Our members (penguins) on Seychelles, the Seychelles Sustainable Tourism Foundation, and Seychelles European Reservation invite other penguins (and those interested) to explore and study their LT&C-Example. For that special reason, they have put together a superb programme for visiting several of Seychelles’ islands with their national parks and marine protected areas. If you have never been there, want to get a deeper understanding of the archipelago’s unique wildlife, or get to know how tourism there is supporting protected areas and made it an LT&C-Example, you should use this opportunity:
November 25th: Arrival on Mahé, meet and greet services, then transfer from Mahé International Airport to Eden jetty and boat transfer to settle at the hotel L’HABITATION CERF ISLAND (for a 3 nights stay)
Day 1 (November 26th): SNORKEL AND KAYAK TOUR IN THE STE ANNE MARINE PARK
Partner: Cerf Island Conservation Programme
Participants will have the opportunity to explore the Ste Anne Marine Park, the oldest Marine Park in Seychelles created in 1973, covering an area of 14.53 km2 and comprising five islands.
The park hosts extensive coral reefs, as well as some of the largest seagrass beds in Seychelles. As one of the five islands within St. Anne’s Marine Park, Cerf Island is surrounded by coral reefs which have been negatively affected by coral bleaching events and land reclamation projects. The Cerf Island Conservation Program (CICP) aims to protect and participate in coral reef restoration efforts and terrestrial work on the island. A CICP officer will meet the participants and take them on a guided snorkel around the reef and show them the coral nursery. After light lunch, participants will go on a kayak trip to Moyenne island, the world´s smallest national park, which is located within the marine park and is home to a hundred Aldabra giant tortoises and a variety of endemic flora and fauna.
Day 2 (November 27th): VISIT PORT LAUNAY RAMSAR SITE AND BAIE TERNAY NATIONAL PARK
Partner: Global Vision International (GVI), Constance Ephelia
The Baie Ternay Marine Park is 0.80km² and is treasured for its astounding vistas, with pristine seashore fringed by calm turquoise shallows and abundant marine life. With no direct coastal road access, this park retains its exclusivity and natural beauty. It supports an interesting combination of coastal habitats comprising mangroves, sandy shores, rocky shores, seagrass beds and coral reefs. The NGO Global Vision International (GVI) has been operating an ecotourism volunteering project within the park for more than ten years. GVI works closely with the Seychelles National Park Authority (SNPA) in collecting data on coral reefs, fish, and invertebrates. After a visit and presentation at the GVI camp, participants can enjoy some time in the marine park. The afternoon is reserved for a visit to the Port Launay mangroves (120.6), the only wetland area in Seychelles with the seven species of mangroves
(Rhizophora mucronata, Bruiguiera gymnorhgiza, Sonneratia alba, Avicennia marina, Lumnitzera racemosa, Xylocarpus granutum, Ceriops tagal) present in the region. The Constance Ephelia hotel is heavily involved in mangrove restoration efforts and participants will engage hands-on in mangrove restoration efforts.
Day 3 (November 28th): HALF DAY VISIT TO POLICE BAIE’S WETLAND
Police Bay is one of the two last remaining coastal sites of the natural environment in the whole of the main island Mahé, the other site being Baie Ternay.
The extremely close proximity of a freshwater wetland to the ocean is an extremely rare phenomenon and requires a species constellation which is adaptable to seasonal
breakthroughs and saltwater inundation during heavy rainfall. Due to this unique feature of the wetland, there has been a proposal to establish a RAMSAR site in the Police Bay to the government and the area raised the local population’s awareness in 2017 to abort a resort construction plan. Participants will meet the Marine Conservation Society of Seychelles and learn about their activities in the area.
After Police Baie tour, participants will take the boat transfer to Praslin.
They will be staying on Praslin, the 2nd largest island of Seychelles (for a duration of 3 nights) at the hotel VILLA DE MER.
Day 4 (November 29th): DAY TRIP VISIT TO COUSIN ISLAND SPECIAL RESERVE AND UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE VALLÉE DE MAI
Partners: Nature Seychelles, SIF
Cousin is a 27ha granitic island located 2 km west of Praslin Island. The island is protected by Seychellois law as a Special Reserve area, which extends 400 meters offshore around the island. It is an IUCN Protected Area Category 1a, which is a strict nature reserve where people’s visits and their impacts are strictly controlled to ensure the protection of the conservation values. It is also designated as an Important Bird Area (IBA) an area recognized as being of global importance for the conservation of birds and is one of the sites of highest ornithological interest in Seychelles. Today, Cousin is managed by Nature Seychelles. Conservation activities include monitoring of the island’s biodiversity, research, re-introduction of endangered species such as the Seychelles Magpie Robin, ecotourism and education. Participants will be taken on a private guided tour of the island.
A living remnant of the ancient palm forests on Praslin, the Vallée de Mai is the green heart of Praslin Island and contains Seychelles’ largest intact forest of the endemic Coco de Mer palm. At only 19.5ha the Vallée de Mai is one of the world’s smallest natural UNESCO World Heritage Sites and millions of years of isolation have led to the evolution of many unique species in this forest that are found nowhere else in the world. This mysterious forest first received national protection in 1966 when it was declared a Nature Reserve by the government. Later, in 1983, its international significance and outstanding value were recognized when it was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) was awarded the stewardship of this important area in 1989.
The Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF) is a non-profit charitable organization that was established as a public trust by the government of Seychelles in 1979. SIF manages and protects the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Aldabra Atoll and the Vallée de Mai and has the President of Seychelles, Danny Faure, as Patron. A SIF guide will take participants on a hike through the forest and make them discover all the myths and wonders around the famous Coco de Mer.
Day 5 (November 30th): EXCURSION TO LA DIGUE AND FELICITE
Visit La Digue. Upon arrival, participants will explore the Union Estate. Here, in landscaped gardens bordering imposing granite boulders and the equally magnificent ‘Emmanuelle’ House where the famous film of the same name was made, participants will learn about ‘coprah’, when the succulent flesh of the coconut is dried and its perfumed oil extracted. The next visit will be to Anse Source d’Argent, the world’s most photographed beach that has already played host to scenes from such films as ‘Pirates’ and ‘Castaway’ as well as to adverts for Bacardi, Carling, and Bounty. Participants will be met by local guide Robert who will take them on a hike around his native island.
The afternoon foresees a visit to Felicite island, home to the award-winning Six Senses Hotel Zil Pasyon, an island resort that has put sustainability at the core of its operations. Participants will be greeted by the sustainability manager who will give an overview of the various sustainability initiatives undertaken at the hotel.
Day 6 (December 1st): Depart from Praslin, transfer from the hotel to the jetty, boat transfer from Praslin back to Mahé and final transfer from the jetty to Mahé International Airport.
Optional extra excursion for those participants who choose to stay an additional night on Praslin: Visit Curieuse National Park with Seychelles National Park Authority (SNPA). Other optional additional excursions may include diving with a specialized operator, or a walking tour through the capital, Victoria.
Costs for LT&C-Members (Non-Members have to add 15%):
TOTAL: 1016 EUR HALF BOARD PER PERSON ON DOUBLE ROOM BASIS
1553 EUR HALF BOARD ON INDIVIDUAL ROOM BASIS
(RATE INCLUDES TRANSFER AND FERRIES; EXCURSION RATES need to be checked and finalized with the provider)
2 FREE EXTRA NIGHT AVAILABLE, 1 NIGHT PER ACCOMMODATION (l’Habitation and Villas de Mer)
(dates subject to verification)
If you are not an LT&C-Member (penguin) yet or have questions regarding LT&C