La Digue

Despite its very small size (less than 4mi²), La Digue has the 3rd largest population of all the Seychelles Islands. It is 26 miles (43km) from Mahé and 3.5 miles (6km) from Praslin, and can easily be reached by boat. The island has kept its charm (people get around mainly by bike or ox cart), and is internationally famous for the Anse Source d’Argent beach and its spectacular granite rocks. La Digue and the islets surrounding it (Félicité and Coco Island) are without doubt the best snorkeling destinations in the Seychelles.

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La Digue, Félicité and Coco are a must for any snorkelers visiting the Seychelles. Their crystal-clear waters are rich in well-preserved coral formations and blockfields that are home to exceptional underwater sea life: shoals of surgeonfish, snappers and green humphead parrotfish, angelfish, anthias, and a whole host of other species. Surprisingly tame hawksbill sea turtles can be seen very easily, as can eagle rays (which are more difficult to get close to, however).

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Green gecko at Anse Sévère, coastal landscape of La Digue, and school of Bengal snapper at Coco Island

You can explore almost the entire island from the many coves, while steering clear of certain parts of the east coast where the current can be dangerous. Most of the spots are not protected by a reef or rock barrier, and you will almost always be dependent on the weather and sea conditions (which fortunately are excellent most of the time) for a swim in perfect safety. The small Cocos Island National Park, situated near Félicité (around 4 miles/7km north of La Digue and accessible by boat), represents a real must for snorkelers in the Seychelles.
When to go to La Digue, Félicité and Coco Island?

La Digue, like the other granite islands of the archipelago (Mahe and Praslin in particular), enjoy a tropical climate and pleasant temperatures all the year round. Unlike other groups of islands in the Seychelles (Aldabra or the Farquhar islands), they are not in the path of cyclones.

Snorkeling is possible all the year round, with average water temperatures of 82°F/28°C. From October to March, rains are more frequent (with a peak in January), the temperatures are highest (+/-86°F/30°C) and there is most humidity. From April to September there is a cooler and dryer period, but it is also windier (+/-75°F/24°C). As the wind has a certain amount of importance in snorkeling, you should remember that the prevailing wind is north-westerly from October to March and south-easterly from April to September (choose the most protected sites).

The inter-seasons (March to May and September to November) are the best periods for snorkeling, particularly since they are outside the peak tourist periods in December and in July and August.

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Where to spot them?

Hawksbill sea turtle

You can't miss them at Coco Island, common on many other spots (Felicite Island, Anse Caiman, Anse Patates)

Spotted eagle ray

Common at Anse Severe and Felicite Island

Indian Ocean oriental sweetlips

On all spots

Powder blue tang

On all spots

Blue tang

On all spots

Bengal snapper
Orbicular batfish

On all spots

Goldbar wrasse

On all spots

Sixbar wrasse

On all spots

Blackback butterflyfish

On all spots

Clown surgeonfish