La Digue – Cat Cocos Ferry & La Diguoise Guesthouse (Seychelles)

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After exploring the island of Praslin in the last 4 days, our journey continued to the island of La Digue.

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By ferry from Praslin to La Digue

Between the three most visited islands Mahé, Praslin and La Digue there are two ferry companies that connect the three islands.

The Cat Cocos ferry runs 3 times a day between Mahé and Praslin and 1-3 times a day between Mahé and La Digue.
The Cat Rose Ferry (Inter Island Ferry) offers up to 8 connections a day between Praslin and La Digue and takes only 15 minutes for the short distance.

The ticket prices are uniformly at 14 EUR each way. We had also bought our ferry tickets for the journey from Praslin to La Digue via SeyFerry.com. After the purchase process, you will receive the vouchers for the journeys by e-mail, which you then have to exchange for “real” tickets at the ferry terminal. We had already received our tickets for the return journey from La Digue to Praslin on Praslin, as there are no tour operators at the port on La Digue. You leave your luggage at the ferry, which is then charged there by employees.

The 15 minutes drive passed super fast and the sea was very calm, so we arrived on time at the port of La Digue. Here our taxi has already been waiting for us: a club car, besides bicycles the typical means of transport on La Digue. Cars are only registered on the island if they are taxis or transport vehicles.

The island of La Digue

La Digue is the smallest of the three main islands of the Seychelleswith its size of just under 10 km2. It is located about 50 km northeast of Mahé and about 6 km east of Praslin. The 5 km long and 3 km wide island has a population of just 2,200. The majority of the inhabitants live in the west of the island, as here, with the port and the main town of La Passe, the largest settlement with infrastructure is located on the island. On the other hand, the south and east of the island are largely uninhabited.

The beach Anse Source d’Argent with its extraordinary granite formations is considered a dream beach and is regularly listed among the top 10 beaches worldwide. Therefore, La Digue is a very popular tourist destination overall, especially for day trippers from other islands and cruise guests. On the small island it can get quite crowded during the day.

Especially recommended are the many takeaways on La Digue, where you can get a delicious lunch and dinner quickly and cheaply. We have met our daily need for drinks and snacks in a nearby Indian supermarket. As a rule, these are slightly cheaper than the big supermarkets.

Das La Diguoise Guesthouse

For the next two nights we stayed in the family-run guest house La Diguoise. We were very nicely received by Céline – the daughter of the owner – who gave us the most important information for our stay.

Location & Facility

La Diguoise Guesthouse is located in the west of La Digue, about 500 metres inland from the main road, in a quiet location at the end of a gravel road. If you are on foot, it takes about 8 minutes from the guesthouse to the helipad, and about 30 minutes from the Anse Source d’Argent. You can get there faster by bike. These can be rented directly at the Guesthouse for 7 EUR or 100 SCR per day. The bikes are not the latest, but in good condition including bicycle baskets and lock. Bath towels for the beach can be rented free of charge.

The majority of the complex is a beautifully manicured tropical garden with many flowering plants, large palm trees, two ponds and a swimming pool. And there is even a very trusting, dear roommate: a giant tortoise that runs its rounds on the grounds 😊

Our standard room

On the grounds of the guesthouse there are a total of 9 rooms in two different categories (Standard and Superior). We were accommodated in a standard room, which is a bit old and very simple, but basically has everything you need. Nevertheless, there were a few things in the room with which we were unfortunately not completely satisfied: On the one hand the refrigerator was very old and dirty, our room smelled very much of fried food in the evening, because it is right next to the kitchen and on the other hand the safe in our room was unfortunately not functional and so we could not include our valuables. The windows are made of individual slats and are therefore not completely dense. We had several geckos in the room, which is actually quite sweet. However, these were incredibly noisy, so that one was often awakened at night. If you want to listen to what a gecko sounds like and how loud it can become, you can listen to it here 😉

By the way, there is no free internet in the guesthouse. However, this can be easily booked for 7 EUR per device per stay.

The catering

During our stay we had breakfast with us every morning. This is served in the common room at the reception directly at the table and consists of a fresh juice, a delicious fruit plate as well as toast, butter and jam. If you want, you can also have eggs freshly prepared.

On one of our evenings we tried dinner in the guesthouse, as we had often read on the internet that it should be excellent. There is a standardised menu for each evening, which costs 25 EUR per person. The food is personally cooked by the hostess Elodie and brought to each table separately as a small buffet. So you have a certain selection of different local dishes and you can try your way through. It was noticed that the food is prepared with a lot of love, but unfortunately the spices and sauces were not so our taste.

It was a bit of a pity that most employees unfortunately did not understand English and so communication at breakfast and dinner was very difficult – especially if you had a question or a wish.

Our travelogues from the Seychelles

White dream beaches, crystal clear water, sun and palm trees: the Seychelles are the epitome of an island paradise. For 2 weeks we explored the main islands of Mahé, Praslin and La Digue and saw the most beautiful sights: From gorgeous beaches, fascinating nature parks to hidden photo spots, animal islanders and beautiful viewpoints.Route Seychellen, Mahe, Praslin, La Digue, Kombination, Reisebericht Seychelles: Things to know & Travel Tips (Mahé, Praslin & La Digue)
Seychelles: Travel Planning, Flight & Rental Car
Mahé: Things to know & places of interest
Mahé: Tropical Hideaway Apartement & Beau Vallon Beach
Mahé: Victoria – Things to do & beautiful photo spots
Mahé: The Rock Pool (Ros Sodyer) at Anse Takamaka
Mahé: Top 10 most beautiful beaches on the island
Cerf Island: Snorkeling in Sainte Anne Marine Park
Praslin: Things to know & places of interest on Praslin
Praslin: Acajou Beach Resort on the Cote d’Or Beach
Praslin: Fond Ferdinand – Coco de Mer Nature Reserve on Praslin
Praslin: Vallée de Mai – UNESCO National Park on Praslin
Praslin: Top 5 most beautiful beaches on the island of Praslin
Curieuse Island: A trip to the giant tortoises
Félicité: The luxury resort Six Senses Zil Pasyon
La Digue: Things to know & Travel Tips from the island of La Digue
La Digue: Cat Cocos Ferry & La Diguoise Guesthouse
La Digue: Crystal Water Kayaks – Transparent kayak tours on La Digue
La Digue: Anse Marron – Hike around the south coast of La Digue
La Digue: Top 10 – The most beautiful beaches on La Digue
La Digue: The resort Le Domaine de L’Orangeraie
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