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Masons reef safari & Moyenne Island


Info on scuba diving joins Masons Travel for a reef safari around the national marine park of the Seychelles and also visits Moyenne Island which until recently was owned by Yorkshireman Brendan Grimshaw who passed away in 2012 leaving the island to the Seychelles nation in perpetuity as a National Park.

Francis from Masons Travel is our guide on this excursion where you take a ride on a glass bottomed boat and go snorkling.

For more information on tours run by Masons Travel visit http://www.masonstravel.com

Valmer Resort

Set in the south part of Mahe in the Seychelles just a few minutes walk from Baie Lazare beach is the boutique style family run Valmer Resort.

Info on scuba diving met owner Jacques and his daughter Bernice to learn more about the resort.

Set sympathetically into the granitic rocks that are a feature of the area, the resort consists of:-

• Garden Studio: 4 studios
• Deluxe Villa: 12 villas
• Family Villa: 2 villas
• Junior Suite: 2 suites
• Pool Villa: 1 villa

The Le Palmier Restaurant is all new and renovated that offers both traditional Creole dishes and international favourites, in a gorgeous relaxed atmosphere set amongst palms, flora, mountain and ocean views.

The La Gaulette Bar is located next to the infinity pool and offers a stunning panoramic view of Anse Gaulette Beach. The bar is open throughout the day and late into the evening for a relaxed and convivial rendezvous. Tall bar stools provide the ideal perch for enjoying a cocktail whilst enjoying the splendid panoramic ocean views. There are selections of drinks as well as signature cocktails, such as the Valmer cocktail.

For more information visit http://www.valmerresort.com

Paragliding in La Réunion with Parapente Réunion


La Réunion is known in the paragliding world for its good air conditions throughout the year. We met up with Snakos Moretti the owner of Parapente Réunion who kindly took us up in the air to experience paragliding for the first time!

Based just outside the town of St Leu in Réunion, Parapente Réunion offers training, pleasure flights & equipment sales & servicing.

Our thanks to Parapente Réunion for the use of some of the photographs used above

For more information visit http://www.parapente-reunion.fr/

Takamaka Rum


Info on scuba diving visits the Trois Freres Distillery at La Plaine St. André and speaks with managing director and co owner, Richard d’Offay. Richard and his brother, Bernard started the business back in 2002 and now Takamaka is a brand known all over the Seychelles and beyond.

We sample the five core products and talk about how Takamaka came into being – originating as a recipe by their grandfather many years ago.


It is interesting to note that the d’Offay family can trace its roots back to one of six founding families of the Seychelles in the 1700’s and today, they produce the rum at an old plantation dating from that era.

Visitors are welcome at the plantation house and to tour the distillery. You can also stay for a meal and a cocktail or two with Takamaka rum!

For more information, visit their website, http://www.takamaka.sc
Takamaka Rum

Our thanks go to Takamaka Rum for their kind sponsorship of our coverage of the 3rd Edition of the Carnaval International de Victoria