To protect and respect: an impactful conservation experience on Alphonse Island, Seychelles
Give back to nature with an eco-friendly trip to this stunning island
If the number one priority on your list right now is escaping the gloomy late winter slump in the UK, why not make your first post-lockdown trip an unforgettable experience that will excite the whole family? After almost a year of endless Zoom meetings and virtual get-togethers, the Seychelles' most exclusive island could scarcely be a better place to unwind and get back in touch with nature - in more ways than one.
The Alphonse Group of Islands, comprising of Alphonse, Bijoutier and St Francois, are considered to be some of the most pristine, and wild island destinations anywhere on Earth. Here, dense jungle overflows into pristine white sands that give way to boundless coral reefs teeming with life.
But rather than sitting idly on the beach whiling the hours away, a stay at Alphonse Island could be one of the most life-affirming you will ever make. From May to September 2021, the Explorer Season Conservation Experience at Alphonse Island, one of the most remote strips of land in the entire country, will allow guests to gain knowledge and insight and encounter the diverse marine ecology and atoll geography through first-hand coral reef organism identification and local conservation projects. From educational talks and presentations, beach clean-ups and native tree planting to one-on-one interactions with experts in marine biology, ecology and underwater wildlife photography.
Guided by Alphonse Island’s team of dedicated marine biologists and environmentalists, guests can be involved in a range of conservation activities and projects which include one-on-one interactions with experts in marine biology, conservation and an introduction to underwater wildlife photography, a reef flats expedition and biodiversity surveys, as well as seagrass surveys and bird-watching activities. The package also including beach clean-ups, turtle patrol, bird monitoring and native tree planting.
In between daily bouts of saving the world, guests can relax in one of the island’s 22 wonderful beach bungalows, five beach suites or two, luxurious four-bedroomed beach villas, replete with all the modern amenities anyone could ask for. These idyllic hideaways are perfect for families and larger groups; the four-bedroom villas sleep up to eight adults and four children.
Set amongst the tropical greenery, steps from the beach, the striking A-frame Beach Bungalows offer outdoor showers and patios overlooking the ocean for two adults and one child. Spacious Beach Suites sleep two adults and two children with indoor and outdoor showers, private pools with relaxation areas
and easy access to the beach and ocean.
Alphonse Island is a 60-minute flight from the mainland of Mahé. The island also offers guests a unique combination of activities, many exclusive to the island, including kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding, floodlit tennis courts, snorkelling, giant tortoise feeding and PADI five-star diving centre with PADI Courses.
Alphonse Island is part of Blue Safari Seychelles, combining sustainable travel with luxury accommodation where guests can be assured of an unforgettable experience with the highest level of service.