Thursday, 30 May 2013

Events in the Seychelles, June 2013



In the first week of every month, we will be doing an ‘events blog’ so you all can know what is happening in the Seychelles. Here are the events for the month of June 2013:

Event:
Cultural Bazars

Date:
Throughout June 2013

Location:
Various locations throughout Mahe

Organizer:
District Administrator (Tel: +248 2 78 34 13)

About the event:
A unique cultural and shopping experience where you can meet the Seychellois people, enjoy Creole music, and have a taste of the island style way of life.

Bazar Labrinn is a legendary bazar specializing in fruit, vegetables, and other local delicacies. This is also a great place to pick up souvenirs and sample traditional foods and drink, all the while enjoying an authentic Seychellois ambience. 

Bazar Ovan Taking place in the southern part of Mahe, this bazar offers a great opportunity for both visitors and locals alike to experience a true celebration of the vibrant Creole culture, all set to the backdrop of Seychellois Creole music.

Victoria Bazar provides an ambience true to the Seychellois Creole lifestyle, where anything from arts and crafts to exotic culinary delicacies and beverages can be purchased. And of course it wouldn’t be complete without local musicians providing the soundtrack!

 
 

Event:
National Expo 2013

Date:
16 – 18 June 2013

Location:
Sports Complex, Roche Caiman, Mahe


Organizer:
Mr. Michel Vielle (Tel: +248 2 56 39 93 / 2 81 10 80)

About the event:
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Seychelles National Day, the National expo will showcase the major economic activities which shape the island nation, with a focus on the process of national development.

Whilst enjoying impressive cultural and sporting experiences, members of the public will have access to a full spectrum of local goods and services provided by various private and public businesses and organizations, which are all committed to the future of Seychelles.

Activities will include:

• Agricultural and Horticultural – A scaled-down version of the annual show with a focus on the sale of agricultural and horticultural products
• Tourism – Exhibits from all sectors of the industry including hotel associations, individual hotels, DMC’s, airlines, SCAA, charter operators, car hires and others
• Commerce – Importers and traders as well as large and small local manufacturers
• Bazar Victoria – A combination of the best elements of local Bazar Victoria and Bazar Labrin
• Cultural manifestation – Groups of performing artists both local and international providing music, dancing and other forms of cultural activities
• Sports – Different sporting activities will be organized which will include the participation of foreign teams with World Cup matches screened on big screen at the venue
• Food court – Local as well as international cuisine will be available
• Leisure Activities – There will be different activities for all visitors, e.g. boat rides, helicopter rides, glass bottom boat, games and fun for children. There will also be a child-minding service.






In addition to these events, Seychelles Yacht Charter is hosting a ‘beach clean up’ day on the 8th of June, in conjunction with World Oceans Day. However, we will provide more information on that in a separate blog!



Contact us at
www.seychellesyachtcharter.com  





 

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Kitesurfing in Seychelles


Kitesurfing, or kiteboarding as it is also commonly known as, is a surface water sport that combines various aspects of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding and sometimes even gymnastics into one thrill-a-second extreme sport. A kitesurfer harnesses the power of mind using a large controllable power kite, and then propels himself across the water on a kiteboard, which is similar to a wakeboard or a small surfboard.

Anyone daring enough to try the sport can participate, but it is certainly not something that one pick up overnight. Many hours of practice and preparation are involved learning to control the kite before even attempting to venture off the beach and into the water. Physical fitness always plays a big role, as handling a kite that size has its physical challenges. However, those who have mastered the sport can do some amazing things, with all kinds of daring acrobatic, wave-riding stunts being performed. Some kitesurfers have also been known to travel extraordinary distances with their boards and kite.

One of the few downsides to this sport however is that it cannot be performed just anywhere; it is extremely reliant on conditions, with wind naturally being the most important of those conditions. Cross-shore and cross-onshore are the best for kitesurfing.

For this reason, kitesurfers of the world are now travelling to the Seychelles to find new kitesurfing spots. Certain spots are becoming very popular in the kitesurfing community due to the ideal weather conditions and strong trade winds that the Seychelles offers. However all the spots enjoy different peculiarities that are worth knowing. Below is some information on a few of the kitesurfing spots around Seychelles, as well as a few pictures and a video to give to give those who don’t know very much about the sport an idea of what is involved.

For any keen kitesurfers out there, get in contact with us at
www.seychellesyachtcharter.com and let us make your dream holiday a reality! 




Mahe Island / Anse aux Pins

Shallow, Flat, Chop, Medium Wave (1-3m). Lagoon of around 500m with nice waves on the reef (can be dangerous and very shallow).

Beach
Beach is great at low tide but tends to be quite small at high tide. Sometimes it’s a bit difficult to take off or land your kite.

Wind
Two opposing trade winds generally govern the weather pattern: The North-westerly trades blow from October to March when wind speeds average from 8-12 knots, and the brisker south-easterly trades blow from May to September with winds of between 10-20 knots.

How to get there
Located south of the Airport. From the airport, turn left and drive south for about 3.5km on the main road. Ascend a hill and as you descend the other side, you’ll see Katiolo Nightclub on the left (at the deep bend in the road). From that point onwards there are several places where you will be able to park your car and access the beach.




Cerf Island and Long Island

The water is very clear with beautiful colours. There is a big lagoon with several islands surrounding. Flat to choppy water.

Beach
Beach completely sheltered, so you have to walk in the water with your kite to reach the windy zone. Prison is located on Long Islands but might. On Long Island there is a nice sand bank to take off.

Wind
The wind blows from the Southeast during the monsoon season and is channelled between Cerf Island and Long Island. Two opposing trade winds generally govern the weather pattern, with the North-westerly trades blowing from October to March when wind speeds average from 8-12 knots, and the brisker south-easterly trades blow from May to September with winds of between 10-20 knots.

How to get There
Speak to us about chartering one of our boats to take you there from Mahe.


La Digue / Anse Source d Argent

The water is very clear with beautiful colours. There is a big lagoon with several islands around. Flat to choppy water.

Wind
As with Cerf and Long Islands, there are two opposing trade winds that generally govern the weather pattern: The North-westerly trades blow from October to March when wind speeds average from 8-12 knots, and the brisker south-easterly trades blow from May to September with winds of between 10-20 knots.

How to get There
Speak to us about chartering one of our boats to take you there from Mahe.

 

 And of course, a video from YouTube giving you a visual of kitesurfing in our paradise!














Wednesday, 8 May 2013

The Coral Reefs of Seychelles


The mention of coral reefs generally brings to mind warm climates, colorful fish and clear waters. However, the reef itself is actually a component of a larger ecosystem. The coral community is really a system that includes a collection of biological communities, representing one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. For this reason, coral reefs often are referred to as the "rainforests of the oceans.


A coral reef off the island of La Dique
 



What are coral reefs?

Corals are in fact are tiny animals which belong to the group cnidaria (the "c" is silent). Other cnidarians include hydras, jellyfish, and sea anemones. Corals are sessile animals, meaning they are not mobile but stay fixed in one place. They feed by reaching out with tentacles to catch prey such as small fish and planktonic animals.

Coral reefs provide habitats for a large variety of organisms. These organisms rely on corals as a source of food and shelter. Besides the corals themselves and their symbiotic algae, other creatures that call coral reefs home include various sponges; molluscs such as sea slugs, nudibranchs, oysters, and clams; crustaceans like crabs and shrimp; many kinds of sea worms; echinoderms like star fish and sea urchins; other cnidarians such as jellyfish and sea anemones; various types of fungi; sea turtles; and many species of fish.




Coral Reefs are home to many species of ocean life


The tropical rain forests of the ocean
 
How do coral reefs forms?

Coral reefs begin to form when free-swimming coral larvae attach to submerged rocks or other hard surfaces along the edges of islands or continents. As the corals grow and expand, reefs take on one of three major characteristic structures —fringing, barrier or atoll. Fringing reefs, which are the most common, project seaward directly from the shore, forming borders along the shoreline and surrounding islands. Barrier reefs also border shorelines, but at a greater distance. They are separated from their adjacent land mass by a lagoon of open, often deep water. If a fringing reef forms around a volcanic island that subsides completely below sea level while the coral continues to grow upward, an atoll forms. Atolls are usually circular or oval, with a central lagoon. Parts of the reef platform may emerge as one or more islands, and gaps in the reef provide access to the central lagoon.
 
A coral reef formation off Mahe

 
Threats to Coral Reefs

Human Contact: Touching Reefs, even slightly, can harm them. Boats and dropped anchors can cause severe damage to these fragile ecosystems. Frequent human contact kills the reefs over time.
Runoff Water: Silt from eroded soil in runoff water can block sunlight. Without sunlight, photosynthesis does not occur and reefs gradually die.
Sewage: Untreated or improperly treated sewage promotes the growth of algae, which harms coral reefs.
Cyanide Fishing: Some fishermen stun fish by squirting cyanide, a very toxic poison, into reef areas where fish seek refuge. The poison does not kill, but disorients the fish in the coral where they hide. The fisherman then rip apart the reefs with crowbars to capture the fish. In addition, cyanide kills coral polyps and the symbiotic algae and other small organisms necessary for healthy reefs. Cyanide fishing is common in the South Pacific and Southeast Asia.
Fertilizers and Pollution: Fertilizer runoff, pesticides and other chemicals can poison reefs.
Blast Fishing: Shockwaves from blast fishing can destroy coral reefs.

Blast fishing can destroy coral reefs


Coral Reef Conservation in the Seychelles

Fortunately the Seychelles government realises the importance of coral reefs not only to tourism and the economic livelihood for locals, but also for the overall ecosystem of their waters. Many conservation programmes are in place, as well as strictly governed laws concerning the coral reefs. So it is certainly safe to say that the coral reefs of Seychelles are in good hands, and as such we can enjoy their beauty for many years to come!
 
Coral Reef Conservation
 
 
Some more Seychelles Coral Reefs...