Curieuse Marine National Park, Seychelles

Curieuse Marine National Park, Seychelles

Curieuse Marine National Park, Seychelles

The Seychelles (a 115-island nation) is a World Heritage Site with an incredible one-third of the country’s area protected. Not very distant to the northwest of Praslin Island, Seychelles – the second largest island in the Seychelles – and the nearby capital island of Mahe, lays Curieuse Island, a bio-reserve. Curieuse Marine National Park was designated as such on June 1, 1979, in order to protect its outstanding natural beauty, and for the ecological importance of its marine life.

Curieuse Island, Seychelles -- catamarans

Curieuse Island, Seychelles — catamarans

Today daytrip visitors take an organized boat tour from Praslin Island to snorkel and SCUBA dive as well as to see many things unique to Curieuse, including the coco de mer, mangrove forests, Aldabra tortoises and sea life.

Curieuse Island, Seychelles -- beach

Curieuse Island, Seychelles — beach

From 1833 to 1965 the island was used as a leper colony. The museum housed in the old doctor’s residence tells the story of the leper colony – that visit was quite interesting and educational.

The coco de mer, which grows only on Curieuse Island and nearby Praslin Island, produces the largest nut in the world. The double coconut shaped fruit is used in Ayurvedic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine. The fruit is said to be shaped like a young woman’s “bum” viewed from the back and like a “shapely woman” when viewed from the front.

Curieuse Island, Seychelles -- weather worn granite

Curieuse Island, Seychelles — weather worn granite

Curieuse Marine National Park, Seychelles -- good snorkeling and SCUBA diving

Curieuse Marine National Park, Seychelles — good snorkeling and SCUBA diving

The granitic cliffs and boulders along the shore are a magnificent sight. The vertical erosion is the result of “scrubbing” by the wind and rain. We enjoyed an afternoon of snorkeling in the preserve after strolling along the beach and observing numerous large Aldabra tortoises.

Curieuse Marine National Park, Seychelles -- where we went snorkeling

Curieuse Marine National Park, Seychelles — where we went snorkeling

3 thoughts on “Curieuse Marine National Park, Seychelles

  1. Rich,

    Well, the Seychelles is or are certainly beautiful, as are your photographs. The strange thing is that I cannot remember whether I have been there or not. We lived relatively nearby in Dar es Salaam for two years in the late 1960s and I have been back to Tanzania a dozen times and, I think, visited the Seychelles on one of those trips.

    Paul

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