Home | E-Newsletter Issue 68 | Destination November 2012

New Coco de Mer Nature Reserve opens its doors in Seychelles
by STB

  
Minister St Ange and government representatives touring the reserve
The Seychelles Islands is boasting a new Coco de Mer Nature Reserve, Fond Ferdinand, which is situated on Praslin Island, close to Baie St. Anne.

Playing host to all manner of wildlife, Fond Ferdinand comprises of 122 hectares of endemic species, including the largest number of the island’s unique Coco de Mer palm trees. The most exclusive is the hundreds fruiting endemic Coco de Mer palm trees.

“860 mature  female Coco de Mer trees have been surveyed in the reserve over and above the  6 thousand male and juvenile trees that are scattered on the 122 hectares of land overlooking breath taking views of Praslin and the nearby islands,” has said Mr Michel Gardette of the Nature Reserve.

Climbing to the reserve stunning view point, the old visitors rest bay has been demolished making way for a new wooden infrastructure. Footpaths and boardwalks have been restored making nature walk in Fond Ferdinand a unique experience.

For the past years the Seychelles Minister for Tourism and Culture, Alain St.Ange who along with other government representatives visited the reserve before it opens to the public, has been closely monitoring the progress of transforming Fond Ferdinand into a high end product for visitors to the Seychelles.

Minister St.Ange said that this project brings additional value to Praslin and it is set to entice visitors to extend their stays as more is available for them to do.

“Fond Ferdinand is an asset for Praslin, and it complements the Vallee de Mai World Herigate site,” has said Minister St Ange, noting: “Emphasis should continuously be put on diversification of products on offer for visitors to the island.  The more things we have to offer, the more beneficial our tourism industry will be for the Praslin community.”

It is important for Praslinois to tap into such new projects as it opens new opportunities for everyone on the island added Minister St.Ange.

Fond Ferdinand is offering a special rate for its soft opening. Between now and the 31 December 2012, the entrance fee is only Rs50 for visitors and Seychellois is granted free access to the reserve. The entrance fee for visitors will increase to Rs100 as from 1 January, 2013, when the reserve will make its grand opening. Free access will remain for Seychellois.