The starting point for exploring the islands and atolls managed by Blue Safari Seychelles begins with Alphonse Island, part of the Amirantes group of islands. Just south of the equator, some 250 miles south-west of the main island of Mahe, it is a 1-hour flight by light aircraft.
First recorded in 1562, Alphonse has a variety of native vegetation as well as stunning animal and marine life, unblemished shorelines and sea flats and is known for its commitment to the environment and conservation. Many species call this their home, both in the sea and on land. Bird watchers are in for a treat with over 130 different species recorded including red-footed boobies, wedge-tailed shearwaters and lesser noddies to name but a few.
Giant Aldabra tortoises 'roam' freely around the island. Pristine white sand beaches, protected by the lagoon encircling the island, ensure its shores are the perfect environment for endangered green and hawksbill turtles to lay their eggs. Offshore, the waters are rich in marine life with thriving coral reefs .
Close to Alphonse are the stunning islands of Bijoutier and St Francois, both of which are available to visit on a selection of experiences and excursions, including outstanding fishing.
Alphonse Island offers a barefoot luxury Island experience with a choice of excellent accommodation options & unique experiences - for couples and families alike. This is a tropical haven that whatever time of year you choose to visit, is perfect for relaxation as well as extraordinary adventures.
Also managed by Blue Safari Seychelles, but a distant 665 miles south-west of Mahe and a 2-hour light aircraft flight beyond Alphonse, the spectacular Astove Atoll is a nature lover's paradise. Spanning just under 4miles north to south, it's made up of limestone rock, sand dunes and a spectacular lagoon. The acclaimed marine biologist Jacques Cousteau filmed one of his many documentaries here in 1956 on the edge of 'The Wall', a sheer drop-off and acknowledged as one of the best dive sites on the planet.
The enormous, shallow lagoon has just one small entrance to the ocean and due to its elevation, creates a phenomenon where the tide appears to fall like a river for 10 hours of the 12-hour tidal cycle. This results in the entire lagoon floods in just 2 hours. Astove's undisturbed landscapes are an ideal habitat for many bird species including crab plover, Caspian tern as well as migratory waders and is also renowned for its extensive numbers of butterflies.
The sheer drop-off's and the fluctuations of the lagoon combine to create nutrient-rich currents which in turn attract an astonishing variety of species of fish. The lagoon itself is a refuge for many juvenile species such as bonefish and milkfish.
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Cosmoledo, also looked after by Blue Safari Seychelles, has an untouched ecosystem boasting vast sand flats, 21 islets, a wonderful lagoon, plus remarkable nature. It is truly a remote and pristine paradise and one of the natural gems of Seychelles.
Situated some 560 miles south-west of the main island of Mahe, getting here is for the determined. It has no air strip, so be prepared for a 3-hour light aircraft flight (via Alphonse) to nearby Astove and then a 60minute boat crossing to Cosmoledo.
At 10miles long, it's one of the larger atolls and has huge sand flats dotted with islets around its perimeter. Menai and Wizard Islands occupy the east and west sides of the atoll while South Island is by the entrance to the inner lagoon. This is a nature lover's paradise with sand dunes, expansive flats and mangroves, as well as one of the greatest seabird colonies in the Seychelles including migratory waders. Highlights include over 1.2 million pairs of sooty terns, and the last regular breeding ground of the brown booby in Seychelles.
Naturally, marine species abound here, not least because of the dramatically fluctuating lagoon. Large populations of hawksbill and green turtles nest on the sandy beaches and Cosmoledo is renowned as having the biggest population of giant trevally in the Seychelles with superb flats fly fishing opportunities.
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