Ile Cocos and four granitic neighboring islands are considered “satellite islands” of La Digue. Ile Cocos is a tiny islet off the north coast of Félicité Island which has been part of a marine park since 1996.
La Digue is the fourth largest inhabited island of the Seychelles, lying east of Praslin and west of Felicite Island. It has a population of about 2,000 people, who mostly live in the west coast villages of La Passe (linked by ferry to Praslin and Mahé) and La Réunion.
Today, the island’s main industry is tourism and it is known for its beaches, especially Anse Source d’Argent. In former times, copra and vanilla production were mainstays of the local economy, which is commemorated in the island’s museum. Veuve Nature Reserve, in the island’s interior, is home to the rare Black Paradise Flycatcher, of which there are only about 100 in existence. La Digue’s tallest peak, Belle Vue (Eagle’s Nest Mountain), is also in the central part of the island, with a summit more than 984 ft above sea level.
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