, but in smaller amounts. Coconut shells are on the ground so that the land doesn't erode during the rainy season:
This is a starfruit. It is used to decorate cocktails and desserts:
It is prohibited to ride a bicycle on the beach. There is parking next to the sign, where one can leave the bike:
A dog tagged along from the road. When I went into the water to photograph the stones, he ran behind:
Then I noticed that the dog was trying to prey the gulls that sat on the boulders. But it didn't go well because when the dog came closer, the birds flew away:
There is a road along the beach. Bushes and rocks of the size of a bus are on both sides:
Here's a stone arch:
This is the beach. It's a real paradise:
A lot of photos of a typical tropical paradise were taken somewhere here:
These dark growths on stones are fossilized corals. This is a sign that La Digue was underwater before:
Everybody is trying to lie down in the shade and hide from the sun:
This is an arch for a wedding ceremony:
I liked this stone very much, it looks like a giant black crown in the sand:
This is a house of the former President of the Seychelles:
Here are a few photos of the beach of La Digue:
Author: Sergeydolya
Translated by: Gian Luka

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