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Picture of the week (No.3): Beach in La Digue, Seychelles.                 Share

Each week, Willgoto selects a nice picture and shows it here. Grand Anse Beach in the island of La Digue in Seychelles is the topic of the third photo in this series. Seychelles is a perfect destination for a dream holiday.  

Seychelles beach
Grand Anse beach in the island La Digue, Seychelles, in the Indian Ocean.

Seychelleslocated in the Indian Ocean about 1,000 mi (1,600 km) east of Kenya, the Seychelles archipelago consists of not less than 115 islands forming an independent country since 1976. Forty-five of them are remnants of submerged mountains. They are the granitic islands. Three of them, Mahé, Praslin and La Digue, form the economic and cultural heart of the country. The others are coral islands and most of them are remote from the granitic islands. Many islands are not inhabited.

The country's population does not exceed 100,000 people. English, French and Seychellois Creole (a French-based creole language) are the official languages of the country. Tourism is, with fishing, the most important economic activity of Seychelles. The country imports most of what it needs.

A warm climate, beautiful beaches (many of which are suitable for swimming), and an exceptional nature (flora and fauna) are some of the advantages that make Seychelles a dream destination for tourists. The archipelago also has the advantage of being located outside the area of tropical cyclones that can handicap the islands to the south during the first months of the year. In addition, the environmental protection is very strict in Seychelles.

Two natural sites of the Seychelles archipelago are part of UNESCO's world heritage: Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve in Praslin which is home to endemic palms, including the Coco-de-Mer (the largest seed in the plant kingdom) and the remote Aldabra Atoll that is a refuge for some 150,000 giant tortoises.

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The amount of tourists to Seychelles increases gradually. Since it does not exceed 300,000 annually, it does not endanger the environmental heritage of the archipelago. We are very far from mass tourism. Read this useful travel guide to Seychelles.

Mahé is the largest island of the Seychelles archipelago. It is home to the largest part of the population and the capital of the country, the only international airport of the archipelago, Morne Seychellois National Park (famous for birdwatching), Sainte Anne Marine National Park (ideal for diving), and beautiful beaches such as Beau Vallon, Anse Intendance, Baie Lazare and Anse à la Mouche.

In Praslin, which has an airport for connections with Mahé you find Vallée de Mai Nature Reserve as stated above. From Praslin, you can go to the nearby smaller islands as for example Chauve Souris, Curieuse, Round Island, as well as the bird sanctuaries of the Cousin Island and Arid Island.

La Digue has only about 3,000 inhabitants. It is accessible only by ferry, mainly from Praslin. Motorized vehicles are rare in the island.  Bikes and ox carts are the usual means of transport in La Digue. As Praslin, La Digue is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, for example Anse Volvert, Côte d'Or, and Anse Lazio (Praslin), Anse Coco, Petit Anse, and Anse Source d'Argent (La Digue).  See more pictures from the most beautiful beaches in the world.

Several beautiful and large sandy beaches in Seychelles are named Grand Anse. In La Digue, the nice Grand Anse Beach, despite its quiet look, is not suitable for swimming because of strong undercurrents. It is the same case for Grand Anse Beach in the island of Mahé. In the island of Praslin, Grand Anse Beach, bordered by several hotels, is the largest beach of the island and is mostly perfect for swimming and water sports. During the south-eastern trade wind season, it may happen that seaweeds occasionally drift into the bay. When this occurs, the hotels around Grand Anse will provide free transfers to other nearby beaches for their guests.

The author of the large photo above is Gerard Larose. The photo belongs to the Seychelles Tourism Board. See all our photos from Seychelles.

See also:
Picture of the week 1: Bee hummingbird, the smallest bird in the world. It is endemic to Cuba.
Picture of the week 2: Pagoda of the Golden Rock in Myanmar. It is one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the world.
Picture of the week 4: Lemur of Madagascar (Coquerel's sifaka), an endangered species of primates, which, like all other species of lemurs, is endemic to Madagascar.
Picture of the week 5: World heritage in Cambodia. The temple of Banteay Srei, better known as 'Citadel of the women', in Cambodia is a jewel of Khmer art and a world heritage site.

Picture of the week 6: The bull shark and the tiger shark. Both sharks are unfortunately known for fatal attacks on humans.

See  all our "Pictures of the week".



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Each week, Willgoto selects a nice picture. Grand Anse Beach in the island of La Digue in Seychelles is the topic of the third photo in this series. Seychelles is a destination for a dream holiday.