La Digue in Seychelles, being the third largest island after Mahe and Praslin, possesses everything one wishes for in a getaway. From basking under lovely sunshine in some of the world's finest beaches and gazing over turquoise-tinged waters of the Indian Ocean to snorkelling with a treasure trove of marine life, Nid d'Aigle has it all. With an altitude of 333 meters above sea level, this is the ultimate viewpoint. The name, which translates to "Eagle's Nest", is the perfect destination for those who seek the combination of magnificent vistas and tranquillity.
Nid d'Aigle is famously known for exhibiting unmatched commanding views of La Digue Island and the placid blue horizon all around. The 360-degree view encompasses the whole of the island along with extremely fantastic blue hues of the Indian Ocean - turquoise, azure, navy blue, cyan, you name it. To add to the beauty, the landmasses of Praslin Island, Felicite Island and Ile Ronde are present in the far end of the horizon. The notion of spotting verdant green islands surrounded by the vast blue might of the seas coupled with rejuvenating ocean breeze is a fairytale getaway for many, and shouldn't be any different for you.
Short of 15 minutes to the top of Nid d'Aigle, you come across a small caféteria called Snack Bellevue. As the name stands (Bellevue means 'beautiful view' in French), it an excellent place to relax after a hike. Majestic views of Praslin and Ile Ronde combined with a fresh fruit smoothie is a gratifying experience. They include tropical fruit delights such as mango, passion fruit, avocado, jackfruits, pineapples, oranges and twenty different kinds of bananas! Raw and natural, the tropical fruits found here are unrivalled when it comes to being sweet and fresh.
After Snack Bellevue, you need to proceed for another 15 minutes (by foot) to the top of Nid d'Aigle, and this short trip is known to provide an exhilarating panorama of the island and the seascape around!
La Digue in Seychelles possesses a tropical weather pattern all year round, with high humidity and chances of rainfall now and then. The weather is warm throughout the year. It is advisable to not to visit during the hottest months of the year, i.e. from March to June. Also, avoid going to Nid d'Aigle during the rainy season as the path becomes all wet and slippery. It is advisable to visit Nid d'Aigle during the early morning hours when the sun is not at its peak and not that hot, as it is during noon time.
Due to the country's appeal as a world-renowned tourist destination, the Seychelles International Airport in Mahe operates to significant international destinations like Frankfurt, Abu Dhabi, Colombo, Mumbai, Doha, London, etc. La Digue is approximately 90 minutes northeast of Mahe and neighbors the island of Praslin. The island of La Digue does not host an airport, and hence, one is required to fly to Victoria in Mahe and continue by ferry, usually via Praslin island. Several ferries run between Praslin and La Digue. It is easier to navigate La Digue with an island map that you can obtain at the tourist office.
Located centrally within La Digue, Nid D'Aigle is accessible by foot or by bike. If approaching by bike, it is important to remember that the last few meters to the top are steep and beyond reach with a bike. The path from La Passe to Snack Bellevue is signposted and should not be a huge problem figuring it out. Although, if you get confused, there are always some helpful locals around!
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