Despite its very small size (less than 4mi²), La Digue has the 3rd largest population of all the Seychelles Islands. It is located only 26 miles from Mahé and 3.5 miles 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 world-famous for hosting Anse Source d’Argent beach and its spectacular granite rocks.

La Digue and its neighboring islands are a must for any snorkelers visiting the Seychelles. Their crystal-clear waters are rich in well-preserved coral formations and huge granite rocks 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).

Snorkeling in La Digue Island, Seychelles
(Left) Curious batfish don’t hesitate to come close to snorkelers in the lagoon bordering Anse Source d’Argent. (Right) with its well-preserved seabed and many fish, Coco Island is one of the most beautiful spots accessible from La Digue 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.

Snorkeling with sea turtles at La Digue Island, Seychelles
La Digue Island is undoubtedly one of the very best place in the world to snorkel with hawksbill sea turtles, such as at Anse Patates (left) and Anse Caiman (right).

When to go to snorkeling around La Digue 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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