Blue safaris in the Seychelles offers unique access to these secluded islands and a raft of ocean-based experiences. Guests can go sailing, paddle boarding, snorkelling and fly fishing. One can learn to dive at the 5-star PADI dive school, and there are a wide variety of dive sites which attract divers at all levels.
Here there are exceptionally healthy and varied corals and marine life, and whether you are an experienced SCUBA diver or want to dive for the first time, Blue safaris’ dynamic and highly experienced guides will ensure your experience is unforgettable. There is also a Spa where guests can unwind, the most delicious fresh seafood in the restaurants, and a team of staff to tailor your experience to give you the paradise island experience of your dreams.
This is the starting point for exploring the islands, and where the Blue Safaris operation is based. Alphonse Island is 400km south-west of Mahe Island, around a one-hour flight. The Alphonse group of islands also includes Bijoutier and St François. The group is home to red-footed boobies, green and hawksbill turtles which lay their eggs on the beaches, free-roaming Aldabra giant tortoises, and over 130 bird species.
Suites, Villas and Bungalows nestle in the tropical plantations along the edge of the eastern shoreline of the island, with breath-taking ocean views.
1030km south-west of Mahe, this atoll is only 17km north to south but is covered with vast sand flats dotted over 20 islands, islets and cays of various shapes and sizes. There are outstanding seabird colonies and migratory waders which led to its designation as an important bird area by Birdlife International. Blue Safaris have set up eight recrafted eco-pods amongst the sand dunes, where one can enjoy the remote location and natural wild splendor. They are air-conditioned and decorated in soft neutral colours in keeping with the tones of the island.
The tiny Astove Atoll, one of the most remote inhabited islands of the Seychelles, spans just 6km north to south but features a dramatic landscape with limestone rock and sand dunes rising against the horizon. Underwater, the atoll is spectacular, with one of the best dive sites on the planet, “The Wall”, a precipitous drop-off that runs along the west coast for seven kilometres. Inside the lagoon is a refuge for juvenile fish species, and the island itself has giant Aldabra tortoises and many species of butterfly.
Accommodation here is in Astove Coral House, a repurposed coconut plantation house, mostly unchanged from the plantation days. There are six charming rooms, and guests enjoy attentive service as well as superb dining, with freshly caught fish he key ingredient in the Seychelles Creole cuisine.
These exquisite islands are also part of the Blue Safaris experience, where one can undertake world-class diving and snorkelling, kayaking at high tide to see turtles and rays or through the mangroves, bird watching and many other water-based experiences.
Blue Safaris is dedicated to conserving the unique wildlife and marine life around the Outer Seychelles by ensuring sustainable tourism. As such, Alphonse Island is the very first island in the Seychelles to become completely solar-powered, reducing the island’s emissions by 718 tonnes a year. Blue safaris also supports and contributes to the ICS (Island Conservation Society). Some of their work is included below. Guests are able to participate in some of these projects during their stay:
Images by courtesy of Blue Safaris, Anthony Grote and Keith Rose Innes.