The Jewel on Indian Ocean – Aride Island
Aride is the northernmost granite island in Seychelles. For the beauty that it poses and the bird sanctuary that it hosts, Aride Island has been conferred with the title – Seabird Citadel of Indian Ocean.
If you are planning for a vacation to somewhere exotic, why not visit Seychelles, the emerald on Indian Ocean? Ah! Words would fail to describe the beauty that Seychelles is. Not a single tourist has returned unsatisfied from this island nation, situated in the western part of the Indian Ocean.
The green, luscious and verdant islands mixed with the rich blue sea – it’s like watching God’s own masterpiece. Not even 250 years of human history on the island, Seychelles is now a top tourist destination on Indian Ocean. With its growing tourism sector, Seychelles have become a well connected island with mainland continents. So, if you are planning to visit there, be confident that you will be able get there with utmost ease and security.
Seychelles is an archipelago country formed out of 115 islands. It is located in the western part of Indian Ocean close to Madagascar and the coast of Kenya. Victoria is the capital of Seychelles. The country has its own international airport, so you will be able to reach there from anywhere in the world.
It is recommended that when you are at Seychelles, make it a necessary part of your itinerary to visit the beautiful island Aride. Your vacation cannot be complete without a stopover at the Aride Island.
Know about Aride Island
Aride is the northernmost granite island in Seychelles. For the beauty that it poses and the bird sanctuary that it hosts, Aride Island has been conferred with the title – Seabird Citadel of Indian Ocean. It is one of the largest natural reserves on Seychelles and is maintained by the Island Conservation Society of United Kingdom. The reserve extends 200 meters offshore including the vast species of coral reefs and other marine lives which are depended on the reefs.
Aride Island is rich in bio-diversity and it is evident from the land and marine species that can be found here. Wright’s Gardenia or Rothmania Annae, a plant on the verge of its extinction is protected in this island.
Why Should I visit Aride Island?
It is no doubt that there are some amazing islands in Seychelles, but be assured that Arid is the best one. You won’t find any island that is so serene and uncrowded, yet accessible by anyone. If you miss your visit to Aride, you will miss to capture the prominent beauty that Seychelles has to offer. You will miss the opportunity to see the thousands of birds that breed on Aride. Not only that, you will miss the chance to know its avid flora and fauna or the fantastic marine life that Aride provides.
What to see in Aride?
Apart from the emerald green islands or the turquoise blue sea, there are many things to enjoy in Aride. The abundant of species of birds that breeds in Aride provides a spectacular view for the tourists. It is something that every visitor to Aride take home as a cherished memory. Tourists generally walk up to the top of the island to enjoy the birds in their natural habitat. The birds are not afraid of the people and hence, they come up close to the people. This is a real treat for children as they can enjoy the true beauty of a natural environment.
You can visit the number of granite cliffs to get an incredible view of hawksbill turtles and dolphins swimming in the ocean below. If you want to feel the ocean up close, you can go for a swim or you can take up snorkeling over the reefs and observe the brightly colored reef fishes making their way in the ocean.
Aride is one of the most important nature reserves in the world and the flora and fauna that it houses is a commendable feat to study.
Species on Aride
Aride is home to more species of bird than all of Seychelles combined. You will see world’s largest colonies of Lesser Noddy and Tropical Shearwater. Add to this Sooty Tern, Roseate Tern, Fairy Tern, Brown Noddy, Wedge-Tailed Shearwater and so many other magnificent birds.
You will find a dense population of different species of reptiles in Aride as well. There are three species of non-poisonous snakes and gecko and a number of species of skink. The endangered and vulnerable species of green sea turtles and Hawksbill Turtles also visits the island.
How can it be that we are talking about an island and not mention its marine culture? Aride has a huge coral reef. There are more than 200 species of fishes available there. This includes the Whale Sharks and flying fishes.
How to arrive at Aride?
Aride is open to all tourists and visitors from Monday to Friday. If you are planning to visit Aride on Saturday or Sunday then you will have to pre-plan your visit by arranging it with the Island Manager. It must be noted that sometimes Aride remains closed from May to September, due to strong surf in the ocean, which makes it impossible for the boats to reach the shore. So, contact with the Island Manager on the time you are planning to visit Aride.
Entry into Aride is free for the locals; however, tourists will have to pay a fee of SR 650 ($ 50/ € 45, depending on the exchange rate).
Arriving at Seychelles is extremely easy; you can take airplane to land on International Airport of Seychelles. You can also take cruise ships to arrive here. Once you land on Seychelles, you can visit Aride by any of the following modes:
- You can hire a boat from Praslin through tour operators, boat operators or any hotel that provides the service in Praslin.
- You can also hire a yacht through local providers or by using self-sail boats.
- You can always join a cruise. There are some occasional cruise service available and a regular service by Silhouette Cruises.
- You can use helicopter services provided by Zil Air to land on Aride Island.
Now that you know, what a gift visiting Aride is, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags, grab your passport and come visit this jewel on Indian Ocean.
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