On my last trip to Praslin, I went back to Curieuse that I liked so much 10 years ago. On arrival I was welcome by a warden who before saying hello indicated where we had to pay the 200 seychelles rupees as landing fee. Fare enough as we all said it was for the up keeping of the national park. My friends and I were shocked to find that all tourist were now parked in a BBQ area fenced in such a way you could not see the beach and the sea. We decide to stay out and use a pick nick table outside the fenced area... the sand was littered with cigarette butts and beer bottle caps all around us.
After checking around we all agreed that the place was in need of better management. It looked like a ward filled with damaged boats from the "Seychelles National Park Authority", with empty plastic bottle of engine oil, rusted drums, dangerous for kids. Things did not improved as we went further in land. Plastic bags littered all over, cut branches from trees laying in dangerous positions everywhere.
It looked like a dump. The friends I took there were deceived as It was their first visit to the island. We did not expect this on an island manage by the National Park Authority. The week prior to this trip, we all visited Sister island that was pristine and clean. And there were not an army of wardens all around us.
Perhaps the people in charge from the head office in Mahe should have a closer look at what is happening on Curieuse before it is too late.
I have been visiting Seychelles for the past 25 years. Perhaps this might be my last visit as I will look for places were the environment does not deteriorate so fast.
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