Seychelles gourmet experience

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Poetry: Partners of the soul

Relieved we didn’t complicate it in that way

And kept a golden friendship anyway

Free from the mundanities that fuel our strife

And, all too often, become our Life

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Whoever said “there are those we marry… and those we love”

Said it all in simple verse

So, I’m happy to find you in this irony

Free of expectation, promises and fated anomaly

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Yet, in another world, we would be such keepers of our word

Such partners of the soul, such breakers of the mould

That it takes courage not to succumb

To what, (in this life), we must not become!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seychelles amazing boutique aquarium

Seychelles’ amazing, boutique aquarium

 

By Glynn Burridge

There are many kinds of aquarium dotted across the planet in which to enjoy different experiences of the underwater world. Some of these host impressive displays and spectacular species which are indeed fascinating to behold, while others adopt a more subtle approach and one that can lead to the learning experience of a lifetime.
The newly opened Eden Aquarium on Mahé Island’s Eden Island is one of the latter and although only relatively small in size in comparison to, for example, the giant aquarium you find in Dubai, has been cunningly and lovingly conceived to provide a display of Seychelles’ marine creatures in which quality, not quantity or size, is king.
The brain behind this aquarium is Mr. Charles Savy, a Seychellois who has been diving the islands’ waters since 1977
Charles, who also runs a successful, live aboard dive charter operation for discerning divers, is nothing less than a human library when it comes to his favourite subject, and his expertise concerning Seychelles’ underwater world is instantly apparent. But it is clearly his passion and philosophy that is behind the drive to understand, appreciate and share
“After so many years of observation I just started to put some small pieces of this gigantic puzzle together and at the same time discover that each piece of the puzzle is a puzzle within itself. It’s all about habitat. When we know the conditions that a particular animal requires for it to feed and reproduce, unless it has already been fished out, there is a good chance the animal will be there!”
“Understanding life on our planet is vital to understanding and sustaining our own. We are all from the same source.”
It is this rich vein of knowledge that Charles has invested in his aquarium, a task that took him and his two assistants some three years to complete. On most days during that time Charles could be found busy undertaking a diverse number of tasks from the simplest and most mundane to the highly specialised. As a small aquarium, there was no massive budget to bring designers, engineers, and aquarium specialists from every corner of the globe as is the case with many big aquarium projects. So Charles and his small team tackled everything including design and layout, construction and decoration using the widest selection of materials.
“Much of what we did we had to learn and getting the materials we needed was one of the biggest challenges” Charles says, “as just one example, the search for a suitable background for the mangrove tank went on for a very long time without success. I was trying to find a 6m length of 2mm thick turquoise coloured ABS (the same plastic that phones, kitchen utensils and aircraft interiors as well as many other things are made off) from California to Taiwan and it seemed the only way was to order a minimum of five hundred kg when we only needed ten. Eventually, we decided to paint it, but I had to create the colour myself in a solvent-less food grade epoxy, mixing colorants usually used for colouring paints for floors of food factories.”
He continues, “amongst other tasks, learning to bond acrylic by polymerisation was a necessary and challenging task, while the devotion necessary to polish the bonds to create the final product required the patience of a saint.”
Much more than meets the eye has gone into the building of this home from home for some truly amazing species of marine life.
“My close involvement with every stage of the construction of the aquarium has provided me with an intimate connection to it and to its various life forms, most of which I have personally brought in from different parts of the archipelago,” explains Charles, “and this is a huge advantage when it comes to the maintenance and expansion of the project because I am not only familiar with every nut, bolt and process of the installation, but also with the peculiarities of every single one of its residents’’.
This process has resulted in a hand-picked selection of marine life such as would be difficult to achieve in a larger, less personal enterprise and this is the very theme which runs through the displays at Eden Aquarium to a point where, listening to Charles describing them, they might very well be inter-connected as the separate components of one giant, single organism.
“But we did not choose all of the displays – some chose us,” Charles adds. “Take for example the Saragassum Frogfish, a fish that neither I nor anyone else I know has ever seen in the water locally. It fell on the boat like mana from heaven. Just as we were bringing fish from the depths, this one fell on the deck, from a piece of seaweed that had caught on one of the buckets.”
The special knowledge of the origin and habitat of each and every animal in the aquarium makes for the unique level of detail that is the hallmark of the Eden Aquarium and for the rich learning experience it provides to its visitors looking to be wowed by something more than just size and volume.
In the same way that investigating beneath a simple rock in a tide pool can reveal a world every bit as intricate, detailed and fascinating as the more obvious one that lies alongside a forest path, the Eden Aquarium holds many surprises in store for the marine investigator who wants to dig that little bit deeper and have an opportunity to join the dots between the miracle of life in the deep.
For the person who knows nothing about the sea, Eden Aquarium is simply a delightful discovery of more than just fish. It is an interwoven tapestry of art, science and nature cared for with dedication, passion and flair.

 

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Tehran’s ancient Armenian church: Resting place of Sir Walter Scott’s youngest son, Charles

Tehran’s Armenian Church of Saints Teddy and Bartholomew

Finding Charles Scott (Sir Walter Scott’s son’s) obscure grave in Tehran, Iran, where he died of a fever in 1841.

I grew up in Iran where I arrived in 1960 from the UK at age 5 and where my parents were attached to the British Embassy.
While In my teens, the then British Ambassador, Sir Denis Wright, took me under his wing and to many amazing places in Iran, kindling my love of Iran, Farsi and all things Iranian. He was old school- from a time when diplomats actually had to speak the language of the country to which they were posted and know something of it. Sir Denis knew Iran backwards and I was privileged to learn from him.
I think it may have been he who first spoke of a tiny church in the bazaar that contained the remains of some important British nationals but I cannot recall with whom I first went there, which would have been sometime in the late 60s.
Bordering the grand bazaar, whose sprawl covered 10sq km, on the east side was a street called Cyrus Street and in that street was a grand teahouse in the old Persian style and it may well have been a bazaar merchant who I worked for as a translator who took me from there to the church.
I cannot begin to tell you how off the beaten track that place was! The bazaar was an impossible labyrinth of dim, winding passages in which a small army might lose itself with no problem. I recall only a mud wall amongst a million others and a tall wooden door which gave way to a courtyard and, from there, into a tiny church, one room of which contained the headstones. The chances of stumbling across it are absolutely zero, and of finding it again after the initial visit, almost zero. I found and re-lost it so many times that I lost count!
The church was Armenian and the oldest church in Tehran, dating back to somewhere between 1793 and the turn of the century and it was totally logical that, in the absence of other churches, deceased British nationals should be buried there, one mile south of the Embassy. This is where Charles lies, in a dimly lit room off of the Church of Thaddeus and Bartholomew.
Back in the day, I am not aware of anyone else who knew of that church and, being bilingual in Farsi, I began taking interested parties there..when I could find it! Once I came across someone in the church who might loosely be described as a ‘janitor’ and I asked him if he saw anyone. He replied, “you, mainly!” That told me that the church had fallen well and truly off the map and that with the absence of Iranian scholars in the Embassy, so it would remain.
I visited many, many times, haunted by the gravestones and the personalities who lay beneath them. Charles is buried alongside Mr Alison, a very eccentric former British ambassador with a colourful lifestyle and a British parson who translated the Bible into Persian. Charles died 175 years ago the day after tomorrow!
My visits were interrupted by the Islamic Revolution and I never returned, although I have in mind to do so.
The all-pervasive internet changes everything, however, and shines light into the darkest of inner sanctums. Imagine my surprise when someone recently sent me the link above which shows that someone has taken interest in the old church and its inhabitants. Judging by his name, he is an Armenian and I am still trying to locate him. Meanwhile, enjoy the link and the pictures.
I remain on hand to explain further, should you so wish. BTW, I certainly did not ‘discover’ this grave but am among the very few to have seen it…until now, I hope!

Glynn Burridge

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Hafez poetry

 
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مزرع سبز فلک دیدم و داس ماه نو

 I spied the spangled field of stars

And the sickle of the moon

 

فکر از کشث خیش امد و هنگام درو

 Thoughts turned to the harvest of my life

And to its reaping, all to soon.

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Branding a tourism destination

Branding a tourism destination
Glynn Burridge

We increasingly live in a world cluttered with brands of cars, clothes, food, accessories and, in fact, just about anything you care to care to name. Very little escapes the pressing need to be branded with a specific personality which, hopefully, differentiates branded items from their competition.
In our busy modern world, it is not at all surprising that branding is big business with major companies specialised in the art of spinning fresh, new corporate personalities seated atop a pyramid of artistic directors, creatives, graphics designers and copywriters, all helping to stir the magic brew.
At the outset of the international tourism industry at the end of the last world war, relatively few destinations were consciously and actively engaged in tourism but today that situation is standing on its head whereby just about every nation on the planet is in the marketplace.
Seychelles got on the bandwagon relatively soon after the birth of its tourism industry which happened at the official opening of its international airport in 1972. Its first tourism brand was ‘unique by a thousand miles’ and even today you are hard pushed to find anyone who does not admire that strapline for the way it perfectly captures the spirit of Seychelles as a remote oasis far from the madding crowd and very different from everywhere else.
The catchy Seychelles slogan proved to be enduring and lasted pretty much until the famous black and white campaign of the early millennium which positioned Seychelles as ‘as pure as it gets’. This campaign was controversial in so far as it chose not to represent Seychelles in colour but rather in classic black and white images to emphasise its high-end appeal. The campaign rolled out with the help of a major international advertising agency was, generally speaking, a hit and its blend of ingenuity, and the stunning, carefully-crafted visuals that fuelled dynamic international marketing campaigns, turned heads.
As pure as it gets continued to do its job until a change at the Tourism Board in 2006 occasioned a fresh look at the brand, identifying a need to align it once again with colour. With the help of the Union, a prominent Edinburgh advertising house with Seychelles connections, extensive work was undertaken in consultation with Seychelles tourism stakeholders to identify the future direction of the new, national tourism brand.
What emerged was ‘The Seychelles Islands…another world,’ a proud return to colour imagery and slick strap lines which placed emphasis on the Seychelles islands as a multi-faceted, diverse destination very much akin to a lost Jurassic world: secluded, pristine and brimming with life above and beneath the waves.
It worked beautifully and the slogan, accompanied by breath- taking colour visuals and a suite of much admired collateral materials, has helped position Seychelles as a popular destination for the discerning traveller. It has also broadened its appeal to target a new demographic of traveller who is looking for an affordable vacation, thus breaking the perception that Seychelles is only for the rich and famous.
Each of its brands has played an important role in the growing population of Seychelles as a sought after holiday destination and one can only wonder what direction will be taken when rebranding time comes around once again?

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Poem: Return of the Native – Egbert Ollmann

Return of the native

Egbert Ollmann

Salt of the Earth Traveller

So very far from home

African adventures in a battered car

Exploring a world gentler than ours

Winds of destiny brought you, tumbling, to these shores

On a boat that breathed its last

On Praslin’s golden sands

From there, she called you

And for forty years, made you her own

The love affair of an island

And her man

Now, my friend, she summons you one final time,

Her old flame

To return your proud ashes to her sweet soil

For ever

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The boy at the window

 

 

What seems like a very distant 50 years ago, a young boy stood for the very first time at the south-facing bedroom window of the Priston Mill farmhouse, gazing in wonder at the bucolic scene spread before him like a banquet, drinking in the sights and sounds of what was a busy farm way back then. He was there as a guest of Peter Hopwood, a school chum from Taunton School where they were both boarding, and invited for the short Easter hols as his own parents lived on the other side of the world, in Iran.

Today, that same boy, now an ageing man, stands again at that very same window, looking out over fields of harvested gold as if Priston were a time-machine – a Tardis capable of compressing half a century into two delicious moments.

The surrounding fields appear to be quite the same in this charming, rustic corner of Somerset, little-changed down the centuries and so very far from the hustle and bustle of the neighbouring towns which lie at the distant end of a meandering maze of country lanes and bye-roads dotted with sleepy hamlets, church spires and patchwork fields.

Bath and Bristol are both nearby but might easily lie hundreds of miles away from this enchanted countryside cocoon. And yet, on closer inspection, much has changed because, today, Priston is now one of the most sought-after wedding venues in the area offering both civil ceremonies and wedding receptions.

The herds of dairy cattle and arable pursuits of yesteryear have long given way to a highly efficient infrastructure for hosting weddings in what has remained one of the most beautiful settings imaginable – the very same one that stole the heart of that young boy all those years ago.

The historic water mill has been refurbished, its olde worlde charm now the backdrop for stylish weddings where guests can enjoy a full range of modern amenities and of course the mill’s manicured gardens, recreation area for children, pergola & pagoda – all fringed by a gurgling stream and framed by the timeless beauty of the countryside. On the other side of the gardens, the old Tythe Barn has magically risen like a new Phoenix, casting a spell that marries the rustic charm and beauty of a bygone era with the ability to cater for around 160 guests in a refined, elegant ambiance.

As I turn away from my time-warp window, I can’t help reflecting on all the magic that has been woven here since I was that young lad still in school and on the way that Priston Mill has embraced a wonderful new future while at the same time remaining faithful to its past.

I am convinced this is the secret of its success and I have a sneaky suspicion that the young boy standing beside me at the window, on the far side of time, might agree.

Glynn Burridge Author, Freelance, Copywriter, Seychelles Tourism Board Consultant

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Obituary: Dodi Pahlavi. Daughter to Princess Ashraf, Shah of Iran’s twin sister

 

Gazing back through Time’s veil to a distant life in my beloved Iran, I can still catch the sound of Dodi’s unique, irrepressible laughter, ringing through Saadabad’s beautiful gardens as eloquent testament to her infectious love of life and wonderful lightness of being.

I never saw her much after those halcyon days of Iran’s twilight years, and it now strikes me how much her ‘dervish’ ways must have impressed for me to have retained such a memory of them for so long.

Non-conformist, every bit the rebel and very true to herself, was Dodi. The great love of her life was Kami, and I recall the explosion of happiness inside her whenever she saw him after a period of absence. I am sure it must have remained like that for the both of them down the years and the thought of that powerful love warms me, even today.

It saddens me greatly that such a spirit is no longer with us because the world needs people like Dodi, who care deeply, and are not afraid to show that they care.

Ja’t besyar khali-ye Dodi jun…..

Glynn Burridge. Mahé, Seychelles.

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Best Seychelles Beaches

Best Seychelles Beaches 

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A thousand miles from anywhere, the Seychelles archipelago was born in the distant past in the turmoil of a massive geological upheaval.  This scattering of islands was so remote that it was left untouched by mankind until relatively recently – left alone to develop into the unique microcosm it remains today.

The very name ‘Seychelles’ seems to whisper Paradise.  As your aircraft homes in on those tiny specks of land in the glittering waters of the Indian Ocean – far away from the strains and pressures of modern life – prepare to witness a miracle.

 

There are many things to do on a Seychelles vacation which offers enormous diversity and is in fact many destinations rolled into one but the enduring appeal of the islands continues to be the unparalleled experience it offers of sun, sea and sand.

Seychelles beaches are indeed exceptional and each island possesses its own particular gem. Many beaches make regularly make it into the list of the world’s top strands and several, just as often, top that list.

If you are a worshipper of great beaches, here is where to go.

MAHE:

Anseà la Mouche

Situated on the south-western side of Mahé, Anseà la Mouche is a sparkling, large and calm bay with shallow clear waters. Swimming here is very safe and suitable for children as the water remains shallow even at high tide with no strong currents.

Anse-aux-Pins and Turtle Bay

This long stretch of coastline stretching along the south-eastern coast of Mahé and including Turtle Bay, has narrow beaches and shallow waters that lie close to the coastal road. At low tide, it is interesting to walk on the sand and rocky outcrops where you will all sorts of marine life trapped in rock pools. Local fishermen also use this stretch of coast to set fish traps and hunt for octopus and can often be seen wading out to the reef at low tide. At high tide it is possible to swim here, but the water remains fairly shallow.

AnseBoileau

Located on the south-western coast, the beach of AnseBoileau is a narrow band of sand fringing shallow waters close to the main coastal road. Fishermen can often be seen unloading their fish traps and small boats along this scenic beach.

AnseForbans

Perhaps, in the age of the corsairs, pirates did indeed visit this beautiful beach on the south-eastern coast of Mahé. Nowadays, AnseForbans is popular with visitors from nearby hotels along the shoreline. It presents a long narrow stretch of soft white sands suitable for swimming.

Anse Major (or Anse Jasmin)

This secluded beach can only be reached by boat trip or by hiking a nature trail from Danzil on the most north-westerly point of Mahé. The walk to the beach and back takes around three hours, but many visitors prefer to take a picnic and spend at least half a day here.  Anse Major has a large sandy beach and, to the rear, a small lagoon.

Anse Royale

The stretch of small rock-fringed coves along the coast of Anse Royale on the south-eastern coast of Mahé, from the area known as Fairyland down to the Anglican church at Anse Royale, is an enchanting place for swimming and snorkelling. The best areas for snorkelling are around the rocks at Fairyland and up to the small island just off the coast where there are myriad brightly coloured coral fish.

Anse Soleil

Anse Soleil on the south-western coast of Mahé is a stunningly attractive bay, good for swimming and snorkelling, presenting a wide stretch of sandy beach, surrounded by large shady trees. This beach is very photogenic and a popular place for weekend beach picnics.

AnseTakamaka

The last beach on the west coast road, AnseTakamaka is named after the stately takamaka trees that surround it. A picturesque spot, care must be taken when swimming due to strong currents.

BaieTernay

Surrounded by National Marine Park waters, this pristine beach is popular with scuba divers and sailors. Boasting a large expanse of white coralsands it is located in a popular and picturesque corner of Mahé – paradise for those who discover it.

BaieLazare

For the historically minded, this beach is worth visiting to imagine the vantage of LazarePicault, the first mariner to land and claim Mahé for France in 1742. This palm-fringed bay on the south-western coast has a narrow sandy beach close to the road and is one of the island’s quieter spots.

Beau Vallon

This is Mahé’s most popular resort beach with both visitors and locals alike. This sweeping bay of white sands and clear waters on the north-western coast of Mahé offers a very safe swimming area. With hotels stretched out along its sands, together with water sport and diving centres, this is the beach for those wishing to do something a little more energetic than soaking up the sun.

Carana Beach

On the north coast of Mahé, this wide sandy bay is suitable for swimming. The waves here are large, but swimmers can safely go beyond the breakers to the calmer deep blue waters beyond. Not suitable for small children as the seafloor does fall away steeply.

Grand Anse

Grand Anse, on the south-western coast of Mahé is, as its name suggests, an imposing sandy bay. Although care should be taken swimming because of the strong undertow, it is a spectacular beach to walk along, with rolling waves and a long stretch of shoreline.

Intendance

Intendance beach in southern Mahé offers half a mile of powder white sand and huge breakers. There is no reef so the waves are much larger than most of the other beaches around the island, making it more suitable for surfing than swimming. In the north-west trade wind season the sea is calmer here and better suited for swimming.

North East Point

This stretch of coastline is a rocky windswept contrast to the tranquil sandy bays on the opposite shores of the island. Close to the main road, the beaches are narrow stretches of white sand with rocks and a reef close to the shoreline.

Sunset Beach

 

At Glacis, on the north-western coast of Mahé, this small beach is close to the Sunset Beach Hotel. Edged with palms and trees, this beautiful beach is superb for swimming and snorkelling. Snorkelling is particularly good around the rocks below the hotel, and sightings of turtles here are common.

Petit Anse

This bay is close to Anse Soleil and can be reached by taking the minor coastal road from BaieLazare and then turning into a left hand fork before reaching Anse Soleil. This pretty beach is more than worth the journey as it offers great swimming and sunbathing.

Petit Police and Police Bay

On either side of the south-western tip of Mahé are two magnificent bays with rolling waves and soft white sands. These two beaches are best suited for walking and photography as the strong currents here make them dangerous for swimming.

Port Launay

This breathtaking beach, which is also a National Marine Park, is on the north-western coast of Mahé and can be reached by taking the road past Port Glaud and Ephelia Hotel. Swimming and especially snorkelling here is excellent, with a wide variety of colourful fish that can be seen in and around the edges of the impressive bay.

 

PRASLIN:

AnseBoudin

AnseBoudin is close to the coastal road leading to Anse Lazio and it is a long slender beach with very soft sands and calm seas for swimming and snorkelling.

AnseGouvernment

On the edge of the Cote d’Or coastline this smaller white sandy bay is situated between the Cote d’Or Lodge and the L’Archipel Hotel. It is safe for swimming and there are water sports facilities nearby.

AnseKerlan and Petit AnseKerlan

These two stunning aquamarine bays are part of the Lémuria resort. Both have sandy coves surrounded by picturesque granite rocks. Swimming and particularly snorkelling here is excellent. There can be strong currents pushing swimmers out to sea at certain times of the year, but the hotel will advise guests on the suitability of swimming.

Anse La Farine

Perhaps so named because the sands here are so powder soft they resemble flour? This small pretty beach is unfortunately not accessible by road but can be reached by boat.

Anse Lazio

The most famous beach on Praslin, and rightly so. Well worth the long winding drive from AnseVolbert, Anse Lazio can claim to be the perfect tropical paradise beach and is often listed among the world’s top ten beaches.

Anse Matelot

Anse Matelot is a small sandy cove, a short walk away from the L’Archipel Hotel. Its remote location means it is often deserted. Suitable for swimming.

Anse Possession

Close to La Reserve Hotel, Anse Possession is a sandy bay just off the main coastal road with tranquil shallow waters.

AnseVolbert and Côte d’Or

Praslin’s main beach resort, with its many hotels and guesthouses lining a golden coastline is rarely crowded.  AnseVolbert is a dazzlingly white stretch of beach and the crystal clear sea here is excellent for swimming and water sports.

Grand Anse

On the eastern side of Praslin, close to the airport, this large bay has several hotels overlooking the seashore. Grand Anse is a large wide beach, and the sea here is good for swimming and water sports. The beach is at its best during the north-west trade winds when the sea is calm and clear.

 

LA DIGUE:

 

Anse Bonnet Carré

Many visitors to La Digue walk or cycle to the famous Anse Source d’Argent, but few take the trouble to explore further along the coastline. Anse Bonnet Carré rewards those that do; a beach that can only be accessed by foot. It has the same white sands as its famous neighbour, with fewer rocks and the same shallow warm waters, more suitable for a relaxing wallow than an energetic swim.

 

 

Anse Cocos

This pretty bay on the eastern coast of La Digue is only accessible by foot, either by taking a path from Grand Anse, or, in the other direction, from AnseFourmis. Because of its more sheltered aspect, this beach, unlike its neighbouring bays of Grand and Petit Anse, is safe for swimmers, but there are still some strong currents, so care does need to be taken.

 

AnseGaulettes

On the north of the island, AnseGaulettes is a long narrow stretch of sand close to the coastal road. The water is suitable for swimming, and cyclists on a tour around the island often stop here for a quick cooling dip.

 

Anse la Reunion

La Digue Island Lodge and Choppy’s Beach Bungalows lie along its shore. Anse la Reunion is an attractive long, curving sun-soaked beach offering fine views of the neighbouring island of Praslin.

 

AnsePatates

On the northernmost tip of La Digue, AnsePatates is close to Patratran Village and borders the longer beach of AnseGaulettes. Blessed with soft white sands and calm seas, it well suited for both swimming and snorkelling.

 

AnsePierrot

When walking along the famous Anse Source d’Argent, continue across the small river until you reach AnsePierrot. This beach is slightly narrower than Source D’Argent and its rocks are less photogenic, but it has the same shallow warm waters.

 

Anse Severe

From the jetty at la Passe, this is the first beach along the road to the left. Although there are a number of small hotels along its shore, the beach is a wonderful place to be.

 

Anse Source D’Argent

This is reputed to be the most photographed beach in the world. With its soft white sands, clear turquoise water and huge granite boulders sculptured by the elements and time itself, it is not difficult to see why photographers and film makers still love to come here.

 

Anse Union

This beach is part of the L’ Union Estate, a plantation open to the public. Along its shore is a small boat-building yard, a traditional craft of La Digue. The sea here is good for swimming and for snorkelling.

 

Grand Anse

A picturesque beach with huge waves and surrounded by large granite rocks, the sea is unfortunately not for swimming, and there are signs on the seashore warning of the dangers of swimming here. Although the sea may look inviting there is an extremely strong undertow, so do not be tempted.

 

Petit Anse

A large beach for one named petit! This is the sister beach to Grand Anse and can be reached by walking across the rocks from Grand Anse, following the footpath. Swimming here is also as dangerous, but it is a secluded beach for sunbathing or picnicking.

 

CERF:

Takamaka Beach is the longest beach on Cerf Island, and offers excellent conditions for numerous activities, two beach restaurants, and a few unique features such as a guided snorkelling trail and a night-time aquarium.

Anse la Fontaine is a small, oft-deserted beach on the south coast of Cerf Island, a tiny satellite island of Mahé, situated in the Sainte Anne Marine Park. This private spot is well-suited for relaxation in total solitude, a walk along the beach, snorkelling, scuba diving, and fishing.

Ile Cachée, or ‘Hidden Island’ in English, is a beautiful little island located near to Cerf Island in the Sainte Anne Marine Park, offshore from Mahé. The beach here can be reached at low tide from Cerf by simply walking across the sand, or at high tide by boat. It is rumoured that the beach is also home to some buried pirate treasure!

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When you have exhausted Seychelles’ world-beating beaches, remember that there is so much more still to do on these island where the fun never stops and where you are only ever one step away from your next adventure.

 

 

 

 

 

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