March 31, 2022
Blue Safari Seychelles – Immerse yourself in an untouched paradise
White sand beaches, palm-fringed shores, crystal clear waters, are all terms associated with the Seychelles, and whilst this is true, Blue Safari Seychelles encourages guests to explore, discover and immerse themselves in the Inner and Outer Islands of this tropical haven. Blue Safari Seychelles, along with Blue Safari Travel and Beyond the Reef, have revolutionised experiential travel in the remote corners of the unspoiled Archipelago of the Inner and Outer Islands of the Seychelles with luxurious accommodation, both on land and on the water, bespoke itineraries, and one-of-a-kind adventures. This feat was celebrated at the 2021 World Luxury Travel Awards where Blue Safari Seychelles was honoured with the prestigious titles of ‘The Best Sustainable Tourism Destination in the Indian Ocean and ‘Global Winner – Best Island Destination.’
Blue Safari Seychelles are pioneers in promoting environmental initiatives and conservation practices in the Outer Islands of the Seychelles whilst curating bespoke itineraries for guests to have an adventure of a lifetime. Five pristine atolls are included in Blue Safaris’ portfolio: Alphonse Island, Astove Atoll, Cosmoledo Atoll, Farquhar Atoll and Poivre Atoll, all of which have a richly diverse environment with a glorious array of fish, amphibians, and mammals – both land and aquatic. With over 230 bird species, 1000 fish species, and 320 coral species, Blue Safari Seychelles understands the importance of environmental conservation to ensure future generations can marvel at these magnificent creatures for decades to come. At the core of this philosophy is the strong belief that the most effective way to understand the nature of the Outer Islands of the Seychelles is by exploring them. After all, as author Mark Patterson eloquently stated, “the best education you will ever get is travelling.”
Blue Safari Seychelles’ commitment to sustainability is admirable from self-sufficient farming providing fruit, vegetables, and herbs that are used at each of their kitchens to Alphonse Island having Seychelles’ largest solar power farm with 2,200 solar panels making it the first hospitality group to be solely reliant on solar power. Guests can revel in once-in-a-lifetime experiences whilst also contributing positively to the environment.
For the past two years, travelling and exploring new cultures has felt like an unrealistic, far-away dream. However, this is starting to change, and travellers are eager to ditch the itchy feet and visit a brand-new and exciting destination to have the Greatest of all Trips (GOAT) – the newest 2022 travel trend. Blue Safari Seychelles has a plethora of exciting activities that are the true luxury of the experiential company and are guaranteed to entice thalassophiles and land lovers from all over the world. Whether guests are hoping to swim with manta rays or snorkel with sailfish or visit ‘The Wall’ at Astove Atoll to see where marine biologist, Jacques Cousteau filmed his well-known film, ‘The Silent World’, in 1956, Blue Safari Seychelles will ensure every adventure is nothing short of spectacular.
Located 400km from the mainland of Mahé, Alphonse Island is considered one of the most pristine and untouched Outer Islands in the Seychelles with a perfectly tranquil atmosphere designed to allow guests to disconnect from the craziness of modern-day life and reconnect with loved ones. Alphonse Island’s impressive collection of activities is designed to introduce guests to the Seychellois way of life, whilst keeping in line with their commitment to conserving the diverse ecology. The wonderfully unique aspect of Alphonse Island’s activities is the encouragement to explore the island from various perspectives. If guests are hoping to experience the underwater wonderland, for which the Seychelles are famed, Alphonse Island has a PADI five-star dive centre with 24 dive sites, all reached in under 30-minutes by custom-built dive boats. Whilst diving beneath the glistening waves, guests can expect to encounter 1000s of exotic and colourful fish, including Green and Hawksbill turtles, napoleon wrasse, and manta rays. The five-star PADI centre offers a range of PADI courses from Bubble Maker to Discover Scuba Diving, to Divemaster so guests can explore the tropical and unchartered waters around St, François Island, including deep drop-offs and shallow plateaus. The sheer excellence of their dive centre was celebrated at the 2021 World Luxury Travel Awards where Alphonse Island was awarded the coveted accolade of ‘Dive Destination – Global Winner’.
An unmissable experience that is completely unique to this glorious destination is the flats lunch. Guests can clamber aboard a catamaran and sail to the dazzlingly white sand flats where they will dangle their toes in the balmy Indian Ocean and feast upon freshly-caught fish, grilled meats, and delicious, fresh salads – taking a “lunch with a view” to a whole new meaning! If guests wish to simply reconnect with nature in a leisurely manner, they can cycle around the island with a packed lunch or take in the beauty of the island from the sea whilst kayaking, surfing, or Stand Up Paddleboarding. Each of the marvelous experiences has been carefully designed to ensure little to no environmental impact occurs. Their expert environmentalists and marine biologists offer guests the opportunity to learn more about environmental practices through educational talks, beach clean-ups, and tree planting where guests can understand more about what it takes to protect and maintain a tropical paradise. Their exceptional nature rambles teach guests about the threats to coral reefs with the possibility of seeing baby turtles making their first journey across the white-sand beaches to the ocean.
With accommodation consisting of 22 Beach Bungalows, five Beach Suites, and two four-bedroomed Beach Villas all with panoramic ocean views – perfect for multi-generational family trips and groups of friends seeking an environmentally-conscious adventure!
Astove Atoll is an untouched slice of paradise that is a nature lover’s dream with unbleached coral reefs, a thriving population of Aldabra tortoises, and over 250 bird species all of which are protected by Blue Safari Seychelles and their Island Conservation Society (ICS). After being “discovered” between 1000 and 1500 AD, Astove Atoll was not inhabited until 1760 when a Portuguese ship ran aground. After 250 years of inhabitation, the atoll was abandoned and was declared a nature reserve in 2014. With the “underwater Grand Canyon” Astove Wall, waters teeming with tropical fish, and the Blue Safari Seychelles’ Astove Coral House, this remote paradise is an unmissable destination.
Cosmoledo Atoll is located 1,030 km southwest of Mahé and is the epitome of the Blue Safari Seychelles’ sustainability ethos. The namesake of a Portuguese navigator who was part of Juan de Nova’s crew, Cosmoledo Island has an eco-camp on Wizard Island comprising of just eight eco-pods made from shipping containers designed to blend in seamlessly with the natural environment. With completely natural interiors made using local woods, tree trunks, and fishing nets, their incredible effort at combining nature with sustainable hospitality was recognised at the 2021 World Luxury Travel Awards where they were awarded the prestigious title of ‘Global Winner – Eco/ Green Destination’ and ‘Nature destination, Continent Winner, Indian Ocean.
For boat enthusiasts, Beyond the Reef is a luxury boat charter company based in Mahé with a specialised fleet consisting of sailing and motor vessels ranging from 36ft to 75ft, all perfect for exploring the 115 Seychelles islands. Each of the magnificent vessels is fully crewed by professionals ensuring excellent service resulting in Beyond the Reef being named ‘Best Private Boat Charter Company in the Indian Ocean’ at the 2021 World Travel Awards. Their impressively, personalised itineraries include add on’s to your outer islands holiday, a cruise through the Amirantes Islands, day trips to Mahé and Praslin, a half-day cruise within the Marine Park, and fishing excursions, with each vessel providing guests the fabulous opportunity to see the raw and pristine beauty of Seychelles.
Blue Safari Travel provides guests with the unique opportunity to have a spectacular, once-in-a-lifetime holiday with their nearest and dearest, making memories impossible to forget – all with an environmental conscience.
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