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Good Going

Idyllic North Island
and (opposite) the
Seychelles' Aldabra
giant tortoise.

Noah's Ark

T

"

HE TAKAMAKA IS REVERED

among the Seychellois, who use
its strong wood in traditional
boatbuilding and its tiny green
fruits for bush medicine," explains Elliot Mokhobo, North Island's resident
conservationist and guide, nodding to
the mighty shade-giving tree on the trail
beside us. Farther along on our hike
through this private-island resort, we
emerge onto a giant granite outcrop,
where we spy several of the other 114
isles in the Seychelles chain - including

Praslin, once thought to be the original
site of the Garden of Eden - along with
the thatched roofs of North Island's 11
eco-chic villas.
In addition to being a luxury hideaway,
North Island - available to guests like
me traveling with Virtuoso's on-site connection, Wilderness Safaris - doubles
as a conservation project called Noah's
Ark. The goal: Turn the destination into
a sanctuary for some of the rarest
species on earth. Due to its geographic
isolation, the Seychelles (located in the

Indian Ocean a thousand miles off the
East African coast) has been inhabited
by humans for only 250 years, and most
of the wildlife and plants that evolved in
the archipelago are found no place else,
including the Aldabra giant tortoise and
the coco-de-mer palm, which has the
largest nut in the plant kingdom.
Thanks to ongoing conservation efforts - with progress clearly visible since
my first visit a decade ago - you can find
both of these iconic species on North
Island, along with the Seychelles flying

ROBIN REVIVAL: Fregate Island Private, a fellow upscale island retreat-cum-conservation sanctuary in the
archipelago, played a key role in bringing the Seychelles magpie robin back from the brink of extinction.

34 V I R T U O S O T R A V E L E R

(MAGPIE ROBIN) WERAJOE/GETTY IMAGES

Saving paradise in the Seychelles. By Costas Christ



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Virtuoso Traveler - June/July 2018

Virtuoso Traveler - June/July 2018
Compass
Check-In
Bon Voyage
On Tour
Postcard
Dispatch
Table Talk
Page-Turners
Space Travel
Art & Culture
Tech/Big Deal
Goods & Gadgets
Person of Interest
Ask the Advisors
Travel Two Ways
Good Going
Traveler’s Tale
To Your Health
Long Weekend
Summer Camps for Grown-Ups
Perspective
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