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How To See The Giant Aldabra Tortoise In The Seychelles (La Digue)!

The Seychelles is a paradise, known not only for its spectacular pristine beaches and lush rainforests, but also because it is home to the Giant Aldabra tortoise! As the name suggests, the giant tortoises are big – they’re also very gentle!

Many of the giant tortoises are found on very remote islands around The Seychelles, however there are some spots on popular and easy to get to islands – including La Digue, where you can see plenty of Giant Aldabra Tortoises in their natural environment. 

This article will show you where to find the giant tortoises so you can get the chance to witness the giant tortoises in their natural habitat – a truly unforgettable experience!

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The Aldabra Giant Tortoises

The Aldabra Giant Tortoises are among the largest tortoises in the world. They can reach lengths of up to 120 centimeters (47 inches), and can weigh over 250 kilograms (550 pounds)!

Most impressively, many of these remarkable creatures live to be well over 100 years! These giant Aldabra tortoises are found only here in The Seychelles and on the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador.

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Where To Find The Giant Aldabra Tortoise On The Seychelles

The Aldabra Atoll – a group of four large coral islands in The Seychelles, is the primary habitat for the Aldabra Tortoises with over 150,000 giant tortoises! However these islands are very isolated and inaccessible to get to.

Luckily, you can see the Giant Aldabra Tortoises on a few other islands within the Seychelles archipelago. The islands of Curieuse and St Piere are famous for having large colonies of the giant Albadra tortoises and are a great place to see them. 

You can take a day trip to these islands to see the tortoises wandering along the beach, or if you’re short on time or on a budget trip to The Seychelles, you can see them on the popular island of La Digue!

La Digue is the third-largest inhabited island in The Seychelles, and a popular island to visit in The Seychelles due to the beautiful beaches, so most tourists who visit The Seychelles will plan to visit this island regardless.

The beach of Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue is often called the most beautiful beach on the world, as well as the most photographed beach in the world, you’ll mostly likely have seen photos of the beautiful white sand and granite boulders on the beach online!

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Aldabra Giant Tortoise on La Digue, The Seychelles

La Digue is renowned as a sanctuary for the magnificent giant tortoises, and seeing them is definitely a highlight when visiting La Digue! 

You can find the giant tortoises at L’Union Estate – which is just next to the L’Union Estate Farm.

L’Union Estate Farm is a former vanilla and coconut plantation that’s worth a visit. Here you can gain an insight into the colonial history of the island – it feels like you’ve stepped back in time.

If you’re planning to visit Anse Source D’Argent beach, you’ll need to go via L’Union Estate anyway. From L’Union Estate it’s about a 15 minute walk to the famous Anse Source D’Argent beach.

There is a 115 SCR entrance to enter L’Union Estate, which also covers the mandatory cost to visit Anse Source D’Argent.

La Digue is a very easy-paced and traditional island and no vehicles are permitted here – only bikes and ox carts, so it’s a nice stroll. Alternatively, explore the island by renting a bike like we did!

L’Union Estate on La Digue is a peaceful place for the giant Aldabra tortoises. You’ll see several tortoises here – just hop over the wall of the enclosure and take a photo with these gentle creatures.

You can also see them at the Veuve Nature Reserve, 1.5km from L’Union Estate.

At Veuve Nature Reserve the tortoises roam amidst the lush vegetation more freely. This gives you a really unique chance to get some great up-close encounters with the tortoises.

For me, getting to see these beautiful creatures was an incredible experience and one of my favourite things to do at The Seychelles. 

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How To Get To La Digue

Mahé is the largest island in The Seychelles, where you’ll find the international airport. From Mahé or Praslin – the two other main islands in The Seychelles, take a short ferry to La Digue.

 

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