I had always wanted to see those magical shaped rocks, ever since I'd
seen the photos in travel brochures.
So when planning our trip to the Seychelles, I found that they where on
a small island called La Digue and that they were at Anse Source
D'argent (who'd have know :-))
When I started to look into this more I also found that most of the
spectacular beaches were also on La Digue.
We also only had a week for our visit, so why not waste no time and
just go explore one place.
Some other great locations that decided this was the place to go for
our short holiday.
- Anse Source D'argent
- Grande Anse
- Petite Anse
- Anse Cocos
- Anse Severe
- there are plenty more
- and its cycle friendly!
London Heathrow - Mahe Seychelles
We booked a British Airways flight direct to Mahe.
There are plenty of alternatives, but
none fly direct!
Its a 10 hour flight, leaving Heathrow at 16:00hrs arriving Mahe
08:00hrs the following day.
A combination of checking lowest cost day to fly and using some
airmiles brought the cost of
the flight down to a very reasonable price (even without the use of
airmiles), we found it to be
cheaper than those airlines that required a "stop over"
Mahe - Praslin
We decided to FLY, we booked a flight with Air Seychelles to Praslin
The flight is 15 minutes and in my
opinion much more fun and more
convienient than the ferry option.
Praslin - La Digue
The domestic departure check in desks are to the right of the
international arrivals exit from customs.
Our scheduled flight was for 10:05hrs. This allowed 2 hrs 5 minutes
from landing to getting onto connecting flight.
I had checked several previous arrival times for flight BA063 and found
that the latest it had landed was 08:30.
So if that had happened it still gave us 1hr 35mins to get connection.
To disembark, go through passport control, collect cases and pass
customs took 45 minutes.
To check in and clear security and sit down in the domestic departure
took a further 15 minutes.
So we had 30 minutes to spare. There are othe flight times available,
they operate every 30 minutes or so throughout the day.
Praslin airport is small and a joy to
arrive at. It takes no time at
all (well 8 minutes) to get off the plane and get into a taxi.
There are a few options to get from Praslin Airport to Praslin Ferry
Harbour in Baie Ste Anne, a bus is not one of them.. as they will not
|We opted for a taxi, it was
400sr (march 2019), we took the first guy
that came up to us. The drive was around 20 minutes and he dropped us
right by the ticket office. We had booked online for the ferry acroos,
and therefore had to exchanged our "voucher" for boarding passes. This
can be done in the office by the black taxi in the photo above.
jetty at La Digue
Our return flight (from Mahe to
Heathrow) was at 10:00hrs, so this really goverened the following plan.
La Digue - Praslin
Booked the 10:30hrs ferry, arring at 10:45 in Praslin
Picked up hire car from jetty. We toured Praslin to get a "feel" for
We headed for Anse Lazio beach and then to Vallee de Mai.
We had a rest on the beach for an hour, then headed for lunch. We found
an interesting spot in Grand Anse called the Breeze Garden (mainly for
its free wi-fi)
We ate from the Take-away and chilled out in the sun checking into our
BA flight home (hence the free wi-fi).
Praslin - Mahe
Air Seychelles flight 17:35 to Mahe
Dropped the hire car at Praslin Airport at 16:30hrs
We started boarding our flight at around 17:15 and was in the air
17:23, so early I guess as everyone had arrived.
Chez Payet Airport Guesthouse
Mahe - London
Return flight 10:00hrs from Mahe to London Heathrow BA062
we stayed on La Digue
La Digue Luxury Beach Bungalow
We had 3 main walks,
The First was to the Snack Bellevue
well we cycled up the first few bends up the hill to the restaurant,
but it was hot and pretty steep, so we parke the bikes and walked the
rest of the way.
What a view and a well deserved juice at the bar. Our mission was to
book dinner for the following night.
The second was to Petite Anse
a path leading away from Grand Anse
takes you on short, hot, steamy walk of about 15mins (longer if you
stop frequently - to admire the views)
The third was to Anse Cocos
separate day we went to have a look at this beach. The walk to Anse Cocos
continues after getting
to Petite Anse
, its a further
30 minutes to get to Anse Cocos
all in all a 45 minute walk from Grand
, take plenty of
water to drink
Rent a bike:
The best way to get around La Digue is by cycling. We rented bikes for
the whole of our trip (we negotiated a discount for this). Always test
your bike out before going on aride, check the brakes and the gears
work ok (but mainly the brakes - you can always swap it if the gears
arent too good)
The ones we explored in no particular order of preferance (there are
plenty we didnt go see)
- Grand Anse
- Petite Anse
- Anse Cocos
- Anse Severe
- Anse Fourmis
- Anse Sourse d'Argent
We ate at 4 resturants whilst on the Island:
Well worth booking to go here for an evening meal. You need to book, as
included in the price for the evening meal is a taxi ride up. We got
picked up from outside our BnB at 17:15. They get everyone one up
to the restuarant to allow all to enjoy the sunset, with pre dinner
drinks. Please note its CASH only, as there is no wifi this far up the
hill so credit cards do not work.
- Fish Trap Restaurant and Bar
We had lunch here, shared a fish curry and had a couple of SeyBrews. In
the heat of the day that was enough for us to eat. Really nice chunks
of fish and great (not too hot) sauce.
Stopped by on one of our bike rides. We had coconut water and milkshake
and the octopuss for lunch. It was very nice, could have eaten it again
another day, but pretty expensive compared to other places, and there
are a lot. Well worth stopping by, great views and nice atmosphere.
Another really good find, en-route to Grand Anse, well worth stopping
by for lunch. Had some lovely fruit juice drinks and a smoke fish salad.
We had a good choice of take-aways, but ate mainly at these 2:
- Rey and Josh Cafe Takeaway
- Tarosa Bar and Restaurant
Enjoyed our first SeyBrew here, very relaxing and fantastic views across the bay.
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