Seychelles: Suzanne's update on the outer islands
17 December 2018

ON LOCATION

I have been immersed in marine adventures for the past week on the remote and remarkable Alphonse Island with BLUE SAFARI SEYCHELLES.

MY KEY TAKE AWAYS?
  1. LOCATION: Alphonse atoll group is one of the most pristine, untouched Edens of the world.
  2. CONSERVATION: The success of the conservation is evident in the abundance of marine and bird life. You literally are in the middle of a wilderness aquarium.
  3. ACTIVITIES: This is not a fly-and-flop experience. We have been active and engage with numerous land and sea activities.
  4. ATMOSPHERE: Totally chilled. Create your own experience at your own pace suited to your interests. Brilliant for families.
  5. BIGGER PICTURE: Extending beyond Alphonse to Astove and Cosmoledo atolls.
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RATES 2018/2019

LOCATION

Not only is this the most remote tourism experience in Seychelles, but the marine geology of these atolls make this a truly remarkable location. The magnificent island threesome comprising Alphonse, St.Francois, and Bijoutier offers extensive miles of unblemished shorelines, lagoons, sea flats, coral reefs and marine shelves in an unfathomable ocean wilderness.

CONSERVATION

The Alphonse Foundation together with Island Conservation Society (ICS) actively protect this area. The success of this is evident in the health of the reefs and the abundance of marine and bird life. We were able to join the ICS team and dedicate an afternoon to removing FAD's (Fish Aggregation Devices) that had been caught on the reef, and visited St. Francois to view breeding colonies of fairy terns and crab plovers.

ACTIVITIES

The options are endless and every day we could select from additional-cost guided activities (private or within a small group) or included activities (some DIY, others guided). The scuba diving and snorkelling are of the best I have ever experienced, we also managed swimming with manta rays (4x) and dolphins (2x) in the week while others hit the flats for some epic saltwater fly fishing. Of the included activities the highlights were the flats lunch (pictured above), house reef snorkelling and walk around Alphonse island.
FACT SHEET

ATMOSPHERE

The essence of Blue Safari Seychelles is to create an intimate savannah-style safari experience within a marine wilderness. Guests can opt to be as isolated as they like or to mingle with others. We met couples and families from all over the world and my children loved the social atmosphere. This is a truly fabulous destination for families and the rate structure is generous with children in their own rooms paying 50% of the sharing adult rate. No surcharge for the first child in their own room.

BIGGER PICTURE

Moving beyond the Alphonse group of atolls, BLUE SAFARI SEYCHELLES also operates in the even more remote areas of Astove and Cosmoledo. Due to high pre-launch demand, accommodation and access to these frontier locations are limited in 2019. However, we are working on an availability sheet for remaining places in the year ahead.
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If you have yet to send guests to BLUE SAFARI SEYCHELLES, I do encourage you to do so as soon as possible.
Happy selling!

Suzanne
Sustainable Africa
FESTIVE SEASON OFFICE CLOSURE:
Our office will be closed from 21st December to 7th January for a much-deserved Festive break. But until then we are here and all hands on deck to assist you.

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WHAT WE LOVE: Having done safaris all over Africa our whole team agrees that Zambia is still one of the most sensational and authentic safari experiences. As the home of walking safaris this is one of the best places to get out of the vehicle and do a safari on foot. Hailed as Africa’s ‘diamond in the rough’ or even ‘the warm heart of Africa’, Zambia is a country blessed with awe-inspiring natural wonders, a huge variety of wildlife and an abundance of birdlife, huge water bodies (including 17 magnificent waterfalls) and great tracts of pristine bushveld. It has also been acknowledged as one of the safest countries in the world, whose inhabitants are known for being warm and welcoming. It is a landlocked country, sharing its borders with Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Angola to the east, Namibia and Zimbabwe to the south, and Mozambique and Malawi to the east. It even shares a 2km border with Botswana!

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Blue Safari Seychelles

Situated in the heart of the Indian Ocean in one of the last, untouched frontiers, Blue Safari Seychelles pioneers a new style of experiential travel while actively conserving this pristine region. Of the 72 islands and atolls that form the remote outer islands, they have selected the most pristine and enchanting four as their base. From here you can discover, experience and protect the surrounding natural wonders.

An hour's flight from the main island, Alphonse Island is the headquarters of Blue Safari Seychelles. With 22 Beach Bungalows, 5 Beach Suites and 2 4-bedroom Beach Villas, and welcoming children of all ages, this is family paradise. Enjoy a private family channel snorkel or plant a tree, giving it your family name. Visit the uninhabited islands of Bijoutier and St Francois, explore Alphonse Island by bicycle, or enjoy a secluded picnic on the beach. 

Hop on the plane southwestward and a 2-hour flight later you are on Astove Atoll. Stay in the 6-bedroom Coral House from where incredible snorkelling experiences await. The “Wall” is a breathtakingly beautiful sheer drop and is best described as looking down into an underwater Grand Canyon. It consists of the flat and reef dropping a vertical 90 degrees from ankle-deep water to more than 1000 metres over a short distance. The “Wall” is known as one of the best snorkelling and dive sites on this planet. The terrain varies from hostile shore breaks on the windward side, to flat calm coral flats on the outside and snow-white sand flats inside the lagoon. Its unique lagoon system is home to countless aquatic seabirds as well as the Caspian turn, dimorphic egret and red-tailed tropic bird along with a population of over 150 giant Aldabra tortoises.

Just over 1000 km southwest of Mahé lies Cosmoledo Atoll, an hour by boat from Astove (and the only way to access it). Cosmoledo comprises a larger white sand lagoon surrounded by vast sand flats dotted with over 20 islands, islets, and cays of various shapes and sizes. The remote location makes Cosmoledo a place of wild natural splendor. Habitats include sand dunes, expansive flats, mangroves, grassland and a dramatically fluctuating lagoon. This unique combination creates a hotspot of biodiversity. The atoll with its scattered islands is home to large populations of endemic birds like boobies, terns, and frigate birds. The lagoon and its sandy beaches are favoured by large populations of hawksbill and green turtles for nesting and a host of feisty fish species on the flats. Here, on Wizard Island (or Grande Isle) is a single Eco Camp where nature meets creative, eco-friendly hospitality. The Camp consists of eight double/twin en-suite Eco Pods with a central communal dining and entertainment area - large tent with bare sand floors.

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