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Large granite boulders surrounded by the dazzling turquoise waters.


Many of the islands and atolls are important breeding grounds for migrating birds.


Seychelles has set up many nature reserves throughout the islands. Shown above is Ste. Anne National Marine Park which lies just across the harbour from the capital city of Victoria.


from tree to tree. Sunbathers can enjoy one of the most famous beaches on earth — Anse Lazio. Looking for the perfect memento? Stop in Black Pearl where you can view over forty thousand giant clams at the local farm, and see the first and only pearl farm in the Indian Ocean. At the Black Pearl shop, you are certain to find the one-of -a-kind black pearl that will be the perfect keepsake of your time in the Seychelles.


La Digue


A 30-minute ferry from Praslin will take you to an is- land caught in a time warp. Here, the primary forms of transportation remain oxcart and bicycle. La Digue offers a laid-back pace, but one cannot leave without visiting the 750 million-year-old monolithic granite boulder formed during the Precambrian period. Tis national monument is found at Anse L’Union on the western side of the is- land, born from the earth’s womb and sculpted by nature it is a must see.


Inner Islands' points of interest Some of the other Inner Islands include Bird Island,


Cerf, Chauve Souris, Cousine, Denis Island, Frégate, Grande Souer and Conception just to name a few. Aride Island is home to one of the world’s most important na- ture reserves, home to one million breeding seabirds and home to ten endemic birds, endemic plants and abun- dant marine life. If you want to check it out, you will have


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The nature reserves also protect the breeding grounds of the giant tortoise.


to board one of the reserve boats to land on the island. Cousin Island’s Special Reserve is another great example of how the Seychelles have embraced eco-tourism. Tis island has the best and most diverse fish population of any reserve in the islands in addition to Hawkbill turtle nesting sites, the highest density of lizards per hectare in the world and over 300,000 nesting birds. Curieuse Island will take visitors through thick man-


grove forests from Baie Laraie to Anse José. Te trail winds past the ruins of an old leper colony, ending at the


The Hub


Photo by Gerard Larose.


Photo by Chris Close. Photo by Raymond Sahuquet. Photo by Raymond Sahuquet.


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