Some of the most stunning beaches in the world, hawksbill sea turtles laying just under the surface of the Indian Ocean, and, just before your eyes, vibrant coral reefs where angelfish and spotted eagle rays abound… La Digue and its neighboring islands (Félicité, Coco, Grande Soeur…) are full of surprises - maybe the best snorkeling destination in the Seychelles. In La Digue, most of snorkeling spots are freely accessible form the shore, and located less than a 20 minutes bike ride from the village.
La Digue is a must for any snorkeling enthusiast on a trip to Seychelles. The island does not have an airport, and you can get there only by boat, from Mahé or Praslin.
You can discover superb spots there, whether on the island of La Digue itself or around the surrounding islands and islets.
On the island of La Digue, most of the snorkeling spots are concentrated on the west coast. Located downwind, this part of the island is sheltered and generally offers calm seas, with no waves.
You can find decent snorkeling in Anse La Réunion or in front of the Domaine de l’Orangeraie. Beautiful Anse Sévère is considered to be the closest snorkeling spot to the village.
You can explore both the “lagoon” facing the beach and the outer reef.
Continuing for about 500m towards the north, you’ll get to Anse Patate, another very beautiful spot, where you get in the water from a small beach surrounded by blocks of granite.
If you have the desire to cycle the remaining 3 kilometers to the end of the road, you can go explore Anse Caiman, the last cove before arriving at the western tip of the island.
This is undoubtedly the best spot in La Digue to see hawksbill turtles, but its access is difficult, and only recommended for experienced snorkelers.
To the south of the village, Anse Source d’Argent is a must for any visitor in La Digue. This mythical, postcard-perfect beach, is bordered by a shallow lagoon.
Its seabed is quite poor, but you can see many fish in less than 6ft/2m of water. Recommended for kids in particular.
The east coast of La Digue, while home to beautiful beaches, such as Grand Anse, Petite Anse and Anse Coco, is however too dangerous for swimming and snorkeling due to the swell and currents.
La Digue Island is also the starting point for many boat trips to the surrounding islands and islets. These half-day tours allow you to snorkel on more remote spots.
Coco Island, a small islet surrounded by coral reefs, has long been a must for snorkeling in the area, but its corals are in less good condition today.
Most trips to Coco also stop off on the outskirts of Félicité Island, where turtles and rays are easy to see. It is also possible to stay at Félicité, which belongs to the Six Senses Zil Pasyon hotel.
Further north, the islands of Grande Soeur (which can only be visited on weekends, unless you are staying at the Château de Feuilles, in Praslin) and Petite Soeur are both home to lively and colorful sea beds.
Marianne, in the west of the archipelago, is also worth a detour, but its access is more difficult.
The underwater world of La Digue is one of the most beautiful in Seychelles.
Its crystal-clear waters are full of unspoiled coral beds and rocky chaos around which an exceptional underwater life evolves: schools of surgeonfish, snappers and humphead parrotfish, emperor angelfish, pufferfish, and a multitude of other species.
Surprisingly tame hawksbill turtles are very easy to encounter. The best spots to see them on the main island are Anse Patate and Anse Caiman, and they are also common around the surrounding islands.
La Digue is also the kingdom of spotted eagle rays, which can be found on all open spots, such as Anse Sévère and Anse Patate.
La Digue, like the other granite islands of the archipelago (Mahe and Praslin in particular), enjoy a tropical climate and pleasant temperatures all year-round.
Unlike other groups of islands in Seychelles (Aldabra or the Farquhar islands), they are not in the path of cyclones.
Snorkeling is possible all 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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Unmissable around La Digue main island (Anse Caiman, Anse Patates) and in the neighboring islands of Félicité and Coco
Frequently sighted on all spots, abundant at Anse Sévère and Félicité Island
On all spots, especially in reef areas
On all spots; inquisitive individuals in Anse Source d’Argent shallow lagoon
Sometimes observed shoaling in the deeper areas of Coco Island
On all spots
Vibrant coral reef with fish and sea turtles
Fringing coral reef, sea turtles and sharks
Granite rocks with sea turtles and reef fish
Level: Free shore access
Fringing reef and deep channel with turtles and eagle rays
Level: Resort nearby
Reef slopes with coral, eagle rays and colorful fish
Granite rocks and coral reef with sea turtles
Level: Free shore access Resort nearby
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