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Fairy Tern on Aride Island
Aride is one of the 115 islands of the Seychelles in the Indian Ocean. Only 68h in area but so full of life and diversity as our idea of paradise suggests. Enjoy the sun, the crystal clear water, the dolphins floating next to you and the sea birds hovering over you on your boat trip from Praslin to Aride Island. Arriving at the nature reserve you won't be allowed directly on shore, but you have to wait for the boat man Jim of the Island Conservation Society to pick you up. He will bring you safely through the surf; protecting the coral reef. The rest of the island crew will welcome you on the white beach and guide you to the view point of this granitic island, home to over 1.25 million breeding seabirds and the densest population of skinks. First you will enter the forest and learn from a local guide about the unique flora and fauna. Considering that the whole island has been completely destroyed and transformed into one single large coconut plantation you will be amazed of what a great job the employees and volunteers have done over the past few years to restore this diversity of beautiful wildlife. Curious fairy terns will hover over your head like little angels protecting their tiny chicks sitting close by on a branch. Arriving on the view point you can enjoy the sea life from the top, watching turtles taking a breath or rays and sharks swimming on the water surface. Take a peek at life's paradise for a day or stay three months as a volunteer as I did, on Aride Island.
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