While Seychelles has forged ahead to join the ranks of the world's developed nations – and today boasts the health, education and communications infrastructure to prove it – La Digue nonetheless managed to retain the Creole identity and traditions which have created its unique, island way of life.
From the sega, moutia and kanmptole rhythms strummed by the island's musicians, to the late night clatter of a high-energy dominoes match (with accompanying rum consumption) in full swing, La Digue offers a traditional Creole experience, unchanged for generations. La Digue is where the old tales about Songoula, the mischievous monkey, come to life and where every beach, hill top and old house has a story attached to it.
On La Digue Sunday best is still reserved for Church and the faithful pedal to Mass in shirt and trousers or flowing floral dresses. On La Digue the fishermen's fresh catch is still sold directly on the quayside to a gaggle of expert buyers. On La Digue neighbours are still neighbourly and community is more than just a concept.
La Digue is home to one of the last working copra mills in Seychelles, which still demonstrates to visitors to the island the traditional method of de-husking coconuts, drying the flesh and then milling it to create the once highly prized coconut oil.