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Island Retreat to Lover's Paradise

Duration: Full Day

island retreat to lover's paradise

Boasting a year-round tropical climate and unique geology, the Seychelles host some of the most beautiful and rare flora and fauna in the world. With over 100 granitic and coral islands to choose from, this romantic, paradise location also offers a wealth of secluded beaches to escape to, surrounded by crystalline turquoise waters, lush palms, unique granite rock formations and coral reefs abundant in tropical marine life. This unforgettable excursion will whisk you away to one of the Seychelles' most beautiful, unspoilt and fascinating granitic islands, where you will discover all these treasures and more. Aride is a lover’s paradise just waiting to be explored.

Being a nature reserve, leased and managed by the Island Conservation Society of Seychelles, the uninhabited Aride Island is every nature lover’s dream location. Offering dramatic landscapes of lush woodland and hills, and soaring granite cliffs, the island attracts some of the most spectacular wildlife in the Seychelles, including the world’s largest concentration of lizards and particularly frigate birds. Home to one of the most important sea bird nesting sites in the Indian Ocean, Aride is a vital sanctuary and breeding site for over a million birds.

Eighteen species of native birds breed here, including five which are found only in the Seychelles. Brown Noddies, Roseate Terns, the Seychelles Fody, Seychelles Blue Pigeon and the Seychelles Sunbird can all be spotted here, as well as the world’s largest population of Seychelles Warbler, the endangered Seychelles Magpie-Robin and several pairs of Red-tailed Tropicbirds, which only breed on Aride Island. Other species include the world’s only hilltop colony of Sooty Terns, the world's largest colonies of Lesser Noddies and Audubon's Shearwaters and what is believed to be the world’s largest colony of White-tailed Tropicbirds. You can enjoy breathtaking views of these fascinating bird colonies from vantage points in the granite cliffs and hilltops. Watching the frigate birds soaring past you at eye level is a memorable experience not to be missed.

This tour will also introduce you to some of Aride's exotic, lush flora. The island boasts one of the Seychelles' rarest indigenous species, which does not grow naturally anywhere else in the world − Wright's Gardenia. With its unique white and spotted, trumpet-shaped, scented flowers, it is one of most beautiful plants in the Seychelles.

Stroll down the scenic hillside paths to one of the islands' most beautiful beaches, where you can enjoy a sumptuous BBQ lunch, surrounded by soft white sands, crystalline blue sea and hundreds of birds soaring overhead. After lunch, you will get the chance to snorkel in the alluring waters and explore the wildlife in Aride's magnificent underwater world, which hosts an abundance of tropical marine life. The island is protected by a coral reef, and 200m of its surrounding waters are part of the Aride Island nature reserve. Over 400 fish species inhabit these local waters, including many reef fish, Napoleon Wrasse, Barracuda Flying Fish and Whale Sharks. You may even be lucky enough to spot Green and Hawksbill Turtles, which regularly nest on the island’s tranquil beaches. If you are looking for natural wonders, rare wildlife and paradise beaches during your holiday in the Seychelles, Aride has it all.

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