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In the cluster of The Seychelles Islands, the holiday season is all year round. Ever warmed by the tropical sun, the islands remain a perfect paradise for holiday goers. White sandy beaches stretch on for miles on some islands with a flawless azure sea. It is indeed the Utopian beauty of the Seychelles that entice most visitors. Every island has its own little place of wonders, with a unique touch of its own to please each person.

seychelles beach

Unlike certain touristic destinations, the Seychelles are not merely perfect beaches but also a hub for countless leisure activities which would suit even the fussiest of tourists. These islands manage to capture the hearts of thousands on the regular. Holiday goers, know that you will yearn to sejourn again in the Seychelles. After all, it is not for nothing that we call the Seychelles the ideal holiday destination.

Dive into the Colours!

Scuba diving in Seychelles is the dream of many around the world. Not only does the island boast a beautiful sea but also of a thriving underwater flora and fauna. When in Seychelles, you absolutely need to arm yourself with your diving gear and head out to one of the many serviceable Dive Centres. The employees are accommodating and always ready to help.

As you plummet into the clear and lukewarm waters, you end up in the colorful kingdom that has existed for centuries. Seychelles is very environmentally conscientious, prioritizing the need to maintain the sea as is. This offers a distinctly different experience from other places round the world which have inevitably changed.  Imagine the wonder of being able to explore vibrant corals and even touch fish ever ready to wriggle away!

scuba diving seychelles

A little trip down the memory lane

Among the many islands of Seychelles, one of them hides secrets from centuries past. Preserved in that era, every little detail remains available for the history enthusiast to explore without reserve. Curieuse Island had, in the 1800s, been a refuge for all those needing treatment for leprosy. The island, beautiful and green today preserving both animals and plants had once been the safety net of hundreds of people. The dwellings of the patients as well as the Doctor’s House have been well-maintained ever since. They all remain accessible to the frequent visitors.

Seychelles is not merely an abundance of greenery and unique animals, there is a deep history behind the obvious. And it’s all awaiting your exploration.

seychelles curieuse beach

Sharks! Just fluffy and friendly beings to swim with of course!

Maybe you watched Jaws a few years back.

Maybe you are just an adrenaline junkie.

Maybe you simply like dangerous fish which are easily affected by blood-lust…

It’s all here in Seychelles, sharks swimming in their natural habitat dozens of feet deep into the ocean. Imagine the magic of being able to touch one such feared being- makes you wonder if it will all live up to the hype. Do not fret, it does that and much more! The experience has astonished countless till date. Many rendered speechless from the view, the sheer majesty of these creatures swimming undersea, alongside you. This is “that” moment, the one which stays engraved in your memory for a lifetime, don’t miss it!

swimming with sharks

Walk a little walk, perhaps not so little…

The islands are well known for their dense forests, greenery everywhere with all sorts of animals populating the area. Some places go eerily silent as the furry or scaled or winged occupants feel humans approaching. Others remain loud and cheery with chirps, grunts and cries. They have gradually grown used to occasionally sharing their living space with us, reveling in a sense of safety rarely afforded to animals throughout the world.

In the Seychelles, you will have the unique opportunity of walking through the flamboyant scenery. It might even be possible to lose a few pounds as well if you are worried about all the extra holiday calories!

hiking in seychelles

Island Hopping in Seychelles

This is the childish dream from years ago when you thought of owning an island or two or more. The dream of having so much at the tip of your fingers is enthralling. The Seychelles is made up of 115 islands, the vast majority of which open to the public for a token fee.

Set a challenge for yourself. Try to get to as many of them as you can- each one from Mahé, Aride, Cousin, Curieuse to Petite Soeur.

Of course, for a short holiday, this might as well be Mission Impossible Redux but it is the fun you will have while trying to accomplish your task that will mark your memories. Going from one island to the other in a matter of hours, granitite or coralline- all of them distinctively phenomenal.

island hopping seychelles

Coco de Mer… or something else?

Coconuts which look like, excuse me, what?

Yes, indeed, those weird pictures of a gigantic fruit resembling a human backside are not actually simply the product of a bizarre imagination. They exist. Indigenous to a few of the Seychelles Islands, the coco de mer are now few in numbers but they are still as intriguing as they had been, if not more so. The fruits actually take years to mature and become the cliché that we are used to seeing in pictures. The exceptional shape affords the fruit an unbelievable notoriety in countries miles away.

The strangely shaped fruit fascinates many. The reality of it being a dying species has become exceedingly apparent lately, only contributing to the legend and boosting its popularity.

In the past, Chinese people had consumed the inside in soups but nowadays, the authorities have sought to preserve each and every one they can get their hands on. People come visit Praslin Island for the opportunity to hold a coco de mer in their hands.  It is accomplished with great difficulty as it weighs kilos at times but worth the ache later on!

seychelles coco de mer

Luxury appeals?

Some of the best resorts worldwide are located in Seychelles. They are essentially your paradise for a short while. Imagine your every needs catered to, be the King or Queen of your little palace for a few days.

A massage at dawn, the breakfast in bed or bronzing cozily on the beach- for you, Seychelles is the dream come true.

luxury resort seychelles

 In fact, the beauty of the islands lie in that they satisfy everyone, all needs are met with tailor made holiday packages. From the sports enthusiast or the academic to the hedonist- The Seychelles are there to meet all desires in the most mind-blowing of ways. It’s merely asking for a try at you next!

 

Curieuse Seychelles

Are you curious to know more about the Seychelles islands? Well, let’s discover together Curieuse, a little piece of paradise away from villa, hotels or urban development. No need to rent a car; The island is best explored by hiking.

Curieuse Island is one of the most beautiful islands of Seychelles. This small island is 2.86 square kilometers and is located northwest of the island of Praslin, which is the second largest island of the Seychelles. Curieuse is a bio-reserve managed by the Marine Parks Authority of the Seychelles. Its Fauna and flora are still in a well-preserved state and nature walks on the island remains very relaxing.

How to get there?

The island is a major tourist destination. Unfortunately you cannot stay on the island due to its natural reserve status. Curieuse is a protected island and has not been developed for tourism. The proof lies in the fact of having no hotels, villa or restaurants on the island. The best way to visit Curieuse is through tours organized by the hotels on Praslin or through local tour operators. These tours often stop on other islands, including Cousin and Cousine islands for lunch breaks.

The island and the national marine park are open every day- even on holidays. Those who prefer to travel to the island aboard a private yacht or a boat hired will be asked to pay a fee to enter the park and will be anchored in designated areas to protect coral reefs. There is also a fee for overnight mooring. People traveling privately must bring their own food and drinks, as nothing is available on the island.

Curieuse: About the island

The land on Curieuse island is bright red and that is why it was formerly called the Red Island. The name was changed to Curieuse island by the French in 1768. The huge giant tortoise population was completely destroyed with the arrival of Europeans. In 1771, thinking it would make Coco de Mer harvesting easier, sailors set fire to the island. The fire destroyed most of the fauna and flora of the island. Today more than 240 years later the damage caused are still visible.

In 1833, the island was used as a leper colony and remained so until 1965. The colony was called Anse St. Joseph and the doctor’s residence, which dates from the 1870s, was converted into a museum and educational center. A number of more than 500 turtles are constantly walking around the island. Curieuse is home to more than eight different species of mangrove trees.

Curieuse and Praslin are the only places in the world where the Coco de Mer grows naturally. The plant holds three world records, including the heaviest seed to 17.6 kg, the largest flower on a palm tree and that of the largest fruit with its coconut weighing up to 42 kg. Today it is a protected species and an ornamental tree. The fruit is used in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. It is also used as a flavoring for cooking in the Canton region of China.

 

What to do and see on Curieuse?

There are many unique things to see on Curieuse Island including the Coco de Mer, mangrove forests, the Aldabra tortoises, Takamaka trees, breeding grounds for sea turtles and the Seychelles Black Parrot, and much more native flora and fauna.

Excursions can be arranged from Praslin or any other island of the Seychelles. The first thing that visitors observe is the strong contrast between the green foliage and red earth. After a 20-minute boat trip from Praslin to the National Marine Park Curieuse, visitors go ashore at Bay Laraie. In the harbor, visitors can watch humpback parrot fish that can grow up to 1.2 meters long, and on land, giant tortoises walking relaxed all around the headquarters of the park rangers. Yet, protected turtles are allowed to be fed by visitors.

Curieuse Hiking Trails

Beginning in Bay Laraie there is a path that leads to Anse St. Joseph, which is onthe other side of the island. Visitors can walk through the dense mangrove forests, which are considered one of the most beautiful sites on the island, not to mention the giant cliffs of granite. These cliffs are carved by wind and rain and form natural blue and red arches along the coast. The ruins of the former leper colony can be observed in the forest and is almost entirely covered by vegetation. There is also a rocky trail to the top of the island. This is not an easy walk and there is not much shade along the way, but the sites are spectacular.

Park rangers offer free guided walks around the island. These tours are available twice daily. On the two kilometers long trails across the island, visitors can admire the mangrove forests, degraded land by fire, views, wetlands and some of the most beautiful beaches of the Seychelles. The walk passes through the mangrove forest near Bay Laraie allowing visitors to contemplate seven of the eight species of mangroves on the island. It is accessible even at high tide.

Historical buildings on Curieuse

The Doctor’s House is yet another historical site on Curieuse Island. It is a large restored colonial villa, which is an example of Creole colonial architecture. The beach in front of the Doctor’s House is where green turtles nest. Visitors arriving from November to December can see the babies crooked sailors. Eggs are supported by an international organization.

Hope to see you soon on Curieuse and don’t forget Enjoy the visit!

île Curieuse : Seychelles

Carte île Curieuse : Seychelles
Carte île Curieuse : Seychelles

Curieux d’en savoir plus sur les îlots des Seychelles ? Découvrons ensemble Curieuse, un petit coin de paradis isolé de tout villa, hôtels ou développement urbain. Point besoin de louer une voiture. L’île se découvre en randonée.

L’île Curieuse est l’un des plus belles îles des Seychelles. Ce petit îlot fait 2,86 kilomètres carrés et est situé au nord-ouest de l’île de Praslin, qui est la deuxième plus grande île des Seychelles. Curieuse est un bio-réserve gérée par l’Autorité des parcs marins des Seychelles. La Faune et la flore étant encore dans un état bien préservée, les balades dans la nature sont relaxantes.

Comment s’y rendre?

L’île est une destination touristique majeure. Vous ne pouvez malheureusement séjourner sur l’île vu son statut de réserve naturel.  Curieuse est une île protégée et n’a pas été développé pour le tourisme. La preuve réside dans le fait de n’avoir aucun hôtel ou restaurants sur l’île. La meilleure façon de visiter Curieuse est à travers les visites organisées par les hôtels de Praslin ou les tour-opérateurs locaux. Ces visites s’arrêtent souvent sur d’autres îles, y compris les îles Cousin et Couisine pour des pauses déjeuners.

L’île et  le parc marin national est ouvert tous les jours y compris les jours fériés. La base de garde est ouverte de huit heures du matin à cinq heures du soir.

Ceux qui préfèrent voyager sur l’île à bord d’un yacht privé ou dans un bateau loué seront invités à payer une taxe pour entrer dans le parc et devront ancrer que dans les endroits désignés pour protéger les récifs coralliens. Il y a aussi des frais pour l’amarrage de nuit. Les personnes qui voyagent privé doivent apporter leur propre nourriture et des boissons, comme rien n’est disponible sur l’île.

Curieuse: A propos de l’île

La couleur de la terre sur l’île Curieuse est d’un rouge vif. C’est la raison pour laquelle elle fut autrefois nommée l’île Rouge. Le nom a été changé à L’île Curieuse par les Français en 1768. L’énorme population de tortue géante a été totalement détruite avec l’arrivée des Européens. En 1771, pensant que ça rendrait la récolte des noix coco de mer plus facile, les marins mirent le feu à l’île.  L’incendie ravagea la majeure partie de la faune et la flore locale de l’île. Aujourd’hui plus de 240 ans plus tard les dégâts causés sont encore visibles.

En 1833, l’île a été utilisée comme une colonie de lépreux et le resta jusqu’en 1965. La colonie a été appelé Anse Saint-Joseph et la résidence du médecin, qui date des années 1870, a été réaménagée en un musée et centre éducatif. Un nombre de plus de 500 tortues marchent constamment autour de l’île. Curieuse abrite plus de huit espèces différentes d’arbres de mangrove.

 Tortue-D'Aldabra-sur-L'île-Curieuse
Tortue D’Aldabra sur L’île Curieuse

Curieuse et Praslin sont les seuls endroits au monde où le Coco de Mer pousse naturellement. La plante détient trois records du monde, y compris la plus lourde semence à 17,6 kg, la plus grande fleur sur un palmier et celle du plus gros fruit voyant son noix de coco peser jusqu’à  42 kg. Aujourd’hui, c’est une espèce protégée et un arbre ornemental. Le fruit est utilisé dans la médecine ayurvédique et la médecine traditionnelle chinoise. Il est également utilisé comme aromatisant pour la cuisson dans la région de Canton en Chine.

Que voir et faire sur Curieuse?

Il y a beaucoup de choses uniques à voir sur Curieuse y compris le Coco de Mer, les forêts de mangroves, les tortues Aldabra, les arbres de Takamaka, les aires de reproduction des tortues de mer et le perroquet noir des Seychelles ainsi que beaucoup plus de flore et de faune indigènes.

forêt-de-mangrove
forêt de mangrove

Des excursions peuvent être organisées à partir de Praslin ou de toute autre île des Seychelles. La première chose que les visiteurs observent est le fort contraste existant entre le feuillage vert et la terre rouge. Après un bateau de 20 minutes pour aller à Praslin au parc national marin de Curieuse, les visiteurs vont à terre à Baie Laraie. Dans le port, les visiteurs peuvent observer des poissons perroquets à bosse qui peuvent mesurer jusqu’à 1,2 mètre de long, et sur terre, de tortues géantes marchant tout détendu autour du quartier général des gardes du parc. Bien que protégées, les tortues sont autorisées à être nourries par les visiteurs.

Les Sentiers de randonnée de Curieuse

Commençant à Baie Laraie il y a un sentier qui mène à l’Anse Saint-Joseph, qui est de l’autre côté de l’île. Les visiteurs pourront marcher à travers les denses forêts de mangroves, qui sont considérés comme l’un des plus beaux sites de l’île, sans oublier les falaises de granit géantes. Ces falaises sont épurées par le vent et la pluie et forment des arches bleues et rouges naturelles le long de la côte. Les ruines de l’ancienne colonie de lépreux peut être observée dans la forêt et a presque entièrement été pris en charge par la végétation. Il y a aussi un sentier rocheux au sommet de l’île. Ce n’est pas une promenade facile et il n’y a pas beaucoup d’ombre le long du chemin, mais les sites sont spectaculaires.

Les gardes du parc offrent des randonnées guidées gratuits autour de l’île. Ces randonnées sont disponibles deux fois par jour. Sur les deux kilomètres  de sentier à travers l’île, les visiteurs pourront admirer les forêts de mangrove, des terres dégradées par le feu, des points de vue, des marécages et quelques-unes des plus belles plages des Seychelles. La promenade qui passe à travers les forêts de mangroves près de Baie Laraie permet aux visiteurs de voir sept des huit espèces de mangroves sur l’île. Il est accessible même à marée haute.

Les bâtiments historiques de Curieuse

 Ile-Curieuse-maison-du-docteur

Ile Curieuse maison du docteur

La Maison du Docteur est un autre site historique. C’est une grande villa coloniale restaurée, qui est un exemple d’architecture coloniale créole est un musée sur l’écologie et l’histoire de l’île Curieuse. La plage en face de la Maison du Docteur est l’endroit où les tortues vertes font leurs nids. Les visiteurs qui arrivent de Novembre à Décembre peuvent voir les bébés tortus marins. Les œufs sont pris en charge par une organisation internationale.