We took a little inter-island flat-bottomed boat tour from the Eden Island complex near Victoria (Mahe) to the island of Moyenne (the island Mr Grimshaw bought) - three out of 16 wanted to snorkel and the rest of us were left to our own devices on a sandy beach and wasted time.
Nowhere in the brochure nor verbally before the trip did it mention there was to be a "beach landing" - one older passenger fell into the water due to the choppy sea and wind as we disembarked. His cameras took a dive too!
The lady guide was very good and did her best to keep us informed/educated as time went by during the other stages of the visit (two small islands).
She spoke French too, so the commentary was twice as long, as the French people had to be brought up to speed.
We were told at the beginning there was to be a BBQ but this turned out to be a sit-down buffet lunch - nice as it was, it was NOT a BBQ.
Mr Grimshaw's island was interesting with its little museum, as were the giant tortoises and the graves of Mr Grimshaw, his father, and the two pirates(?!).
Prior sailing the large group was split into two - English speakers and German speakers; that was fine but our group had French speakers too which was accommodated by the French/English speaking guide (well done there) but as I said there was the double-barrelled commentary which I found tedious.
My biggest concern was the total lack of ANY safety briefing before we departed on the boat trip - not one mention of where any lifejackets or other safety related items were or what would happen in case of an emergency. That is very UN-proffessional and I would never travel with them again.
A lot of money and not much bang for your dollar and a total lack of care towards passenger safety.
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