SUBIOS ANTE PORTAS
Seychelles globally renowned festival of marine life under the waters of the Indian Ocean is just around the corner now, due to take place between November 04 and 06. Diving and underwater safari aficionados from around the world will fly into Mahe for the event to participate in the annual competition for best picture and best film, to be awarded amongst other prizes and recognitions during the festival when the jury announces the winners of the previous years entries. Started in 1989 SUBIOS, short for Sub Indian Ocean Seychelles the archipelago has stunning underwater scenery along the coral reefs the festival has become a fixed point in the annual calendar of events, which under a proactive tourism board has been filling up steadily but not taking anything from SUBIOS significance in the process.
With more than half of the Seychelles territory now declared as terrestrial national parks, marine national parks, nature and bird reserves the country has taken the global leadership in conservation and the protection of nature and SUBIOS in particular highlights the underwater wonders which make the archipelago a much sought after place to dive, snorkel and explore the rich biodiversity which exists around the islands. This correspondent only recently published a feature story on the worlds second largest atoll, Aldabra, which has been dedicated to research and conservation, and which is, though hard to get to, one of the worlds greatest marvels. Read that article via this link to the authors blog site by clicking on this link:
Meanwhile though, SUBIOS is now only two weeks away and with ever more flights linking the Seychelles to the world, by Air Seychelles, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Kenya Airways, Condor amongst others, do make an appointment with the islands. No Visa are required by any nationality and proof of a confirmed hotel booking, a return ticket and funds to sustain ones stay on the archipelago are enough to be granted entrance to the Creole Island Paradise of Seychelles. Accommodation, prized to suit ones pockets, can be found via the Seychelles Tourism Boards website on www.seychelles.travel or www.seychelles.com and bookings can be made on line for most of the featured properties. Seychelles truly Another World.