la digue island seychelles

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Our image looks across a stretch of sand on La Digue, one of the islands of the Republic of Seychelles. The fantastically scenic islands that make up the Seychelles lie in a far corner of the Indian Ocean. The closest mainland is the African coast, more than 1,400 kilometres to the west, and the island nation of Madagascar lies nearly as far to the south.

A species of reptile, the Aldabra giant tortoise, sometimes appears on the beaches of La Digue. The Aldabra Atoll is where the primary population of these tortoises lives, but they’re also found on La Digue. They were hunted nearly to extinction by 1840, and although they’re still listed as “vulnerable”, the gentle giants have bounced back since then.

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Overview

La Digue, located east of Praslin and west of Felicite Island, is the third most inhabited and fifth largest island in the Seychelles by land area. After Mahé, Praslin, and Silhouette Island, it is the fourth biggest granitic island in the Seychelles. It has a population of 2,800 people, the most of whom live in the settlements of La Passe and La Réunion on the island’s west coast. There is no airport on La Digue, so getting there is a bit of a challenge.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Digue

History

According to modern historians, the French sailor Lazare Picault first spotted La Digue in 1742, but it was not named until 1768. When French colonists arrived with their African slaves in 1789, the island’s first residents arrived. The most of them returned to France, but some remained, and some of today’s inhabitants bear their names. More deportees from France arrived later, followed by a huge number of freed slaves and Asian immigrants. In the year 1854, the first C…

Culture

The inhabitants of La Digue are called Diguois.  The first people arrived in 1798, having been deported from Bourbon for participating in a political uprising there. They were intended to be shipped to the East Indies, but the captain was paid to send them to the Seychelles, where many of them had relations. La Digue’s population is largely Catholic, and the island’s feast day, August 15, is a national holiday. La Digue – Wikipedia

Transport

Once, one was not allowed to own a car at La Digue. This has recently changed, but the main means of transportation is still the bicycle. (Another method of transport on La Digue is the ox-cart, which has a slow pace suited to the island)Tourists are requested to adapt to this lifestyle; it is possible to rent bicycles right near the pier. There are a few personally owned vehicles, but most cars and buses belong to hotel companies. Driving a large car or even a bus can turn out to be a quite hard task, because the roads were originally designed for bicycles. Two cars going agains…See more on en.wikipedia.org · Text under CC-BY-SA license

La Digue – Wikipedia

Wildlife

La Digue is the home to the critically endangered paradise flycatcher. However, there are more rare and endangered animals that live on this island. Since the Seychelles are detached from the rest of Africa, many of the species are endemic to La Digue. There is a significant population of giant tortoises that come from the island Aldabra.[13] The subspecies that lived on La Digue is extinct. From the arthropod group there is, for example, the Seychelles coconut crab which likes to dig holes in the backyards of the Seychellois people. Among others, there are fodyssunbirdsterns, fruitbats, sheath-tailed bats, and geckos.[14]

The reefs and lagoons of La Digue offer a large amount of flora and fauna. Green sea turtles live on the very edges of the coral reefs, and they sometimes venture closer to the island. There are butterflyfisheagle raymoray eel and many other species of fish. Divers and snorkellers may be lucky enough to see blacktip reef sharks or even whale sharks, which come mainly in the winter but can be seen all year round.[15]

Sadly, the animals that have traditionally lived on La Digue are threatened by animals that were brought there by the first inhabitants: ratsdogscats etc. The rat population was probably the first animal that was brought to the Seychelles. It quickly made many birds become extinct by eating their eggs and threatening their nests. The dog and cat population is not nearly as much of a threat, but it still is something that the original species of Seychelles are not used to.

La Digue – Wikipedia

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